7 Reasons Why Project Serve is Important

"... serve others as faithful stewards of God's grace... that God may be glorified..."

This Labor Day weekend is our annual Project Serve Sunday where we cancel our regular worship gatherings to go out into our community to serve. We will gather this Sunday, assemble into teams, and go serve!
When do I come on Sunday?
1. Those serving as project leads, guest services, or childcare for the morning, please come at 7:00am.
2. Those serving on outside projects, come between 7:15 and 7:30.
3. Project teams will be sent out at 8:00.
(*Lunch will be provided at 12:00 under the Ramada at TMC) 

Here are seven reasons why I think Project Serve is important for us to do.

1. Project Serve is our opportunity for us to let people experience God with no strings attached. I believe serving is how evangelism in 21st century begins. People have heard a lot of words from a lot of people about faith. I remember a line from a video clip we used several years ago that said, “Stop TELLING me about this God of yours and SHOW me what he looks like!”

2. Project Serve is our opportunity to “do” our faith! For faith to be authentic, it can’t be limited to a way to “think” it MUST be something you DO!  Also, it  used to be said that “actions must back up your words” but now, it’s the other way around.  If you want to be heard, “words must back up your actions” otherwise  you (and I) have no credibility with which to speak.

3.Project Serve is our opportunity to let people experience the love of Christ! Whenever we love people who haven’t “earned” it, the unconditional love of God is able to be experienced! I believe that when we share our faith through service, more people will want to hear the reasons for the hope that we have (memorize 1 Peter 3:15)!

4.Project Serve is our opportunity to show people that “church” is an indispensable part of their community!  SOMEDAY, I want to see our church win the “Nonprofit of the year” award through the annual voting done through the Sierra Vista Herald. Why? Because I think most people see churches as self-serving and to me that award would indicate that many in our community felt that we served them well.

5.Project Serve is our opportunity to show people that they are more important than our meetings. Many people think that the purpose of “church” is to meet when meeting is actually a means to accomplish our purpose. Let’s do something that shows that people are our priority.

6.Project Serve is an opportunity for guys to feel like they have something to contribute to the mission of the church. For many guys, church appears to be something that women and children do well but this is a way for more men to feel the joy of using their gifts in ministry through the church.

7.Project Serve is a feeder ministry for our ongoing Outreach Projects team. Thankfully Project Serve isn’t a one-time event any longer since there are several specific projects teams where men and women are active throughout the year doing repairs, yardwork, painting, and assisting with moves. Outreach Projects Coach Mike Tailford is already planning to assemble people to complete “left-over” projects on September 17
I hope that YOU will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer with  Project Serve whether on projects outdoors, in a support role through childcare or the kitchen. It’s never too late to sign up but the earlier you let us know, the easier it will be for us to be prepared when you come on Sunday.

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