For almost 30 years we’ve have hosted PADS at CPC.
A- Action (to)
PADS runs every Saturday night at CPC from October through April, and it takes many hands to keep this operation going. While the location of PADS is always here at CPC, our congregation ‘hosts’ (cooks, cleans, staffs) only on the second Saturday of the month. Other churches from the Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale area fill in the other Saturday nights, and many other locations provide shelter on the other nights of the week. You should also know that CPC is a family site, and often, a site like ours is hard to come by in the homeless shelter world. Many of our guests are young families.
So especially during this cold month, let’s pray for PADS.
Merciful God, you call on us to show mercy and compassion to people in need, and almost 30 years ago the session of CPC heard that call and responded. We ask today that you keep that call alive in our hearts- for as long as there is a need Lord, may we open our doors. Challenge us, God, to try and end homelessness with preventative measures, so that we no longer have guests coming each Saturday: women, men, children, babies, grandmothers… we love them Lord, but guide us to action that helps get them permanent housing.
We thank you for the many volunteers who help to run PADS each week. From the workers of the larger organization in DuPage County, to the first time student who helps cook dinner. For the laundry washers and the high school students who read to the children, to the breakfast crew and the people who stay awake into the wee hours of the morning. Lord today we especially thank you for Mike Brenk, our site coordinator. He brings organization and efficiency to the program. Please give him energy for when he fills in for a volunteer, and give him names of people to help. Thank you God, for Mike.
Lord, may each volunteer know how much we appreciate them for their service, may each guest know that they are welcome in this space and that we are praying for them, and may we all together work for a better vision of your kingdom. Amen.