We held our first semi-annual work day in the North Lake Wire neighborhood on Saturday, March 17th. It was a huge success with 103 people from All Saints' coming out to volunteer, and we were joined by Chief Giddens and officers from the Lakeland Police Department, and four from The Dream Center to help provide tools and community resources.
Our volunteer teams worked on cutting back hurricane debris from vacant lots, picked up trash, mowed lawns and property maintenance where invited to do so, greeted people in the neighborhood, provided dry/cold food goods to over 93 individuals who came to us at our hospitality site, prayed for individuals at the hospitality site, met ministers who live and minister in the neighborhood who want to join us in future outings, and met homeowners who are active in their local neighborhood association.
Deacon Bob Johnson and the Outreach Committee are coordinating future engagements in the community throughout the year. The next semi-annual work day will be September 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Save the date and join us!
This morning, the Dream Center of Lakeland shared a post on Facebook that thanked All Saints' for our partnership in the community as well as encouraging other churches to get involved as well, for their cause. Here it is in case you missed it:
Church Partner Shoutout: All Saints' Episcopal Church
If there was ever a church that "caught the vision," it would certainly be All Saints' Episcopal Church!
Starting off as a participant in our citywide outreaches, All Saints' quickly decided they wanted more. Before long, the church had chosen to make the North Lake Wire neighborhood, in Lakeland's northwest quadrant, their home base for community outreach.
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