There has been a special energy around the church this week as the school year comes to an end. Families have shared pictures of their graduates. Members of the church have shared memories of our graduates with me. Our VBS team has started gearing up for our program. The ECC has been filled with even more happy giggles and a few happy tears. Our children have shared their excitement as they talk about their summer plans. It has been fun to walk through this exciting season.
It has also been awesome to see our partnership with Martin City Schools flourishing. Through this relationship we have helped vulnerable families by helping to distribute shoes and clothing, by providing hygiene items and meal bags. Members of our congregation have served as hospitality host at several family events, serving hotdogs, cookies and other snacks that you donated. We provided meals for their future leaders project, and offered school supplies to those in need.
I have received many thank yous on your behalf. Thank yous from the counselors, the principals, the teachers. You have made a difference in the lives of children, families and the school. Thank you.
Our community has been invited into deepened relationship with the school. 87% of Martin City students are on free or reduced lunch. And though these students have access to meals at the school they are still hungry throughout the day. The middle school counselor contacted me last week to see if we would be willing to sponsor an ongoing snack pantry at the school. A church in the area had sponsored one in the past, but was unable to do so this past year. Teachers were providing snacks out of their own pocket, but the demand remains high.
I invite you to pray about entering into this new ministry. We will be providing a list of needed items as we move closer to launch of the 2017-2018 school year. I believe that it is a way that we can continue to transform the lives of students.
We have also received benefits from this relationships. Our church is now an approved volunteer site for the Martin City students that need to community service hours. The school provided volunteers for Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Egg Hunt. In fact, the students had so much fun volunteering that they’ve already asked to come back to help at future events. This, too, is an important ministry.
Again, thank you for the ways that you are involved in this important ministry. You are making a difference in our community.