Local Churches Getting Ready for "Serve Now Serve Together" Weekend


Published on September 28 2012 2:49 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

On Sunday, October 7, five area churches are canceling worship service to serve the community. 

Christ’s Church, New Hope Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, Effingham Assembly, and Cornerstone Christian Church, all of Effingham, are canceling regular Sunday service to join together in serving others for their “Serve Now Serve Together” weekend.

For this special weekend, Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, church members will reach out in a concerted effort in the community to hold a county wide food drive for Catholic Charities, do a BLITZ build with Habitat for Humanity, and partner with various organizations such as FISH, ARC, Unit 40, Red Cross, Family Life Center, Effingham Humane Society, among many others. A variety of free services and products will be offered and given away throughout the weekend in public locations.

The ministers of these churches explain why the churches wanted to undertake this weekend of putting their faith into action. “Serve Now Serve Together weekend is about ‘being the church’ rather than being in the church building.  Christ calls us to serve, rather than be served, so we are taking this opportunity to reach out and work alongside established ministries in the community to help those in need,” they said.  “Our efforts will extend beyond this weekend, but it is a chance for us to stop being about church services that benefit ourselves and start being about church ‘services’ that benefit others.”

While these churches have cancelled their regular worship services on Sunday morning, October 7, they will resume with a Celebration service the evening of Sunday, October 7 at 6 p.m., at the Effingham Performance Center for a celebration and reflection on the weekend. The public is welcome to attend this worship service for a glimpse of the community involvement that took place within this event.

For more information about the Serve Now Serve Together projects, go to www.servenowservetogether.com or contact Debby Sefton at 618-292-8886.