The Cedaredge Assembly of God and Surface Creek Community Services have seized an opportunity provided by the annual International Serenity Run (ISR).
The church has leveraged its support of the event to expand its local community service outreach.
And SCCS (the Cedaredge food bank) has utilized the opportunity to raise support for its mission of care for local residents.
For 25 of the Serenity Run's 28 years, the church has hosted a welcome meal for participants, explained Pastor Bob Hillyer. The event did not take place last year for several reasons, but this year the church partnered with SCCS to host it as a fundraiser for the Cedaredge food bank.
Members and friends of the SCCS staffed the serving line for this year's welcome meal. For its help, the food bank will receive all of the riders' donations to the event. Many of the ISR participants contribute to the donation box set up at the church entrance for the dinner. This year, all of the ISR participants were notified in advance that donations given would be for the local food bank only.
Pastor Bob said the church is making a big donation to the cause, also. The church paid for the food that was served at the riders' welcome meal, and church members prepared it. Many of the church ladies also donated to the traditional homemade dessert table at the dinner.
The church is looking for other community groups that it can partner with in the same way, or in other ways, for fund raising or community service projects, Pastor Bob explained. The Assembly of God has an outstanding facility for staging events, and members are already using it as an outreach to others in the local community.
For example, Pastor Bob explained that teachers at Cedaredge Elementary were guests for a church dinner recently as an honor for their contribution to the community. And the church members are planning to host local veterans and their families for a fully prepared dinner on Pearl Harbor Day, Pastor Bob said.blog comments powered by Disqus