Like most weekends, you wake up hungry for pancakes Saturday morning. Your options are make a mess at your place or, better yet, eat your fill of pancakes made by someone else.
After breakfast, you will feel amazing, knowing that your efforts assisted Mercy College students raise money for their College Alternative Spring Break to Appalachia, Kentucky to serve under served populations.
As part of our commitment to servant leadership at Mercy College, Campus Ministry is traveling with a group of students to participate in WorkFest, an alternative spring break trip hosted by Christian Appalachian Project. Each March WorkFest attracts more than 400 students from 40 different colleges and universities.
During the course of a week, students will serve in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky. WorkFest’s primary emphasis is on service to the poor, but it also gives students the opportunity to build community in an ecumenical Christian environment. Time is set aside for spiritual reflection each morning and evening, and all of the devotions are student-led.
- What: Pancake breakfast
- When: Saturday, February 28 from 7 am - noon
- Where: Ft. Des Moines International
Order of Odd Fellows Lodge # 25 2904 Kingman Boulevard in Des Moines
- How much: $5, $2 for children 12 & under
- Why: Your hungry, have five bucks and want to support Mercy College Students!
Committing to the mission trip involves more than just showing up for the week of service. The students who are attending have already been preparing themselves spiritually and have also undertaken various forms of fund raising to cover their expenses.
As a part of their fund raising efforts, this coming Saturday (Feb. 28), participating students will be serving a pancake breakfast to the public. Experiences like this one not only help to pay for the service trip, but also present unique opportunities for the students to foster team unity before traveling to Kentucky.
Donations for the meal have been made by the South Des Moines McDonalds, the Dietary Department at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, and members of the Ft. Des Moines Lodge themselves. Proceeds from the breakfast will be shared by Campus Ministry and the Lodge for their other charitable priorities.