The Well 2018 (Day 2)June 04, 2018
June 4, 2018
We had a great second day at The Well today! We began the day with breakfast in Alderman Hall, where we heard from Chris a reminder of how important it is for us to be involved in service in our community, not because it make us feel good about ourselves, but because we are capable of making visible changes in the lives of our neighbors.
After the Pack Rat team bagged over 60 lunches for our MUST Ministries partners, we hit the road to begin our first full day of service. One team visited Kathy Alley’s home and helped her out with some heavy duty yard work. Their efforts were greatly rewarded though with a homemade cake and fresh flowers from her garden.
The other half of the team headed over to the HomeStretch site where they were put to work flipping one of their units with the goal to be move-in ready by Friday. After washing machines were shuttled out, closets and ceilings were painted, and lawns were mowed, the unit we worked in was leaps & bounds closer to being ready for a father and his 14-year-old son to move into by the end of this week. I was lucky enough to work with this team today, and between playing tetris with the storage unit, telling Jaymi to stop moving heavy things, and fixing 2 broken lawn mowers, we shared such a cool experience of getting that apartment ready to welcome a new family with open arms.
Finally, a third group was able to stay at RPC this morning and help our very own Carrie Weatherford prepare for the feat that is VBS. Decorating is in full swing! These kids are in for an awesome week!
After a long morning of work we gathered at Roswell Area Park for a quick lunch and a quick stop by the playground (of course) and then headed for a quick trip to, well, QuickTrip. We were met back at the church with a super eye-opening budgeting seminar by NFCC. Our students’ eyes were opened to some of the sacrifices families working minimum wage jobs are faced with and were challenged to think about some of the ways they could work to help meet the most basic needs of some of these families. We came up with the ideas to make regular donations and to volunteer where needed, but to also simply be kind seeing as though we don’t truly know what anyone is experiencing at home.
Our last act of service for the day was on our very own front porch where we unloaded chairs and prepped the gym for the new contemporary service. The students were so excited to help play a part is such a landmark event of RPC!
After dinner we spent time worshiping with Karmen again, singing with the knowledge that if our God is for us, no one can stand against us. Finally, RPC’s very own Bill Silzle- Director of Administration and previous executive director of Family Promise of North Fulton/ Dekalb- came and spoke to us about the hand our church has had in the development of extremely well-known organizations in our area such as the Drake House, Home Stretch, Roswell Housing Administration, and many more. I know that I am thankful to be a part of a church who has their hand in so many different organizations serving the often over-looked homeless population of Roswell.
To finish the night, we played an intense (even though a little confusing) game of glow-in-the-dark capture the flag. Thankfully we made it through the game with-out injuries, despite noodle fights breaking out in almost every hall way.
We are praying again for safety at our worksites tomorrow, and are looking forward to interactions with neighbors of our church as we head out to our first bock party of the week! I can’t wait to see what God is doing to open the eyes of our students and our leaders to the need for service in our own communities!