For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE!
Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download or CD purchase, but when you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album right now! And guess what else? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5! Here’s more details about part one ( you can listen to it for free HERE):
Album 58 was inspired by the Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, which is a 12-session, small group experience, that explores theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional role and make up of the family. It combines information with inspirational stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families truly thrive. And one way that families can carry out God’s perfect design for His own is by serving those in need, in their community—right where God has placed them. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ; showing His love in all we do, joyfully seeking to serve and share His great truth.
Do you want to serve your community as a family?
Here are some wonderful ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members, to get you started:
- Crochet? Sew? Perhaps you can make dresses, or scarves, blankets, hats, etc through the year. Deliver them to your local shelter before winter. Not so crafty? Offer donations food to your local food bank. —Shirley
- Our family helps with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin
- We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa
- We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna
- We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy
- Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. —Melissa
- We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and Sunday school. —Michele
- We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, 100% of the profits go to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah
- We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others’ meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn
How is that for getting started? Perhaps there is something yor community really needs that you could provide? Let’s get creative; get excited about serving! What ideas do you have for serving your community? Please do share!