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Service Sunday

Service Sunday

Sunday, May 24, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Service Sunday is on May 24, 2020!

Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Help us help others during a time of isolation, joblessness, and food insecurity.

Share joy.

There are many ways to worship, and practical service is a fundamental part of honoring our God. Especially during this season where there are so many needs in our community, we are setting aside Sunday, May 24 to be Jesus' hands and feet as one church. Although we cannot gather as a large group to serve, there are still many ways we can serve our community with those you live with, or in smaller groups–of course, while socially distancing.

We will start off the day with a very brief Virtual Church Video at 10:30 am to prepare us and pray for His power and blessing. Then at 11:30 am, let's go and serve!

Below are 7 different ways you can help love and serve our community. Follow these simple steps below and then register on Eventbrite!

  • Please read over the descriptions of each service opportunity.
  • Prayerfully discern and choose something that you and/or your household, friends & neighbors can do together, while socially distancing.
  • Then, click on this link to reserve your spot - Eventbrite Link

1. Prayer Walk

Prayer is a powerful way for us to interact with God about and for the world around us. What better way to serve those around us than by praying for them? We encourage you to take a "prayer walk" in your neighborhood - setting aside time to walk around, observing who and what is around you, and bringing those things to God in prayer as you walk - asking for His will and purpose to be done in your neighbors and your neighborhood. Also, if you sense any leading or word from God during your prayer time, or just want to share how it impacted you, please share that with Pastor 

2. Operation Contagious Generosity (OCG) Invitation Walk

Whether your neighborhood is already activated in providing groceries to OCG, or you have not yet started it, this is a chance to live out the "Art of Neighboring" by inviting neighbors to participate in helping those impacted by job loss and food insecurity. This activity would involve printing out a pre-written letter and attaching them to grocery bags, and then visiting neighbors (socially-distanced, of course) to inform them of the effort, inviting them to contribute. This is a great activity to include kids, if possible, and a way to connect with your neighbors in a new context. Yes, it takes a bit of courage, but remember: faith is spelled "R-I-S-K".  For more information, please contact Ben.

3. Jail Ministry Greeting Card Art Project (kid-friendly)

We will be making simple folded greeting cards for the men and women in the Santa Clara County Jails so that they can write letters home while their families can’t visit them during the pandemic. We must strictly follow jail regulations with these cards, so please sign up by Tuesday, May 19, so we can email you further information about this project. For more information, please contact Ian.

4. Able Works Greeting Card Design Project

For those of you who are creative, we have an opportunity to bless one of our partner ministries, Able Works, by helping design greeting cards that their staff can use to bless the men and women whom they serve. Able Works is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to equip individuals with financial education, life skills and assets that enable one to live free from oppression and poverty. We want to support their efforts with homemade (or purchased) greeting cards. They need 10 get well soon cards, 30 general encouragement cards, and 40 graduation/completion cards (some of these should not be cap and gown designs). Share your gift of creativity! Please sign up by Tuesday, May 19 so we can provide instructions. For more information, please contact .

5. Reach Potential Food Project

There are 2 ways to serve in this Project:
1. Grocery Organizers!

Up to 30 adults and youth (age 13 and over) are needed to help organize and bag groceries at the Gateway Center, 477 N. Mathilda in Sunnyvale - at the back of the large building. Arrive by 11:30 AM - end time is approximately 2pm. This is the perfect project for families with youth and for young adults. There is space enough for keeping our distance. Please bring your own mask. They have gloves.

2. Food Distribution!
This is for Monday, May 25th, at Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View. Help distribute food to folks in need. We need a total of 20 volunteers across two shifts.

Shift 1: 10 people from 9am-12pm
Shift 2: 10 people from 12pm-3pm

For more information about Reach Potential Movement go to: https://www.reachpotential.org/ 
For more information about volunteering for this, please contact . 

6. Drive-Up Grocery Giveaway

There are 2 parts to this Project, and you are welcome to help in either, or both of them:
1. PREPARATION
We will be preparing 200 bags of groceries to distribute at our Drive-Up Grocery Giveaway.

On Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24 before the event begins, we will need people to come to the church office and prep the items and stuff grocery bags during the following times:

  • Saturday, May 23rd, 2 to 4pm: need 6 people to sort and stuff bags
  • Saturday, May 23rd, 6 to 8pm: need 6 people to sort and stuff bags
  • Sunday, May 24th, 8 to 10am, before the event begins, we need 4 people to help prepare for the drive-up and complete final grocery bag organization.

Location: Palo Alto Vineyard Church-Admin Office 935 Sierra Vista Ave, Ste A Mountain View, CA, 94043 

2. GIVEAWAY SUNDAY MORNING+PRAYER
On Sunday, May 24th, we will be giving away 200 bags of groceries at our church office from 11:30am-12:30pm.

  • We will need 8 people to help give away bags of groceries
  • We will need 6 people to offer physically distanced prayer ministry, while people are still in their cars.

Location: Palo Alto Vineyard Church-Admin Office 935 Sierra Vista Ave, Ste A Mountain View, CA, 94043 

For more information, contact Susan.

7. Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Hot Lunch

Come help us serve a catered lunch at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto–support a local business and provide a great meal for a community hit hard by job losses amidst this virus season: a double blessing! PAVC has been doing weekly Tuesday distributions of groceries and essentials for the past month, so it’ll be a time of togetherness - distanced but joyful. Only 6 spots available. 
For more information, please contact .