Like several hundreds of churches in the greater Atlanta area we joined up with the effort of being a blessing to the city through “Compassion in Action” this past weekend. CIA is the faith component of the non-profit outreach called “Hands on Atlanta”. Most cities have a “Hands on ….” day. This one of three annual events I help lead our body in as the Mercy Ministry coordinator. Every year its a total blessing to see our brothers and sisters who we worship next to on Sunday out in the community with their families serving. To me that’s one of the greatest high’s in ministry, seeing believers using their gifts to bless others.

This year we had our largest turnout ever for mercy ministry event from our church. We focused on three ministry’s: a housing relief project to help those who have lost their homes get back up on their feet (we got to partner up with our church planter – Ralph Johnson who’s church led the event); “Soles for Atlanta” a ministry that gives slightly used shoes to the needy; and “Sleep Well Tonight” a ministry that gives blankets and bibles to the homeless and needy.

HOME REPAIR MINISTRY HOUSING FRAMES

We started swinging hammers early in the morning, and now as you can see as the sun comes up the walls are coming together already. We have a couple guys heading down this weekend to help set up the house itself.

This is one of my favorite pics from the weekend. Three generations faithfully serving God together as a family, what an awesome picture of the church in mission.

SOLES FOR ATLANTA

Service with a smile. The bages had pairs of slightly used shoes in them, some toiletries and some other necessities.

We’re a church of young families who love to serve the Lord. Its an inspiration to be around people so eager to bless those around them (above is the Kicklighter crew; below is part of the whole Dolan crew that were present serving).

SLEEP WELL TONIGHT

Our youth group went down and served together on Sunday making blankets. A lot of them had done this before at Gold Rush. In the picture above Lauren and her little sister Joy are jumping into the action, and Virginia is cutting the outline for what will be a very warm blanket.

This is another favorite of mine because it captures the whole body coming out together: the young, the old, and the children serving the Lord. We’re registering in the pic above and making blankets in the picture below.