A Summer Of Service


A Summer of Service

“The king will answer, ‘Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

This summer, families at Unity are challenged to focus on Matthew 25:34-40. In this passage, Jesus reminds his followers to care for others, particularly those in need or forgotten by the world and that when they serve others, they are serving God. Each week there will be at challenge to complete with several suggestions for how that challenge can be completed. Families are encouraged to take a picture of themselves with Flat Jesus completing the challenge for our Facebook page and bulletin board so we can encourage others as they serve. Each week will offer the option to complete the challenge by praying, giving or acting. These are just suggestions. Each family may interpret the challenge in a variety of ways. Sharing what we do is not to pat ourselves on the back or brag about our service, but to share ideas that others families may want to do as well. Pick up a Flat Jesus in the Narthex.

Week 2 Challenge June 9 – Serve the Homeless
Did You Know? The total number of people experiencing homelessness on one night in the US in 2017 was 553,742 people. An estimated 328 people in the York County area were homeless in 2018. In 2016-2017 school year, it was estimated that York County had close to 200 homeless students enrolled and in Mecklenburg County over 3,800 students were homeless.

Pray: for staff and volunteers at the Children’s Attention Home who are providing a safe, stable home for homeless teens in York County.

Give: your time to the Children’s Attention Home (http://attentionhome.org/), Pilgrims Inn (https://pilgrimsinn.org/) , or another agency helping the homeless in our community. OR Sign up to help provide a meal, wash laundry or play with the children when our church hosts Family Promise the week of July 14.

Act: Make Manna Bags. Manna Bags are bags of non-perishable food you can keep in your car to give to people that you see at stoplights or intersections who are hungry. Why the word Manna? The word manna comes from the Old Testament story of Moses. After their escape from slavery, the Israelites wandered in the desert and had no food to eat. God provided manna, a bread-like substance, for the Israelites to eat. Want to read more about this story? Check out Exodus 16 in the Old Testament. Items you might consider putting in a gallon sized ziplock bag to become a Manna Bag are: small cans of protein (Vienna sausages, tuna, etc - openable without a can opener), bottled water, individually packaged granola bars, small cans of fruit (openable without can opener), small packaged sweets (small pack of oreos, etc), packages of peanut butter or cheese filled crackers, sporks, napkins.