Church emphasizing community service with May projects
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – A local church in Perry County is setting aside the month of May as an opportunity to emphasize the notion of giving back to the community.
Summit Church, which launched in Hazard in September 2011, recently began a sermon series that will run throughout May to illustrate how people can effect change in their community, noted Pastor Mark Combs.
“Every week we’re talking about characteristics of a lifestyle that would change the world, and so to go along with that, just to drive that home, every weekend we’re giving our church an opportunity to step out and be that change, and really be the hand and feet of Jesus in the area.”
The church’s first project was as a gasoline buy down this past Saturday at the Shell station on Morton Blvd. The church spent enough money at the business to ensure that gasoline would be sold at $2.99 per gallon for a two-hour period. During subsequent weekends, the church will participate in the Housing Development Alliance’s Repair Affair, hold a reverse yard sale, and fix a basketball court at the Walkertown apartments.
Each of these projects represent an opportunity for the church to put into practice the lessons of Christianity, Combs said, and in the case of the Repair Affair, join with other organizations who are also working to build a better community. Forty people have signed up to volunteer for that project, which the Housing Development Alliance hosts each year that will result in needed repairs to the homes of 10 local families.
“For us it’s really a motivation to show Hazard and Perry County and this region the love of Jesus, and what the church is supposed to be about,” Combs said. “So many people think the church is just so judgmental and irrelevant, and we just want people to know that we’re here, and regardless of if you come or not, we love you and we want to serve you.”
Summit’s reverse yard sale, during which Combs said they plan to give away various items from clothing to non-perishable food and toys, will take place at the Sherman Neace Athletic Center on May 18 beginning at 9 a.m. Combs noted that the church will also take the opportunity that weekend to give away 500 box fans – 250 during the reverse yard sale and another 250 the following day the Knott County Sportsplex.
On the final Saturday of the month, church members will be working to restore the outdoor basketball court in Walkertown. More information on either of the projects can be found at www.summithazard.com.
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