The Heart of Community: How to Serve Through NCU
Hello NCU community!
As we begin to move closer to the middle of our spring semester, I thought it was time we talk a little bit about community service. We have had some time to get used to our schedules, but sometimes it can be dangerous to get too wrapped up in what we already know. Although school and work are very important, as children of God it is dire for us to invest in our community and people we don’t interact with daily. What better way to spark a flame then to selflessly help and lighten someone’s load the way Christ wore the cross that we deserved on his back.
There is no designated time in life when community service will just make sense in your schedule. Service is something to be done out of love not responsibility. Whether it be alone or together, small or big; every act of kindness makes a difference in someone’s life even if we don’t notice it. When it is done in love, serving others can be a great way to show the mercy and kindness of our Creator.
Think on this:
The glorifying of God in works~ Isaiah 61:1-4
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
Just as Jesus sent out the disciples, grab a friend and go out~ Matthew 10:5-11
“These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart.”
A few opportunities to think about:
The Touch project: Coming up on April 14th, NCU is taking part in a community service opportunity much like ETC day. Last year, campus ministries organized a day to make meals and distribute them to homeless around Eugene, as well as doing some clean up with Eugene Mission. Details on this year are to follow.
Eugene Mission: If you are passionate about working with the homeless, Eugene Mission are always looking for volunteers to help. They need help doing anything from feeding to helping process clothes donations. If you are interested, check out their website and look into attending one of their volunteer orientation tour dates.
Animal shelters: There are a few animal shelters around Eugene that could use your help cleaning the facilities and aiding in yardwork. Just call around and see who might need your help!
Gaby Herron: If none of the opportunities above peak your interest, shoot an e-mail to Gaby Herron (campus ministries rep.) and see what places in the community need your help.
Above all else, remember that whatever we do, it is to be done for the Glory of God.