Monday, July 15, 2019

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! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wednesday (including pictures)

It was another wet wet day here in southern Vermont and while most of our teams had inside work a couple of our teams battled the elements and closed out some projects already this week.  For a little bit of a different look at the day the admin team went on a journey and went on a journey to all eight work sites with several other pit stops along the way.  We thought you'd like a glimpse of SERVE from breakfast to our evening message so here you go:


As we go through tomorrow the weather should improve.  I'm excited about some projects that we're going to get to do and of course being able to get out of the building for evening activity tomorrow night.  

And of course.... pictures from today!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tuesday Pictures

Great shots from today!

Taco Tuesday, Work Crews, and Evening Recreation

There's many traditions at SERVE and barring any crazy schedule changes during our week (like last week) one of those traditions is TACO TUESDAY. 


We're so thankful for our incredible cooks (Barb and Al Desilets) and their dedicated team of volunteers this week including Hopers Bob Huber and Bob Soulchin and Vermonters Tina Labeau, Bev Foster, and a variety of others that have popped in all week!

The sun finally graced us with it's presence today not only was a lot of work done but we got out for recreation tonight at an incredible park called Stoughton Pond. 
What I think you really want to know about though is where the students served today! Each day 8 different work crews leave Chester Baptist Church and head into the surrounding communities.  Every year we have a theme for our team names which have included mountains, ski areas, Ben and Jerry's flavors, Crayola colors, VT State Parks, ski trail names, Peace Tea flavors and more.  For our 10th Anniversary here in VT we picked team names based on the best of those categories.

Team CaddyShack
Starting their week at Whale of a Sale moving furniture and helping the Congregational Church of Londonderry and then hoping to do some painting at a local park if the weather holds off!


Team Equinox
Starting their week off at Colonial House stacking wood and headed to do some tree work in Cavendish and some house repair in Chester later in the week.


Team Apple Jacks
Working at the Colaborative this week painting in their building and weeding in the community garden.  More work as the week goes on in Flood Brook School.


Team Mud Pie
Started their week off helping Chris and Kathleen Blackey at the First Baptist Church in South Londonderry and then headed to Taylor Farm today to work on an apartment that needed some serious love after previous tenants recently left.

Team Stillwater
Serving at the Calvary Baptist Church VBS in Springfield this week providing energy, skits, and dance moves to an already awesome program. In the afternoons they've got some time to prep for the next day but also got out into the community this week to do some work at the Springfield Parent Child Center.


Team Mango Tango
Working at the Springfield Family Center this week doing some cleaning, painting, and helping serve lunch.


Team Ripcord
Serving in Cavendish this week on a wide variety of jobs.  Pastor Abe at the Cavendish Baptist Church does an incredible job networking with his community and this team is in a lot of different places doing a lot of cool things this week.


Team Sugarbush
Working right here in Chester and Andover this week doing a variety of jobs including at Abundance Acres CSA, building benches, and helping the pastor of the Chester Congregational Church with a yard sale.  


Pictures will be up later tonight - thanks to the incredible Alexis Madonna for her work in getting all those amazing pictures up online all week long!