February 5, 2019
Superb Work Done by Men's NetWork GIVES BACK Groups
The idea of paying it forward clicked soundly with a number of men's groups for the first-ever Men's NetWork's GIVES BACK event. It took place during the weeks between Christmas and Thanksgiving.
As previously mentioned, there were three categories where the Men's NetWork was awarding a $150 Amazon gift card. They were 1) most creative service idea; 2) most community-oriented project; 3) best "holiday-themed" dressed group.
This week we'll feature the first of our winners: the most creative service idea. It goes to Men Celebrate Jesus, a men's group that calls Celebration Lutheran Church in Seymour, Tennessee, its home.
Team member Dean Hempel writes, "Since our church is located on the route of the Annual Seymour Christmas Parade, we decided to take advantage of the traffic and exposure to our community. This year was the 25th annual parade to benefit local families in need. Teachers selected families based on their familiarity with students in the community. Our men's group, Men Celebrate Jesus, decided to have canopies and tables along the parade route and serve up some brats, hot dogs, and kraut to help raise funds for the same cause. Local business participation helped with food and publicity. This event helped share the Good News of Jesus in our community, provided an outreach for our church, and served those less-fortunate families in our community." Hempel noted the unofficial tally showed that more than 80 families had been assisted and at least $500 had been raised.
Kudos to the Men Celebrate Jesus group! Their work is a perfect example of how groups can often align with an existing event or project and do a lot of good in the process. Joining forces, so to speak, with another project already in play is ideal if coming up with a project idea is proving tough.
Your Amazon gift card will be arriving soon. Congratulations!