It was an amazing day. 13,842 Rise Against Hunger rice-soy meals packaged for people in danger of starvation in our world. 61 little dresses made for needy girls in Africa. 90 "necessity kits" assembled for homeless young people in Bucks County (distributed by the Synergy Project of the Valley Youth House). Almost 4,000 plastic utensil/napkin packs prepared, almost 1,000 sandwiches made, and 1,000 bagged lunches (complete with juice, fruit and chips) sent to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
You are all awesome! R.I.S.E. Sunday 2018 was an incredibly fruitful day in so many ways! The Spirit was alive and active, and our hearts for mission were shining! Not only was it an extraordinary day of fellowship and hard work, but I think it's safe that in just two hours of service on one Sunday morning, St. John's UMC has shown the face of Christ to a large number of people in need locally as well as in faraway places.
Please take a moment to thank our amazing Director of Adult Ministries, Lara Bolte, for the challenging work of planning and organizing this year's R.I.S.E. Sunday (yes, it was a huge undertaking!). And I especially want to thank the many, many people who volunteered their time and energy to help with the effort, whether it was setting up rooms, donating items, providing financial support, staying to clean up, volunteering to lead one of the projects, being on the "Spirit Team," etc., etc. Sunday was truly a church-wide effort. But then, none of this comes as a big surprise, does it? Because, after all, we Methodists truly DO believe that "we are on a mission from God!"