"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Today, the community of George Fox will partner with organizations across Yamhill, Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties for the university's 15th annual Serve Day.
With over 1,947 students, staff, and faculty taking part, this is sure to be to be our largest day of service yet.
Your students will be serving with their living areas, athletic teams, or commuter groups at 89 sites and 56 homes. Some of the organizations we're partnering with include Love INC, Portland Rescue Mission, Newberg School District, Door to Grace, and Luke-Dorf Inc. Tasks will include yard work, sorting donations, visiting one-on-one with elderly, painting murals, cleaning up wildlife refuges and parks, just to mention a few.
Following the day of service the university community will come together for a time of celebration - an activities fair including many student clubs and organizations for students to participate in throughout the year, our annual Church fair featuring over 30 local Churches, and our Serve Day BBQ. This year we'll conclude our time together with an evening Chapel hosted by President Baker in our amphitheater.
John writes at the end of chapter 20 that he has recorded the stories in John so that readers might come to know Jesus and knowing, have an abundant life. When we read the text we rarely read it from the inside -- knowing the people and the events that are being discussed. I am going to introduce the students to three of our adult residents -- Betty Hockett, Quentin Nordyke, and Leroy Benham. They will share how they met Christ, how He has walked with them in life, and what has meant the most to them in living a life of value. The idea is to provide actual stories of individuals who sat where they will be sitting some 50 years ago. They had the same hopes, dream and visions and now they near the finish line -- what has made the difference. Hearing those stories my hope is that they will be drawn nearer to Christ.
- President Robin Baker Be sure to follow the George Fox University Parent Facebook page facebook.com/GeorgeFoxParents for updates throughout the day and photos of your students blessing our community through service.