111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights IL 60004 Worship Times: Sat. 5:00pm | Sun. 8:45am, 9:15am, and 11:00am

The Church has Left the Building

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012

When we were the church in the community, for the community!

On Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, about 150 people made a difference in our community.

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Our projects, and what people had to say about them:food drive photo

Puppy Love — We organized files and cleaned and sorted equipment throughout the building for The Buddy Foundation, a no-kill animal shelter run entirely by volunteers.

Food Drive — We sorted, labeled and packed 30+ boxes of food for the Wheeling Township food pantry. We also distributed flyers to about 600 of our neighbors inviting them to leave food on their porch for the upcoming youth food drive. The youth picked up a carload of additional food for the food pantry.

“It was a fun way to do something for the neighborhood and get our grandson to see the value of the church family-at-large.”

forest preserve photoFields of Green — We beautified part of Deer Grove Forest Preserve by hacking down and burning about half an acre of invasive buckthorn and by picking up litter over a much larger area.

According to reports, the kids enjoyed finding snakes as they picked up the litter!

“We felt very good strolling in the fresh air and sunshine and knowing how much cleaner we left it for the next people to enjoy. A man walking past said, ‘That’s nice of you to do that.’”

Smiles for Seniors photoSmiles for Seniors — Volunteers in advance sewed 182 cloth bags. That day, we threaded drawstrings for the bags, created homemade greeting cards to put in the bags as gifts, along with tissue packs and puzzle books. We also made a card for each recipient. The bags were given to Wheeling Township and to the Arlington Heights Senior Center for both groups to deliver to their Meals on Wheels recipients.

“[The highlight was] the active involvement of so many children who were so eager to do a good job.  They were extremely dedicated and efficient–what a testimony of God working in our church to see children know and want to spread God’s love.”

Faith Community Homes –We stuffed a 600-piece mailing for this group which mentors working families through financial crisis. We also decorated signs for their homes and thank you notes which the families’ use.

“I left the building feeling so great.  God is awesome in how he fills our hearts will love for others and gives us the opportunity to use our time and talents to let others know we do care about all His children young and old.”

bingo photoLutheran Home — We enjoyed playing bingo with the residents and visiting other residents. The kids were the biggest hit, especially the young girl who played the piano for them!

“It was a wonderful experience.  I felt useful, happy to spend time with people I did not know and accomplish the required job. . . The Lord God Almighty brought me to this church and helped me . . . by giving me a purpose and support and love.  Days like last Sunday certainly helped.  I only wish I can do more.”

photo of paintersPainters — Three generations of one family served by painting one of the hallways in our building.

Prayer warrior — We were blessed by one dedicated pray-er who walked the building and prayed for all the people serving.

Questions? Contact Karen Kogler, kkogler@stpeter-ah.org.

Our thanks to Thrivent Financial for a grant which provided supplies for these projects.