On Thursday, June 15, 40 volunteers arrived from Cincinnati, OH to do a day of service at Old First. They were members of the church and handbell choirs from Church of the Savior United Methodist Church. Every year their choirs travel around the country for a week, spreading the Gospel through words, music and service. This year, they traveled from Ohio to Virginia Beach and traveled north, stopping at 3 churches in Pennsylvania. They sing and praise God each evening in concert for an hour, and do service during the day. We were blessed with their efforts. In past years, they’ve traveled to Texas and Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa.
The choirs are composed of youth in grades 7-12 with their adult chaperones. According to Aaron, Erik, Justine and Caroline, they get alot out of spreading the word of God. “This brings me closer to God, closer to other choir members.” They are all impressed by the effects they had on their audiences, and were energized by the experience. One said, “I feel like I’m back on track with God. High school is a busy time and I pushed a lot of things with God aside. This week has made me realize that. We have no phones, we have to get along with the others in our group, I’m back on track.” Another said, “I was moved by the way I saw people being moved and changed by our music and presence.”
During their day of service, they painted the enclosure around the air conditioning unit for the CE and Fox buildings. Others cleaned out the kitchen closets and shelves, cleaned out the refrigerator and freezer and removed outdated food. One group sorted and re-stored clothing from the clothing shed and the crypt, while a final group removed the raised beds and cleaned up the patio.
We are thankful for their time and effort and their faithful witness. May they return home with blessings and grace.