I’ll be setting up a web cam to watch as everyone gets back from the work sites; one of the first things they do is check their mailboxes. Stop by the site at 4 PM EST to watch live as they get your e-mails, or swing by later to watch the recorded version.
Some of our work groups began landscaping projects on Monday at area parks (both city and state) and our local Christian schools. Muskegon is heavily dependent on manufacturing; as those jobs increasingly leave the area, the changes have also threatened another area staple: the natural beauty of the lakeshore. Without volunteers such as Project Serve, many of the area parks would have been unable to operate.
In the past two days, we’ve already had 51 messages sent to our serve participants via the contact form. That’s awesome!
I thought some of you might be interested in knowing how your message gets from the web site to the recipient. When you fill out the form, it sends an e-mail with the message to myself (the Muskegon Serve webmaster and tech guy) and our prayer coordinator. One of us prints up the e-mails each morning, usually around 10 or 11 AM EST, so if you have a message that you want to arrive on a particular day get it in before then 🙂
All Serve participants were assigned an mailbox; these are usually mailboxes for families A-L at our church, but they’re taken over for a week during Serve. Once the messages are printed off, they delivered to the appropriate mailbox, usually along with a small gift from the participant’s prayer partner (everybody has one).
It’s great fun seeing how excited everybody (kids and adults alike) gets over checking their mailbox, so I’ll try to get some video of that tomorrow. Until then, keep sending those messages!
More slideshow goodness with photos from Sunday (breakfast, commissioning service) and Monday (cleaning, landscaping, and working to preserve and protect the dunes).
The commissioning service and hopes for the week ahead.
Saturday saw the various groups arrive. Once everyone had settled in, the group (all 90+) traveled to a local park to enjoy sunset over Lake Michigan.
Today got off to a good start as the Serve participants enjoyed breakfast with their prayer partners for the week. After a group photo, the sanctuary was packed with people and energy as Pastor Ropp challenged everyone to offer their every day lives as a sacrifice for God’s glory. Listen to the service to hear how the congregation responded:[audio:09_commissioning_service.mp3]
Two more days… our worship team had a get-together last night to make sure we’re all set for the upcoming week. Meanwhile work continues on getting the web site up and running, training our volunteers, preparing food, collecting tools, and most importantly: praying.
A brief look at what the entire week was about. Intended for use during a Sunday service.
The last work day rocks the house; all the usual suspects plus a special message in the flowers, a four course dinner, and an over-the-top worship time.
The roof looks more finished than not, ramps are tested, and yet more painting and cleaning ensue.
Work continues: ramps are built, trees felled (though not by us), and shingles begin appearing on the roof.
The teams head out to the various sites for the first day of work.
Sunday began with a group photo. The Serve team attended a commissioning service at the host church (Calvin CRC) an then enjoyed a day of rest, fun, and fellowship before a week of hard work.
Day one saw the various youth groups arrive, get settled in, and enjoy some time at the beach.