Did you see the movie Encanto? I love the last scene where the whole community comes together to re-build the family home. It had been destroyed because the family members became too focused on their “gifts” and forgot about the importance of their relationships with one another. Check out the community coming together at 1:33 in this youtube link to that scene.
That idea of the community coming together to build together is at the heart of the Community Build Days that are coming up on June 4 and June 25. These days will be opportunities for us to build community as we build up the community. In conjunction with 3 other churches, we will be participating in two “serve projects” on the corner of Howard and Navarro in Northwest Pasadena: a Habitat for Humanity Build Day as well as a Harambee Serve Day. This particular intersection was once known as “Blood Corner” because of the violence that occurred there. That’s what led John Perkins to establish Harambee Ministries at this corner.
Both projects (Habitat & Harambee) will have two shifts on both June 4 and June 25 which will overlap with a community-building lunch on Harambee’s campus.
The Harambee Serve Days are ideal for individuals, life groups, and families with children 10 and up invited to take part with a supervising parent. There will be various projects including some involving painting and gardening/landscaping work. For the Harambee Serve Days, the morning shift will be 8:30am-12:15pm and afternoon shift will be 11:15am-3:00pm. There will be projects for all skill levels and abilities.
The Habitat Build Days are open to individuals 16 and older (under 18 requires waiver from parents). Morning shift will be 7:45am-12:15pm and afternoon shift will be 11:15am-3:30pm. No special skills or experience are required.
While we are excited about these opportunities to serve, we are also excited for the opportunity to build relationships between the four participating churches as well as Harambee Ministries. We will be building and working alongside people from La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, Pasadena Church, and Friendship Pasadena Church. The last two are primarily African-American churches located in Pasadena. We are hoping that this is a great opportunity to get to know and partner in ministry with brothers and sisters who share a love for Jesus and a desire to show that love through serving others.
Don’t want to build but would be up for helping with the lunch? Our church will work with Pasadena Church to provide a Soul Food lunch on June 25. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get back to you with more details as it gets closer.
Space is limited, so register right away for your preferred shift and project. We ask that those signing up commit to the entire shift including lunch.