Students Participate in Covenant's "Love Lookout" Service Effort
A number of Covenant students participated in Love Lookout on Saturday, October 23, 2010, serving the community with various projects near campus. After an early-morning breakfast and a devotional, the group struck out to clean at Fairyland School, paint, and clear brush from streams and drains for the city. Joel Rietema, a resident director at Covenant, is largely responsible for organizing this effort, having contacted the mayor's office seeking ways to serve Lookout Mountain communities.
"The service morning to our community went very well," says Joel. "Love Lookout exists to put Christ's love into action in practical ways. We must continually strive to think outside ourselves. I'm so glad we were able to leave Covenant and serve those in our immediate community." This endeavor to serve did not end that Saturday for Joel, who brought a few students back to the private residence the following weekend, to continue the paint job they did not quite finish on October 23.
"Everyone worked hard cleaning the campus, and it looks amazing!" said principal of Fairyland School Jeremy Roerdink. "The students at Covenant have a great reputation on the mountain, and I thank them for their service."
Covenant freshman Eliza Barger was among the participating students. "I'd never been in that area of Lookout Mountain before, and it was nice to get a different perspective on where we live. This is something I really enjoy and would definitely like to do it again."
Hoping to continue building relationships with the surrounding communities on Lookout Mountain, Covenant intends to make Love Lookout an annual event.