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2016 GVSU Spring Break - Worthy

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What this Trip is all About

This annual event provides us an opportunity to reach out to the community of Ft. Myers through service and love. Our mission is to bring the light of Christ to those in need. At the same time, we will be growing in community with one another through small group devotionals, worship and fun. This ten-day trip costs $365, which covers everything except your meals on the way to and from Florida.

We will depart Friday, March 4th, traveling in several 12-passenger vans and arrive home Sunday, March 13th. We are staying at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Myers and will be serving in the surrounding community.

Check-in will begin Friday, March 4th at 2:00pm at the back of Lot D7 & D8 on the GVSU Allendale Campus. Arrangements have been made for you to leave your car in this lot, and this lot ONLY (park elsewhere and it may be towed). Please arrive before 2:00 so that we will be ready to leave promptly at 2:30pm.

To check-in, just look for Donna Rotman. Donna will give you your van assignment for the trip. Throughout the week you’ll meet with the other members of your van for devotionals, prayer, and debrief. We ask that you do not change groups during the trip.

On our first Sunday we will join the church in worship and take a small trip to the beach afterward. Monday through Thursday are our work days. Our work sites will vary, and in the past they have consisted of: building homes with Habitat for Humanity, gardening and farm work at E.C.H.O., cleaning houses and painting for the Red Cross and members of the church,  and serving at local food pantries. Students are able to choose where they would like to serve each day. In the evenings we join for dinner, devotions, worship and leisure time. Our last Friday in Florida will be spent relaxing on Bradenton Beach and includes opportunities for baptism.

If at any point you want spend time with relatives who are in Florida, that is denitely OK! They are welcome to join us for dinner, but if they want take you out instead just check out with one of the adult leaders before leaving.

What to Pack for Florida

  • Bible and a writing utensil
  • ONE suitcase or duffel bag
  • Clothing for both hot and cool, painting and working
    • T-shirts preferred (modest tank-tops are fine, no spaghetti-straps and no large tears down the sides, please)
    • Your shorts should be at least as long as your arms.
  • Personal items, toiletries, sunscreen, etc.
  • Modest swimsuit (ladies: please either a tankini or one-piece. men: that speedo is probably a bad idea.)
  • Beach and Bath Towels
  • Work items (gloves, shoes, etc.)
  • Reusable Water Bottle (Nalgene, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Air mattress (Let us know immediately if you need one! They are approx. $15 at Target)

An important note about our dress code:
We are asking you to use absolute discretion while packing, and yes, we understand that this might make you seem less fashionable, and we hope you’re adult enough to understand why. Remember first and foremost that our purpose on this trip is to both serve and represent God and, secondly, that we will be working with and around a number of homeless and rehabilitating felons. So, choose your wardrobe carefully, and before you pack ask yourself, “Am I seeking to bring attention to God, or seeking to bring attention to myself?” Use your best judgement and help us to add to, not distract from, God’s glory on this trip.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to us.

What to bring in the Van

  • ONE carry-on bag
  • Sleepwear (it’s a 28hr drive, after all)
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Money for fast food
  • Snacks to share
  • Your pillow
  • Music to share with the van

Please Avoid the Following:

  • Isolating yourself via cellphone/iPod (boring)
  • Inappropriate attire (spaghetti-straps, gorilla costume, etc.)
  • Inappropriate jokes, comments or touch (not cool)
  • Abusive language and reckless behavior (ouch)
  • Public displays of affection (gross)
  • Entering the living quarters of the opposite sex (eek!)
  • Firearms, drugs, tobacco and alcohol (duh)
  • Leaving the work site or campus without permission (just ask)

All of this is in place to help build community and help us to focus better on serving God and others.

Questions? Please ask!

Scott Crary – (906) 630-4641 or
Donna Rotman – (616) 291-9903 or

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