My position here at Lovely Lane is split halftime with Matthew 25, where I serve as a spiritual cultivator, planting a diverse progressive community of faith. Matthew 25 is a non-profit organization on the west side of the Cedar River that does work primarily in the Taylor and Northwest neighborhoods. We see the potential in the neighborhood and the gifts, skills, and talents of each person who lives there. Matthew 25 does work in the areas of food, education, and housing, what we see as building blocks for a healthy neighborhood. Part of that work in housing includes a week called “Transform Week” which happens every summer.

This year because of the Pandemic, Transform Week was postponed to August with an additional week of October 13-17. Transform Week is a week of completing projects on homes and neighbor hood buildings to help make these areas healthier, safer, and more attractive. You don’t have to have many skills to help with Transform Week. While we do appreciate volunteers with knowledge of power tools and general construction, we welcome gardening, painting, hauling out debris, etc. There is usually some task that you can handle. Whether you can only assist for part of a day or the entire week, we’ll work you in!

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, we invite you to consider signing up for a portion or all of Transform Week. If you have any questions, comments, or wish to sign up for Transform Week, please contact Pastor Kristina at or Scott Seibert at

Blessings, Pastor Kristina