Ready to Serve

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I believe that we were created to serve.  There is something powerful about taking the time to use the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of others.  How awesome that we have the opportunity to serve at the 2016 Youth Gathering.

Many have sent in their requests to participate in servant events at the Gathering.  The opportunity to serve does not stop there!  If the Gospel has motivated you to respond to God’s grace through giving, please consider serving in the following ways:

Food Donation 

Food pantries, social service agencies and other non-profits find December to be one of the biggest months for donations of needed resources. July, on the other hand, can be one of the times their need for resources can be the greatest and their shelves nearly empty. Help us create “Christmas in July” and meet the basic needs for New Orleans agences by bringing two or more of the following items to the Gathering:

Items that you can donate include:

  • Canned food and non-perishable food items (Gathering planners challenge participants to bring two items off this list.)
  • Paper products (Toilet tissue, paper towels, Kleenex)
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Adult white athletic crew socks
  • Adult size underwear

There will be large donation bins in the convention center entryway and registration area for your items.  If you are interested in donating your time, please come to Hall B to sort food and box them up for delivery!

 

Hair Donations 

Is it time for a haircut?  Those willing to donate their hair will have the opportunity to donate hair which will be made into wigs for children.  Children who receive wigs from Wigs for Kids experience hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns, or other causes.

 

Blood Drive 

The local community is looking for adult or youth ages 16+ who are eligible to donate blood.  Your blood donation will go to benefit those with health needs in the New Orleans and surrounding communities.  Please click on the link to discover the specifications for donor eligibility. If a 16-year-old is interested in donating blood, a signed release form from their parent/guardian will need to be given.

 

Gathering Offering

As part of the Wednesday morning worship service, participants will have the opportunity to present their monetary gifts to the glory of God. Gathering Offerings will support the City of New Orleans, the Southern District of the LCMS, Gathering Outreach Grants and LCMS ministries to young people.

Options vary in how groups give their offering to the Gathering. Some groups tithe a portion of the funds raised for their group and give one check to the Gathering during the actual worship service or prior. (Checks can be sent to the Gathering Office, please write “Gathering offering” in the memo line.)  Other groups share this opportunity with their group members and leave it up to the individual what their offering will be. Whatever the option it serves as a reminder of the many gifts God provides for us and how we can be stewards of these gifts in our support of others.

 

There are so many ways to serve at the Gathering.  I hope that you, your group, or your congregation will find it in your hearts to serve in these ways!  Do not let the Gathering be the only opportunity for you to serve.  I pray that your service at the Gathering motivates you to continue serving God and His people wherever you go.

Until the next blog…

Jennifer Probst
Community Life Adult Leader Hospitality at LCMS Youth Gathering
Jennifer Probst is a graduate of Concordia University Nebraska with a degree as a Director of Christian Education. Her LCMS Youth Gathering experience dates back to the 1995 San Antonio Gathering. This will be Jen’s eighth Gathering. She has served as an Adult Group Leader, Community Life Builder, and now as a part of the Gathering Planning Team.