Monday, June 23, 2008

Serves Up

Saturday my church spent the day doing service projects around our area.
My favorite thing to do is spend time with people I love so this was pretty much a perfect day.

There were alot of projects that we could be part of but when Julie, Jay and I were deciding what to sign up for we decided to adopt the one which could take on the most volunteers and then we'd invite everyone on our ministry team to join us.

I spent most of the day cleaning out the basement of a small church which had 4 feet of water during the flood. We painted a little and spent alot of time scraping the floor to get it clean.
Michael spent the day chopping wood
The Resnick kids were there and when we found some trashed preschool chairs in the basement we thought it would be cool if they repainted and decorated them. So Joyce, Molly and Andy worked with them on this.

Toward the end of the day, the Pastor's wife of this tiny struggling church and I were having a conversation. She mentioned she had heard that one of the people in our group had a critically ill parent and that their little church would be praying for that family the next morning. Well, that person is me. My dad probably only has a couple of days left and her kindness pretty much undid me.
Julie, me, Pastor's wife, Joyce
Truthfully, I had gotten up Saturday wondering about whether I should go to Vernonia for the day or stay home to pull things together before my trip home to see my Mom and Dad, but I knew that my dad would have gone to serve, so in honor of his impact on me, I went and I'm so glad I did.

Here are some other pics from the day
Molly and Andy's masterpiece
We got dirty! Sunday in church the girls ran up and showed me they STILL had paint on their hands... loved that moment!
me, Andy & Bug

I loved the day because it was multi-gen, time spent with old friends, made new friends and we did something good for someone else, there was sweat, tears, laughter and some work AND art got done!

Life is for living.
(thanks to Julie, Elaine and Bryce for the pics, i forgot to bring my camera!)


Jenni Clayville said...

I LOVE these pictures. Thanks for sharing with those of us who couldn't make it.

BTW... thanks for the Starbucks this morning. LOVE YOU!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, awesome post Janet. (and yes, for the record, you made me cry.....again.)
Love you. Praying for you.
Debbie Stewart