Friday, August 2, 2019


Wow! What an incredible two weeks.  It's now Friday almost a full week since the end of SERVE 2019 and memories and moments are still swirling around in my head!

A grad total of 1600 service hours by students at an incredible number of projects including some brand new sites and some old time favorites.  That doesn't even take into consideration the amount of time put in by volunteer leaders who gave up vacation time and time with their families to come for a week or more.  

We'll celebrate a week from Sunday on the 11th at Hope Community Church during both services as we try help our larger church understand why so many of us consider these two weeks "the best weeks of our year".  I hope you can join us!

Saturdays High School pictures weren't posted so if you've been looking for them here they are!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday Photos

We just finished our evening with worship under the stars — it just doesn't get any better than that. We're looking forward to a fun Saturday as we enjoy the temporary community here before heading home on Sunday.

Friday Photos

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday Photos

Today had its hiccups and obstacles, but we made the most of it. As we reach the end, we're figuring out how to finish the many projects that we've started this week and we're looking forward to a fun recreation day on Saturday. It'll be over before we know it! 

Oh and one more thing: we took pictures!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wednesday Photos

We had a busy day that ended with swimming in a local pond, worship, and a message from Pastor Kathleen Blackey. Here are some photos!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Team Photos & Tuesday Photos

Here's a peak at what each team is doing this week. We have several small (one or two day) projects slated this week, so it's unlikely any group will do the same thing every day this week, so this is just a taste of what's been worked on this week. The team names are again retired Ben & Jerry's flavors — we reused our favorites from last week and added a few more!

Team Coffee Ole

Coffee Ole on Monday scraped paint and did tons of hard work at a woman's home in Chester. On Tuesday they went to Abundance Acres to stain benches and later went to Taylor Farm for cleaning and cooking.

Team the Gobfather

The Gobfather has been working at the Springfield Family Center helping them organize and label food for their food shelter.

Team Holy Cannoli

Holy Cannoli has been helping the Congregational Church in Londonderry with their annual Whale of Sale. They've been cleaning out garages and storage containers for furniture and other belongings for the church to sell later in the week.

Team Monkey Wrench

Monkey Wrench has been working hard stacking wood at the Colonial House through the sun and rain.

Team American Pie

American Pie is helping to run the Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield. In the afternoon they went to the Springfield Parent & Child Center to squeeze the water out of rubber ducks that were part of a river race fundraiser. They've been having a great time!

Team Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy is working in Cavendish with Abe Gross, the pastor of the Baptist church. They've been doing all sorts of projects around the town and at the church.

Also, Gavin says hi.

Monday, July 22, 2019


Teams are settled in here in Chester! Even as the weather turned to rain around lunch time, the teams kept at it and got a huge amount of work done. One team moved furniture, another split and stacked wood, and more. We have teams serving in Londonderry, Chester, Springfield, and Cavendish this week. We'll post team names and group photos tomorrow.

Here are pictures from Sunday evening and Monday!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

High School is Settled in!

The high school students arrived today around 4:30 a hot and sunny Chester, Vermont — we're looking forward to the weather this week aside from a little rain early on, with the nights reaching the mid-50ºs. The arrival evening was pretty typical: we unloaded cars and set up rooms, ate a filling baked ziti and salad, enjoyed some vanilla ice and hot fudge, worshiped together, listened to Mandy speak, and broke off into small groups. We're aiming for a bedtime on the earlier side tonight to get ready for work crews in the morning. It's going to be a great week!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Good Bye Middle School & Friday Pictures

That’s a wrap! We had a beautiful fire to end out the week last night where students got to share their next steps after they come back home. This week of SERVE was successful on multiple fronts — relationships with local partners grew, service projects were completed, and most importantly, students grew closer to Jesus. We sent them off this morning and packed everything up to bring to Chester. Our two-week leaders are on their way to a restful weekend to recharge before high school week arrives tomorrow afternoon. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Thursday & Photos

The day started with bagels and egg casserole and ended with students committing to next steps in their relationships with God. Leaders prayed over every student and tears flowed. On the work crew front, our projects continued — it's great to build relationships with people in the community, like farm owners and organization directors, who see what the students are capable of, brainstorm, and offer up new projects that they wouldn't have thought of on Monday. We can see friendships growing within our work teams and with members of community and it's just what we hoped for. We've got one more day and we'll make the most of it!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday Recap & Photos

With weather reports promising rain at some point in the morning, we had several contingency plans that we never had to use because the rain never came! While some groups continued to serve at their locations, half the groups tackled new projects. The groups working at Abundance Acres and Memorial Park teamed up to move wood at the Colonial House Inn in Weston. It was hard work and they all enjoyed the much-needed showers later in the day. The group in Cavendish also worked incredibly hard digging out a culvert that was clogged due to flooding and erosion. The pastor with them estimated that they removed around 17,000 lbs of gravel from the culvert! The tiredness is setting in, but we aren't losing steam quite yet. We're looking forward to a couple busy and rewarding last couple of days.