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“Do Something” by Matthew West

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

God created you to do something. Here are some ideas:

  1. Volunteer to go to the Immokalee Soup Kitchen on the third Thursday of the month (counts as Salty Service).
  2. Once a month take the food collected on the fourth Sunday to the Lehigh Acres Community Services food pantry (counts as Salty Service). They close from 11:45 am to 1 pm for lunch.
  3. Attend the Missions Outreach Committee meetings to find out what projects they are planning. Volunteer to help with at least one of those projects.
  4. Volunteer in the church nursery Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Wednesday evening or Saturday evening. If we want young families coming to our church, we need a well staffed nursery. If their children feel safe and welcome, then the parents will want to come each week.
  5. We are still looking for a part time organist.
  6. The Saturday service could use more band members, singers and sound system technicians.
  7. Sound system technicians needed for Sunday morning and special events.
  8. Editor for the monthly church newsletter. You can work at the church or at home. 

NEEDS IN THE NURSERY

Along with regular volunteers to assist the paid staff, baby swings are needed. We have several babies in the nursery and they love to see what their older siblings and other children are doing. The slow swing also lulls them to sleep.

We encourage parents to take advantage of the nursery. Young children do not understand what is going on in church and you cannot enjoy the service as you try to keep them from doing what comes naturally. They have a safe and secure place to play and meet other children in the nursery and you can relax for an hour and enjoy the church service. When you sign your child in, the nursery workers take your cell number so they can contact you if they need you.

Children 4 and older attend church and then leave for children’s church after the children’s message. They learn what is expected of them in church but then have time to be children while learning a Bible lesson. 

IMMOKALEE SOUP KITCHEN

Larry and Marlyn Hockert have loved overseeing the soup kitchen and they want to go as often as they can. But they haven’t been able to give it their all lately. They would really appreciate it if someone would take over their duties. They include checking the volunteer list in the sanctuary lobby to see how many people have signed up each month, be the liaison with the soup kitchen director to receive emails on the monthly calendar and special events, make sure everyone going on the third Thursday of each month has transportation either by meeting at the church to carpool together or planning to meet at the soup kitchen.

Please contact the church office if you can be the new soup kitchen liaison. Additional volunteers are needed to go each month. Sign up on the board in the sanctuary lobby or call the church office.

 

LITERACY BUDDIES

Another school year is coming to an end for the Literacy Buddies. April 15th is the last book and letter to your little buddy. Please drop off your books by Wednesday, April 13 so they can be delivered on time. Thank you for spending time picking out those special books to help your buddy improve their reading skills. We want to give these early elementary students a good start and hopefully we can prevent them from needing FCAT reading classes to pass the tests when they are in high school.

If you would like to join those in our church who are literacy buddies, please contact the church office. After you register, you receive the name, age, interests and class information on your buddy. Three times a year (December, February and April) we purchase a book and write a letter to our buddy. These books are their personal property and often help their family members to learn English or improve their reading skill. After the books are delivered, you receive a letter or drawing from your buddy and a note from their teacher.

We also work with a U.S. Bourne book distributor, Beth, who usually has a table at the church’s craft fair the first Saturday in December. You can order books for your buddy at her table. Beth also provides free extra books based on the total of books purchased. The teachers appreciate having extra reading books in their classes.