Weekend of Service Sign-ups Underway!

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Weekend of Service signups are underway, T-shirt requests are being received, donations have been requested, and volunteers are being sought to man the Bike-A-Thon. The Weekend of Service is designed for individuals of all ages to get out into the community and experience a first time uncomplicated, short, easy service project. It’s meant to be intergeneration so bring the whole family along. Let’s share our “Jesus Filled” spirit with our neighbors.

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Add your name to the T-Shirt list so we know what sizes and how many to order. That way we can keep an eye on our groups – especially our very special children — as well as let our community know about First Church.

Call or email the church office at 434-8288 and let us know your size(s) and the number of T-shirts to order.

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Excitement is growing for our day of service in our community. We have nine service projects listed, some with multiple parts. Check them out and think about bringing a few items to support the project of your choice.

Project & Leader Description Items to be Donated
School Kits – Auburn & Ruth Boyers Assemble school kits School Kits1 pair rounded tip blunt metal scissors

3 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages

1 30-centimeter ruler (12 ʺ)

1 hand-held pencil sharpener

1 box 24 (only) crayons

1 large eraser

6 new pencils with erasers

1 12ʺ x14ʺ to 14ʺ x17ʺ cotton or lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles


Install New Basketball Net & Stain Picnic Tables – Derek Young There are 2 projects:
#1: putting a coat of stain on our many picnic tables under our shelter: this will require a good bit of standing and painting; as-well-as some moving and lifting of picnic tables. Anyone with hand or wrist problem might want to select another project.
#2: Church Basketball Court Improvement: We will be making some small improvements to our outside basketball court!
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Mobile Home Park Ministry – School & Food Backpacks – Micah Morris Visit one or two mobile home parks to distribute school supplies and food. Interact with the residents and hopefully share a lunch with them
NCP Fence Painting – Sharon Helbert, Beth Jarrett, & Julie Foster Paint the fence around two cows and two calves owned by the New Community Project 10 Paint Brushes
Park Trash Pick-up – Heather Smith & Heidi Bunn Come join us for a walk around Westover Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. We will provide gloves and bags for everyone! As we walk we can pick up the litter that we find along the way. This is a great opportunity for those involved to serve the community and enjoy an outdoor activity. Trash bags or plastic grocery bags; gloves
Bottled Water Distribution – Heather Smith & Heidi Bunn Ever been in a Park and couldn’t find any water? Never fear First Church of the Brethren is here! We will visit parks by driving to them and passing out water bottles with our church logo on them to park goers. We will also stop and have a “play time” for the kids that are participating in this activity. Water bottles, wagons or coolers with wheels to pull water at the park
Nursing Home Visit – Heather Smith & Heidi Bunn Visit Nursing Home. Play Bingo, a game, or just visit. The visit will follow the Bottled Water Distribution Bingo, prizes
Hospital Visit – Beth Cash 2-3 visits to Sentara RMH to cover the different shifts. The group will hand out lollipops with Bible verses, a thank you for your service, and our church name on them. Lollipops will be assembled on Friday night, 8/21. In between trips to the hospital, additional lollipops will be assembled as needed. Large bags of LollipopsRibbon
Prayer Room – John Mark Logan Offer prayers for the Weekend of Service projects and participants, for our community, nation, & world. A box soliciting prayer requests will be available during the sign-up period None
Camp Brethren Woods – Doug Phillips & Beth Jarrett The team will stain the deck of the new building at Brethren Woods. Depending on the size of the team and time, additional projects include wood cutting and splitting, pressure washing, cleaning, and tree trimming. Supplies for the project are provided. Bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately. None

 Other Activities

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Project & Leader Description Date & Time(s) # Participants & Requirements
Bike-A-Thon – Heidi Bunn 8/21 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Small Prizes & refreshments
Rec Center Swimming – Brenda Fox One-hour swim at pool at Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Center, 305 S. Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 8/22 – 7:00-8:00 pm No limit. Bring swim suit, flip flops, & towel
Camping on church grounds – Julie Foster Individuals/families will supply their own tens and equipment including food, cleanup, and take down. Camping can be done one night or both nights 8/21 and 8/22 Either 8/21 or 8/22 or both nights Tents, sleeping bags, food, towels, clothing, other equipment as needed

This is all in conjunction with Pastor Beth’s sermon series on service. During the August 2nd service, Julie Foster and Heather Smith gave a great informational skit about our Weekend of Service, and Rachel Thomas gave an inspirational presentation about her service trip to Guatemala.

Weekend of Service Schedule

Friday, Aug 21 – Day of Service Kick-off (Participants are to eat at home before coming to the church

  • Bike-A-Thon (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Refreshments

Sat, Aug 22 – Day of Service

  • 8:30 a.m. – Prayer & Commissioning
  • Morning Service Projects – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Lunch (on your own; bread, P&J, & chips available at the church)
  • Afternoon Service Projects – 1:00 p.m. to 5: 00 p.m.
  • Cook-out Dinner at Church – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Swimming – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Aug 23 – Church Service with Day of Service Celebration and Story Telling.

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  • Eat dinner ahead of Friday night’s kick-off
  • Bring a bag lunch for Saturday
  • Parents are responsible for transporting their own children
  • Bring water, sun screen, and maybe a hat
  • Make sure your project leader has your signed permission slip with an emergency contact name and phone number
  • Saturday cook-out is provided by the church
  • Saturday swimming from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. is at the Rec Center. Bring a swim suit, towel, and flip flops
  • Campers are responsible for their own equipment, set up and take down, and food other than Saturday evening dinner
  • Have fun, enjoy the fellowship, and serve our community!


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