Churches band together for day of service

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 07:52 PM

With their collection of donated children’s books in hand, a small group of High Pointers waited Saturday outside First Presbyterian Church for a bus.

The bus was to take the volunteers to Moses Cone Hospital to deliver the books to children there. The High Pointers were a part of the 250 volunteers from eight churches who came  together as one united group to conduct service projects throughout the city for Operation Inasmuch, a national organization based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as you did it (fed the hungry, healed the sick, clothed the naked, visited the imprisoned), you did it for me.”
“I wanted to do something good for the children at the hospital,” said Jim Randall of Emerywood Baptist, a first-time volunteer.  “This speaks well for High Point that all these people would come out to help. I hope this brings smiles to the kids.”
Across the city, volunteers gathered to sort out food and clothing donations.
Peyton Lehman, 12, who attends First Presbyterian, helped to sort through books, crayons and other things kids could use.
“I wanted to help with this,” Peyton said.
The project encourages churches to break out of their comfort zones and join with members of other churches and denominations.  Inasmuch has roots in Fayetteville where in 1995 members of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church decided to set aside a day on which they would take on as many community service projects as possible to help the less fortunate.
Other High Point weekend projects included assisting those seeking employment by providing resume review and job search tips and providing a cookout, haircuts and clothes through ACTS Ministry.

Operation Inasmuch United

Goal: To serve and encourage those in need.  Participating churches were Christ United Methodist, Emerywood Baptist, English Road Baptist, First Baptist, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Mt. Zion Baptist and Temple Memorial Baptist. More than 1,800 churches across the nation participate.