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In his 19 years with First Christian Church, Youth Minister Chris Kiger has seen lengths to which the church members will go to help.
“Any time a need arises, this church steps up to the plate,” Kiger said.
Members of the Elizabethtown church shared this willingness to assist others Sunday in the church’s annual Day of Service. This is the third year the church has taken on tasks throughout the community. Kiger said it’s important for people to get “out of our comfort zone and serve,” he said.
“We as Christians sometimes get stuck in the building,” he said.
Some church members made care packages to send to deployed soldiers, while others dropped off baked goods to first responders and nurses at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Other jobs included picking up trash at Freeman Lake Park and assisting elderly church members at their homes.
Member Jerry Mraz said the gift of time often can be more important than the “gift of things.”
“It’s really an opportunity for members of the church to connect with more of the community,” he said.
Regina Milam helped pack care packages, as she did last year.
“Because if anybody in the world needs help, it’s the G.I.s, the soldiers” who are away from home, she said.
Milam enjoys the camaraderie of the event, while Marissa Mann said it gives her a chance to learn more about the area. Mann spent time cleaning the building of Clarity Solutions for Women.
“You get to go to new places and experience new things,” she said.
Mraz said when the idea for the event first was discussed, the response from the congregation was immediate. Kiger agreed, and said between 200 and 300 people participated Sunday.
“When a task is presented, they rise to the occasion,” he said.