Kelso-Longview Members Join Community-wide Project

It was cloudy and cool as Kelso-Longview Church members joined together to tackle brush, weeds and grass around the community. This was part of a joint effort by area-wide organizations.

Everything from painting and applying storm drain decals, to playground installation and helping with arts and crafts in the nursing homes, was taken on by churches of all denominations.

One senior citizen, whose yard was transformed, provided lunch for our crew. She commented that "if we had hired professionals to do this, they would not have done as good of a job as you folks have done!"

The next day, many church and community members showed up at the Kelso-Longview Church for an American Red Cross blood drive. Along with blood donations, the church supplied all of the volunteers to assist with the drive. The fellowship hall was a buzz of activity, excitement and nervous laughter as white-coated technicians applied iodine and carefully gave that first little "stick."

As you leave the Kelso-Longview Church parking lot, you will see a sign that says, "You are now entering the mission field." Church members take that challenge seriously—it's not about us, it's about reaching and serving our community.

October 01, 2008 / Oregon Conference