The Back to School Party and Community Dinner was a tremendous success. 215 backpacks were filled with school supplies and left the building strapped to the backs of kids who will be starting school in a matter of days. An additional 60 backpacks were packed by volunteers to give to Ephesus Road Elementary School. You would not believe it, but we had the exact number of backpacks needed so that every family and child that needed a backpack and school supplies received one–down to the very last 3rd grader who showed up after the event was over. It was a joyful day of relational interactions and blessing for all involved. Over forty volunteers and numerous organizations and ministries were present and working to make this event a success.
Families began lining up over a half an hour before the doors opened, and there was excitement and expectation in the air. When the party began, families checked in at the registration table, received school supply lists, picked out a backpack, and then proceeded to tables hosted by volunteers where they received the school supplies they needed. It was a joy to see our parishioners interacting with children and parents as they passed out glue sticks, rulers, paper, etc. Families also had the opportunity to interact with school principals, teachers, and administration members from Creekside Elementary and Githens Middle School. With backpacks in hand, families then gathered for dinner, conversation, and music in the parking lot in front of the Annex. Food was donated by local restaurants and provided by many from All Saints Church as well as the folks from Oak Creek Village. A large group of people from La Cosecha, a local Spanish-speaking church that meets on Garrett Road, volunteered, interacted with our neighbors, grilled hot dogs, and collected information for future follow up. We also had a bouncy house and served snow cones. There was a party atmosphere and a lot of interaction.
Thank you to all the volunteers, organizations, and ministries that were present and made this local mission outreach event a success! It took many people many hours to make this event happen.
Thank you for your time and energy and for your smiles and love for our neighbors:
Bishop Terrell Glenn
And others whom I am forgetting
ORGANIZATIONS AND MINISTRIES INVOLVED
Rene Lopez–The Grace Place
Samaritan Health Center
Saturday monring ESL Program