Good morning everybody! We're off to an early start today — everyone was up by 7:30 and is currently eating breakfast and making lunches before devotions later in the morning. The high schoolers arrived last night around 10:15 and settled in before a worship song, soft pretzels, and bed. The middle schoolers had an exciting afternoon and evening with their Hashtag Scavenger Hunt. They were given a list of hashtags to take pictures for around the town, like '#ChicFilAcow', '#welovePA', '#ibelieveicanfly', and '#comfycouch'. We're looking forward to a full day of service when we head out around 9:00 until mid-afternoon. Make sure to check the Facebook page (and our Facebook story, if you can find it — it should be in the top right of the page when you first log in) for photos throughout the day!
The cars are packed, the building is “cleaned”, we are head to the bathroom and are getting ready to head out.
Sunday was a busy day we started off with breakfast and a clean up at the Church. We then walked down to worship at Hope Community Church. Sunday School with youth@hope was next on the agenda followed by a quick lunch. We then ventured out into the cold (but not Vermont cold) to brave Valley Forge National Historic Park and ToyrUs. A trip to Wawa for snacks and we were back at Hope for some down time and then dinner. Youth@Hope middle school youth group students started to arrive and we competed against them in some wacky games. Our very own Rebekah Hamblett and some amazing form and current Youth@Hope students gave of some words of wisdom. As middle school youth group wrapped up the High Schoolers came. We joined them for worship then split up to go have some bible study time. We ended the night with some snacks at a local restaurant. As our heads hit our pillows we were thanking God for the great weekend and feeling a little sad we were going to pack up and head home tomorrow.
We started the morning with breakfast, lunch prep, and devotionals. We then split up into several service groups. Some students helped with moving and disposing of about 3000lbs. of furniture, others helped with sorting and packing of clothing for Syrian refugees, still others served soup and gave out coats and other clothing to homeless at a local train stop. After serving for much of the day we showered at the home of several local families and then shared in dinner at a local family's (the Stevens) home. Finally we finished up with some teaching time, games, and a birthday cake this evening. Were off to bed to save up as much energy as we can for tomorrow.
Here are some action shots of the students serving today! One crew helped bring approximately 3,000 pounds of furniture to the dump.
When our SERVE friends come to visit us in Vermont, they go on hikes to waterfalls. When we go to King of Prussia, we go to malls, ride escalators, and eat Chic-fil-A! Tonight Tim from Hope Community Church talked to us about Story.
The trip took a little longer than normal, because we hit a lot of rain. Everyone is excited to be here!