SEBRING - On Saturday, 35 people from six Sebring and West Branch area churches participated in the fourth annual Acts 2 Great Day of Service.
The purpose of the day's activities is to show the love of Jesus in practical ways throughout the community.
Areas of service this year included community projects and assisting local residents with activities they could not complete themselves.
Sebring Parks Director Traci Courtney guides Trent Adams and Eli Dredge in weeding a flower bed at the park
during the Acts 2 Great Day of
Traci Courtney, first year Sebring Parks Director, supervised the projects there. "This is awesome," she said. "I'm very pleased to have a community that is willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help out."
While pouring paint into buckets, parks groundskeeper Gary Switzer said, "This is the first year I won't have to paint these fences by myself."
Acts 2 board member Pete Hill and Lee Johnson helped Sebring resident Bill Kent with a home plumbing project. Kent commented, "You folks don't realize what a blessing you are. God bless you, and I'll be praying for you."
Another group raked the lawn and weeded flower beds for Beloit resident Jean Moffett. She also thanked the group for serving her again for the second year. Moffett, who walks with the assistance of a cane, said that she is unable to do the lawn work any longer, as she did when she was younger. "Thank you all so much," she told the group serving her.
Larry Close and Winnie Waithman both live across the street from the Beloit Village Park where they helped weed and edge flower beds. Serving her neighbors is a common practice for Waithman, who also has assisted a 94-year-old neighbor who is a veteran.
Another group worked at the Acts 2 Clothing Closet, hosted by Pine Lake Christian Church. Members sorted clothing and switched the inventory from winter to summer items. The clothing closet is open from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of each month.
A new project this year was "laundry love" putting quarters in washing machines and dryers at laundromats in Sebring and Beloit. Several patrons accepted the offer of free laundry. One had observed workers with the bright green Acts 2 t-shirts working elsewhere in Beloit. "I think it's so great what you are doing today to serve our community," she said.
Acts 2 Ministries is a partnership of a dozen churches in the Sebring and West Branch community. In addition to the Great Day of Service, Acts 2 offers a monthly food pantry and clothing closet. During the school year the group provides bags of food for weekend meals to kids in the elementary and middle schools for both districts. The group also provides emergency assistance with utilities and home repairs for the elderly, disabled, and unemployed. According to Rhonda Rogers, Acts 2 board member and coordinator of the Great Day of Service, the group's motto is "loving God loving people serving our community.
For more information on Acts 2 Ministries, visit the group's Facebook page or contact one of the partner congregations.