Calvary Help the Homeless Scavenger Hunt or This Church is Crazy

Calvary Help the Homeless Scavenger Hunt or This Church is Crazy October 26, 2013

Today a bunch of folks from Calvary met at church to learn some more about the work of one of our partners, the Downtown Cluster of Congregations.  We’re in a group of downtown congregations that helps employ a social worker doing outreach in our neighborhood, helping homeless folk get the services they need.  To raise money for this effort we all participated in a scavenger hunt organized by our super awesome mission board.  Here’s some visual evidence of my team’s adventures!

1.  Take a photo of the portrait of Calvary’s most famous alum, Warren G. Harding, at the National Portrait Gallery. (1 point; +1 point if you can make it look like he is eating a waffle)

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2.  Video record two or more team members acting out a short scene (at least 15 seconds) from one of Shakespeare’s plays in front of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.  (2 points)

Watch the crazy here.

3.  A plot to assassinate President Lincoln allegedly hatched at this boarding house, though it probably wasn’t over a bowl of wonton soup… Photograph the plaque marking this historical landmark. (1 point)

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4.  Speaking of President Lincoln, snap a photo of the building where he died. (2 points)

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5.  It’s always good to know your neighbors.  Get one point for each unique place of worship you photograph (Calvary excluded), up to 5 points total.

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6.  Locate and photograph the following organizations that provide support to the homeless community in the Penn Quarter neighborhood: Center for Creative Non-Violence; Gospel Rescue Mission; Mount Carmel House. (1 point each)

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7.  Video record your team singing the Canadian national anthem outside of the Canadian Embassy. (4 points)

We’re definitely not Canadian.  Evidence here.

8.  Take a group picture wearing FBI hats and making your best secret agent poses at the Crime Museum gift store. (2 points)

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9.  Take a group picture sitting under a live tree INDOORS. Anything Jason may have freecycled off Craigslist does not count – it must be a public space. (2 points)

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10.  Get a picture of your group reading the front page of the Houston Chronicle.  No, techies – reading a digital version doesn’t count. (3 points)

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11. It was only in 1997 that this former home of Clara Barton, which she used during the Civil War as a base for her work, was accidentally discovered.  Find it and take a picture of the Missing Soldiers Office sign. (3 points)

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12.  Take a group picture in front of an INDOOR fountain that shoots water at least six feet into the air.  (2 points)

FAIL.

13. Temperance is a traditional Baptist value, though you may find its nearby representation a little fishy.  (Hint: look in Indiana) (4 points)

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14. Take a group picture standing entirely within the continent of your choice at the U.S. Navy Memorial. (3 points)

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15.  Find and photograph the Bible verse quoted at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. (3 points)

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16. Take a photo of your group posing like the mannequins in front of the H&M window. (2 points)

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17. Obtain a piece of swag (free giveaway item) from one of today’s events at the Washington Convention Center. (5 points – must bring item back with you to Calvary)

FAIL.

18. Ask the front desk administrator at the Goethe-Institut to teach your group how to say “Help the Homeless” in German, and video record the lesson.  (3 points)

FAIL.

POINTS FROM SCAVENGER HUNT: 39

TIME BONUS/PENALTY: +3

BONUS ROUND POINTS: +4

TOTAL POINTS: 46

WE WIN!


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