September – For The Fort

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Our September For The Fort emphasis is “We Love Our Neighbors.” September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day. This would be a great excuse for individuals to get out and build relationships with their neighbors. As a Sunday School Department, you might think of some bigger projects in the neighborhoods in which you live. You could host a block party, do some lawn work, build a handicap ramp, pass out cookies, etc.

Here’s a little history on Good Neighbor Day…

National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana.

In 1978 United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

In 2003, National Good Neighbor Day was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28.