CLAYTON — If the parking lot at Salem Church of God seems virtually empty on Sunday, Aug. 30, that will be just fine with Lead Pastor Steve Southards and other staff members.
On that day, the Clayton congregation will embark on a “Love Does” outreach to the community. Nearly 30 teams have been formed that will undertake projects such as washing cars, giving haircuts, performing maintenance work, visiting shut-ins and first-responders, and assisting with a breakfast and other activities at Fort McKinley United Methodist Church.
“We believe that church is not the building but the people,” Southards said. “Love Does” gives Salem a fantastic opportunity to BE the church to our community. Jesus has always been about bringing life and hope, and our prayer is that we can follow His example and bring that same hope and love to the city of Dayton. We love our city!”
The Salem family will meet for an abbreviated worship service at 9:30 that morning before moving on to “Loves Doe”s activities. Project participants will include children, youth, families, senior adults and, in some cases, specialized laborers.
“We will be flipping this Sun¬day into something never before seen at Salem,” said Kyle Hayes, Salem’s pastor for children and outreach. “These projects will reach everyone from the homeless, hurting and lonely in our community to those ministered to overseas by our international projects. It is going to be an amazing Sunday and an amazing statement to our community.”
Leaders were recruited for each project, then members of the Salem congregation were encouraged to sign up for a team of their choice. More than 500 are expected to participate in “Love Does” activities.
“It is time to show our community that love does not idly sit by while those in our world are in need. Instead, love does,” Hayes said. “We aim to be a church that makes an indelible impression on our community.”