First Serves: A New Tradition

October 22, 2018

 

Our 2018 Stewardship campaign culminated with a new FPC tradition on October 14.

First Serves, a congregational day of service, saw countless church members and friends of all ages rolling up their sleeves to work on projects ranging from church beautification to meal preparation and assisting local outreach partners.  In the span of a few hours after worship we accomplished the following…

  • Letters were written to 7 missionaries and 40 at-home members
  • 35 people were prayed for and sent notes from the Prayer Ministry Team
  • 20 blankets were made for two-year-olds at Lakewood Preschool
  • 10,000 meals were packaged for hungry people around the globe through Rise Against Hunger
  • 21 flower arrangements were made from the sanctuary flowers and delivered to people with the message that FPC cares about them
  • 775 goodie bags were put together for HEART tutoring students for their winter and summer breaks
  • 30 student folders, 10 pencil pouches, tutor supplies and 20 packs of tutor information were prepared for Westerly Hills Academy
  • 6 homes received a meal of homemade calzones from the Meal Ministry
  • 20 pieces of silver were polished
  • Sanctuary and choir loft were cleaned
  • Downstairs windows were washed
  • The main kitchen was scrubbed
  • Closets were cleaned out and organized

But First Serves was about much more than the numbers.  Engaging members of all ages and backgrounds in programs designed to support and lift up other people provided a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with one another.  Through fellowship, worship, and service, God was glorified and our community was strengthened.

~ The Reverend Katherine Kerr