February Bridging Serve Opportunites
February is a different sort of month. For some reason, it seems to be the best month for promoting various causes. It’s populated by several awareness causes including Black History Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Canned Food Month, National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month and National Heart Month to name a few. February is also closely associated with “love” as we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. If you have a valentine in your life, I hope you will shower them with love. While romantic love is important, Jesus taught us about an even higher love. In Mark 12:30-31, He commands us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
One way you can love your neighbor this month is by stepping into one of the many serve opportunities scheduled outside the walls of our church. As I mentioned in my last sermon, true joy comes from serving, both in our homes and in our community. The testimony below from Heather and David Knapp is a great example of God’s overflowing joy which comes from loving our neighbor through serving.
What and when brought you to Faithbridge Church?
We first visited Faithbridge in 2009 while dating as we were seeking a church we could grow our new relationship in together. Dave was a 20+ year Presbyterian and Heather was a 20+ year Catholic. When we married in 2012, we decided to officially become members. It was truly the challenging teaching staff partnered with a mission and service oriented, loving congregation that caught us and kept us.
How long have you been attending Faithbridge?
How did you first get involved with serving outside the walls of Faithbridge?
Serving our community and church has always been a priority for us. Prior to joining Faithbridge, we had volunteered with our previous churches and other non-profit organizations. When we joined Faithbridge in 2012, our desire to serve the Faithbridge community brought Heather to Kids Ministry and Dave to Crew Ministry, and the Road Ministry leading a mission trip to South Carolina with 20 high school seniors. From there our desire and priority to expand our stewardship grew to serving outside the walls of Faithbridge with a specific focus on serving with Faithbridge supported ministries.
What local ministry partners have you served with?
Mission of Yahweh, Soul Safari, Orphan Care, Meals on Wheels, Spring Assistance Ministry, Willowbrook Retirement, Food Bank, Helping Hands, OM Ships
Can you touch on your experience of serving together with your small group?
This is where we really find joy! We have had several opportunities to serve as a group at Mission of Yahweh, Willowbrook Retirement, and Helping Hands. To experience the love of the Holy Spirit thru the opportunity to be His hands and heart to people is magnified 10 fold when you serve as a community as one mind, one heart. These experiences brought our group so much closer in community and focused us more and more to seek opportunities to serve as one.
Why would you encourage others to step out of their comfort zone and begin serving?
This is personal to each individual. The experience may be different for each, but we can guarantee it is truly glorious for all! Our faith walk is strengthened when we serve others.
Dave has had the gift of being able to serve on 20+ mission trips as well as numerous serve opportunities we have shared with our small group at Faithbridge. We have NEVER seen anyone who entered into that covenant of service with our Lord come out with a frown or bad experience. Everyone who has served in His name with people who love Him and each other has had their cup filled to overflowing with what is lovingly referred to as a “mission high”. New friendships made, new hearts revealed, new maturity in their faith journey, and a new found love for those who need Him most.
Would you tell us the most impactful serve opportunity you had this past year?
We had the opportunity to spending time with high school kids in foster care in a group home (talking, karaoke & dancing), then having dinner and watching them open one of the presents on their wish list was a true blessing to our hearts. Seeing their responses of pure joy, followed by disbelief and pure gratitude when they received one of the gifts they actually put on their “wish” list was something Heather had never experienced. While our kids are grateful, the disbelief and pure joy was deeper for these kids as they are not accustomed to receiving what they ask for and having the security of being cared for with love and consideration.
The Lord opened her eyes and heart in a deeper way to the privileges we have in our life that before she had never even considered as such. We have already volunteered for next year’s party and will again pick up the wish list for a high school student.
Briefly describe the joy you receive as a gift when you serve?
The joy that is a gift from our Lord and Savior when we serve others as His hands and feet in this world strengthens our faith walk and deepens our relationships with Him and others like nothing else. We believe that belief + service is essential to mature our faith walk and that joy is found as we seek to follow Him and live our lives for Him as a response to His love for us. For us, Mark 10:45 says it best “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
February Serve Opportunities: Contact Peggy Burdon for further details and registration information for the serve opportunities listed below.
- February 4 (Sunday): Super Sunday Foodshare Drive: bring a bag of groceries to help support our local food pantries.
- February 5 (Monday): Help transport groceries to Northwest Assistance Ministries, Spring Woodlands Ministries, God's Food Pantry, and Boys and Girls Country from the Super Sunday collections.
- February 7 (Wednesday, 11am-1pm): Klein ISD Surrogate Parent/Educational Advocate Training. Training will be held at the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) - Room 100. 4411 Louetta Rd. Spring, TX 77389. To attend the class, please send an email to to confirm your attendance. Report your first and last name and the date of the surrogate parent training you are going to attend in the email.
- February 10 (Saturday, 9-11am): Soul Safari Homeless Outreach. Provide prayer, fellowship, basic needs to homeless and underserved folks at the SW corner of FM1960 @ Kuykendahl, look for zebra bus.
- February 10 (Saturday, 10-11:30am): Willowbrook Residential/Rehabilitation Center - Valentine's Party and Senior Citizen Serve. Come visit with those in assisted living area. Family friendly serve.
- February 13 (Tuesday, 6:30-8pm): Northvale Village Retirement Center Valentine's Potluck Dinner/Bingo Night. Family friendly.
- February 16 (Friday, 9am-Noon & 1-4pm) NAM Food Pantry sort and assist clients with groceries.
- February 17 (Saturday, 9:15-11am): NAM Meals on Wheels. Deliver groceries to seniors/handicapped folks.
- February 18 (Sunday, 12:45-2pm): Orphan Care Ministry Lunch & Learn Gathering. Childcare provided. Come learn about serve opportunities in this ministry within Faithbridge and our community.
- February 20 (Tuesday, 11:30am-1:30pm): Spring Woodlands Ministries Seniors Afternoon Out. Bring a dish, serve and fellowship with senior citizens.
- February 25 (Sunday, 2:30- 5:30pm): MOY Fellowship Dinner Serve.
Flexible Serve Opportunities
- Mentors and Surrogate Parents/Educational Advocates for Klein ISD students living in 18 residential group homes in our area. Be the one to make a difference in the life and future of a teen in foster care. Training provided.
- Mae’s Closet (Resource Closet for Foster Families): needs help sorting donations of kids clothing, toys and equipment donated to help families who are fostering children. Sorting dates in September are Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm. Location is at the Public Storage next door to Faithbridge. Contact Trisha directly to let her know you can serve.
- Visiting Seniors: if you have the heart to reach out to the elderly in assisted living and nursing homes in our area then this serve opportunity is for you. Create your own flexible schedule to be a regular visitor to senior citizens. Opportunities close by and in the Woodlands. This is a wonderful kid friendly serve opportunity as well. Contact Dinah Prosperi for details at .
- Hope Center: Day shelter for the homeless population along the Cypress Creek Pkwy needs volunteers to serve in a variety of ways. Shifts available. Serve once a month or weekly. Check out their website for more information. https://www.1960hopecenter.com/
- Donations of new and gently used infant and children clothing, furniture, toys, equipment always welcome for Mae’s Closet. Contact to set up a time to drop off donations.