Friday, April 22, 2011

Fun-Filled Weekend With Mercy Ministries

The residents of Mercy Ministries love getting out into their local communities for fun events and volunteer opportunities. Last weekend was no exception, with the Nashville residents volunteering at a local 5K and Easter egg hunt and the St. Louis residents enjoying a special weekend retreat away from home.

Several of the Nashville girls spent last Saturday volunteering at the Diary Dash, Purity Dairy’s “Moosic City” 5K/10K Run. Proceeds from this year’s Dairy Dash went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Some of the residents dressed up as characters to entertain the kids, some worked the silent auction table and the rest served ice cream and other refreshments at the concession stand. Here’s what some of them had to say about volunteering at the Dairy Dash:

I really appreciated being able to volunteer at the Purity Dairy Dash. I enjoyed being helpful and cheering people on as well as just being in that environment. It was a wonderful opportunity. - Cecilia

Being at the Dairy Dash today was such a sweet blessing!! I wore the cow mascot costume and got to interact with all the children. What a great atmosphere of team work for all those involved. There was a good turnout for the event and it was cool to connect with the community like that. I would enjoy doing more events like the Dairy Dash. - Crystal

It was fun to go to the Dairy Dash and interact with people from the community. I’ve always loved doing community service/volunteer stuff - it was a lot of fun! - Amanda

The rest of the Nashville residents spent that day volunteering at the Christ Church Easter Egg Hunt. The children at the event loved the face painting, pony rides and especially hunting for hundreds of eggs filled with special treats. Here’s what the Mercy girls said about their day:

I had a lot of fun. I loved helping putting out the eggs, and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. It was really good for me. - Sarah

I really enjoyed working at the crafts table with the children for “Eggs in the Park” They were adorable and reminded me that I should show God’s love to everyone. I love Christ Church. - Julianne

It was great to paint the kids faces and see how much they loved it! I loved helping the people set up and watching the kids have a great Easter! - Ashley

In St. Louis, some amazing women from Spark Ministry prepared a wonderful weekend retreat for the staff and residents. The weekend kicked off with an entertainment variety skit show called “Rhinestone Cowgirl Stampede,” featuring comedic skits starring the Spark volunteers and some of the residents. The girls loved their time at the Cedar Creek Conference Center in New Haven, MO making crafts, having an Easter egg hunt, flying kites and gathering around the campfire.

Special thanks to Spark Ministry for an incredible weekend and to Purity Dairies and Christ Church for the opportunity to give back to the community. Please enjoy this video of last weekend’s events and have a Happy Easter! He is risen!