March 29-30: Public invited to Compassion Weekend

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church is inviting the public to join in its Compassion Weekend of community service projects on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.

Instead of attending church that weekend, congregants are participating in 33 service projects in the Bay Area, with a focus on local hunger and poverty.

Among the new projects in Menlo Park this year are making meal kits for hungry children and their families that are served by the organization, Feeding Children Everywhere. Also, volunteers will install a new floor and do spring cleaning at Haven House Family Shelter in Menlo Park.

Last year, 4,000 volunteers participated in Compassion Weekend, said church spokesperson Monica Brandt. Expenses for supplies and materials are paid for by the church's Christmas offering, she said.

Compassion Weekend is an effort by the church to "better understand and engage with" the local community, she said.


Posted by MP , a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

That's great! I hope they have compassion for everyone not just certain groups of people while excluding others due to beliefs not consistent with their church's beliefs.

Posted by mg, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

AMAZING...Compassion doesn't seem to include women who wish to be pastors or gays wishing to marry. The church may try to gloss over that last vote but I seriously doubt that people will soon forget that truly unchristian vote.

Posted by Mathews, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

"COMPASSION : sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it"

See, also:

"tolerance 1. the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with."

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