What comes to mind when you think of service? Cooking a meal for a neighbor, donating to a worthy cause, volunteering at a local shelter. Our minds to jump straight to the action, the thing that we are doing (cooking, donating, volunteering, etc.)
What happens when you think of the receiving end of that service? Who comes to mind? A neighbor. A friend or family member. A complete stranger. Yourself. Imagine what were to happen if we collectively shifted our focus on the served rather than the service.
When we focus on those whom we serve, it becomes something so much bigger than an act of service in and of itself. It becomes the living expression of what God through Jesus calls us to do: “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than [this].” (Mark 12:31)
Service is not a new idea here at Christ the King. Giving of our time and our resources has been a key component of our mission and identity for years. However, we can sometimes get a little giving fatigue (an idea that our Council has explored on page 9). This compounded by the fact that there seem to be more and more worthy causes vying for your time, energy, and money all of the time.
So, what do we do when faced with seemingly endless choices? We can either freeze—not knowing how to put one thing above another— or we prioritize. We make the choice to invest our time and talents into those things that reflect our truths and our values.
Our summer service challenge
Below, you’ll see descriptions of the various service opportunities being provided this summer. We challenge you to pick one of these opportunities to do this summer. (Of course, you can choose more than one but definitely pick one). Some of them are a one-time commitment and others offer the chance for more ongoing service. By serving through one of the following opportunities, you will be a part of something so much bigger.
1. Donate to the Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, June 24, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Christ the King will host our semi-annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, June 24. All types of blood are needed. To schedule your appointment, contact Vonnie Seim at 763-574-0480 or register online and enter zip code 55112.
2. Serve lunch with SUNNY
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., starting Monday June 13SUNNY (Serving Up Nutrition Now for Youth) is entering its sixth year of serving children and families free lunches during the summer. This community-based program provides up to six bag lunches a week per person with the hope of assisting families who cannot afford to feed their children three meals a day.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and distribute lunches throughout the summer. Lunch service begins on June 13 and runs through Aug. 26. To get on the SUNNY volunteer schedule, contact Cheri Aldridge.
3. Build with Habitat
July 25-26, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Build with us on site (4375 121st Ave NE, Blaine) for one or both days, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The house will be near completion; we will work on finishing tasks. We need 18 volunteers each day. No experience necessary! Sign up online or contact Karen Hillerman with any questions.
4. Volunteer at the Block Party
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
“It takes a village” to run an event as big as the CtK Block Party. Thankfully, there are lots of fun and valuable ways to serve. Become a volunteer at this year’s Block Party. Conatct 2016 Block Party chairs Matthew and Anne van Bruggen at email@example.com.
5. Donate to the Food Shelf
CtK’s support for food shelves is divided into two interrelated parts: CtK’s on-site food shelf and the community Ralph Reeder food shelf. While we generally collect food at our two annual drives, personal care items are always needed. This July, we will launch a new initiative to collect these much-needed personal items. These items include:
- Cleaning supplies
- Body Wash and Soap
- Laundry detergent
- Dish soap
- Tampons and Pads
- Diapers and Wipes
6. Volunteer on Sunday Mornings
One of our most consistent opportunities for service is right here on Sunday mornings at CtK. On average, we need about 50 volunteers every single Sunday to create a vibrant and enriching worship experience for everyone who steps through our doors.
Below, you’ll find the opportunities we have available this summer:
- Communion Server
- Communion Set-up and Take-down
- Coffee Crew
- Welcome Center
- Nursery Attendant
There you have it.
Now go out and get serving!
Now go out and get serving!