Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Summer of Service

EPC - Summer of Service

At the beginning of the summer I challenged our entire church to spend a whole lot of time this summer, outside of the walls of our church, helping & serving our community.  Now, our church is already very actively involved in working our community.  Between Faith In Action Sundays twice a year, and quite regularly having life groups and ministry teams out serving at children’s homes, homeless shelters, nursing homes, doing Mini-Home improvement makeovers, and more – we are already a very externally focused church.

However, I felt that we really needed to kick it up a notch. So I challenged our entire church, all of our life groups and ministry teams, to spend the summer serving. Whether it was every week or every couple of weeks to get outside of the walls of our church to help and serve our community and area in the name of Jesus. I challenged everyone to do local mission projects and servant evangelism projects.  Servant evangelism projects meaning – just doing random acts of kindness for the purpose of sharing our faith and inviting people to see what God is doing here at Eagle Pointe Church.

The response to this challenge has been pretty amazing. We have had several of our life groups and ministry teams jump all over this idea.  We have had groups doing cookouts and feeding kids at a children’s home.  Our high school students have been feeding the homeless in downtown Atlanta. Our middle school students have been working at children’s home, as well as, giving away free cold bottled water at a local park and inviting people to church. We had a life group doing cookout at a local park, give away free food, and invite people to church.

It has been amazing to see so many people taking up this challenge and running with it. And as I suspected 😉 everyone who has done this loves it! They love seeing how much other people are being helped buy them giving of their time, talents, energy, and resources. They also love the feeling they themselves get from doing what God has called each and every one of us to do.

If you’re in a life group or ministry team that has not done a summer of service project yet – what are you waiting for? If you’re not in a life group or ministry team – not only do you need to get in one – that here are a couple of upcoming opportunities for you to take part in our summer of service…

1) “HOUSE ANGELS/LIFE GROUP LOCAL MISSION PROJECT” – This Sat. July 11TH – 8:30AM–2:30PM. Our House Angels Team & a couple of our Life Groups are teaming up to do a mini-home improvement makeover (think Faith In Action Sunday) for a struggling family in our area. Contact Rusty Draper, 678-403-1432, volunteers@houseangels.org for more info. 

2) “CITY OF REFUGE LOCAL MISSION PROJECT” – Tues. July 14th – Our High School Ministry & our Creative Arts team (worship, drama, tech) are teaming up to do a concert & cookout for the people at City of Refuge Homeless ministry in Downtown Atlanta. We need lots of help to pull this off – transporting teens & equipment downtown, setting up, etc. Contact Jack Keeler, 404-931-9071,  Jack.Keeler@flagstar.com for more info.

3) “LIFE GROUP SERVANT EVANGELISM PROJECT” – Sat. July 18th from 10AM – 2PM. Our Monday night Crosby Life Group, Thursday night Roman Life Group, & Middle School Ministry will be at a local park cooking out, giving away free food & bottled water, & inviting people to church. Come help us reach out to our community in this way & have a great family day. Contact Tim Roman,  678-478-9816, timroman53@hotmail.com for more info.

We will keep you posted on other projects as we firm up details. These summer of service projects are a great way for you to help us reach out to our community, but they are also a great way for you to get to meet a bunch of people outside of the hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning here at Eagle Pointe Church. I hope you will jump in and help us make this a summer of service.

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One response

  1. Kevin

    Great stuff Howard. It IS amazing how serving changes your life, your direction, your attitude and how you look at life. It is a forward looking movement – when is the next event , when is the next opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and do what needs to be done. But it really is an everyday experience. I see the opportunites everywhere I go – it may be just a hello, how are you or striking up a conversation with someone. The dare to make a differnce is always there.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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