CLAYTON — More than 1,000 area volunteers will move from their church pews and take to the street to tackle an array of projects on “Love Does” Sunday, set for Aug. 20.
“Love Does is all about the church rediscovering its purpose while the community witnesses the church’s true first calling: love with no strings attached,” said Kyle Hayes, outreach pastor at Salem Church of God in Clayton, which is coordinating the four-church undertaking.
In addition to Salem, Dayton’s Fort McKinley United Methodist Church and Hopeland Church as well as Miamisburg First Church of God are participating in service opportunities that will take participants to all corners of the Dayton area. Traditional work projects, arts projects, visiting the elderly and paying for drivers’ gasoline at the pump are among more than 65 tasks on the “Love Does” project list.
It will mark the third year Salem has been part of a “Love Does” initiative, and each time the participation and enthusiasm levels have grown.
“Love Does is a means to an end,” Hayes said. “We do not regard a one-day ‘serve day’ as our mission, but as an introduction to our congregations to what we call everyday ‘missional living’ – or, as Jesus put it, loving your neighbor as yourself.”
Salem Church of God is located at 6500 Southway Road. For more information regarding “Love Does,” please visit salem.church/lovedoes17