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Please plan to participate for Servant Sunday, an offsite worship and outreach event at St. Catherine’s School September 20 at 10:00 a.m. Parking details are here.
What is Servant Sunday?
Every Sunday, we pray, sing, reflect, and break bread together under this verse from our patron saint’s epistle: “Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only” and at the end of our worship, we are dismissed “to love and serve the Lord.” Servant Sunday is a special opportunity to put those words into action within the context of Holy Eucharist. During what is usually the sermon time, we will participate in two different activities as a congregation. We will have our Every Member’s Ministry fair going on, where you’ll be able to learn about and sign up for a variety of different Outreach, Inreach, and Mission opportunities. And we’ll be doing an outreach project together: packaging 20,000+ meals with Stop Hunger Now in boxes for distribution in third-world countries experiencing poverty and hunger! Instead of hearing a sermon, on September 20, you will BE the sermon.
How exactly is this going to work?
We are asking everyone to register ahead of time at http://events.stophungernow.org/SJE2015. On the morning of September 20, come to the Kenny Center at St. Catherine’s School. You will arrive, check in, and head to the gym. We’ll open worship with music and prayers like we always do. Then we will divide into two groups. One group will pack meals with Stop Hunger Now, while the other group attends the Every Member’s Ministry Fair. Then, after about thirty minutes, the groups will swap places. After another half hour, we will gather together again to be fed by God as we celebrate the Eucharist, and then we will go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
So, you want me to RSVP for church?
Yes, if at all possible. All participants should sign up to be part of the packing crew here. Maybe it’s not how worship usually works, but on this occasion, it will be really helpful to know approximately how many people are coming. Also, everyone who participates in packing meals with Stop Hunger Now needs to sign a waiver. If you register online ahead of time, you can skip the line to sign a paper waiver the morning of the event.
Who can participate?
All are welcome! Anyone from age 4 to 104+ can participate.
Will there be child care?
Yes! Children ages 4 and up can fully participate in packing meals and learning about servant ministry. There will be a special activity for kids to do when they are not packing meals. For those younger than 4, nursery care will be available. Please let us know how many children will need the nursery when you sign up online.
When should I arrive and how long will it last?
The service begins at 10:00 a.m., but please arrive well before then! You’ll need to allow time to park/walk/check in/get the baby settled in the nursery, etc. Plan to be there until about noon. On this morning, we’ll be rolling worship and Christian Education into one big event, so it will take a longer than a typical worship service, but about the same amount of time as a typical Sunday morning with worship and Sunday School/Adult Education.
Where should I park?
At home, if possible! We are encouraging anyone who is able to walk or ride their bikes to St. Catherine’s, because parking is limited. Of course, we know that many folks will need to drive and that’s fine. In the weeks leading up to the event, we plan to post maps of available lots on our website to help you plan your route. There’s also some street parking in the neighborhood. The Kenny Center is on the Maple Avenue side of St. Catherine’s.
What should I wear?
Dress casually and comfortably. Leave the coat and tie in the closet. Definitely no high heels—you may be standing a lot. And we want to be gracious guests—stilettos aren’t good for the gym floor! T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and sneakers are all very appropriate for Servant Sunday. Add a favorite baseball cap, if you don’t like how you look in a hairnet.
How can I help?
We need volunteers galore a couple of hours at a time for this to be successful. You can sign up for any of the jobs listed below at our volunteer form with all the details: http://bitly/2015ServantSunday. Please contact Associate Rector Carmen Germino (firstname.lastname@example.org, 355-21179, ext. 319) or Director of Servant Ministry Nancy Warman (email@example.com, 355-1779, ext. 333), if you have any questions or want details.
Volunteers needed to:
- Set up at St. Catherine’s the evening of September 19
- Finish set up, give directions, register, usher and welcome worshipers early on the morning of September 20
- Pallet the supplies, break down the equipment, put on trucks for return to church or Stop Hunger Now after the service.
Why are we doing this?
Well, the short answer is that we needed to find an alternate worship site during the UCI Road World Championships Bicycle Race. The longer answer is that each of us is called to be a servant, and this is an exciting new way to remind ourselves of this call. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his disciples, that he came to be a servant: “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” He also tells them that they are to emulate him in servant ministry: “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” We recommit to this call every time we reaffirm our Baptismal vows, when we say that we will “seek and serve Christ in all persons…” Packing 20,000 meals for hungry people in need may not solve worldwide malnutrition, but it will make a huge difference in someone’s life, and it is a way that our congregation can all serve together.