Part of our strategic plan of “Connecting More People to Christ” is to love Kitsap and our world. As we seek to grow our outreach, it is good to stop and celebrate along the way. Indeed, affirmations spur us on to keep following Jesus and in that light, one of the endeavors of our Community Connector, Cathy Bohman, is to find out all the existing ways that individual members of SLC are serving and giving to our community. There are many ways we, as congregation, extend God’s love to our community but what about all the unseen ways members of SLC reach out to Kitsap and our world? From a summer survey and the service activities on Rally Day “God’s Work, Our Hands” event, here is what we know:
- 124 individuals/households donated 485 gifts to 77 different organizations (locally and around the world) – many thousands of dollars (does not include giving to SLC).
- 124 individuals/households took 323 opportunities to serve in 64 different kinds of places…many, many thousands of servant hours over the course of a year! (beyond serving at/through SLC)
Thanks be to God for how God’s story is shaping each of our stories to be servants in our world!
As a congregation, there is too much to recount here but this is what we accomplished on Rally Day at our God’s Work Our Hands event:
- Assembled 20 hygiene kits – Benedict House
- Assembled 20 LWR School Kits – global (Julie says we will be sending a total of 100 school kits-PB got to assembly the 100th kit!)
- Put together 5 staff appreciation tote bags for SLC Preschool staff & wrote many heartfelt notes of gratitude and encouragement
- Put together 100 Life Paxs (supplies to give to those on the streets in need)
- 25 Backpacks for kids (Backpacks with food and supplies that go home with kids in need on Fridays)
- Painted squares for a quilt to share with Benedict House
- Decorated 15 pots & planted mums for SLC homebound folks – delivered by SLC folks
- Created many cards/messages for SLC deployed military – gave care packages to Megan & Cody
- Created 48 bookmarks for Silver Ridge Elementary Reading Buddies program – SLC folks read to 2nd grade students
- Tied 6 fleece blankets for Emerald Heights Elementary classrooms for their “calming corners” – Denyse Hemmersbach took them in on Monday & says that the teachers absolutely loved them
- Dug the foundation hole for the new SLC fire pit
- Decorated “giving jars” for families/individuals to collect loose change during the coming year. Each quarter folks will be asked to bring their $ to SLC to combine together with others’ money and distribute to one of three causes: 1) local changes each quarter: Backpacks 4 Kids (Sept-Nov), Benedict House (Dec – Feb), Habitat for Humanity (Mar – May), Central Kitsap Food Bank (June – Aug); 2) Disaster Relief or 3) ELCA World Hunger. The hope is for this simple act will encourage a stewardship discipline of giving beyond themselves to make a difference … beginning with our youngest children.
SLC is extending the love and care of our Lord Kitsap, our nation, and world. Thanks be to God!