On Saturday August 24, 2013 over 120 members of Commerce First United Methodist Church and Warren Chapel United Methodist Church combined forces to provide food boxes, yard work, house cleaning and repair to residents of Jackson and Banks Counties.
The outreach also included writing letters to service members’ overseas, providing bread to shut ins, and little dresses to families in Guatemala and Honduras. A half day Vacation Bible School was provided to children of Willoughby and Bellview homes and a Cookie Coloring Party took place at Peachtree Senior Village. Those church members not actively participating in these services took time to pray for the volunteers and those in the community.
The "Feed My Sheep" Food Distribution program involved soliciting food from Banks County Walmart and Quality Food Commerce. Boxes were supplied by Ingles Supermarkets of Commerce. Fifty church volunteers received hundreds of items from local superstore shoppers and supplemented this with food from the Athens Food Bank using cash contributions.
354 families in need came to Warren Chapel to pick up boxes of food or had them delivered to their homes. They received cereal, canned goods, crackers, macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, rice and many other necessities.
Yard work, cleaning and repair services as well as stocking shelves at Peace Place were accomplished by 33 volunteers. This included professional landscapers who cut grass for families and organizations such as Wellspring Camp and cleaned residences at locations such as Willoughby Homes and Bellview Homes.
The day was truly ecumenical as Baptists, Catholics, and Methodists from as far away as Hickory Flat, Georgia participated in this day of service. "Our Great Day of Service is only one day of the year but it reminds us of the tremendous needs that exist in our community and enables us to work together in Christ to make the lives of others better not only one day but throughout the year," according to Pastor David Bowen of Commerce United Methodist Church.