Monday, September 27, 2010

September Serve

Each year the Missions Pastor at our church organizes September Serve.   Everyone is encouraged to find a mission or service type project to work on in our community during the month (and hopefully continue through the year).

On Saturday the 24th over 25 teams from our church spread out all over the Houston area working together on various projects.  Some hosted a camp for 125 inner city youth.  Others painted a Habitat for Humanity  house and our family signed up for this project:

We helped paint, clean and do maintenance projects at Harper United Methodist Church in Monaville, Texas.    This church was founded in 1881.  It is tucked back down a country road and is home to  a small, mostly elderly congregation.   I’m not sure how far back this  building dates, but it was probably built in the early 1900’s.

We painted the front porch, scraped and cleaned the windows.  Worked on ceiling fans and light fixtures, and other miscellaneous items on the ‘to-do’ list.

It was a blessing to work together as a family and with others on this beautiful church.  This historic church needs much more TLC, and hopefully we can go again and help to scrape the wood and re-paint the rest of the church. 

Here we are working away:

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The group hard at work on the porch:

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I just noticed on their sign it says “Catch the Spirit of Love”  There was definitely a spirit of love on that day in Monaville.

♥    Joy

19 comments:

Cicero Sings said...

What a neat thing to get involved with. Such a good example/project for the youth too. The weather looks like it shone on you too.

Karin said...

What an excellent idea! Looks like y'all had fun!

Tracy P. said...

Love this! It's a happy day when we get to serve together as a family. Thanks for sharing the pics!

NENSA MOON said...

It sounds great, Joy...
I love to see you with your family on the pics...
What a happy day!!

hugs,
nensa

Susan said...

How wonderful!!! You KNOW I liked this one. I love an old church like that. What character and what tales to tell. Mickey & I renewed our marriage vows 22 years ago (after 30 years) in just such a church. The pictures are GREAT and I can sense the joy and fulfillment this brought your family. Good for your Church doing this every year.

Melody said...

What a great tradition! I love that church, it is just perfect isn't it?!

Berni said...

Lovely old church and nice family thing to do

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a wonderful project, Joy... I'm sure that cute little church appreciated the help.. There's nothing better than mission projects.... Thanks to the group!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

إيمان يوسف said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaaw
I like this experience

Brenda said...

What a cute little church! How neat to be imparting the joy of being a servant to your kiddos.

Have a great weekend!

twitter adder said...

great work. nice done!

Ray said...

Jesus needs neither books nor Doctors of Divinity in order to instruct souls; He, the Doctor of Doctors, He teaches without noise of words.

Gombojav Tribe said...

LIKE!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Your family is such a good role model...being Jesus with skin on. Love seeing you all in action!
xoxo

C said...

"Catch The Spirit of Love" ... what a wonderful slogan for a church to have, Joy! :) :)

What a perfect little white church with a steeple.... remember that little children's nursery rhyme that we used to say, "here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, and see all the people" well this post of yours reminds me of that. omg! I didn't even know that I still remembered that! haha!

How are you? I'm thankful for your visit over at my place, always thankful for the comments that you leave for me!

Love,
CC

Michelle said...

Oh this is awesome and such a great feeling. We have Christmas in April near us where we do the same thing for elderly, low income people. I love it!

Pam said...

What a wonderful day and what a sweet little church building! I'd love to see it in person!

Diseño web said...

Nice work!!

Pamela said...

Just checking in with ya Joy! Hope all is well and that y'all have a wonderful holiday season!