Twelve Things to Try This Summer

  1. Walk with the Stop Gun Violence Together Group through the neighborhoods of west San Jose as a show of solidarity and to increase public safety. The SGVT Group walks every third Friday of the month, meeting at 7:00pm in Starbird Park, at the corner of Williams and Boynton in San Jose. The group walks at a moderate pace, talks with people in the community, and gives out books to neighborhood children. Contact the SFVT Group for more information.
  2. Volunteer at a community fun run. Local Los Altos store On Your Mark is organizing a “Christmas in July” fun run on July 19, benefiting our Hope’s Corner ministry. Sign up now to volunteer at the run, checking in participants, handing out water and prizes, and cheering on the runners. Click here for more information.
  3. Spend some time in a safe and serene place away from the hectic Bay Area. Camp Lodestar has air-conditioned dining facilities with great food, comfortable beds, swimming, interactive worship and Bible study, playground, swimming pool, starry nights, and more. Give yourself the gift of some sacred pace—although there is Wi-Fi for those who need to stay in touch with the real world!
  4. Be a greeter for a worship service or two. During the summer months, our regular greeters sometimes travel, so there are opportunities to put on your friendly smile, welcome people to worship, and pass out the friendship folders.
  5. Pass the plate—as an usher. Just as above, many of our ushers take vacation during the summer months. Have you ever wondered what ushers do? This is a great chance to try it out. No suits, ties or high heels required: we are “summer casual.”
  6. We love the chance for food and fellowship, whether at small group, Sunday night fellowship dinners, or Summer Barbecues. Join Food Services Director Fred Mayo and volunteer at a dinner this summer.
  7. Join a teaching team for Sunday Summer School. The Children’s Ministry team would love to share their joy and passion in working with our children. Great training is provided, and it’s a good way to meet other parents, grandparents, and people who simply love kids.
  8. Volunteer to work one-on-one with a special needs child during our Respite Nights! Summer dates are June 19 and July 17, 5:30–8:30pm.
  9. Be a back-up Sunday buddy for our special needs Sunday school class, for the occasions when someone is sick or out of town.
  10. Think ahead to Compassion Week in October. Is there an area or project that is especially important to you? Teams are planning the many missions and ministries we will serve this fall. Come be part of this exciting way to take worship into the world.
  11. There is a small group of people just waiting for you. Our GroupLife small group ministry is the best way to connect with the church through fellowship, study, or walking in friendship and support with others. Find an existing group, or invite friends to start a group for summer or fall.
  12. Remember to continue all five discipleship practices this summer! God doesn’t “take the summer off,” and neither should we. Worship, daily devotions, serving, connecting, and giving are important all twelve months of the year. Let’s all grow and go deeper with God.

For more information on any of these ideas, use the links above or contact Director of Adult Ministries Patricia Parfett.

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