Serving God by Serving Others
Having a heart for service is an integral part of our walk with Christ. God has gifted each of us with unique abilities to use for God’s glory. No matter how you feel called to serve – making music, working with kids or youth, serving Communion, growing food in our garden for local pantries, providing support to church family members in challenging times, and much more! – we can help you find a way to serve God by serving others.
In addition to serving at St. Paul’s and from home, we also work alongside many partner organizations in our community and around the world. Here are a few of the current opportunities to Serve God by serving others; check them out and get involved!
Meeting our *actual* neighbors is one way that God calls us to serve right where we are. This summer we are doing a church-wide focus on neighboring and we want to invite you to join along in worship or a small group. You can download a block map here. Print it off, hang it on your fridge, and fill each house with the names and information you learn about your neighbors that are the eight closest front doors to you. Having the reminder somewhere visible in your home will help you to remember their names as you learn them, remind you to pray for them, and to answer God’s call to be a good neighbor. Our goal is to move from stranger to acquaintance to a relationship. Neighboring can begin by something as simple as spending more time in your front yard or apartment common spaces to be more present to your neighbors. Then knock on a door and take some cookies. Ask their names. You can find neighboring tips from our friends at Neighboring Movement to start your journey of neighboring today.
First Sunday Food Drives
Our next food drive is Sunday, July 4. If you’re at church for worship you can drop off your donations then, or stop by from 12:30-1:30 and drive through the upper parking lot. We’ll be happy to greet you!
The Hub Argentine is asking for 15 oz cans of protein beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, cannellini, kidney, chili, refried, and pork and beans).
JoCo Multi-Service Center is looking for chunky soups, sloppy joe sauce, canned pastas, and rice/noodle mixes. They will also welcome a variety of other non-perishable foods at this time.
Thanks for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others!
Interfaith Hospitality Network Ministry
We’re partnering with St. Andrew to resume hosting IHN situationally homeless families and single women one week every quarter. Our next week will be July 11-18.
Training is encouraged for current volunteers and potential new volunteers. The training will be held June 24, 6:30-8:30pm at Grace Covenant College Church, 11100 College Blvd. (College & Nieman). COVID guidelines will be in place and masks are required.
Volunteers are needed in a number of different ways:
- Evening hosts – spend 4 hours in the evening hanging out with the guests
- Overnight hosts – 9pm-6:30am shift. Limited interaction with the guests but you are spending the night at the church to be available if issues arise.
- Van drivers – drive the guests from the church to the IHN family center.
- Meal prep – we prepare a Friday night meal (and sometimes a Sunday night meal) and deliver to church.
- Supply breakfast and lunch items
Refugee Family Ministry
St. Paul’s is partnering with Ushindi United Methodist Fellowship and Dialogue Institute to welcome a family through the refugee settlement program at Catholic Charities.
Our role will be to help furnish a home so the family has what they need. The family will likely be placed in KCK and move here in mid-July.
Help us welcome this family!
- Donate used or new items: basic household furniture, double and twin bed frames, bed linens, blankets, dishes, utensils, and cookware, cleaning, and bath items. Items due July 17. There will be a cart at church labeled “Refugee Ministry” for you to drop off the items. Furniture can be placed in the Bridge hallway downstairs or delivered to Janean Grogan’s home (contact Janean for more info).
- Donate new mattresses & pillows: donate or provide a source for NEW double and twin size mattresses. Items due July 17.
- Movers: we need people with trucks or large SUVS to move the items from the church to the apartment, and also strong movers who can carry furniture and boxes easily, set up beds, fill cabinets, and stage the apartment for the family’s arrival. Contact Janean if you’d like to serve in this way.
- Cash: If you’d like to donate cash, the best way to do that is to give directly to St. Paul’s operating budget, which is used to support ministries like these.
Tend the Food Pantry Garden
All of the fresh veggies and fruits from our garden go to local food pantries. Contact Kurt Hookstra for more info, and be sure to join our Facebook garden group to stay in the loop. You can bring your kitchen scraps to the compost bin all year long! There’s always something growing on in the garden.