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    Extremem Makeover, Bicycle Edition

    Last Sunday our church held its annual Light YOUR World day, in which we did community service projects instead of attending morning worship. I led a group of 20+ folks who cleaned and repaired donated bicycles for needy children, adults, and families in our community. We started w/ close to 80 bikes, completed about 65 of them, scrapped a few hopeless cases (rust is a big problem in a beach town), and returned the last dozen for future work, parts donation, etc. "It's not about the bike[s]" -- we got to know each other better, had a great time working together, and did something for the Community Resource Center, a well-run local agency which helps the needy in our area.
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    Local people, seeing local needs, taking care of it locally. That's the spirit!
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    Well done. Sounds like a positive, productive and meaningful day.

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    Praising God with productive hands, great job. Love hearing about faith in action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
    Local people, seeing local needs, taking care of it locally. That's the spirit!

    Good show on helping others. I have found out through the length of my years, that one of the greatest feelings/rewards on earth comes from helping others..
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    I wasn't aware there were any needy people in Encinitas, but good job to all of you, what a great way to spend the day in this beautiful San Diego weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
    Local people, seeing local needs, taking care of it locally. That's the spirit!
    It just proves that those who can do, those who can't learn how.
    As for the OP, what a wonderful mission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Last Sunday our church held its annual Light YOUR World day, in which we did community service projects instead of attending morning worship. I led a group of 20+ folks who cleaned and repaired donated bicycles for needy children, adults, and families in our community. We started w/ close to 80 bikes, completed about 65 of them, scrapped a few hopeless cases (rust is a big problem in a beach town), and returned the last dozen for future work, parts donation, etc. "It's not about the bike[s]" -- we got to know each other better, had a great time working together, and did something for the Community Resource Center, a well-run local agency which helps the needy in our area.
    John, Was that EXTREME or EXTRE-AMEN Makeover? Either way, this was an exceptionally cool activity to be involved in. Nice work!

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    Political note -- my 24-member crew spanned the American spectrum, which did not in any way keep us from working together effectively.

    Other work teams laid tile in a Habitat for Humanity build, cooked and served a meal at a homeless shelter, cleaned up a local Humane Society facility, etc.
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    Outstanding service. Good for you and the members of your church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
    Good show on helping others. I have found out through the length of my years, that one of the greatest feelings/rewards on earth comes from helping others..
    Freedom includes freedom of speech - even where I live.
    Enjoy life and what you do helping those less fortunate than us. Yes
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    I cleaned up the political comments.

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    Enjoy life and what you do helping those less fortunate than us. Yes
    Bike Forums members can feel free to post any political comments in the P&R forum. They really don't belong in threads like this.

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    Pretty cool when the Church leaves the building and gets out to help the world around us. No matter what your faith or lack thereof we have done the same thing for a number of years. One year it just happened to be a few days after a river had flooded a number of homes. we went in and helped with the clean up it wasn't just our church it was a lot of everyday folks that didn't even go to church but we all pitched in. Hope this doesn't cross the line on politics and religion on the forum but in our case we don't go out and beat folks with the Bible we just go do stuff in the area we contact various faith and non faith based organizations and volunteer to help out for the weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    John, Was that EXTREME or EXTRE-AMEN Makeover? Either way, this was an exceptionally cool activity to be involved in. Nice work!
    Sorry about the typo -- I can't edit the thread title.

    One of the guys on a weed-pulling team said that his wife frequently asks him what he does for his church. When he replies, "I sing and play music at a service occasionally," she replies, "That doesn't count, because you enjoy doing it." He assured everyone that the weed-pulling project did count. When the pastor asked me for an account of my project, I said, "It didn't count."

    Note to San Diego area BFers: On Saturday 10 Dec at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Community Resource Center is assembling Christmas baskets/bundles for client families. One of my bicycling friends is in charge of final bicycle sorting, cleanup, and fixup, and he probably could use more help, given that he will have a number of additional bikes beyond the 45 from Bethlehem Lutheran and the 65 from San Dieguito UMC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    . . . . When the pastor asked me for an account of my project, I said, "It didn't count." . . . .
    Or you could see it as counting double when you get to do something you love that also makes a positive difference for others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Sorry about the typo -- I can't edit the thread title.
    Please know I wasn't making fun of you, I thought the typo went with the topic.

    Speaking of not being able to edit titles--I once misspelled a member's user name in wishing him a Happy Birthday and couldn't edit the title!

    Or you could see it as counting double when you get to do something you love that also makes a positive difference for others.
    +1!
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