Religion news Congregation serves in the community and collect pledges for missionary work
There was a different air at worship service Sunday at Newberg Christian Church.
That might be because instead of everyone wearing their Sundays best, members of the congregation showed up in their work clothes, ready to get out and do some community service after gathering to worship.
Sunday was Newberg Christian Churchs fourth annual Epic Serve Day, which provides congregants a wide array of options for giving back to the community, from helping deep clean the churchs Community Kitchen to a clean-up project near the Newberg Public Library.
We try to do a lot of different things, have a lot of variety so that everybody has a place to serve, volunteer minister Debbie Groat said. We have people that want to go to the Oregon coast and thats great, but we also have a lot of our seniors that really dont want to or cant go out, so we have projects that come in for them. We try offer a wide range that would appeal to anybody.
Epic Serve Day also serves as a prelude to Faith Promise Sunday this weekend where the congregation will pledge to make contributions, over and above the normal tithes and offerings, to the churchs missionary endeavors.
What they do is pray about that and God provides the funds, but they need to be looking for that, Groat said. So if they were to get an unexpected check in the mail, they think, This is faith promise money. Its not for me to spend. Its looking for that and it grows our faith.
Because people are asked not to specifically budget for the money, they are often surprised at how and how much money makes it their way.
People watch for the blessing, so its kind of cool when it comes because you dont budget for the money, you pray and save and hope that God provides it, Groat said. So it is really cool the stories we hear from people.