Weekend! Time to clean up and rest up, maybe see a few fireworks over the hills. Then the next group of churches comes in!
This new week we have only two churches working with us: First Presbyterian of Lancaster PA and First United Methodist of Ephrata PA. Only a few people have been with Life Builders before, so we have to make them feel at home here. We’ll go over the house rules to follow, let them know the schedule they are to stick to, and tell them about whats for dinner. Sunday night they’ll have time to get comfortable with the type of work they’ll be doing when Mark Oettinger, our main Work Site Coordinator, tells them about their jobsites for the week and answers questions. They will fall into place after the first day and it will feel like they’ve known us for longer than a week.
Care cards are an important feature that nobody has touched on really. I’ll explain: throughout the week we encourage the everyone to write notes to members of their group and others they meet while here and put them in our envelopes hanging on the wall. Then at the end of the week they get to read all the positive impact they had while working here. People have written notes to the kitchen staff to say just how incredible that chicken and rice was, or to the speaker to thank them for the way they presented that particular topic. Its an effort that builds the team up and gets you looking outside your bubble of normal conversation to discuss whats really impactful. Some workcampers from previous years, myself included, keep the packet of notes to read through on occasion as a reminder of what you can accomplish. Maybe in the future we’ll go digital, but for now, its a way to keep letter writing in fashion.