“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39)
At the center of Christian life is service to others. We are called to share in God’s work by loving and serving all those in need, in this neighborhood and in the world.
There are service opportunities regularly. The next service opportunities are:
- Youth Mentoring Program: Every Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm. Work one-on-one with (very cute) 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on math, reading, and physical fitness. Make a huge difference in the life of one of our neighborhood young people. Begins again in October.
- Little Free Library—Book Donations Please bring your books in to keep our library filled!
Service Trip to Puerto Rico
We are putting together a group of volunteers to head to Puerto Rico over two weeks in September: the 9th through the 15th and the 16th through the 22nd. The bulk of our work will be construction in response to Hurricane Maria, so construction skills/experience are very helpful. Our goal is for half of our group to have significant construction expertise, with the other half being able-bodied and ready to learn. Volunteers may come for one or two weeks.
The cost is $565 per person if coming for one week, $830 if coming for two weeks. Those costs include flights, all meals, housing, and transportation. It does not include spending money, supplies, and a donation. We plan to do at least a little bit of fundraising by soliciting support from local businesses and from people who are unable to join us on the trip themselves. If you are in a position to donate more to help cover the expenses of those who cannot pay the full amount, those donations will be gratefully received.
We will be staying in the Lutheran camp outside of Dorado, about forty-five minutes west of San Juan. They have space for sixty people at a time. We'll be working with Lutheran Disaster Response, a branch of Lutheran Social Services of Puerto Rico. Pastor David Guadalupe runs the operations there.
The camp is serviceable but certainly not luxurious. We'll sleep in bunkhouses which are divided into rooms with bunkbeds sleeping 6-14 people in each room. We'll work hard each day, and expect to wrap up mid-afternoon when the heat peaks. Most late afternoons will include the option to visit the local public beach or to rest at the camp. We'll spend at least one half-day exploring San Juan or have some options for other cultural experiences.
We are also now accepting donations to help pay for our construction materials and to help defray the costs of travel for those who need assistance. Thank you for your generosity!