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Party in the Park

A few Saturdays ago, some of the Grace and Main crew got together to pack lunches into coolers for the House of Hope. You can read more about those coolers in our previous post: Coolers for the House of Hope.We set up our grill in Doyle Thomas Park (also called Green Street Park) in Downtown Danville.

Old and new members of G+M were thrilled to see that so many of our friends were still around and had missed us when we took the winter off from our cookouts in the park. One boy said to us, as we unpacked our frisbees and food, “We missed yall. Are you gonna do this all summer?” We let him know that we’re back and plan on doing it for as long as we can. While we got the hot dogs cooking, we took some time to play on the playground with each other, to toss the frisbee, to pitch and hit baseball (with a big bat and a yellow, rubber ball that Mark and Julie brought along–new toys!), and to play some basketball. Then, we all had some hot dogs, chips, drinks, and fruit cups. Check out the pictures and you’ll know how much fun it was.

Tony tries to hang by his knees...

Matt and a dinosaur he met at the park

One of our friends swinging for the fences

Matt, Mike, Mark, Tony, and some friends play basketball

At least one of us can dunk...almost.

Our brother Tony and his mother, who refused to tell us any embarrassing stories

Mike, demonstrating proper dinosaur riding form

These hot dogs are almost ready to be eaten

Never has a hot dog looked so delicious

Jessica, Julie, and Jennifer help some of our friends get their plates ready (while the guys are probably riding dinosaurs...)

Sitting down to lunch

Some of us eat, while some of us get back to playing

Josh, looking wary because he's worried Daniel will steal his chips...

King Tony, trying on the crown that Josh made for him

Check out our website for more information about upcoming projects and events. You are always welcome to worship with us on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at 228 Broad St. You’re also always welcome to eat dinner with the community and join in our ongoing discussions on Thursday night at 6:00 and 7:15, respectively, at the same address. Donations can be made by check (made payable to “Grace and Main Fellowship”) and sent to the same address–your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of what you donate will be used to address poverty and homelessness issues in downtown Danville, VA. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at graceandmain@gmail.com.

Coolers for the House of Hope

On Saturday, May 7, some of the people associated with Grace and Main got together in the morning to try to help a local cause in a small way. Thanks to the gifts of our members and the generous donations or our partners and those who are excited about what Grace Coolers for the House of Hopeand Main is up to, we had money to go and buy food to pack into coolers for the House of Hope, here in Danville. Each day, the guests at the House of Hope receive breakfast through the grace of donors and dinner through a partnership with Danville Regional Medical Center, but during lunch they are out in the city looking for solutions to some of the challenges they face. So, to help in some small way, we volunteered to pack a couple of coolers with non-perishable food items in brown paper bags so that our homeless brothers and sisters will have a meal at midday.

So, we went to a local store and loaded up a few shopping carts with food to pack for our friends downtown.

Mike, with one of our shopping carts

Mike, with one of our shopping carts

We came back to the house on Broad St. and began to test our assembly line skills as we packed the items into brown paper bags, and the bags into coolers.

Matt and Jennifer packing lunch bags

Matt and Jennifer packing lunch bags

Mike and Tony take a break to mug for the camera

Mike and Tony take a break to mug for the camera

We even had some help from some younger volunteers.

A couple little helpers packing lunches

A couple little helpers packing lunches

Dad oversees the packing...

Dad takes a break to supervise some packing...

I (Josh) was on the taping and packing end of the assembly line and, in spite of the ample help from the little ones, that’s where the whole process slowed down. But, it left us a great opportunity for a picture:

Lunches ready to be packed

Lunches ready to be packed

After packing these lunches, we went on to another project (that I’ll post about in a few days), but we delivered the coolers later that day. Not all of us could make it and our younger friends had naps to get to, but those who could go were glad to visit with the House of Hope director, Steve Anderson.

Some of G+M delivering lunches to the House of Hope and director, Steve Anderson

Some of G+M delivering lunches to the House of Hope and director, Steve Anderson

Grace and Main is excited about doing our small part to love and care for those who live downtown and those who find shelter at the House of Hope. If these lunches turn out to be a blessing, then we would like to continue to stock these coolers. Your donation will help make it possible for us to buy food and water for those who might benefit from a simple act of grace.

Check out our website for more information about upcoming projects and events. You are always welcome to worship with us on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at 228 Broad St. You’re also always welcome to eat dinner with the community and join in our ongoing discussions on Thursday night at 6:00 and 7:15, respectively, at the same address. Donations can be made by check (made payable to “Grace and Main Fellowship”) and sent to the same address–your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of what you donate will be used to address poverty and homelessness issues in downtown Danville, VA. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at graceandmain@gmail.com.