Join us as the groups get back from one of the hottest work days of the week.
The night started out with bananas and ended in a great worship time challenging the kids for the week ahead.
Highlights from today’s Sunday morning worship service, where the SERVE participants were commissioned for their week of serving:[audio:10_commissioning_service.mp3]
He tweets, he posts to Facebook, he is mayor of Calvin Church (according to foursquare)… it’s Kyle Adams.
Kyle is SERVE’s resident geek. He handles all the technology, from putting the photos online to the live video streaming from our robotic webcam.
Kyle loves playing with the latest whizbang gadgetry and can be found behind his Mac laptop during the wee hours of the morning discovering new technology tools & ways to use them. His goal during SERVE is to use his knowledge & those tools to create a way for SERVE participants to communicate with friends and family back home. We want to involve them as much as possible so that they can understand what their loved ones are experiencing. Kyle hopes that this understanding not only keeps them closer during the week but will also help start conversations about the SERVE experience once everyone heads back home.
I think this photo explains more about Erika’s personality than I ever could. What kind of job do you put someone like this on? The Barnabus Team, that’s what! Erika heads up the team responsible for “bringing treats out to the worksites in the afternoons along with some encouragement to help [the kids] work hard through the end of the day.” She’s excited to be part of SERVE because she loves “seeing people living in community and showing the world that being a Christian is a blast!”
This is Dee Scott’s first year as a worksite co-coordinator; along with Paul Wilson she helps track down folks in Muskegon who need help and then matches them with the SERVE groups. Dee’s favorite part of SERVE is “seeing the way the kids pull together by the end of the week as a unit.”
Dee has an adventurous side, as she’d like to follow in Junior’s… er… Indiana Jones’ footsteps, starring in Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the movie starts out with Jones making his way past booby traps in a Peruvian temple, Dee is more likely to be found a little further north, in Nicaragua. She’s busy learning Spanish as part of the mission work in which she and her husband Ric are involved.
Dee felt God’s presence recently while listening to a loved one pour out their heart: “although my stomach was in knots, I knew God was there giving me the right words to say.”
Even though Serve is over, this web site will be busy for another week (at least!). We still have videos, audio, and photos to publish, so keep visiting.
For serve participants: if you made new friends during the week with whom you’d like to keep in touch, join our Facebook group, Muskegon Serve.
Today was the day away, in more ways then we’d intended.
Alas, my entire family caught a cold, which I’ve discovered as the father of two kids under three is significantly different from just me catching a cold. One result is that I’ve had much less time to devote to Serve today, which is kinda a bum deal since it is also the “fun day” for everyone.
We’ll still have a slideshow, photos will be posted, etc. but I apologize for the general lack of updates today.
The mailroom is now closed. Our last batch of messages was delivered later than normal today for other reasons, but a nice side effect was more time for last minute messages, but as some groups will be leaving very early tomorrow, there won’t be any more deliveries.
All in all, we had over three hundred and fifty messages sent during the week. The kids were genuinely surprised at how many e-mails they would find each day as well as who was sending them e-mails. I regularly heard comments like “Someone from my church e-mailed me; it isn’t just my mom!” or “I didn’t think my grandparent even knew about the web site!”
Thanks for your words of encouragement, tidbits of wisdom, and news from the homefront.
A slideshow from the last work day; don’t be fooled, as there was also plenty of fun.
Since Thursday is the last work day we typically have a nice dinner for the Serve participants to come back after a week of hard work. It was also a good opportunity to let the kids ham it up for the camera (again).
Normally the God Sightings bit goes up the day after, but for one night only we have not only yesterday’s but also today’s, hot off the presses:
Wednesday’s God Sightings:[audio:09_godsightings_03_wednesday.mp3]
Thursday’s God Sightings:[audio:09_godsightings_04_thursday.mp3]
The groups have been arriving back at different times today as they finish up various work projects on the last work day of the week. Consequently we’re going to change the live Mail Call show around a bit. Tonight’s formal dinner begins at 5:30 PM EST; the webcam will be at the entrance to the dining room as everyone arrives for dinner.
Wow, I can’t believe we’re entering the last days of Serve. Today (Thursday) is the last work day.
The participants are in for a treat tonight at dinner, as we pull out all the stops: candlelight, linens, wait staff… fine dining to congratulate them on a week of hard work.
Then Friday is the day off, a chance to relax and have a little fun. Let’s hope the good weather we’ve had (most of) this week sticks around. Right now the forecasts are predicting slightly cooler (temps in upper 60s F/teens C) with a 10-30% chance of rain.
Ramps are finished, you don’t need snow for snow angels, and we confirm that musicians love to ham it up for the camera and are suckers for wacky photoshoots (how else do you explain all that album cover art?).
We start out with a crashing golf cart and go from there… Tuesday’s God Sightings.[audio:09_godsightings_02_tuesday.mp3]
Alas, technical difficulties foiled my attempt at saving today’s mail call. I apologize to those who may have missed out on today’s live broadcast; hopefully tomorrow will go better.
Includes photos from conquering an ice cream mountain on Monday night, serving food to the community from the Gleaner’s trunk, more ramps, painting, and more ice cream.
In case you missed it, here’s the pre-recorded edition of today’s mail call. We’ll be on the air again tomorrow at 4:30 PM EST; note that’s a change from today’s 4 PM air time. It seemed like most people were still in the showers at 4 PM, so we’ll give them a little more time to get decent. 🙂
Each evening Dawn (our speaker) does a segment she calls “God Sightings”. It’s a chance for the kids (and adults, but especially the kids) to talk about where they saw God at work that day. I’ll be posting the audio from these bits throughout the week, so enjoy![audio:09_godsightings_01_monday.mp3]