Weekend of Service

Weekend of Service

Honoring Veterans with a Weekend of Service

by Chuck Schaller, Adult Counselor, St. Michael's, Carmichael

Twenty-four youth and adult counselors from four Northern California churches spent Veteran’s Day weekend making a difference in their community – a small gift to those who gave so much so that we can enjoy and help others to enjoy the great life we have in this country. We cleaned and repaired a home for a woman who gives a lot to her community but needed a helping hand to brighten her life.

We also repaired and upgraded old and unused modular class rooms at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, so they are safe and up to code for use as a preschool that will serve the neighborhood children. The new preschool will give parents a safe place to have their children cared for and given a head start while they themselves go to school and seek employment.

Sierra Service Project (SSP)
’s spiritual theme for the weekend was Jesus’ two great commandments – Love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and Love your neighbor as Jesus taught us to Love. The evening program helped us connect what we were doing that weekend to those commandments. Through singing, discussing, and sharing we all grew in faith and spirit.

This was the third SSP Weekend of Service that our youth group from St. Michael’s participated in. Each year, our group grows in numbers as we share the wonderful experience we had upon our return. Thank you to all of the Sierra Service Project team that made this very special weekend possible.

Visit our website to learn how your youth group can participate in a Weekend of Service in Sacramento or a week-long project during the summer. For more information, click here to download a flyer or contact Meghan Osborn by email at meghan.osborn@sierraserviceproject.org.

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