We woke up and had another yummy breakfast by our food preparation leaders. The food prep people left for church early so they could make vegetable soup for lunch after church. The clean-up people stayed behind to clean up breakfast. We all went to a Methodist church. It was a littler church, littler than Church of the Resurrection. It was nice and cozy and had stained glass windows. I loved the music. Before the sermon, all of us kids went to Sunday School. In Sunday School, we did a crossword puzzle, had communion, and at the end, we made snack bags for people.
The clean-up people served the lunch – like me. I got to serve the bread, Matthew served butter, Trestle served chips and the grown-ups served soup. There were all kinds of different people. Some were even homeless. One man carried everything he owned in a big backpack. After lunch, we cleaned up – washed dishes, cleaned up tables, and put away stuff. Then we went back to the Rutger House.
During Team Time, we talked about the book “Getting through Thursday”. It was about a boy and their family who did not have much money. Thursday was the hardest day because Friday was when the Mom got paid and it was hard because she had three kids and they didn’t have a Dad. She didn’t make much money so on Wednesday, they started running out of stuff and then by Thursday they were out of a lot of things. One of those things was toothpaste so we all brushed out teeth with baking soda like they had to in the book. It was disgusting – very salty. Making due is hard sometimes.
We went to the St. Louis Arch. We got to see and touch the arch and some of us did handstands on the arch. We didn’t get to go up the Arch but we still had fun. We spent some time thinking about what we learned.
After the Arch we went to eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory. It was yummy! We came home to the Rutger House and had Team Time. We all said what we were going to do to help people when we got home. For each thing, we lit a glow stick. We put the glow sticks in a cross shape, turned off the lights and prayed about what we were thankful for. It was very touching.
Then we went to bed because we were very tired.
By Tessa Ruhnke