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. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Beautiful Vermont Tuesday & Photos

We don't want to make you all jealous, but today was as just about as perfect as a day of SERVE could get. From the chilly Vermont morning air to the sunny 75ยบ weather to the cool evening with a bright full moon, we enjoyed the whole day. All groups returned to where they served yesterday to continue and start new projects. Today's recreation time was at Hapgood Pond where we hammocked, swam, played games, and relaxed before heading to dinner — a traditional SERVE Taco Tuesday! One of the South Londonderry pastors, Kathleen Blackey, gave a message about not worrying about our relationships with God. We're in a great rhythm right now and we're praying it continues smoothly.

Here are pictures from today!

Tuesday Projects & Work Crews

Here's a look at each of our Work Crews. This year we went with retired Ben & Jerry's flavors. There were a lot of great ones to choose from — here's what we've got!

Team Wavy Gravy



Wavy Gravy is spending their week in Cavendish where they're partnering with the local Baptist church. They're mostly doing whatever the pastor asks them to do — including cleaning out a culvert, weeding, doing odd jobs around the church building, and plenty more.


Team Tennessee Mud


Tennessee Mud is starting the week at Abundance Acres, a farm in Andover that does community outreach and ministry in the area. They're doing some typical farm chores, like weeding, feeding pigs, and helping maintain crops.


Team Holy Cannoli


Holy Cannoli is serving at The Collaborative, a local non-profit that provides education about substance abuse in the Londonderry area. So far, they've put together bags with education materials, weeded a community garden, picked bugs of potatoes, and more!


Team Cow Power



Cow Power is (appropriately) serving at Taylor Farm in Londonderry. They're herding goats, painting picnic tables, feeding animals, cleaning out stalls, and getting plenty of local ice cream!


Team Dastardly Mash



Dastardly Mash is spending their week at the First Baptist Church in South Londonderry running Summer Kids Club with members of the church. 


Team Turtle Soup


Turtle Soup is starting their week at Memorial Park, where SERVE groups have been doing cleanup and landscaping for many years. This week, they're sanding and re-staining playground structures, repainting picnic tables, picking up trash, destroying wasp nests, and catching tadpoles and salamanders in the pond!



Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday & Photos

Today ran remarkably smoothly for our first day on work sites! We are mostly staying in the Londonderry area while a couple groups head off to neighboring towns to continue serving and building relationships with people we've known for several years. The day was a very typical SERVE day: after breakfast, groups headed off and worked through the morning, broke for lunch, finished up in their areas, took showers, and all met at Memorial Park for swimming and relaxing. After dinner we had our evening program at the church while SERVE-alumnus-now-pastor Ben Thomas gave a message. We're in bed now and looking forward to tomorrow!

Check out Monday's pictures here!

Sunday Recap!

We've begun!

We started the day with breakfast at Flood Brook and distributed t-shirts before heading off to the one and only First Baptist Church in South Londonderry. Chris Blackey preached on Luke 10:25-37 and the importance of loving your neighbor — I think he had us in mind! We took it easy after lunch and headed up to Camp Plymouth State Park where we swam, paddleboarded, played Frisbee games, sat in hammocks, relaxed, and ate dinner. Check out pictures from the afternoon here!

We arrived at the church for small groups, worship, and a talk from Mandy. After the fun day we're looking forward to getting a good night's sleep to prepare for Monday. In the morning, the students will find out their work crew groups and head out to their worksites for the day. We're excited to see God move in this community!

More pictures will come at the end of each day, so check back in the mornings for new pictures!




Sunday, July 14, 2019

Safe and Sound!

What a day! 

Kids are sleeping... Small groups met... A message was given... Worship was sung... Games were played... Dinner was eaten... The truck and vehicles were unloaded... We arrived at Floodbrook school... We crossed into Vermont... Rest stops were made... We drove out of the parking lot... We packed the cars... We went through the check-in lines... We woke up this morning!

If you reverse all that it's a perfect picture of a day - one big run-on sentence that has come to a close.  We worked extra hard today getting settled at Floodbrook School to set up a full afternoon at the lake tomorrow.  Breakfast is at 8:30 tomorrow and we'll go to church at First Baptist in South Londonderry after that. 

Hope you can follow along this week - we'll start posting pictures and more tomorrow!  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SERVE 2019 Registration is LIVE!



Registration is now open for SERVE 2019. Click the Join us for SERVE 2019 link for more information! You can also download the SERVE 2019 Information Sheet.

We're so excited for another summer in southern Vermont.  If you have any questions about joining us, serving alongside us, or have us involved in your community in VT then please join email me at tdesilets@hope-cc.org.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

End of Week Pictures

We had an incredible day yesterday although thunderstorms still followed us around! Thankfully by evening they had disappeared and our bonfire and cook out were dry!

Here are the pictures from today!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday and Pictures

THE SUN FINALLY CAME OUT!!!

It took all day but we finally had sunshine and made it out for recreation tonight.  It's been an incredible week.  It's late though after a lot of logistics planning for the next couple of days so I'm just going to provide a link to pictures and comment more tomorrow!