On Tuesday July 25th & Wednesday, July 26th we had our 4th annual ‘in-house mission’ with the EDGE middle school group. The theme was “Heart of God/Where is YOUR Heart?”. The purpose was to gather the youth and have them help, not only around the parish grounds, but to assist the STM school teachers in setting up their classrooms before the kids came back to school.
The 2 day service project started at 9am & ended with daily Mass at 5:30pm. We averaged 24 middle school youth each day. A HUGE shout out to Ms. Hannah Harvey (STM alum) who has planned and executed this for the last 4 years! Here is a partial list of what was accomplished (some of it in 90+ degree heat)
Mulch the big playground
Scrub both big & little playgrounds
Mulch the main field
Weed the beds wherever needed (fire ants didn’t stop us!)
Paint the year’s theme sign for the youth room
Re-paint tables in youth room
Protect the outdoor classroom/gaga pit & wooden benches with linseed oil
Pine straw spread on beds and around trees
Clean the nursery
Help in classrooms & main office (Both Kindergartens/5th grade/reading resource/several middle school rooms
Clean the main Church & choir area
Shout out to our teen helpers: Bridget Patterson, Jeremy Boise, and Jacob Suever. Our Adults: Elaine Phillips, Tina Guyden, Jessica Prince, Priscilla Noble, Elizabeth Leonard, Nigist Woldegyorgia & Molly McGoldrick
We worked, we laughed, we sweated (a lot), threw water balloons and came to know that part of our heart is in service to our parish & school. The question is: Where is your heart?