Serve Weekend in Seattle Schools

This weekend of August 20th-21st, churches from all around Seattle and the region, will be engaging schools in a tangible way of service- everything from wiping down tables and painting murals to building planter boxes and shoveling mulch. The whole purpose of this serve weekend (known in Seattle as "Seattle Community Serve Day") is to love and serve our schools, building relationships for future support.

Jubilee REACH , Urban Impact and Northshore Community Serve Day have gathered annually over the course of a decade to serve schools in Bellevue and the Northshore School Districts. Their faithfulness and incredible story inspired eight churches in West Seattle last year to serve two schools, Roxhill Elementary and Sanislo Elementary.

The principal of Sanislo was very moved by their service and the continued support, and told the Regional Executive of the Southwest District, who reported to the Superintendant of Seattle Schools, Dr. Larry Nyland. Dr. Nyland then turned to us at Light Up the City and asked if we could potentially replicate that throughout the district, with an end goal of a church partner for each school in the district. To launch this task we polled our network to find existing relationships and asked if they would participate in a weekend of service. There are 21 schools in the Seattle School District which will be served this summer.

Now the reach extends beyond Seattle. In February we had Dr. Nyland share his thoughts on church/school partnerships at our Quarterly LUTC Gathering. He told a moving story of when he was the superintendent in Marysville during the terrible shootings in 2014, the faith community reached out to him and the teachers and supported them in prayer and encouragement. For him, that was when the lightbulb went off- and he saw the benefit of two pillars of community coming together- the Church and Schools. After Dr. Nyland's presentation, we heard from other congregations in districts outside of Seattle who wanted to participate in the Serve Weekend as well. NINE districts will now serve schools during this weekend and one in October: Bellevue, Northshore, Lake Washington, Renton, Shoreline, Tukwila, Highline, Federal Way (October) and Seattle. What an awesome story of the Church reaching out to do Kingdom work- simple service that will hopefully foster deeper relationships, so that the students, teachers, staff, and parents can see and feel the love of Jesus.

Friends would you join us in praying for this weekend of service? Pray for the workers safety, for the schools themselves, and that the love of Christ will be felt and shared this weekend. Do you have a story of service in schools to share? Please contact us and let us know! We will report following the event to give an update of the weekend.

Also, if you didn't get a chance to hear our LUTC Radio program this week- we had Pastor Roy Chang of Seattle Chinese Alliance Church share his wonderful story of partnership with Dearborn Elementary. You can listen to our archived radio shows and podcasts here.

Nathan A. Ryan

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