Technical Difficulties

Our apologies: we’ve had issues with our internet connection over the past several days. As a result, we were unable to stream video from Sunday’s services.

The good news?

Things seem to be working again so we hope to have video of tonight’s mail call (when the groups come back to the church and get their messages for the day) as well as the service.

2012 Muskegon SERVE Resources

We posted quite a bit, between photos and videos, to the website over the past week. Here’s a list of links to all of our resources:

  1. 2012 Muskegon SERVE Facebook group – join if you haven’t already, especially for those SERVE participants who are on their way home now. Share your photos and videos with everyone else.
  2. 2012 Muskegon SERVE photos – our official photographers shot around 800 photos during the week and you’ll find them all here.
  3. Calvin CRC YouTube Channel – scavenger hunt, slideshows, and other misc. videos are posted here.
  4. Calvin CRC Livestream Channel – events broadcast live, including the nightly worship sessions, are here.

Additionally, each group was given a USB flash drive with the full versions of all photos (over 5GBs). I’ll also be posting links to ZIP files with the photos and videos once they’re uploaded (just in case that tiny little flash drive gets lost).

Moar Photos, Pleez?

Wondering where you can see more photos from SERVE?

  1. The best of the best are featured on the site and can be browsed by visiting the image archives.
  2. All of the photos taken by our talented photographers are posted to our Flickr photostream.
  3. Additionally, all the 2012 photos are available in the 2012 Muskegon SERVE collection.
  4. Finally, anyone can post photos and videos to the 2012 Muskegon SERVE Facebook group.

Wednesday Evening Worship: Whoops.

Update: whoops, I must have gotten my wires crossed on the worship time. I’ll find out what the real time is actually going to be, but in the meantime I’ll leave the video up and streaming just in case anything awesome happens 🙂 Sorry!

Update #2: just found out that the worship service is outside tonight. It’s being videotaped so we should be able to post it later. My apologies.

Building Ramps, Changing Lives

Just received this e-mail from Ron Hayward, the supervisor at one of the work sites:

Brief introduction: my name is Ron Hayward, 73, and I have been a volunteer for LOVE, INC for about 8 years designing, making the drawings, BOM [Ed: Bill of Materials], etc. for handicap ramps. On occasion, I even help build them and have supervised 4 or 5 ramp jobs with Project Serve teams in the past.

This week I had the privilege of supervising a GREAT group of young people from Project Serve to build one.

Things didn’t start real good – early Monday morning there had been a thunderstorm that knocked out power in several locations around town – one of them being where we had to build the ramp.

Even though it was still raining lightly my helper & I got the crew started inventorying & re-piling the lumber & digging the necessary post holes (I have an allergy to anything that has a long, wooden handle – LOL),  while I went home for my generator. Progress went very well the rest of the day.

Tuesday went better – power was restored and we made excellent progress the rest of the day. (Except for the time the inspector was there – even that turned out better than it might have.) There was even some time that a couple of the team helped inside the home – washed some windows, etc. Linda, the group leader even made a run to the lumber yard to get some additional material. (I had made an error on the BOM.) The ramp was completed, the yard cleaned up, raked and looked as good as we could make it at day’s end.

This group of young people was one of the best I have ever worked with, honestly. Every one was willing to do whatever was ask – digging, carrying boards, measuring, driving screws, etc. Each of them did some of all the various tasks.

I hope all of them enjoyed the experience and learned something from it.

Looking for Someone?

I thought I’d give a brief, behind-the-scenes look at how we go about collecting photos and videos for the week.

We have two volunteers, Roger and Katie, who are our photographer and videographer respectively. Roger is a professional photographer who specializes in the wildlife and landscapes of West Michigan. If you get a chance, browse through his photos as they provide a wonderful glimpse into Michigan’s natural beauty. Roger’s been our photographer for every Serve, going back four years now.

Katie is one of the technology team’s newest volunteers. She’s armed with her Flip video camera and charged with finding the stories at each work site. In that sense, she’s really a video journalist/storyteller and she’s been doing an awesome job.

We try very hard to get every Serve participant as the week progresses, as we know they all have friends and family back home who are looking for them. Unfortunately it’s a tricky job as a particular group’s work site assignment can change from day to day or even hour to hour. The team may show up at a work site to film a group they haven’t seen before, only to find that the group has moved on and the current group is one they got the day before. Bear with us as we try to make sure we get everyone – if there’s someone you just can’t find, send them a message and tell them to jump in front of the camera! 🙂

One reminder: we have many more photos than what we highlight here at the Serve site. To browse all the photos, head over to our Flickr account and peruse through the entire collection. You might just find that special person you’re looking for!