Bless Our Schools

For five years, Church of the Servant has partnered with Hefner Middle School to bless the children with weekend backpacks of food. The numbers of backpacks going home declined the past couple of years not due to lack of need but partially due to distribution methods (middle school kids are more sensitive about receiving them) A new counselor has been working hard to identify students in need and make pick-up more discreet.  As of this week, 9 backpacks and 9 drawstring bags are being distributed! In addition, food is available in a “pantry”  at school and if any student tells a teacher they are hungry, they can go select something to eat. The food is furnished through the Regional Food Bank.
The second part of the program is to bless Hefner’s teachers and para-professionals with support throughout the year. In August every teacher is provided with a plastic box of goodies supplied by our congregation. The boxes are quickly grabbed from the concourse table and many people go away empty handed.  Para-Professionals are also recipients of a zip-loc goodie bag. Along with the extra supplies and snacks, donors are asked to write a note to the teacher who will receive the box. It’s fun to fill the box but it makes one pause to try to put down in a few sentences what our hopes and dreams are for the teacher, her classroom and her students. Amber Neaves, who has championed this from the very beginning, shares the thank notes she receives from teachers during Mission Council meetings. They are often moved to tears by such thoughtfulness.
But wait! There’s more! Several times a year, a meal is prepared for the whole school staff! Not only is food homemade, but the area is decorated so that Servant can again encourage, uplift and honor them. A big shout-out to Jim and Lynda Talkington who faithfully set up, decorate and clean-up.
There’s a lot to celebrate at Hefner so please remember everyone there in your prayers and thank God for this wonderful opportunity to serve those close to home.