The SERVE teams all love it when the Barnabas teams arrive on site. The Barnabas team brings snacks (popsicles, ice cream, etc.) with them out to each work site, providing the teams with a much needed break. It’s a good opportunity to sit a spell and smile, as demonstrated here.
This is our special SERVE backhoe.
Picasso he is not.
This one’s for you, Mom.
80 degrees F (27 C) outside and he has a plaid hat with ear flaps.
Our awesome worship band for the week.
Taking the theme a bit literally, eh?
White sand, blue skies, blue water.
Mighty handsome bunch.
Meet MaryAnn Mellema, our prayer coordinator. MaryAnn is responsible for making sure all SERVE participants are matched with prayer partners for the week. Aside from prayer, these partners, who are from Calvin and other community churches, are responsible for providing their participants with a daily gift and note of encouragement.
Each participant has their own mailbox. While they’re out at the work sites, MaryAnn and her crew of prayer elves (I like to think of her as a kind of Prayer Santa) fill everyone’s mailboxes with the gifts and notes from their prayer partners, as well as any messages received via the web site. The kids head to the showers, tired and hot after a day of hard work. After cleaning up they arrive back at the church just in time to pick up their gifts for the day.
We’ll be broadcasting mail call during the week; it’s always fun to see their reactions as they see what goodies are waiting for them each day.
Erica lays down the rules for “Pirates and Pilgrims”.
Yeah, that’s how we roll.
Happy to report they did not bust.
SERVErs arriving on Saturday will come through this intersection. The church is local traffic so roll right on past the barricades.
At least relative to most of the country. One of the benefits of living on Lake Michigan is that the lake acts as a giant AC.
The final host team meeting.
Meet Brian Kingshott, AKA The Head Honcho. Brian is Calvin CRC’s hardest working youth pastor. Don’t be afraid to say “Hi!” – he’s mostly house broken and usually doesn’t bite.