In honor of the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the memory of all of our United States presidents, Crosslines was open on Jan. 21 and will be open on Feb. 18, federal holidays named for those persons. In addition, we called upon all in Upshur County to set aside some time on those two days to provide service to needy individuals and the community.
Normally, the above two days are times when Crosslines is closed so that our volunteers and our staff can enjoy a day off. However, on looking at whom we are honoring on those days and why we are honoring them, our staff and volunteers decided to work those days to provide service to others. We will also have our regular "Food for Life" program at noon on those two days, so all are invited to lunch. We chose to remain open to remind all of us that we should be looking out for our brothers and sisters who are in need and that we all have an obligation to be good community members.
Martin Luther King, Jr. made an indelible mark on our country for his determination to show that we are all Americans together and that there should not be divisions among us based on race, religion, or station in life. His determination as an American changed our country for the better, and we have much to thank him for. His life was about service, and so what better way to honor him and all of those who have made civil rights an ongoing challenge.
In addition, think of the work of all of our presidents since earliest times, how they have taken so much criticism, aged so much on the job and sacrificed their lives in service to our country. It is fitting that we honor them.
Crosslines and the Parish House are encouraging everyone to get involved for at least one hour on Feb. 18. That means as individuals; as community groups like Rotary, Elks, Moose, Lions; as men's and women's groups; as City Council members, County Commissioners, Board of Education members; as churches and church groups; as CEOs; as farm groups; as book clubs; as fraternities and sororities at Wesleyan; as teachers' groups; as insurance agencies; as restaurant owners; as veterans' groups and as neighborhoods.
Think what a difference we could make in our county if every single person devoted one hour each month in service to others in our community. Can it be done? What could we possibly do that would make a difference? Here are some suggestions:
- Donate venison and other meat to Crosslines
- Spend an hour at Hall House just visiting with members of our community
- Volunteer one hour sorting clothes at the Clothes Closet
- Volunteer one hour at the Salvation Army
- Sweep your elderly neighbor's porch and sidewalks
- Remove snow from your elderly neighbor's sidewalks
- Contact your neighborhood school and read for an hour to a class
- Help a first or second grader with math or reading in a classroom
- Scrub the tables and chairs at the Parish House
- Visit someone in jail or prison
- Take dinner to your pastor or priest
- Restock the shelves in the basement of the Parish House
- Take your elderly or infirm neighbor to the grocery store or to the doctor
- Collect canned food for the needy and drop it off at Crosslines or the Salvation Army
- Spend an hour in prayer for someone other than yourself
- Clean up broken branches/trees from your own property or help your neighbor do the same
- Contact your pastor or priest to do a small one-hour job in the parish
- Clean out your closet and take that extra jacket, coat, hat, or gloves to the Clothes Closet or to the Salvation Army
- Take a volunteer to lunch
- Thank the members of your church choir for their service to God and God's people
- Provide printer paper for service groups like Crosslines and the Salvation Army
- Send your pastor or priest a note of thanks for his/her ongoing ministry
- Take a veteran to lunch
- Surprise your elderly parents with a special phone call or visit
- Talk at the dinner table with your spouse and children about service, volunteering, and its importance in our lives
- Surprise a needy person with a food gift card from Kroger, Save-A-Lot, IGA or Walmart
The following are some quotes from presidents and others on which we can reflect:
- "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." (Mother Teresa)
- "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." (John F. Kennedy)
- "He profits most who serves best." (Arthur SheldonMotto for Rotary)
- "Talk is cheap." (English proverb)
- "Whatever you sow, so shall you reap." (Galatians)
- "Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it." (Abraham Lincoln)
- "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individual concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." (George Washington)
Everything we do for others will be a great reward for us and for our community. Please join us on these two days of service to others. Let us know how it turns out for you by giving us a call at 304-472-0743. We hope to hear from you.
On the parish calendar: Visit to Ron Hinkle Glass, Tuesday, 12:45-2 p.m., Hall Neighbors' House
Strengthening Yoga, Tuesday, 2:303 p.m., Hall Neighbors' House
Joint planning session, all committees, Tuesday, Chapel Hill UMC; begins with covered dish meal at 6 p.m.
Strengthening Yoga, Thursday, 2:303 p.m., Hall Neighbors' House
Burlington youth visit, Saturday, Feb. 2
Wednesday service, Wednesday, Feb. 13, Tennerton UMC
Appreciation Dinner, Tuesday, April 16