Since the pandemic began, I have been so impressed by the body of Christ’s response to continuing to love our neighbor in new, innovative, and safe ways. This spring, over 8,000 meals were served to children, over $8,000 and many food donations supported Madisonville Education and Assistance Center’s food pantry, assisted children in reading over the summer virtually through Summer Camp Reading, and calls were made to check in on members to name a few.
As we enter the new school year and fall, we continue to be creative in our work of sharing God’s love to our community. Knowing we are all called to do our part, I wanted to lift up some opportunities:
1. Donate for the blood drive happening in the Hyde Park Community UMC’s parking lot on Monday, August 17th from 1:00p-7:00p. We have surpassed our goal of 25 and there are a few more open spots so that you can give life to others. Reserve your spot here: http://www.hoxworth.org/groups/hpcumc
2. Next week on August 17, 19, and 21st we will be distributing meals to children at 3 different schools in the area from 11:00a-12:00p. Sign up to serve here: https://rb.gy/azo0nd
3. Be part of a virtual book discussion, How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, led by the Justice Ministry team exploring how we can be allies in antiracist work in September. Find out more and sign up at: http://hydeparkchurch.org/justice/
4. We will be doing a donation drive for Interfaith Hospitality Network since we have not been able to host families during the month of September. You can drop off items starting September 7 in the Welcome Center. You can find the needs list on the banner of the homepage at hydeparkchurch.org
5. Super Serve Saturdays will restart in a new, pandemic friendly format on the third Saturday of each month starting September 19. More information will be coming!
6. Thanksgiving Baskets this year will be via a $50 gift card. We need your donations to feed 552 families and there will be a card writing (or decorating for children) campaign happening in October!
There are a variety of ways to get involved based on your comfort level, ability, and interest! I encourage you to pray over this list and choose at least one way to show God’s love to our neighbors this fall.
Looking forward to continuing to serving alongside you in new, creative, and safe ways this fall and beyond!