Cheer Up the Lonely Day—July 11: This day “is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy,” says HolidayInsights.com. Plan to visit the people in your community who have few friends or loved ones or who see people infrequently. Examples include people who are elderly, shut-in, in nursing homes, or imprisoned. “When you visit, bring happy things to talk about,” say the writers of Holiday Insights. “Keep the conversation upbeat and lively. When you leave, give a big hug and let them know you enjoyed the stay.”
National Hot Dog Day—July 23: Every dog gets its day, and this is it for America’s favorite summer sandwich! Actually, July is National Hot Dog Month, so pick any day to give them away at a local park, swimming pool, or street corner. You may be able to rent a hot dog cart, or just wrap them in foil and carry them in a cooler. Don’t forget the condiments as well as a cheerful attitude and a readiness to talk to people about why you’re serving your community.
International Day of Friendship—July 30: The United Nations General Assembly set aside this day to promote friendship between peoples, cultures, countries, and individuals. According to the U.N. website, these friendships can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. “The resolution places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.” Leverage this day in your church, class, group, or ministry by teaching on the biblical theme of peace and God’s love for the world (see passages such as Psalm 57:9-11; 67; 117; Matthew 25:31, 32; Acts 10; Romans 10, 11; Revelation 5:9; 7:9). Hold events and activities this weekend to bring unity between congregations of different cultures.