October 6, 2013

Church members ‘walk the walk’

The Daily Citizen

— The signs in front of the church were intriguing. “Don’t go to church,” they proclaimed. Then there was more: “Be the church.”

Those who passed by Dalton First United Methodist Church on South Thornton Avenue during the past few weeks must’ve wondered what was going on. Apparently some passers-by thought the signs were anti-church, so they knocked the signs over. More than once, we heard.

But instead, it was a call for the members of the congregation to skip services last Sunday and get out and “do some good” in the community.

More than 400 people participated in more than 20 projects that ranged from cleaning yards at residences, schools and nonprofits to installing wheelchair ramps, baking cookies to thank public servants and writing letters to soldiers.

By all accounts, the day was a tremendous success.

Church members “went above and beyond the list of things given to them,” Outreach Minister Kenny Ott told this newspaper last Sunday.

“I was really proud of the people at our church ... I hope this is just the beginning for our community,” he added.

Indeed, the church members’ efforts should be applauded. It’s nice to see such a mission be carried out locally and in such a successful way.

The church plans on doing it again next year, and there is talk of increasing the program to more than once a year. That could make a difference in so many people’s lives, not only for those who benefit from the work but also for those who will receive the satisfaction of being the power of the church.

And if other local churches want to join in the effort, think of the wide-reaching possibilities for the benefit of the people of this great community.