“Over 140 members participated this year,” said Patti Ryland, one of 17 Servant Day team leaders. “The goal is to show God’s love for all people and serve the community in which we live.”
Several REZ members spent months organizing the event and developing work orders to service needs in Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay. Work orders included moving an elderly couple, handyman work and landscaping at schools affected by budget cuts.
Following their day of service, the teams met back at the church for dinner to share stories. “In these ongoing economic challenges, families and the community at large still struggle to make ends meet,” said Ryland. “Contributing in this small way can make a big difference for those who are in need.”
One recipient of services was the Avalon Vineyards Group Home in Oakley. The 5-acre facility is home for six developmentally disabled young adults. The facility was in desperate need of landscaping and other external “tender loving care,” said Ryland.
“I had an awesome team of 14,” she added. “Yes, we worked hard, but the best part of the day was taking breaks with the residents. The joy on their faces and in their voices was the most rewarding part of the whole day. I can’t wait to do this again next year.” Precision Landscaping and Hamilton Tree Service contributed resources, tools and supplies to complete the job.
Resurrection Ministries is located at 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. For more information, visit www.resurrection-brentwood.org.