As many of you know, a group of men and, in some cases, their sons,
gather on one Sunday morning each month to put into practice, in a practical way, greatest commandment to 'love God and others.' We call it 'Men2Serve.'
Others in our ranks may not attend church or synagogue, but enjoy expressing their humanitarian mission in a practical way.
Last Sunday morning, we gathered to do some work for one of Phoenixville's quiet heroes, Julian McCracken of the Phoenixville Area Children's Learning Center, (PACLC) who labors quietly and without fanfare to offer excellent day care to local low income families. PACLC began in 1966 and exists to 'provide for the physical and emotional needs of the children from low-income families in Phoenixville.' Julian sent me the following email which I thought worth passing along.
Greg, The work you and the men did was GREAT!!! INCREDIBLE!!! TREMENDOUS!!!
The grounds are the best they have looked in the 10 years I have been employed at PACLC! I cannot THANK YOU enough! What your group did has lifted such a burden off my shoulders!!!
I would welcome a return in the Spring to do work both inside and outside of the property... (ed note: So would we!)
In the meantime, may you and your volunteers enjoy a festive, safe and meaningful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. We, at PACLC, are thankful and grateful for the time, effort and enthusiasm put forth by Men2Serve in their selfless exhibition of civic-mindedness and "helping out their neighbors."
All the Best,
Phoenixville Area Children's Learning Center
Come join us on Dec 9th!
I'd like to extend the invitation to anyone (and.or their sons or friends) who receives this to join us at our next Men2Serve on December 9th! We typically meet at 9:30 am at the Bookworm Building in Phoenixville, have some lite refreshments, offer a 10 minute reflection or spiritual story, followed by community service which concludes at 11:30 am. Some can stay the entire 2 hours, while others leave as their schedules dictate. The bottom line is that any man is welcome to join us for religious or humanitarian reasons, and to stay as long as they wish, up to the two hours.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love... I’m not much.
If I know the bible by heart and have mountain moving faith, but I don’t love...I’m not much.
If I live in poverty, giving all my stuff away, including my very life, but I don’t love...I’m not much.
So, no matter how much I know, how much I teach, or how much I sacrifice, I’m not much... without love.