5th Sunday Serve is inspired by Galatians 5:13-14. It reads: 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself."
When: Sunday, January 31
Where: ECRC and locations throughout the area
What to Expect:
Opportunities to Serve Include:
Food Distribution: Right now, many families remain out of work, going from one week to the next looking for basic provision. COVID continues to hit many families hard. Many of those families are praying for God to come through. We get to be an answer to their prayers. We will have Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, and Milk on hand to distribute to anyone who shows up. We will be partnering with our city Missions Partners, Lampstand Ministries and Grace and Peace Church who will bring us a truck full of food. We need help unloading the truck, organizing, and distributing the food in front of the church. (Max needed – 40)
Food “ECRC Uber Eats” Food Distribution: There are people in our community who need food support but cannot easily make it to our church building to pick the food up. This crew will load their car with some food supplies and drive to a couple of locations to drop that food off. This will include knocking on the door or ringing the bell, leaving the food on the step or front porch, and praying for the person who comes out to get it. (Max needed – 10 cars – great to do with your kids)
Helping the Homeless: Because of COVID, the PADS program has basically been shut down. PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. In order to take care of the large and growing homeless population in DuPage County, the PADS people have arranged for many of them to stay in some local hotels. This team will create some care packages for the Homeless which will include some food, some warm stuff, maybe a gift card for supplies, and some other essentials. Once those are packed, the group will proceed to the hotel to pass these out to the homeless and pray with them. (Max needed – 40) ** PLEASE BRING A NEW JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER!**
Stevenson School: District 45 Schools will be returning to in person learning late January or early February. The Principal of this school is suffering from a pulmonary disease and is on a low dose chemo. Because of this and COVID, she is trying to stay out of the building. She has asked that we send a crew to beautify and upgrade the bulletin boards throughout the school to welcome students and their families back properly. (Max needed – 20)
York Resource Center: This is one of our regular partnerships. They are hosting up to 30 kids a week and assisting them with online learning. The building where they meet hardly gets cleaned and organized with everything else going on and does not have adequate janitorial services. This crew will do a deep cleaning of the building at the York Resource Center in Lombard. (Max needed – 20)
Blanket Making: Bring your family to make blankets with Kara Hackert and her family. We will be making the no sew fleece blankets to donate to a homeless shelter. If you would like to participate, I need you to one thing: Buy your fleece in advance and bring it with you. You will need two pieces of fleece (perhaps a pattern and a solid) for one blanket. You can make your blanket as large as you would like (you will want to buy two pieces of around 1½ yards each). Your family can work on one blanket together or make multiples. Please bring as much fleece as you will need. Have fun picking out some soft material for this gift that others will greatly appreciate. (Family Event – As many families as would like to participate.)
Blood Drive: Vitalant formerly known as Lifesource will be making space for us to donate blood. Due to COVID, there is a great need for blood in hospitals throughout the area. The blood drive will run from Jan 31 to Feb 14. You will sign up for a time and go to the Vitalant Clinic in Villa Park to give your blood. The link and further information will be provided as we get closer to the 5th Sunday.
York Resource Center: In addition to cleaning the building, the director of the center has asked if we could create some supply packs to replenish and organize the supplies kids use for school during the week. This is kind of a mid- year reboot on these supplies. In addition, she would like to offer some Valentine’s Day Goody Bags to pass out once we get closer to that special day. (Max needed – 15)
Grace and Peace Church Painting - Grace and Peace is a Christian Reformed Church located in a strategic location bordering Humboldt, the Austin Community, and Hermosa to name a few. They are connected to one of our Missions Partners, Lampstand Ministries. For the past several Saturdays, we have been at the Revive Center putting up drywall. The building permits that the church acquired from the City of Chicago are coming due soon and the work needs to be completed. **On Saturday, January 30, we need painters to join the crew. We begin at 8:45 am and you can leave when you need to. ** (Max needed - 45)
Questions? Email Jeff Klein or call 630-600-5100.