Summit Community Church, Buckeye, AZ
The King will reply, “Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
November 4-6 was a busy weekend for Summit Community Lutheran Church, Buckeye, AZ as they came together for their second annual Serve Weekend. The weekend was filled with opportunities to serve both locally and globally through a variety of Community Impact Projects and the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack. Together the Summit family and community members made a difference in the West Valley of Arizona and in the World.
1,585 volunteers were sent to build beds for kids in needs, set out flags for veterans at a local cemetery, support a local school, work at a thrift store, assemble senior boxes, and pack 311,040 meals which will feed 847 kids for a year.
For over 15 years, Summit rented space to hold worship services and conduct ministry. In 2019, their new facility was completed, giving them a permanent worship building.
Pastor Nate Schaus expressed his feelings about this weekend of service, “I’m grateful to see our building used to gather and send teams of volunteers out to make an impact in Buckeye and the wider West Valley.”
Pastor Schaus approached Tyler Fewins, LCEF District Vice President for the Pacific Southwest District about being a sponsor of the Serve Weekend. “I was thrilled to be asked to partner with Summit. It has been exciting to see them grow as a congregation as they trusted in the Lord to provide them with permanent ministry space. To be able to come alongside them in this service to their community was a privilege.”
Serve Weekend volunteers ranged in age from 3 to 83. One high school volunteer said, “Looking back at the work we did, we are filled with gratitude and joy to serve others and bring food for the hungry people in the world.”
While packing meals, Matt a Summit parent volunteer expressed, “I look at my kids and just wonder what it would be like if they didn’t have a meal. It’s fantastic to bring them here to help support these families.”
A Community Impact Team was sent to Verrado Middle School. A staff member shared these words of thanks, “I want to take a moment and say thank you for spending some of your time as our school. Because of people like you, our school and community are a better place.”
Serve Weekend’s impact can be measured in numbers of volunteers, meals packed, and organizations benefited, but the true impact of lives touched and changed is measurable.
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Gracious Father, Thank you for the ministry of Summit Community and their place in your Kingdom. Please continue to bless them as they seek to serve those in their community and around the world. Amen!
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