Churches Come Together in Action
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[August 19, 2008]
Community action of some
kind is commonplace inside most churches. But for the first time in
Lincoln, 11 churches -- and that number is anticipated to grow to
more than 15 -- have banded together to create the campaign
"Together for Lincoln." This unified action will involve all
participating churches being committed to working together to serve
the community, from building wheelchair ramps to visiting the
It began when Lincoln Christian Church and
Jefferson Street Christian Church started talking about doing a
"Faith in Action" program together, and it evolved into a program
that involves all churches working together for one day on service
Dustin Fulton, preaching minister for Jefferson Street
Christian Church, said, "We talked about starting some kind of
program, and then the question was raised to possibly try and do
something like this with all of the churches in the community."
So Ron Otto, pastor of Lincoln Christian Church, and Fulton went
around to several of the pastors in Lincoln, and many expressed to
them that they had been wanting to do something like this for a very
long time. Adds Fulton, "So, we really are convinced that this is
something that God has been laying on the hearts of our churches
here in Lincoln for a long time."
The kickoff day for the campaign is Sept. 28. On that Sunday,
several teams will be sent directly into the community to work
according to the needs that have been submitted. The day will end
with a community worship gathering in the evening.
To submit a need, community members can fill out a project
application that will be sent on for consideration. Applications are
available from each church as well as at Action Rental, 101 S.
Kickapoo, and the State Bank of Lincoln branch located within the
The projects and activities that will take place will be selected
based on the needs of those within our community as determined by
the submitted applications. Projects may consist of minor home
repairs such as basic electrical and plumbing repairs, helping to
provide food for the volunteers, and cleaning up yards for the
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Volunteer sign-up forms are available at participating churches,
as well as online at
www.togetherforlincoln.org. The Together for Lincoln site on the
Web will also be updated monthly with specific needs that will arise
where you may be able to help or contribute, along with other
To make a monetary donation, a fund named Together for Lincoln
has been set up at State Bank of Lincoln. Also, donations can be
given at any of the participating churches. All of the donated funds
will go directly for materials and projects in the community.
When asked what impact he hopes to see in the community, Fulton
stated: "There are several things that we would love to see happen.
We want to help as many people in need as possible. We want people
in our churches and in the community to see what happens when they
simply come together in the name of Jesus. And we would love to see
people who have given up on the church to give it another chance."
So far the churches involved are Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
Faith Assembly of God, First Presbyterian Church, First United
Methodist Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Jefferson Street
Christian Church, Lincoln Christian Church, Lincoln Church of the
Nazarene, Neighbors to Nations Community Church, Trinity Episcopal
Church and United Pentecostal Church.
Any church that would like to get involved simply needs to send a
pastor or a volunteer to the monthly planning meetings. The meetings
are on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the offices of
Integrity Data, 110 N. Kickapoo St.
[By JANELL WOOLARD]