Saturday of Service – Sept. 8, 2018

Posted 06/15/18

Saturday of Service,  September 8, 2018
An Intergenerational Day of Helping Our Community

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy.”
-Kahlil Gibran

As you have read in the June Footnotes, we are now ready to take sign-ups our fun work day with family and friends. Don’t miss out! On June 9 we initiated our first church-wide on-line sign-ups. If you weren’t present that day, you will be able to go online to sign-up from home. And if the concept of signing up on the computer just doesn’t sound good we will have clipboards in the courtyard as well. (And your fourth option is always to call the church office!). 

Sign-ups can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfocwR-zb1Dlg-eQ6f8izMn96AR1OjkEkuspt6pSvAc0sV_ng/viewform?c=0&w=1

So what is this Saturday of Service all about?

It is an opportunity to join with others to help the environment and provide better lives for local animals and people who will benefit from our work.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 We will all gather for breakfast and blessing in the Parish Hall
9:00 You can join your carpool to go to the site of your choice
9:30-12:00 Work in teams at a variety of locations
12:00 Return home a little tired but greatly satisfied with the time you gave to others

Work sites include:

  • Pandemonium – A wild bird sanctuary in Los Altos Hills. We will clean and replace the substrata in the aviaries.
  • Haven House – Temporary shelter and life skills to homeless families and adults. We will help in their community garden.
  • Operation Care and Comfort – They send useful items and personal items to our troops in the armed services overseas. We will pack boxes to be shipped to the troops.
  • Village Harvest – This agency coordinates volunteers harvesting fruits from trees in private homes to supply Second Harvest.
  • Collective Roots – bringing fresh produce and healthy food options to low-income families. We will help in the gardening and other chores.
  • Deer Hollow Farm – providing care for the animals and their living spaces.
  • Parish Hall Activities – Many options from creating cards for shut-ins to making fleece blankets for animals at shelters to preparing packages for service members through Operation Care and Comfort. No one is too young, too old, or too limited to be of service.

We are planning to design and order T-shirts for all of us to wear on this day. When you sign up you will be asked to indicate your shirt size. We hope it will help us recognize our own team members and will be a fond reminder of your day of service.

I started with a quote from Kahlil Gibran. I want to close with words from Mother Teresa:

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”

—Judi Gentry