LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Members of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church are getting ready to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus as they begin community service endeavor called "Maundy Project."
Organizers said the idea is to serve Christ through acts of service. With that mission in mind, they have planned a variety of community activities that will give their members "an opportunity for people to take their time, talents and passion into the community."
Projects for this inaugural effort include painting and repairing homes damaged during the tornado that hit Lufkin in December, planting a garden for Godtel, and refurbishing a playground for the Salvation Army.
"Our goal as a parish is to perform 800 hours of community service between the end of the Maundy Thursday observance and the Great Vigil of Easter on Sunday evening. It reminds us of what is written in the Gospel of John. On the eve of Jesus' crucifixion, He washed the feet of his disciples. Though we do not plan to do any symbolic feet washing, we will follow Christ's example of service by going into our community and helping our neighbors," said St. Cyprian's Rector Art Callaham.
This is Holy Week, which in Christianity is the last week of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday.
The Maundy Project was developed by members of St. Cyprian's in collaboration with several local outreach organizations. In addition to the repairs to the homes on Ridge Street, the Godtel garden and playground, parishioners will make Easter dinner for 30 homeless people in Lufkin, assist CASA with its annual gala and perform some needed facility maintenance at the Mosaic Center.
"The Maundy Project seeks to recapture some of that spirit of service during the holiest time of the Church year," said Father Callaham. "At this point more than 800 hours have been pledged to the effort."