Our church exists to develop missionaries who will share the love of Christ with our community and beyond. This statement is more than words for us. It's why we're here, and we want to invite each of you to be a part of sharing the love of Christ by serving our community.
Our hearts break for the brokenness we see in our cities, and God has placed us here to make Him known and make things right. True compassion is a movement of our hearts that results in an action of our hands, and we want our world to see Christ through our compassion.
Thank you to our 170 volunteers who came together for another successful SERVE Saturday to share the love of Jesus with our community. Everyone who served knew what team they were on and where they needed to be. Kudos to our project leaders who communicated so well with their teams in advance.
Here's a short video of our project teams doing what they do best!
SERVE Saturday's activities included:
City of Palmetto - More than 20 volunteers cleaned up the six-block area around the church as part of our Adopt-a-Block commitment to the City of Palmetto. At the same time, a second team of volunteers reviewed the city map of storm drains and was able to mark 70 of these with official Keep Manatee Beautiful medallions. A third team of volunteers went to Palmetto Estuary Nature Reserve on Rt 41/301 and repaired the split rail fence along the roadside. The mayor's office has already expressed appreciation for our willingness to help beautify the CIty of Palmetto.
Palmetto Schools - One team of 20 volunteers worked at the Palmetto High School weeding around the track, cleaning the bleacher area and picking up trash. It was estimated that 70 pounds of trash was collected. A second team served at Palm View Elementary washing windows, doing weeding and other yard work. They also prepared 110 "goodie bags" for staff.
Palmetto Police - A group of 12 volunteers created 60 'blessing bags' with granola bars, cheese crackers, gum, tissues, notepads, pens, hand wipes, ibuprofen, shout wipes, candy and other forms of appreciation and delivered them to the police department.
Healthcare Appreciation - Seven volunteers assembled 100 'blessing bags' that were delivered to the Emergency Department of Manatee Memorial Hospital. There were a variety of healthy snacks, teabags, mints, etc. in bags. Other bags held lotions, chapsticks and other toiletries. The staff was overwhelmed with the gesture.
Neighbors Needing Help - A small group of men visited three separate homes to repair garage door framing, trim branches, and cut down some dead trees. A second team of volunteers went to a church member's home and washed their windows. At Il Villaggio, a team of 14 volunteers raked, trimmed, and weed whacked several homes on the property.
SOLVE House - One of the Sunday School classes decided to come alongside the SOLVE House as their special project, performing yard work and house cleaning.
FBC Palmetto - The church was abuzz with activity as several ladies sewed 35 bags for future blessings, a chair cleaning team worked in the gym, the toy cleaning crew of 14 spent time cleaning 30-40 bins of children's toys, a small crew spent time washing the church bus, and (of course) the entire day was governed by our prayer warriors who set up in the worship center.
Food Drive - we had an overwhelming response to the food drive and additional collection barrels were needed earlier this week.
Thank you to all who participated in our SERVE Saturday event on September 26, 2020. We put together a short video of the day for your enjoyment.