Jennifer Gates Youth and Family Ministry Director
You are cordially invited to join your youth ministry children, teens, and families as we open our hearts to the flow of prosperity! Our children and teens are living in a state of gratitude and placing themselves in the flow of prosperity by opening not only their hearts, but also their backpacks as the school year ends. Here’s how you can help! Bring any partially used, gently used, or no longer needed school or office supplies that you have at home and place them in our donation box in the YM classrooms. Check out all the places in your home that things accumulate — a kitchen junk drawer, your desk drawer, computer hutch, perhaps a forgotten box in your garage. If you have school-aged children at home or in college, look no further than those backpacks they unload as they shrug off the school year.
Each Sunday in June Youth Ministry lessons will focus on the prosperity that flows through our lives every single day — in the forms of people who love us, our own ability to be creative, kind, giving; sharing our possessions and time with others, etc. All of our lessons are in preparation for our Youth Led Sunday Service which will be held on Sunday, June 30, at 11:00 AM. During this service you will hear directly from the young people of your congregation on the topic of “Giving from the Heart”, and their message is consistently beautiful and powerful. We will also celebrate our graduating Senior and enjoy a wonderful fellowship after the service in our CommUNITY Center!
We are ready to receive your donations of gently used school supplies every Sunday during the month of June! We will be asking our children and teens to bring in the school supplies they have not fully used during the past school year(s), and these items will be donated to the Harlandale School District which maintains a supply closet for students and teachers and which is *willing to accept used items* (many organizations in the US are only willing to accept new items). For reference, the 2 largest high schools within the Harlandale School District are Harlandale High School and McCollum High School. The average minority enrollment between these two schools is 97.5%, and the socioeconomically disadvantged enrollment is 86%.
One of the most important ideas behind our gently used school (and office) supplies drive is that giving does not have to involve shopping and spending money. Often, we can feel disconnected from the idea of prosperity and giving because we associate it with giving monetarily, but we all have so many special gifts to give from our hearts and from our current possessions. If you are wondering what you may have to contribute, here are a few ideas: barely used spiral notebooks (you can remove the used pages), gently worn down crayons or colored pencils, outgrown 3-ring notebook, pens, rulers, notebook paper, construction paper, post-it notes, calculators, even classroom bulletin board décor or pencil holders. In our home, we have a closet with half-used and virtually forgotten craft and school supplies from my children’s younger years – and we are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to see these items put to good use, living in the flow of abundance. All are welcome!