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Community Service Day

April 17, 2012

We are currently in Florida, at a camp in Leesburg with other United Methodist Church missionaries for a time of training and then commissioning.  It has already been a faith-stretching time, and we will share more about this experience next week… but here is another update that we didn’t quite get around to posting last month.

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On March 24th, volunteers from the congregation, the other EBM projects, and other community partners joined together in a community service day.  We joined together to accomplish 19 mostly small projects around the community – helping people with some garden work where it had gotten beyond them, or painting tasks that were either out of reach or not in their skill set.

A group works on painting the fence of a community member

The wonderful thing about the day was the relationships made or strengthened.  As people work alongside each other, they get to know one another better.  Over a year ago, the women’s group at EBM joined together with a women’s group at the community centre in the adjacent, predominantly Catholic, neighbourhood.  They meet together every week, alternating locations between EBM and the other community centre.  Because these friendships have been formed, we were able to ask the pensioners group at the same community centre if they had any small

jobs that we could help with on the community service day.  A few volunteers joined the women’s group in helping at seven homes in this community.

We are thankful for that particular day, and are also thankful to be working in a place where this value of serving the community is demonstrated day in and day out.

May you know God’s peace this day, and wisdom for how you might be God’s servant today among the people around you.

     “When [Jesus] had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.  “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Britt and Rev. Gary Mason alongside some from the women's group at this gardening project.

Ellie and Emily join with Alison in a gardening project

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  1. Susan Wales permalink
    April 17, 2012 5:55 am

    It truly strengthen relationships when people work together for a common goal. How wonderful to involve your children in these projects too. In a similar project in LA, our helped people with their painting, yard work, and house repairs. The results were astounding s it significantly reduced crime in the area over a relatively short period of time. You and your mission work are in our prayers. Blessings!

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