For a third year in a row, the Solon Center Wesleyan Church took a day off from their regular worship service schedule and went out to serve the community. From the youngest to the oldest, over 200 people of the church participated.
“The effort was all about random acts of kindness and showing Jesus’ love in practical ways,” said Pastor Tom Holloway.
Cedar Springs is a unique area where pastors meet together on a monthly basis and Christians repeatedly cross denominational lines for the cause of Christ. As a demonstration of this quality, this year’s Community Service Day expanded to include members from Hillcrest Community Church, North Kent Community Church, Calvary Assembly of God, Crossfire and the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.
After final instructions, members set out to do tasks such as washing the windows of businesses on Main Street; delivering plates of cookies for the employees of 30-plus businesses around town; cleaning sections of roadsides on Algoma Avenue and Solon Road; and picking up debris at Morley Park and on the White Pine Trail.
In addition, some visited the residents at Metron and crews lent their assistance at the Wesco and Admiral gas stations washing windshields, refilling wiper fluid, and passing out popcorn. Flowers were also planted in city flower boxes and posts were painted at Elmwood Cemetery.
Some people met together and prayed for the community and the safety of the crews, while others finished up preparations for a potluck meal for all the hungry workers that followed at Morley Park at 2 p.m.
Many participants said they were more blessed by giving, serving and reaching out, than those that received the benefits of their efforts.
The churches that participated wish to thank the City of Cedar Springs for allowing them the opportunity to unite, minister and serve in these simple ways.