The people of God have been called to a life that is above average. From the passions that stir within our hearts, to the words that we speak, and even the way we choose to spend each moment of every day, the body of Christ has been called to greatness.
And this should come as no surprise. For we serve a God who is great; meaning that His essence, the very qualities of His being, are far beyond all that can be perceived as ordinary. He is great in that His power and eminence reaches far above what mankind knows as normal or average. His love surpasses knowledge, His peace transcends understanding, His grace is sufficient, and His authority has no end.
Indeed, this God is the expert of greatness. And He desires greatness for His people and gives instructions on how they might become great. Read carefully the statement of the Lord:
“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:43-45
So what does our Lord say? In order to live up to our calling of greatness, what must we do? Jesus doesn’t mention money, possessions, influence, or status. He simply says that if you want to be great, you must be a servant to all. For even He, the greatest one of all, holding the most high position over all creation, set an example by giving Himself for the sake of others. Therefore, as a body of believers, we must make it our aim to follow the leading of our Savior in serving the world around us.
Join us on Saturday, September 24, serving our community during The Great Day of Service as we continue to LoveDallas in Jesus’ name.
Read about the projects available and how you can get involved:
City of Carrollton
For the past two years during Great Day of Service, we have partnered with the City of Carrollton in mulching and planting shrubs around one of our public libraries. This year, we need 20 people to fill this project. If you are someone who wants to work outside and get your hands dirty, this project is for you.
This program encourages community spirit by partnering with the City to help residents in need. 10 people will be working together to paint the siding, trim, and fascia on the outside of house for someone in Carrollton that could use an extra hand. This house might need minor scraping and caulking before it is ready to paint.
Madison on Marsh
Madison is a rehabilitation and assisted living center just down the road from our building. For the third year in a row, we’re throwing an ice-cream party for them! We will need 8 volunteers to help with this project.
In addition to the ice-cream party, we are partnering with Kindermusik for this project. If you have children in pre-school or kindergarten, this would be a great way for them to be involved! A volunteer from Kindermusik will be teaching/leading music as the children sing along and use simple instruments that will be provided. Music, children and ice-cream will be a great source of encouragement for these folks at Madison.
If you have ever had to use coin laundry, you know how expensive it can get. We’re going to grab a pocket full of quarters and an ice-chest, and hang out at the laundromat. Whenever someone comes in, we will pay for their laundry, offer them a cold drink, and strike up a conversation. This is a very practical way to bless the people living in our community! We’ll divide up into two groups of seven and go to two places within minutes from the church building.
Storm Water Project
For the third year in a row, we will be assisting the City of Carrollton with the cleaning up of waterways. Volunteers will meet at the church and then go to the assigned pond or creek to pick up the trash that so quickly accumulates.
Not far from the church building there is a Goodwill store and they want our assistance sorting through and organizing donations. Goodwill hires many folks with disabilities and other employment barriers; therefore, this project will not only give us an opportunity to serve a local store, but also to work alongside, encourage, and minister to their employees.
Mosaic Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Mosaic in Dallas partners with people with intellectual disabilities to provide a meaningful life in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs. We plan to have five teams of seven volunteers to work within three of their group homes.
Three of those groups will be doing general outdoor labor (Mosaic Pt. 1). We will be involved in landscaping, cleaning their garage, and washing their vans.
One group of seven will be providing manicures for the residents, and the last group of seven will be baking with the residents (Mosaic Pt. 2).
This will be a great opportunity to meet both the physical and emotional needs of our neighbors at Mosaic.
Dallas Christian College
We will be sending a team to accomplish a work project on their campus; the specific project will be announced as we get closer to the day. DCC has been raising up Christian leaders for over 65 years and this is a great way for us to continue to support their mission.