Faith in Action crews going to work Oct. 10
Painting crews, landscape crews and people with extra quarters will be out and about in McCook Sunday, Oct. 10, taking part in "Faith in Action Sunday."
"Scripture tells us that 'Jesus was moved with compassion' in several passages," said the Rev. Clark Bates, senior pastor at McCook Christian Church. "That statement was always followed by some action on our Lord's part."
And that is the impetus behind Faith in Action Sunday, developed in 2007 by World Vision, Zondervan and Outreach Inc.
The outreach dovetails nicely with McCook Christian Church's existing Heart in Hand ministry that has stepped in to help various people with physical needs over the years. It also allows them to expand the outreach, involving not only members of McCook Christian Church, but anyone who has a desire to help. The church is spending four weeks preparing for the outreach with small group studies and daily devotionals, moving from studying to doing.
"Jesus was very concerned with the physical needs of his followers," Bates said. "The work of the church is not only to minister to spiritual needs but also with physical needs." The church's Heart in Hand ministry will continue beyond Faith in Action Sunday, perhaps in an expanded capacity depending on need.
On Faith in Action Sunday, "We'll be sending crews out at 9 a.m., and then again at 1 p.m., to allow parishioners from other churches the opportunity to help," Bates explained. The church will conduct regular services Sunday at 10:45 a.m., for those who are not involved in the Sunday morning events. A Sunday evening service is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.
Crews will help with the Bonacci Southwest Nebraska Habitat with Humanity house on West Third; pack care packages for college students, soldiers serving in the military and others in the community; mow lawns, trim bushes; and put quarters into the washers and dryers at the McCook laundromat.
Volunteers will team up with firefighters to install smoke detectors for those who don't have them and some mechanically minded people will help with vehicle maintenance.
Other events include a Hillcrest visitation, carport repair and painting the exterior of a McCook home.
Support teams also will provide a children's ministry, daycare ministry and food ministry.
Parents participating in the outreach are asked to set aside an hour to help with the children's ministry projects and the food ministry will provide and prepare a noon repast and a supper at day's end.