This year’s school-wide Service Day was this past Friday, October 8. If you have been in the Fort Wayne area recently, you know that an umbrella has been an essential accessory as of late. A number of our school’s Koinonia* groups were planning for outdoor work sites. Gratefully, the rain did take a break during the primary work window (9:00 am to noon) and much was accomplished! (See pictures here from our work.)
Traditionally we have these three goals for Service Day:
- Serve others in love.
- Deepen relationships with each member of the Koinonia group.
- Be ready to share the faith.
Looking at goal #2, I think you would agree that relationships are of special importance right now considering the challenges we have faced socially these past 18 months. What does Service Day have to do with relationships? Just ask any CLHS graduate from the past two decades and they will probably say how their Koinonia group “came together” through planned service, lunch and team-building activities.
Our theme for this school year, “Living the Gospel … with Christ at the Center,” connects well with service goals 1 and 3, as seen in the emphases of this verse: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake,” 2 Corinthians 4:5.
This week in Koinonia we will discuss ways in which we “proclaim[ed]...Jesus Christ as Lord” through our service to others. We take time to reflect on Service Day as an essential follow-up and one more piece to the service-learning experience.
Want to get involved next year? Parents, alumni, and friends of CLHS have proven to be a great addition to Service Day. Since each Koinonia group determines its own plans for the day, the best way to get involved is directly through a current student.
To all who did participate in Service Day 2021, thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to northeast Indiana. May God use our combined efforts to share his love to many.
In His service,
*Koinonia, the Greek word for fellowship, is our school’s student-led small group ministry. Each group consists of approximately 3 students from each grade level, along with an adult.