Easter is a season of renewal, hope, and love as we celebrate the most powerful act of love that came in an unexpected way—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And the best way to celebrate this crazy kind of love is to love our community the Jesus way!
So, in the spirit of the season, let’s join Love Does The Unexpected and live a lifestyle of love that will transform our community and change the world. At all of our campuses, we have several opportunities for you and your family, friends, and small groups to love our community in unexpected ways.
Legacy and En Español Campuses
Serving the City of Plano
Serving the Plano community, the Legacy and En Español campuses will be working together on Saturday, April 27, to serve the children at Mendenhall Elementary by helping with their school carnival and to serve the City of Plano by participating in Love Where You Live, a neighborhood revitalization initiative.
This year, Love Where You Live will focus on transforming the Meadows/Ridgewood Neighborhood in Plano. Some projects will include landscaping and home repairs, so come ready to roll up your sleeves and beautify this neighborhood. We have the power to love our community by keeping our neighborhoods beautiful and safe and connecting with our neighbors. If you or your group is feeling inspired this season, sign up for Love Where You Live today!
Another great opportunity to serve the City of Plano is to join us for the Great American Cleanup, Plano’s largest litter clean-up and earth day celebration. It will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. There will be an after-party from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Legacy Campus’ parking lot. There’ll be free lunch, live music, games, contests, prizes, and more! You can register at Plano Great American Cleanup 2019.
Feeding Our Community
The Legacy Campus will have opportunities to love our community by feeding cities throughout North Texas.
- Feed The City: On Saturday, April 6, the Legacy Campus will be partnering with TangoTab to make sandwiches for people in need. Work with people of various ages, races, and religions to make a difference in our community.
- North Texas Food Bank: Sign up to sort and pack food for the North Texas Food Bank. Our local partner distributes millions of meals throughout North Texas. Sign up today!
Sloan Creek Campus
Our Sloan Creek Campus serves the Allen, Lucas, McKinney, and Fairview communities. This year, Sloan Creek will be working with their local partners to meet the community’s deepest needs and to engage with the community.
Meeting Needs with Donations
During the weekend services of March 30-31 and April 6-7, Sloan Creek will be asking for canned goods, clothing, household items, and gift cards to benefit the ACO Food Pantry, Family Promise, Shiloh Place, and the Collin County Crime Victims’ Council.
Engaging with Our Community
Sloan Creek will have two opportunities to love our community through engagement.
- Cornerstone Ranch: On Saturday, April 27, we would love for you to join us in serving the community of Cornerstone Ranch, a full-time residential housing and day program for adults with special needs. There are a variety of projects to help love on the adults and staff. We will have construction projects, landscaping, and alpaca fleece cleaning!
- Rountree Carnival: On Friday, May 17, we will we host a carnival for Rountree Elementary. To make this event fun for the children and their families, we need help with supplies and volunteers on the evening of the event itself. Enjoy some carnival fun as you spread the love to the children and staff at this amazing school!
For more information about sign-ups or for the full list of needed items, visit Love Does at Sloan Creek.
Our Woodbridge Campus serves the Murphy, Wylie, and Sachse communities. On Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m.-Noon, the Woodbridge Campus will be serving the community in a few different ways.
Supporting Our Local Food Pantry
The Woodbridge Campus will complete a few service projects for 5 Loaves Food Pantry, “a faith-based organization that provides food and support for all ages, to nourish both the body and the soul.”
Cleaning Up Our Community
Woodbridge will also be cleaning up two neighborhoods and the city railroad track off Highway 78. We will be cleaning the common spaces to make our community beautiful.
For more information about our projects, check out Love Does at Woodbridge Campus.
Our newest campus, the Richardson Campus, will also be jumping into Love Does The Unexpected season with a couple of great opportunities to love our community.
Supporting Our Local Partners
Our Richardson Campus will serve together at Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization with a mission to feed God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. At their facility in Richardson, we will pack scientifically-formulated meals for undernourished children, which are distributed to a network of partners in 70+ countries.
This is a great way for families to get involved in Love Does The Unexpected. Children ages 5 and up can participate in the meal packing. Also, we will be having an onsite picnic where we will actually eat the meals that we pack. It will be a great opportunity for everyone, young and old, to get a taste of the food and connect with the world that we are serving.
Donations will also be accepted at the picnic. This is a great opportunity for us to act surprisingly and to give generously.
Cleaning Up Our Community
The Richardson Campus will be joining forces with the City of Richardson to participate in their annual Trash Bash. On Saturday, April 13, we will meet at 9:30 a.m. to fill as many bags of litter and recyclables as we can. When clean-up is all done, we will meet at the Richardson Civic Center for an appreciation event.
To join us, register at Trash Bash.
To find out more information about these opportunities, visit Love Does at Richardson Campus.
These are just a few ways to love our community this season. Whether you jump into one of these opportunities or come up with your own creative ways to serve others, we encourage you to find ways to love unexpectedly and to make love a way of life.
Join us for Love Does The Unexpected, a movement that encourages everyone to engage in their community by acting surprisingly, giving generously, and sharing broadly. When you are loving on others or others are loving on you, use #LoveDoesTheUnexpected to share your story on social media. Let’s flood our city with stories of how Jesus’ love prompts His followers to love others in unexpected ways.