As fall is in full spring and our calendars are filling up, we hope to remind you of the slower days of summer by sharing with you a few reflections from the volunteers who participated in the Summer Service Weekend with the Congregational Church. May we never miss an opportunity to live the greatest commandment and love our neighbor.
When asked how the experience changed them, some volunteers shared the following:
"The opportunity to serve others in our community was a reminder that there are needs everywhere that we can address. We are called to go into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. This weekend reminded me that sometimes serving God means helping those around the corner. As Mother Teresa reminds us, 'I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?' How lucky for me that I met many new neighbors that weekend."
"Even though this activity was local, one cannot be involved in such work without heightening one's awareness of the millions throughout the state, country and world who need similar help, who need the hand of God reaching out to them through our hands, through my hands. It was a great weekend."
"This experience certainly humbled me. I know how hard it is for ME to ask for help. Independence is such a necessity in our lives and having to admit that some of that independence has faded with the passing years, or circumstances of life, is such a hard thing to admit to yourself, let alone to someone else. It was such a joy and a pleasure to be able to give someone a little help when they needed it. And I met so many lovely people this past weekend, and I am blessed for just that alone."