Hometown Mission Trip Reflection
Submitted on July 17, 2017 by Beverly S. Pugh, Project Coordinator
For many years, members of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington have traveled to places like East St. Louis, Washington, DC, the mountains of North Carolina, and even out of the country to share God’s love with others through acts of service. This summer, we decided to stay HOME! So who should we serve? With our existing connections with the Meals on Wheels program, we decided to work with the Meals on Wheels staff to survey their clients to determine what specific indoor and outdoor tasks we could complete.
Following a kickoff meal on Friday, June 16, volunteers worked Saturday, June 18, and then June 19 – 22 to complete such tasks as mowing and trimming yards, cutting shrubbery, cleaning out flower beds, cleaning floors, dusting furniture, and cleaning cabinets and appliances. A final project was completed on the morning of July 4.
Volunteers served a total of 43 Meals on Wheels Clients – completing 30 outdoor and 22 indoor assignments.
Twenty-nine volunteers – 26 from FRUCC and three from Macedonia Lutheran Church – worked in teams with supplies purchased specifically for the mission project.
With feedback from the volunteers and the Meals on Wheels staff, we planto make the Hometown Mission Trip an annual event.
Renewal of Baptism Service
On Sunday, January 10, worship participants were invited to walk forward, dip their hands into a bowl of water, retrieve a sea shell and keep this as a reminder of how God has a “claim” on each of our lives. As individuals walked forward, we played “Down in the River to Pray” by Alison Krauss.
Circle #4 treated the Young Musicians of Alamance to lunch on Saturday, December 19. The students, staff, and volunteers enjoyed spaghetti casserole, salad, and bread. The children decorated their own cupcakes for dessert. After lunch, the Young Musicians included our Circle members in a Christmas sing-along and a violin piece entitled “Tiri Tiri Twinkle.” We all enjoyed this delightful group of children and adults!