Clergy Corner, Aug. 10, 2018

Clergy Corner, Aug. 10, 2018

A variety of churches and organizations in the Gibson City area will join forces later this month to make the community a better place.

It is all part of Gibson City's seventh Community Outreach Weekend, set for Aug. 25-26.

"It first started at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, where I attend, and then expanded to include the other churches in the community," said CRAIG KUMMEROW, one of the organizers. "We want to give back to and pay it forward for all we have received and are grateful for."

Churches participating include American Lutheran, First Christian, First Presbyterian, Gibson City UMC, Gibson City Bible, New Beginnings and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Joining them this year will be a variety of organizations, including the local Rotary, Interact and Lions clubs and the police and fire departments, as well as the Knights of Columbus, Gideons, FFA, Boy Scouts, EMTs and the American Legion.

It won't be difficult to find people doing good deeds throughout the weekend, whether it be washing windshields at Casey's or bagging groceries at County Market.

Some will take part in a household products and paper drive to support local nonprofits. Others will collect items for care packages to be sent to active military personnel or tying quilts to help the less fortunate.

Among the other projects planned: assisting residents with yard work and repairs; making cards for churches; and singing to residents at the Villas of Holly Brook, Heritage and the Annex.

There's also a spiritual aspect to the weekend, with participants offering prayers for local schools, city officials, police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel.

The event comes to a close at noon Sunday, where everybody will meet at the North Park Pavilion for a pork-loin sandwich luncheon.

"The great thing about this event is that we aren't sitting in the pews," said KAREN KUMMEROW. "We are out living our faith."

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