Various churches to join together for community service day

Last updated: August 01. 2014 4:04PM - 170 Views
By Deborah E. Evans Contributing writer

St. Joseph Catholic Church is one of several Plain City area churches participating in Be The Church Sunday Aug. 10.
St. Joseph Catholic Church is one of several Plain City area churches participating in Be The Church Sunday Aug. 10.
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Twenty-one churches of the Plain City Fellowship will come together to sponsor the fifth annual “Be the Church Sunday.”

Participating churches will cancel their usual Sunday morning service worship Sunday, Aug. 10, and focus on serving their community.

Be the Church (BTC) is inviting the churches of Plain City’s congregation and the entire community to come together to share God’s love, organizers said. Among the denominations joining together are Catholic, Protestant, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist.

About 600 individuals participated in the event last year.

“We really believe we can do more together than we can alone,” said Blaine Keene, Plain City Fellowship president. “Last year’s theme verses in Isaiah 54:1-4 challenges us all to ‘think big’ when it comes to being the Church in Plain City. This is only the beginning of what God can accomplish in the greater Plain City region as followers of Jesus Christ come together to share God’s love in tangible ways.”

BTC is open to anyone who wants to make a difference in the Plain City community. Participants are gathering at Jonathan Alder High School’s main gym at 10 a.m. for a brief time of worship and prayer. Then participants will spread throughout the community doing diverse service projects.

The projects include building picnic tables for Pastime Park, landscaping Canaan Middle School, revitalizing North Avenue, a community baby shower, back to school clothing drive, singing hymns at local retirement communities, preparing lunch for area fire and police and feeding those in need.

“For me, the BTC event is for the the local churches in Plain City to come together and demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to our community and to each other,” said Rick Yutzy, BTC speaker. “This is what Jesus called his disciples to do so that the world would come to know Him.”

The theme this year is for people to “come and see.”

“So the invitation for BTC is not just for the local churches, but for all those in the community to “come and see” Jesus as we celebrate Him and serve Him by serving others,” Yutzy said. “Jesus came to serve and we are called and commanded to be His followers.”

Previous BTC events and projects have helped to spawn community service opportunities throughout the year.

“I think this is a fairly unique event in that it crosses denominational lines and acts as the hands and feet of Christ in tangible ways in the community,” said committee member Bill Heinig. “Our hope is that other believers can see what we can accomplish as a unified body in Christ and then go back and start a similar movement in their own community.”

For more information about “Be the Church,” contact Blaine Keene at pastor@plaincityumc.org (614) 873-4513 or http://www.bethechurchplaincity.com/contact.php

Deborah E. Evans is a writer and photographer covering the Plain City area for The Madison Press. She can be reached at deborahevans31@yahoo.com.

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