The first Tuesday of every month is “Community Outreach Day” for the friends and family of The University Church. In September, we visited Cherry Street Mission in Toledo and helped to sweep and mop floors after dinner, and to clean up the exterior of the property. Cherry Street Mission has been active in Toledo since 1947 and the mission “is to serve all who come to us in need, and to provide purposeful discipleship by rescuing the downtrodden, restoring hope to the hopeless and releasing God’s greatness to those we serve.” You can find out more about Cherry Street Mission at their web site.
Some of us our evening was spent sweeping floors:
Others were moving furniture:
And some people got to use a mop and bucket to get the floors sparkling once again:
The group worked to restore the dining area to a clean and tidy condition, ready for the next meal:
And along the way, some new friends were made:
Outside the facility we worked to clean up the sidewalks and the neighboring lot:
Our group, which included friends from New Hope United Methodist Church in Toledo, gathered for one last photograph before we went on our way:
On October 7, 2008 we will be visiting St. Paul’s Community Center in Toledo to serve a meal and clean up afterward. We hope you’ll join us in carrying the good news into the community in tangible ways.