November 10, 2007 marked the first service project for Renaissance Foursquare. We set up shop at Esther Short Park, in downtown Vancouver, WA at the end of the Veterans Day parade, to give out free hot cocoa to the revelers.
We stationed sign holders on the street at the end of the parade route to direct participants to our stand.
Organizers estimated that 2000-2500 people would participate in the parade. By the time we packed up for the day, our small group of eight adults and four children had served up cocoa and cookies to over 550 people.
Now, I know if you're not familiar with our values, you may wonder what the point is to serving the community when it's far from the neighborhood our church is trying to reach. Here's the short version...we're serving people to show God's love and to build His Kingdom, not ours. The evangelistic process is exactly that, we may plant some seeds, we may water some, and occasionally, we may see the harvest, but which we have opportunity to achieve is all in God's hands. Our service to the community is a direct result of our love for God and for His people. Nothing more, nothing less.
And if you'd like the longer version you can click here. It'll take you to another site (Steve Sjogren's Serve e-zine) with an article that explains the philosophy we subscribe to.