2023 Summer of service

During June and July, our church participated in a “Summer of Service” as a part of our outreach ministry. The weekly community service opportunities were designed to bring the congregation and local community together to make the world a better place. Our first service project of the summer was a great success! We filled 8 baskets with drinks, snacks and activities to place in waiting rooms at the hospitals. Thank you to those who donated items and their time! For the second service project, we spent the evening writing thank you notes and packaging treats for our local fire and police. On Friday, we delivered them. Thankful for those who provided and packaged the treats, wrote notes and delivered them. During the third service project, we helped with some yard work at 2 nearby homes. The evening was spent mowing, weed eating, trimming bushes, picking up sticks and removing trash from the yards. Thank you to our church members and scouts from Troop 4328 and 324 for working hard to clean up the yards! For the next weekly service project, we painted inspiring messages on rocks to distribute throughout God's creation. These rocks (which were hidden for the public to find, view, and enjoy) included scripture, encouragement, and love! We will hosted an ice cream social during that time; a perfect way to kick off the season of summer! During our fifth service project, members and friends of Ebenezer Lutheran Church hosted a Drive Thru Prayer Station! ANYONE and EVERYONE was invited and welcomed to follow the signs, pull in our parking lot, and receive a prayer from one of our prayer teams. No matter who you are, where you're from, what you do, or even what vehicle you drive, everyone is worthy of receiving prayer! We want to share prayer with you... without judgement, or payment, or guilt. The prayers we gave are our way to help you encourage and uplift your spirit during a busy summer day! We kicked off July’s service projects preparing and serving dinner for 70 people at Rowan Helping Ministries. What a spiritually rewarding experience! For the next service project, we gathered to fill more than 50 bags with essential items to give to those in need in our local community. Many thanks to those who donated items to put in the bags and for all who came to help!! On July 20th, as part of our Summer of Service, we had a Christmas in July theme. We spent the evening caroling at Best of Care and at homes of our home-bound members. For our last service project of the summer, church members, scouts and leaders from Troops 4328, 328 and 324 helped fill appreciation bags for an upcoming teacher training session held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. We filled 60 bags of goodies to assist the teachers in the new school year.

Although these weekly service projects made the summer months pass more quickly than necessary, participating in each was spiritually rewarding.

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