While we were waiting for our lunch to be ready, I was perusing the shelves of The Mountain Goat Markey in Monteagle, TN. I came across a shirt that I absolutely loved because it sums up much of what I believe about life. The shirt reads:
Serve, Not Fix
Love, Not Judge
This summer, Normal First youth had the opportunity to see how God is working in two different communities and to be part of that work as we served and loved.
Thirteen senior high youth and six adults traveled to the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee to work with Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project). While there, we assisted with tearing down rotting porch steps and rebuilding them, building sheds, putting up fences, painting porches, and yard maintenance.
The next month, twelve junior highs and four adults went to the Quad Cities for a week of service. We worked with children’s programs, food banks and food pantries, home maintenance for a group home, and programs for older adults.
The youth who attended these trips have planned worship for this weekend. Several youth will speak about their experiences and share what the week of serving and loving others meant to them. Our Scripture for the weekend (Romans 15:13 and Philippians 1:6) were the themes for our weeks. Youth will also serve as leaders during our services, including serving Holy Communion.
Normal First has every reason to be proud of our youth! They have taken Jesus’ call to “Love the Lord your God, and Love your neighbor as yourself” seriously. They are ready to share these experiences with our community.
We look forward to worshiping with you this weekend! (I’ll be the one in the gray Serve, Not Fix Love, Not Judge shirt).
We are so thankful to the congregation for your support We are especially grateful to those who purchased stock in our mission trips and we would like to treat you to a special meal on Sunday, August 12 where you will hear even more mission trip stories. You should have received an invitation in the mail. If you purchased stock, and did NOT receive an invitation, please contact Kim (452-2096, ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We don’t want to miss anyone!