The Great Week of Service
Date(s) - 08/11/2019 - 08/18/2019
Save the Date! The Great Week of Service: August 11-18!
Each year Weddington UMC celebrates the Great Week of Service, where we focus on a variety of service opportunities concentrated in one week. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and learn more about the missions that Weddington UMC supports throughout the year. We invite you to join us August 11-18, 2019!
Throughout the Great Week of Service, you will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the local community with a variety of projects and events. Service opportunities will include making sandwiches to feed the hungry; preparing care boxes to be mailed to our troops; collecting and distributing new shoes, backpacks, and school supplies to a local school in Monroe; and more!
The Great Week of Service will begin on Sunday, August 11, with a prayer of blessing during worship, followed by a week of serving together as church family and neighbor. We will close in worship with a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude on Sunday, August 19.
Several of our service projects will require donated items. Even if you can’t make time to serve in person during the Great Week of Service, participating by making a donation of items is a much needed avenue of service. We will collect donations in the weeks leading up to Great Week. See below for details and a list of items needed.
Please find the Great Week Missions Schedule below. We would love to have as much participation as possible. There is no need to sign up, just come ready to serve! For questions, please contact the church office.
Great Week of Service Mission Schedule
MONDAY, AUGUST 12 – Canned and Dry Food Drive: 1:00 p.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall
Union County Crisis Assistance provides local families in financial crisis with life’s basic needs: emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, and food. They walk with families by giving emotional and educational support to stabilize financial health and move toward self-sufficiency. We financially support this agency as a church, but we also want to be in service by restocking their food pantry through a food drive. Be here on August 12 as we sort, bag, and deliver food donations.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 – Operation Sandwich: 1:00 p.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall
Every second Saturday of the month WUMC volunteers make and deliver 900+ sandwiches to Urban Ministry Center and Union County Shelter to feed our homeless brothers and sisters! This Great Week of Service, we want to introduce you to this ongoing mission opportunity at our church! Join us as we make sandwiches to battle hunger.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 – Troop Care Boxes: 1:00 p.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall
We always keep our troops in prayer. In addition to that, we want to send a simple gesture of care for all they do by sending them goodies. Please support this drive. We owe so much to their life-giving service. Let’s serve them as generously as we can this Great Week. Plan to be here to sort donations and pack bags for our troops.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 – Back to School Bash: 10:00 a.m. at Benton Heights Elementary
This is our first year celebrating a Back to School Bash with Benton Heights Elementary! We are very excited about continuing and strengthening our relationship with them. Benton is in walking distance of our Monroe campus and most of our Homework Help Ministry children are students there. Our goal is to provide Benton students with new shoes, socks, and backpacks filled with school supplies. Soles4Souls has met us halfway and donated shoes, and Weddington UMC has received a donation to provide the rest of the shoes we’ll need! For Great Week, please donate new back packs, socks, and school supplies, and give us your loving presence and service on August 17. We expect to serve no less than 300 children! We need many hands and loving hearts to welcome, wash little feet, and pray for these beautiful students as they prepare to walk a new school year. If you would like to serve at the Back to School Bash, please contact Leah Primm at the church office.
Great Week Donations
Over the summer we will be collecting donation items to be used for several of the Great Week service projects. Drop off days for donations will be on Sundays, July 21, July 28, and August 4 during worship hours. Bins will be available in Helms Hall and in the Family Life Center on the Weddington Campus as well as at Bonds Grove and Monroe.
Troop Items Needed:
• Zip lock bags (gallon size)
• Bags of whole bean coffee
• Tide Pods
and individually wrapped:
• Jolly Ranchers
• Beef jerky
• Irish Spring soap bars
• Cheez-It crackers
• Pringles chips
Union County Crisis Assistance:
• Canned food
• Peanut Butter/Jelly
• Spaghetti noodles and sauce
Back to School Bash:
• Composition books
• Spiral notebooks
• Pocket folders
• Markers (10 pack boxes)
• Colored pencils
• Black Expo markers
• No. 2 pencils (packs of 12)
• Blunt scissors (kids)
• Scissors (4th & 5th grade)
• Nylon 3 hole pencil cases
• Glue sticks
• Wedge erasers
• Pencil top erasers