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More Amazing Service in New Castle PA

Week 3 of Christian Endeavor Mission Weeks was AMAZING!

This week was amazing. We had such a big group here this week in New Castle and the community was so excited to see us. Five churches served with us this week and each one was so unique and fun to have with us! Our five churches were; Central Schwenkfelder Church Lansdale, Chapel Church Red Lion, Sanctuary UMC North Wales, St. Mark’s UMC Mount Joy, and St. Peter’s UMC, Emerald. We were able to get so much work done on a bunch of different sites this week because we ended up with a total of about 105 people here including staff which was so cool!

This week was a bit different than the last two weeks because of so many different factors. Not only are we in a different place this week and we have more people here, but our work sites were a bit different. This week was used as an outreach to this community. Prior to our being here, our speakers for the week, Pastor Chuck and Pastor Brett, went out into the community to ask homeowners what we could do for them. This gave us a lot of work sites and a ton of work to get done!

Each day we had a different number of sites and groups were getting work done so incredibly quickly that we were able to move some groups after only one day (and sometimes less) of work! It was so awesome to see these groups divide and conquer so well! St. Mark’s and St Peter’s were our smaller churches for the week so they stayed together. But since our other three groups were a bit larger, we were able to split them into groups and send them to multiple sites. We had three groups from Chapel Church, two from Sanctuary and four from Central Schwenkfelder!

With so many groups and so many sites, it was difficult to keep track of who was where and what was being done there, but some of our highlights were:

Central Schwenkfelder had a group at Ms. Lopez’s house and they did a bunch of painting indoors and out with her. It was such a pleasure for them and the staff to get to know her and her three birds, two dogs and cat! CSC also had teams working at a group of three houses all on the same road. They were cutting down trees, helping in the destruction of one house and the building of one right next door. They did such an amazing job working together and ministering to the construction workers in the area!

Sanctuary killed it this week as well! One of their groups moved to two or three different sites throughout the week and got so much work done so well at each home they were at! The other group from Sanctuary was working on a similar project as what BBC and Hopeland had done at the King home in weeks one and two! The washer and dryer in the home was leaking and causing the floor to rot. Sanctuary went in and moved the washer and dryer and pulled back the carpet so that they could replace the floor underneath. They also replaced the steps into the home that were no longer safe to use. The group also developed an awesome relationship with their homeowner that we think will last even after camp!

Chapel Church was so amazing this week as they were at so many different sites it was hard to keep track of them! They got so much amazing work done at so many different homes and it was so cool to see them work together on so many different projects. Towards the end of the week they worked on clearing out trees and weeds from a home that was being taken over by them. They were so patient with this job. Initially they had placed some of the branches outside of the property line and they had to move it uphill to get it back on the property which took a lot of work. But they did a great job and kept a positive energy the whole time!

St Peter’s had a lot of work to get done this week. They had a lot of paint to scrape from their homeowner’s porch and replace some trim then repaint it. They did such an amazing job and worked so well together! We were so honored to have them here and they were so excited and enthusiastic all week long! They told us how excited they were to get the opportunity to meet the entire family of homeowners! They told us that this is something that they haven’t had the chance to do in the past and they were so excited to get the chance to do that this year!

St. Mark’s was at our farthest site this week. Melody’s home was all the way out in Mercer, PA which is about half an hour from where we were staying at the Sankey Center in New Castle. They did so much work for Melody this week and it was awesome! They started in the front yard by scraping, sanding and painting the front porch purple! Then they moved out back and the hard work began. Some of the group worked on doing the same thing to the back porch, some group members were replacing a wall that had rotted out and one group was working on setting up a platform for a shed that was on uneven ground. They did an amazing job at Melody’s and it was such an honor to watch them work so hard!

Pastor Brett and Pastor Chuck were awesome this week. They took turns speaking this week and touched our hearts with God’s word every night! So many lives were changed this week and we had such an amazing week, it was hard to see everyone leave! We are so excited to come back to New Castle again next week as a summer staff, and the see what God has planned for Mission Weeks 2019!

Above: A group photo of our lovely kitchen staff for Week 3 in New Castle, PA.

Amazing Times Continued during 2nd Week in WV

This is Ally, Mission Weeks worship coordinator, coming to you from Week 2 of C.E. Mission Weeks, which was a huge success. We had a ton of fun as we grew closer to God and got a ton of work done around the community. This week we had two groups with us: Bible Baptist Church (BBC), Breinigsville and Faith EC, Temple. It was such a pleasure to have them with us and we got so much done this week!

BBC was our bigger group this week. We sent them over to Mr. Grey’s house one day so they could finish up Hopeland’s awesome work from Week One. They started by getting the trim finished on the outer windows and getting the inside painted. They also finished installing carpet. We were so impressed with them as they finished everything that needed to be done there by the end of the day Tuesday!

Faith EC went to the same house in Boomer that Honey Brook was at during Week One. They did an amazing job. The jungle that HBC had tackled in the front yard Week 1 also continued into the backyard and Faith EC started to get that cut down. They also worked sanding and staining the floors upstairs. It took them a lot of hard work and teamwork but by Thursday when I went out to give them popsicles, things were looking so great!

Above: A camper scrapes paint from the porch ceiling.
Above: Our videographer Nathan captures a camper hard at work painting the siding at the house in Boomer, West Virginia.
Above: Camper poses for a fun picture.

BBC’s second job for the week was to go to the King home to replace a few floors that had been rotting out and were unsafe to walk on. They crushed that job so quickly and got it done by the end of the day Thursday, and on Friday we all had such a blast.

Both groups went to Boomer to tackle what needed to be finished there and the way the two groups worked together was so incredible. I got the opportunity to drive out to the site for the morning and they had been working so hard and they had all bonded so well together during the week that it became hard to tell which camper came from which church. If someone had come in on Friday to observe, they would have thought that it was only one church there for the week.

God did some amazing work in the camper’s lives this week as well. Doc Maddison was our speaker for this week again and he did amazing as always. We were so happy to have him with us for another week! All of the campers had great reviews of his messages. We all loved his object lessons and we learned a lot from him. Friday night at our decision service we were so lucky to have such an amazing response and so many campers commit to living 24/7 for Christ.

Above: Two campers attempt to unravel a frozen t-shirt before the other in a pre-session game.

Overall, we had an amazing week and it was such a pleasure to have each and every one of the campers in Oak Hill with us for the week. We as a staff have so many stories to take away and we really enjoyed this week and we hope that every camper felt the same! God is doing some amazing work in Oak Hill and we are so excited to see what he has planned for our third and final week in New Castle, PA!

First C.E. Mission Weeks a success in WV

The first of three C.E. Missions Weeks for 2018 is in the books. We were joined in Oak Hill, West Virginia by three churches: Honey Brook Presbyterian, Grace Community Church Willow Street, and Hopeland United Methodist Church Lititz. With forty-five total volunteers, a lot of progress was made at the four job sites.

Grace Community Church started their week at a local residence’s house where they painted the front porch and stained the back deck. For the second half of the week, they worked at another house, tearing up rotted flooring and replacing it with new flooring. They also worked on the exterior of the house, replacing trim and mowing the lawn.

Above: Grace Community students paint the porch at their first site of the week
Above: Two paint splattered campers from Grace Community pose for a picture

Honey Brook Presbyterian spent their week at an unoccupied house, preparing it for the next owners. On their first day, they removed the jungle of weeds from the front yard. The rest of the week included weeding and replanting the garden, replacing trim around the windows, and fixing the drop ceiling and backsplash in the kitchen.

Above: Honey Brook student works to remove roots from the front yard after it has been cleared
Above: Honey Brook students cut trim for the windows
Above: Honey Brook students in the final process of removing weeds from the front yard
Above: Honey Brook students take a picture with staff members Ally and Jonathan

Hopeland United Methodist spent their week working at another local residence’s house, installing new drywall in multiple rooms, painting, replacing trim on the exterior, tearing out and replacing installation, and removing old carpet.

Above: Hopeland students carry old carpet from home
Above: Hopeland camper sands drywall
Above: Hopeland campers work on framing windows

When campers were not working or enjoying popsicles on their job sites, they could be found back at the school, hanging out in the lounge, shopping in the camp store, playing in the gym, or worshipping during nightly group sessions.

Leading the nightly sessions was Doc Maddison, an opera singer and teacher from New Jersey with a heart for Jesus. In his messages, he explored this summer’s theme of “Upward, Inward, and Outward”.

From newly formed friendships between campers, to the all the hard work done by all of our churches, the first Missions Week 2018 was a success!

Incredible 4th and final Missions Week of 2017!

The fourth and final Missions Week of 2017 was incredible! This week, we were joined in NC by four churches: Central Schwenkfelder Church Lansdale, West Lawn UMC, St. Mark’s UMC Mount Joy, and Honey Brook Presbyterian Church. We had about 94 individuals total, including those who worked in the kitchen, our speaker, and other staff members who worked behind the scenes.

The Worksites

Throughout the week, the four churches worked on twelve different projects across Brunswick County, both in individual homes and in community centers. Significant progress was made on all of the sites, and a few projects were even completed by the end of the week.

Central Schwenkfelder Church worked on three different sites throughout the week, with projects that included finishing work on a back deck that had been begun the previous week by Ephrata COB and building a new railing for someone’s back steps. They also worked at a local community center/food bank, which involved cleaning the bathrooms, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, and also repainting the floor.

West Lawn UMC was also on a number of sites throughout the week, many of which involved simple, one-day jobs. Their projects included repairing a front deck and steps at two different homes, applying wood stain to a wheelchair ramp at someone’s home, and also replacing a storm door. In addition, a few members of the team spent a day power-washing the exterior of a local church and cleaning/organizing their storage shed.

St. Mark’s UMC was given three different projects for the week. These projects included bathroom work at multiple homes in order to get the bathrooms up and running. The church also continued work that First Baptist Church had begun the week before and finished up the front porch railing at one of their sites. Finally, they painted at a site that was being converted into a community center, and cleaned up the site as well.

Honey Brook Presbyterian had two sites, both of which were continuations of projects that had been begun the previous week. They completed a bathroom remodel at both sites, including installing a shower stall, a new vanity, and other amenities. They were also involved in painting one of the houses they worked at.

Other Acts of Service

In addition to their service on the worksites, a number of students were also involved in the evening sessions, both on stage and behind the scenes. It was incredible to see them using their gifts and talents to worship God!

Offering

Throughout the summer, we’ve been holding week-long competitions between the boys and girls in order to raise money for Christian Endeavor Worldwide, which serves over 30 countries globally. Over the course of the week, the teens raised $198.33 altogether, which brought our month-long total to $732.85! We’re very grateful for all of the people who chose to support the mission of Christian Endeavor, both this past week and throughout the month!

As C.E. Mission Weeks 2017 comes to a close, there are a few things we’d like to ask you to remember in prayer regarding the last four weeks.

  • Pray for the students who made commitments throughout the summer that they will be able to follow through, and that their youth leaders would be able to guide them.
  • Pray for those who were involved in our Share Your Faith Openly (SYFO) training each week, that they would continue to remember what they’ve learned and apply it to their daily lives.
  • Pray for our staff as they wrap up the summer and readjust to life at home. We ask that you pray especially for those who will beginning their first year of college this fall as they adjust to another big change in their lives.
  • Finally, we ask that you pray for C.E. as we plan and prepare for the future, including Mission Weeks 2018 and other events.

Thank you for your incredible support throughout the summer! God has certainly done great things in the past month, and we’re thankful for the encouragement we’ve received.

C.E. Mission Weeks: Week 3 was another great success!

All teams arrived safely in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina with only a few delays, and they had an amazing week working at the various sites. We were joined by five churches this week: Ephrata COB, Faith E.C. Temple, First Baptist Church of Allentown, Millersville Bible Church, and St. Peter’s UMC Emerald. Altogether, we had about 93 volunteers, including our site coordinators, speaker, and other staff members.

The Worksites

Ephrata COB worked on three different sites this week. Their projects included replacing floors in a home, repairing a front porch and building a new deck, remodeling a bathroom, painting the exterior of a house, and replacing the skirting on a home. Though they were split between multiple sites, the church made significant progress on all of their projects, and were able to complete a couple of them before returning home.

Faith E.C. worked on numerous repairs at a house, including beginning a kitchen remodel, putting up a new fence on a front porch, and replacing the flooring and drywall in various parts of the house, including the bathroom. Despite the hard work, their team always had smiles on their faces and were a great blessing to the homeowners.

First Baptist also had a handful of projects at their site. One of the major projects was yardwork, which involved mowing the lawn and weedwhacking around the site. The church also built a new fence for the front porch, installed new flooring trim in the kitchen, among many other things. The team members persevered in the heat, and made a lot of improvements to the home and property.

Millersville Bible Church installed new flooring and drywall in their home, and they also cleaned and stained the front and back porches. Both jobs were heavily involved, but the church was able to complete both of them by the end of the week and make a difference in the lives of the people living there.

St. Peter’s UMC completed various repairs to a front porch at their worksite, including new screens, a new light, and painting the outside frame. They also worked on remodeling the bathroom, and despite numerous setbacks, they made a significant amount of progress and had a great impact on the homeowner.

Other Acts of Service

In addition to their hard work on their many projects, many of our volunteers found more ways to assist with the various tasks back at our home base. Many volunteers helped in the kitchen throughout the week, which was a huge blessing since we did not have a kitchen staff.

Some students and leaders also assisted with worship throughout the week. Some played instruments like the ukulele, piano, and guitar, while others lent their voices to the worship. Students also helped behind the scenes by running the soundboard and other tech involved in the service, and by taking photos and videos during the gatherings. We are so thankful for the selflessness of those who chose to give their time towards helping our staff!

Spiritual Growth

This week, our teams dove into the book of Philippians during their daily devotions on the worksites. Our camp gatherings were led by speaker Chuck Jewell, who used various Biblical accounts to illustrate the theme of Standing Out. His topics included the examples of Lot and Ruth, as well as the event of Pentecost, among many others. At the end of the week, students were offered the chance to make some type of commitment, and many of them followed that invitation and committed themselves to making a greater effort to living their lives fully for Christ!

Offering

As with previous weeks, we held a competition between the boys and the girls to see which team could raise the most money for Christian Endeavor-World. The winning team, the boys, got to pie our speaker in the face. Altogether, the churches raised $154.85! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity and support of Christian Endeavor!

As we close out this week and look forward to what Week 4 has in store for us, we ask that you remember a few things in prayer:

  • Pray that the students who made commitments last week will follow up on the decisions that they made, and that their youth leaders will have the wisdom to know how to guide them.
  • Pray for those involved in our “Share Your Faith Openly” training, that they would have the courage to stand out and share their faith with the people they come into contact with.
  • Pray that our Week 4 teams would have safety on the worksites this week and be able to make an impact on their homeowners and the community.
  • Pray that our Week 4 students would be reached by our speaker and be encouraged to take the next step in their Christian walk.
  • Pray for health and safety for our staff as we go through this week.
  • Pray that our teams would have safe travels home at the end of this week, both our staff and the four churches.

Thank you for your prayers and support! We look forward to what God has in store for Week 4!

If you would like to see more highlights from this week, check out our daily videos below:

Sunday: https://youtu.be/dMJN-rjS6iQ
Monday: https://youtu.be/78eY4OqUU-w
Tuesday: https://youtu.be/3cOUK7G7FnA

In addition, if you’d like to see highlights of what our team did in Mexico during Week 2, check out this video: https://youtu.be/zAGhlvyBKJc

Our Week 2 teams did some fantastic work in West Virginia and Mexico this past week!

The Mexico team had a wonderful week working in the community! The volunteers worked on various service projects and also helped run a Vacation Bible School program in the evenings. Although there were a few bumps in the road, all of the volunteers and C.E. staff made it back home safely!

In West Virginia, the teams also made significant progress on their projects in Fayette County. Sanctuary UMC was able to complete a lot of the bathroom remodeling project, and they also made progress in replacing the drywall at their other worksite.

Akron Grace painted both the interior and exterior of the house at one of their worksites, and the homeowners were also able to join our volunteers for dinner on Thursday. They were met with a few issues at their other worksite where the wheelchair ramp was being built, but in spite of that, they completed a lot of tasks.

When not working, the West Virginia teams enjoyed going bowling, hanging out at Wendy’s with some discounted Frostys, and playing sports in the gym. There was a great sense of community among our two churches this week, and we’re thankful for all those who were able to be a part of it.

As with the first week, we once again collected an offering for World C.E. This week our volunteers raised $135.01! Thank you to all who were willing to support the mission of Christian Endeavor!

As we begin Week 3 in North Carolina, we ask that you keep a few specific things in prayer:

  • Pray for the students who made commitments last week that they would stick by them and also receive encouragement from their youth leaders or other mentors.
  • Pray for those who joined us for our “Share Your Faith Openly” (SYFO) training that they would have the courage to spread the gospel to the people they meet in their daily lives.
  • Pray for our staff, especially those returning from Mexico as they readjust to their roles in North Carolina
  • Pray that our Week 3 volunteers would have an impact for Christ on the community they are serving in NC

Thank you for your support and your prayers! We greatly appreciate it. Stay tuned for Week 3 Updates!

Mission Weeks: Week 2 is in full swing in West Virginia!

Our teams are hard at work in the community, and we’re excited to share what they’re doing.

For Week 2, we’re joined by two churches: Sanctuary UMC North Wales and Akron Grace E.C. Church. Altogether, we have about 44 volunteers, including those overseeing the worksites and taking care of other tasks back at our “home base” in Oak Hill.

The Projects

There are four projects being worked on this week, three of which are continuations of Week 1 projects. Both churches are split between two sites each, and so far, they’ve made a lot of progress!

Akron Grace’s first worksite is a continuation of the drywall project from the previous week. Now that the drywall is up, spackled, and sanded, they’ve been hard at work painting the walls and ceilings. They’ve also been painting the exterior of the house yellow. When those projects are completed, they plan to put down vinyl flooring and work on some other projects around the site. At Akron Grace’s other worksite, they are continuing to work on the trailer. Now that the wheelchair ramp and back steps have been built, they are working on building more permanent supports for the trailer.

Sanctuary UMC is continuing the project that Millport Mennonite began last week. For the most part, they’re working on the bathroom in the house, which will involve them replacing what was removed by last week’s group. Sanctuary has taken charge of a new worksite, which involves removing old drywall and replacing it, but there are a few other projects as well, such as painting the exterior of the house.

Prayer Requests

As our teams reach the halfway point in their workweek, we ask that you continue to pray for them, especially that they would have safety on the worksites and that they would have opportunities to witness to the homeowners and the other people they come into contact with. We also ask that you pray for our summer staff as they prepare to travel to North Carolina on Saturday for Weeks 3 and 4.

Thank you for your support and prayers, and stay tuned for our full Week 2 summary in a few days!

Mission Weeks Week 1 was a success in Fayette County, West Virginia!

July 2-8, 2017 we were joined by three churches: St. Paul’s UMC Elizabethtown, Bible Baptist Church Breinigsville, and Millport Mennonite Church Leola. We had about 50 volunteers total, both on the work sites and coordinating things behind the scenes. We’re so thankful for the people who selflessly chose to spend their week serving with Christian Endeavor!

The Projects

Our volunteers worked at four different work sites this week around Fayette County, West Virginia. These projects included building stairs and decks, putting up drywall and spackling, and various other projects. Each church dedicated an average of 32 hours to their projects this week, and we’re grateful for their hard work!

St. Paul’s UMC was split between two work sites this week, the first one being at a trailer home. They raised and leveled the trailer and poured concrete footers. From there, they built both a ramp and deck for the front entrance, and a set of stairs for the back entrance. On their other work site, the group hung drywall and spackled to prepare for painting the walls. At both sites, the groups made significant progress during their time and were a blessing to the homeowners involved.

Bible Baptist Church spent their week building a set of stairs for a family whose son is handicapped and needs to go to dialysis frequently. Unfortunately, the front steps were in poor condition, and the EMTs would be unable to help him. The new steps are wider, even, and equipped with railings to make them more accessible. The team worked hard and was able to complete the project by the end of the week, which will have a huge impact on the family living there.

Millport Mennonite Church was involved in various projects at their work site, including demolition, cleanup and trash removal, replacing ceiling tiles and siding, and also removing old windows as preparation for installing new ones. Though the work was sometimes messy, the group persevered and got a lot done throughout the week in order to move the project forward.

Downtime

Even though the groups spent the majority of their days at the work sites, there was still plenty of time for leisure and fellowship. Volleyball and soccer were played in the gym, and games like Farkle were enjoyed immensely. Despite being from different churches, everyone was always willing to include each other, and the evenings were always a fun time.

Camp Gatherings & Devotionals

Our theme this year is “Stand Out,” which encourages our Mission Weeks participants to take ownership of their faith and be different in our worldly culture. Our evening sessions were led by speaker Dave Coryell, with David Rizzo speaking on Tuesday night. The churches also spent the week studying the book of Philippians during their lunchtime devotions. In addition to this, our worship team was joined by some volunteers, who contributed their voices and music to the camp gatherings.

For the first time this year, we also held an evangelism training session on Wednesday morning titled SYFO – Sharing Your Faith Openly. The participants learned practical skills for sharing the Gospel, and were also able to practice these skills by talking through case studies.

Offering

Throughout the week, the volunteers were encouraged to take part in an offering for Christian Endeavor’s worldwide organization. Through some friendly competition between the boys and the girls, these churches raised $244.66 for Christian Endeavor!

 

As we end the chapter of Week 1 and look towards Week 2, we ask that you would keep a few things in prayer:

  • A number of students made commitments this week to be dedicated to God 24/7. Please pray that they would stay focused on their goals of reading the Bible and praying more intentionally, and also give them the courage to seek assistance in living their lives for Christ.
  • Our staff and volunteers have arrived safely in Mérida, Mexico! Pray that they would have a wonderful week of service, and that they would have safe travels back home.
  • The West Virginia Week 2 teams are ready for the week ahead, and we ask that you would pray they would stay safe on the work sites and be able to impact the homeowners and workers they interact with.
  • Please continue to pray for our staff, that they would receive wisdom and guidance as they interact with the youth involved, and that they would also be able to encourage them throughout the week.

Thank you as always for your prayers and support! We look forward to seeing what God has in store for this week!

If you’d like to see more highlights from this first week, click the links below to view our highlight videos!

Sun – https://youtu.be/d0vB91-JeIo
Mon – https://youtu.be/DU2PldQlt7c
Tues – https://youtu.be/nnTQXHSJKzM
Weds – https://youtu.be/vhZDMPU1gLA
Thurs – https://youtu.be/JCQZqL58fy0
Fri – https://youtu.be/WkrcmV-pZiM