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A Day Off

Friday has traditionally been a day to take off and do something fun for the SERVE participants. For Muskegon SERVE, that means a day at the Grand Haven State Park, with its beautiful beach and picturesque pier. The beach is connected to downtown Grand Haven via a nice walk along the Grand River (Grand Haven is where the Grand empties into Lake Michigan). Both the riverwalk and downtown boast various sights, artwork, and some good shopping.

Alas, today was a red flag day at the beach, which means “there is the potential for rip currents, powerful currents that can pull swimmers out into deep water.” Consequently swimming was ruled out, so most of the participants took the opportunity to explore around town. Even though Muskegon SERVE is fast coming to a close, keep checking back for photos from the day off as well as the last few videos.

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Feeding America

Our roving reporter Kelly takes a closer look at the Feeding America truck and the work involved in hosting it.

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Sticks, Slugs, and Sweat

Lots of all of the above when several groups tackled cleaning up various vacant lots. Fortunately the popsicles came with corny jokes and the kids brought their sense of humor.

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Down to the Wire

Thursday, the last work day, continued to see quite a few visitors to the site.

78 messages sent

The number of messages continues to creep up – keep sending them and we’ll get them delivered all the way through tomorrow morning! The US sent eleven more messages yesterday, retaking the lead from Canada by a total of seven. Bragging rights for most messages sent are still up in the air – we’ll announce the winner tonight as everyone enjoys pizza from Scribbs (a local favorite).

Web Site Visitors

For Thursday

  • US: 111
  • Canada: 85

For the Past Month

  • US: 568
  • Canada: 419

It looks like the US is going to hold on for a strong win this year, though Canada can hold their heads high: Canada’s margin of victory in 2009 (602) was larger than the US’ total number of visitors this year (568).

Two notable changes in the top ten cities: Phoenix passed up Muskegon, who I’ve been excluding from the list but had been the actual top city for visitors. Clinton also passed Red Deer, with 76 visitors to 75. Finally, the top ten sees a new addition, with Green Bay bumping Grand Rapids from the last spot.

  1. Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  2. Clinton, Ontario, CA
  3. Red Deer, Alberta, CA
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  5. Agincourt, Ontario, CA
  6. Toronto, Ontario, CA
  7. Goderich, Ontario, CA
  8. New York City, New York, USA
  9. Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
  10. Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
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Thursday’s Slideshow

The last work day: wheelchair ramps and house painting projects were finished, more lots cleaned, and the Barnabus team stopped by with drumstick ice cream cones.

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Talent Show Live

Join us for the annual SERVE talent show.

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Jul 2010
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All The Shades of White

Beige on white – not exciting but greatly appreciated by the future residents of this Rescue Mission transitional house. The team even seems to have gotten most of the paint on the walls instead of each other 🙂

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Neck and Neck

Time to look at yesterday’s numbers.

76 messages sent

Every day that number goes up, but time is running out to meet or beat last year’s one day record of 116. Out of those messages, exactly half came from Canada and half from the US. Despite a slew of messages out of Phoenix, Canada’s continued to gain ground and they now hold a slim lead over the US for the total number of messages sent.

Web site visitors on Wednesday

  • US: 107
  • Canada: 89

Despite not sending as many messages (percentage-wise) as the Canadians, the US maintains a lead for total visitors.

Web site visitors for the past month (June 14 to July 14)

  • US: 463
  • Canada: 337

The top five cities remain unchanged, but I thought I’d fill out the other five for a top ten. I have to admit that this listing is a little unfair, depending on how your area divides itself up. For example, visitors from the Toronto area are split among Clinton, Agincourt, Toronto, and Goderich, whereas Phoenix is nice and consolidated. If the Toronto-area suburbs were consolidated they would easily pass Phoenix for first place (sorry AZ folks).

  1. Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  2. Red Deer, Alberta, CA
  3. Clinton, Ontario, CA
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  5. Agincourt, Ontario, CA
  6. Toronto, Ontario, CA
  7. Goderich, Ontario, CA
  8. Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
  9. New York City, New York, USA
  10. Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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Wednesday’s Slideshow

Tuesday night monster ice cream sundaes, finished wheelchair ramps, slugs so big you could ride them, partying at the Feeding America truck, and four foot-long drill bits. They’re all here in Wednesday’s slideshow!

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Extreme Makeover: Porch Edition

The construction team begins an extreme porch makeover, removing the rotting screens and previous structure to make way for the new and improved.

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Mail Call Live: Wednesday Edition

Join us as the groups get back from one of the hottest work days of the week.

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Playground Rules

The Middle Lake group tackles improvements to the Muskegon Christian Elementary School playground, including spreading a fresh layer of wood chips and repairing the baseball field.

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Hangin’ With Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity needed a shed for one of their housing projects, so SERVE delivers! The crew constructed the shed from scratch, essentially building a mini-house from the ground up.

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Just The Facts Ma’am

Here are the numbers from Tuesday:

51 messages sent

That’s quite a jump, from 10 messages to 51! Nice work, but we still have a ways to go to beat last year’s record of 116 – just head over to the contact form and send some messages to your friends and loved ones. With that said, I can tell you that Wednesday is already off to a smokin’ start. I just hope we don’t overload the printer (just kidding)!

Web site visitors on Tuesday

  • US: 95
  • Canada: 82

Web site visitors for the past month (June 13 to July 13)

  • US: 357
  • Canada: 248

US maintains its overall lead with a strong showing. I thought it might also be interesting to break down the visitors by town/city; here are the top 5 (excluding Muskegon) for the past month:

  1. Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  2. Red Deer, Alberta, CA
  3. Clinton, Ontario, CA
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  5. Agincourt, Ontario, CA
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Mail Call Do-Over

When it comes to running a web site, you can have too much of a good thing. Which is what happened yesterday; we had so much traffic to the webcam watching the kids come back from the work sites that it crashed. My apologies: I’ll have that fixed for today’s mail call, at 4:00 PM EDT.

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Jul 2010
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Tuesday’s Slideshow

Photos are pouring in from all over: painting at Sacred Suds, a local lighthouse, a canoe brigade doing river cleanup, building a Habitat for Humanity shed… whew! The kids are doing a great job of working hard and reaching out to the communities they find themselves in.

Tuesday Evening Session

Join us for a night of high-energy worship.

Update: we’re all done for the night, but feel free to check in again tomorrow. Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

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Jul 2010
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Trashing the Beach

Wait, no, that’s not right. Fortunately the group was actually picking up trash.

Today saw our roving reporter visiting some of the most remote work sites, from picking up trash along Lake Michigan to working in the woods at Grace Adventures. Along the way she discovered one participant’s most anticipated work site, that volleyball is a rough sport, and one shocking confession.

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Who Worked The Hardest?

Our first God Sightings of the week.

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Jul 2010
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Monday’s Slideshow

With a few bonus photos from Sunday’s trip to the beach.

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