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Serving the needs of people in creative ways

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Our church is always looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of people through creative mission and service projects. On Saturday, May 11, one of our Diaconate Ministry Teams hosted a creative project at the Winn Dixie Grocery Store on Old Dawson Road. We wore lime green T-shirts that read “Christian Kindness in Progress” (as you can see in the picture), gave out cold bottles of water, provided information about our Covenant missions and helped total strangers unload their grocery carts and return them to the store. Since most people do not like to return their grocery carts (leaving them in empty parking spaces or on curbs), we thought it would be a simple way to provide a caring service to people.

“Thank you for your kindness.”

This was one of the comments that Covenant Diaconate Team members heard from the people they helped. Other comments included:

“Please add me to your prayer list.”
“I haven’t been to church in ages.”
“What a great mission project! I’m coming to your church.”
“Thank you for this special service.”
“I’m going to get our church to do this kind of project.”
“Please pray for me. I have stage 4 cancer.”

Though this mission project was totally free, I was shocked to see many people spontaneously offering to give us donations. We did not accept any of them, except one from a lady who insisted that we take her $5.00 and use it to help someone else.

Making a difference in people’s lives is what it’s all about for us at Covenant.

On June 2nd and 9th we will have a food drive for the Albany Rescue Mission. We are also asking the 100 children who attend our Vacation Bible School from June 3-7 to bring canned goods and fill up grocery bags for needy families.

On June 22, we will have a Free Gasoline Giveaway and Free BBQ from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in our parking lot to help people deal with the high costs of gasoline. On September 11, we will be honoring all Firefighters and Police Officers for all they do in our community with a special dinner in our Gym.

Want to know more about how you can make a difference? Then visit your local church or come be with us here at Covenant every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. I’m Biff at Covenant, the Church by Lake Loretta.

Biff Coker is the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Dawson Road in Albany.

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