Metropolitan has committed to being a church that prays, that loves, that serves. More and more I am delighted to see how this theme becomes more than just the backdrop to our rostrum or the lyrics to our welcome song. I am so proud to be a part of a church that is bringing prayer, love and service to the needy souls in our surrounding community.
This week it was Ridgecrest Elementary, our newly adopted neighborhood school, that received with such gratitude blessings by the bundlesâ€¦quite literally! When Principal Dunn reached out to our pastoral team to request Metroâ€™s help with their clothing drive we knew that this was a divinely appointed opportunity. We had to act... and fast! With only one week to spread the word, collect the donations and distribute the goods, Metro members showed incredible enthusiasm and support through generous donations of clothing and monetary gifts. I still remember quite vividly the tears that streamed down Ms. Andradeâ€™s face (Community Outreach Assistant for Ridgecrest) as she watched us bring in all the items that had been given to support their clothing drive! She was simply overwhelmed by our churchâ€™s response. Principal Dunn reiterated their joy and tremendous gratitude as she marveled at the generosity and thoughtfulness that had been given to support their program. I could see in that moment how Godâ€™s love was reaching across the street and building a relationship between our church and Ridgecrest elementary.
I was both surprised and excited to see how many parents and students lined up outside the school doors, anxiously awaiting the drive to begin. As we unloaded the cars with Metroâ€™s contributions the waiting faces grew brighter with anticipation. We were able to donate 84 bundles of clothing (each bundle contained underwear (2), socks (2) and a sweater/outfit), 20 winter coats, 17 pairs of winter boots, and an additional 246 pairs of underwear, 81 pairs of socks, and an assortment of adult clothing as well. Once the doors were opened and the people flooded inside, the school gymnasium bustled with energy and excitement as kids picked out new clothes and school books to take home. It only took a matter of minutes for the tables which had been completely covered with clothing to become quite scant and bare. Pastor B and I stood back and watched the happenings with much joy and satisfaction, knowing that this is what Jesus would be doing if he were walking the Earth todayâ€”clothing the naked!
Ridgecrest has many other needs so our commitment to them does NOT stop here! This is our community, this our schoolâ€¦ we will continue to pray for them, love them and serve them.
We have more pictures in the Ridgecrest Clothes Drive Photo Blog. THe photo above shows Pastor B and Ms. Andrade sharing a hug.
** Many thanks to all who gave clothing donations and monetary gifts. And I would especially like to acknowledge the team that helped prepare the bundles of clothing: Melissa Andrews, Lishel Souvenir, Keisha Stubbs, Jenny Laquinte, Krystal Tomlin, Trevonna Gibbons, Patrick Audain, Michelle Malveaux, Jermella Matthews, Ric Tobias.