On Sunday, April 13th, we'll launch the final of The Lent Project's 6 Practices of Intentional Denial: The Extras Purge. During this week, we're inviting our community to take an inventory of all of your belongings. How many extra coats, shoes, appliances, electronics, shirts, pants, dishes & pans, etc. do you have? Face your excess and live generously as you purge your extras. Perhaps you could initiate an exchange with other friends, donate your extras or give them away. Perhaps you could pool your extras together with those in our Circle and host a garage sale. Perhaps we could take an inventory of the surplus of Open Door’s extras so that we could meet tangible needs of those within Open Door as well as those we’re connected with. If money is raised, what will you do with it? How could you pool it together with your Circle to invest in the flourishing of others?
Here are some creative ideas for what you could do with your extras:
- Host a garage sale by yourself or coordinate one with your Circle or your neighborhood. Pool the proceeds together with your Circle or others and contribute it to a kingdom-weaving cause that you believe in.
- Donate your extras to the local Goodwill, Walnut Creek Presbyterian's Deacon's Cottage, or St. Paul's Trinity Center.
- Combine your extras with others and host an exchange or imagine a 2nd-hand boutique experience in collaboration with an organization serving the poor that you believe in. (i.e. The Michael Chavez Center serving Mexican immigrants on the Monument, City Team or Bay Area Rescue Mission serving the homeless and formerly incarcerated, or New Day for Children serving recently trafficked young women.)