"Be the Church Day" Blesses Pearland
Not many would consider seven hours of construction work as an act of worship, but members of FUMC Pearland do. On Sunday, April 28, the pastor did not deliver his typical 3-point sermon, but instead, sent his yellow-shirted troops to the front lines to help the helpless in dozens of different ways. “It really was an awesome day that people are still talking about,” says Lori Saia, director of missions and outreach.
Preparation for the day of service began months before so that registration for the different projects could be offered for five straight Sundays. “Sign-up sheets in the lobbies listed a description of what each project entailed and how it impacted lives,” she explains. “Each team had a designated leader and each project had a table set up in our Family Life Center with shirts for each team member, supplies, directions, anything needed.
Teams cleaned and organized for local non-profits such as Forgotten Angels and Christian Helping Hands. Others cooked and served nearly 400 homeless people at Loaves and Fishes or spent time teaching local foster kids how to make scrapbooks while other groups built a wheelchair ramp, visited a local nursing home, gave away gift cards at local restaurants and laundry supplies at local Laundromats. Members described the experience with phrases such as “my heart was overflowing” and “we’re looking for the next one sooner rather than later.”
Families with young children and others that preferred to stay on campus, were able to bag 8000 pounds of rice and bean meals, decorate bags for Kid’s Meals, or pack health and sewing kits for UMCOR. One thank you note read: “Please thank your church for the big donation of beans and rice. Tell your friends and Pastor Keith that we at Manos Juntas are working to get all these blessings to our brothers and sisters that need it the most in our area. I have seen the pictures on Facebook about the big things your church did last weekend, great witnessing! ”
Adds Lori, “We did offer childcare and did have a couple of families visit and participate in some of the impromptu campus projects. We believe it was an awesome witness and testimony to our faith.”