MPPC’s Compassion Weekend puts thousands of volunteers into action at projects throughout the Peninsula

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on April 24, 2010

Habitat for Humanity construction site with Compassion Weekend volunteers

For the fourth year in a row, between 2,500 and 3,000 people will spread out up and down the Peninsula today and tomorrow, part of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church‘s Compassion Weekend. InMenlo caught up with them helping at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in east Menlo removing a non-standard porch (top) and preparing to put together Haiti Relief Kits in partnership with World Vision (below).

Haiti Relief KitsAccording to organizers, the special weekend was born in 2006 out of a dream to see the church increasingly engaged in acts of community service. The hope is that the volunteer efforts people participate in this weekend will become a regular habit and that stronger community relationship are formed.

During Compassion Weekend there are no regular worship services. Participants gather on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. at MPPC’s Menlo Park campus sanctuary for a worship celebration led by Rich Stearns, U.S. President of World Vision.

Photos by Chris Gulker

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