Thanks to the 332 Volunteers Who Participated!
15 Projects - 1009 Hours to Oakland - 332 Volunteers
About Serve Week:
FCC Serve Week is a church-wide effort to mobilize people to support local organizations and meet community needs. Our aim is to give 1,000 volunteer-hours to Oakland within one week.
Serve Week was concluded with much joy, thanksgiving, and celebration at our 3 services and church-wide BBQ last Sunday. Together we have served on 15 different projects, involving 332 volunteers, giving 1009 hours of service to Oakland.
Q & A:
Why we do Serve Week?
The church has the greatest reason to serve - we are motivated by God’s acceptance of us in Jesus to love and serve the city around us. Serve Week also gives visibility to existing service opportunities and fosters long-term partnership with service organizations.
What have we achieved in Serve Week 2013?
We mobilized 322 volunteers in 15 projects, giving 1009 hours to the City of Oakland.
How has God worked in FCC through Serve Week?
- It is just inspiring to be in places and around people that you don't normally interact with
- Many new friendships and relationships were developed. 332 people sharing an experience together is powerful
- Ministries and non-profits are empowered with more visibility and long-term partnership
- Many of our people are encouraged in their faith. Vincent Tolliver who is a FCC member and also a teacher at Skyline High, comment on a project to paint Skyline High school: "I am proud of my church…. that a church would come in and actually do something in the school. I am proud of my brothers and sisters."
- It is a powerful experience to be able to celebrate something our church did together. We did a celebration BBQ to conclude the week and we had 200 people there with a lot of excitement.
- It does a lot in informing the public about the evangelical church. The Montclarion, a local newspaper, describes us as having "an evangelical but open message." We are often perceived as narrow-minded and inward focus. Serve Week is something with visibility that will help educate the public about who we are as a church and our involvements in the community.
- Many of us served because we are motivated by God's love for us and our joy and gratitude in response to His love. We get to experience God's love on a deeper level through service.