Every year around Thanksgiving, we get the inspiration to find a community service project for our family to participate in. We search on the internet for local opportunities, such as serving meals at a homeless shelter or visiting sick children at the hospital. Despite our good intentions, we never follow through with it. At the end of the holidays, we look back with a twinge of guilt and regret over the lost chance of serving others.
Why do we lament over this? Because in Romans, the apostle Paul says this: “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” Romans 12: 9-13, New Living Translation
I believe many families in our church body have had the same desire to serve others, but have never found the right place to do so. When the church announced the opportunity to serve at the Thanksgiving Celebration Luncheon on November 22, many Evergreen families eagerly responded to the call. God has supplied our needs for this upcoming event – through YOU! Here are some statistics to encourage you as you prepare your heart to serve on Thanksgiving Day:
* 40 families are expected from Don Julian School. God has prompted 36 Evergreen family units to share a traditional turkey meal and connect with them as Conversation Friends.
* Over 120 Evergreen volunteers have signed up to help during the event, in the areas of hospitality, food preparation, food service, set-up, clean-up, decoration, and parking.
* Through your generosity, we will serve 37 home-baked turkeys, 91 cans of cranberry dressing, and 68 pumpkin pies. (Along with mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, and rolls.)
Praise God for this great blessing and opportunity. May He be glorified as we give thanks and serve Him by serving others on Thanksgiving Day! (P.S. Home-baked turkeys are still being accepted.)