Jul 07

Headwaters Church Service Day a Success!

I am so thankful for the partnership of Pastor Seth Dombach and the fine folks at Headwaters Covenant Church (www.helenaheadwaters.org). With their help we were able to remove a ton of old bark and mulch from around our school entryway and replace it with new! It is a wonderful testimony to our staff and he children in our care to see so many coming and spending a beautiful day here with us to make our campus shine a little brighter. Each volunteer reminds us of the circle of faithful friends that support the work of Intermountain and care about the well-being of our children.

In the months ahead, there will be opportunities for service projects like this one that you and your church or civic group may want to participate in. As the chapel project gets up and running, we are doing our best to carve out portions of the project that would be suitable for volunteer groups to take on. We feel it is important for you to feel a personal connection to our work, and so we will work hard to find something appropriate to any sized group and any skill level. It is a great chance to get to know you personally, as well, because you can have a great conversation while bending over a shovel, applying paint to a wall, or whatever work might be before us.

Days of service are such a healthy expression of love for God and others. You see, whenever I serve alongside those that express their love for God by helping others, I am reminded of a favorite verse of mine, rendered well by Eugene Peterson in The Message version of the Bible:

I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. (James 2:18, MSG)

Faith and works, works and faith… indeed, they fit together like hand in glove. This is especially true if that glove is a work glove! I’d like to think that Jesus, the son of a carpenter, knew hard work himself and smiles down at those who aren’t afraid to sweat a little to further his Kingdom work.

Blessings, always—

Chaplain Chris Haughee