In these uncertain times when news accounts are full of one tragedy after another, and many people question faith, it is more important than ever for church members to reach beyond the church walls to help those in the community who are hurting and in need. Members of Cape Coral First United Methodist Church will get out of the pews and into the streets Saturday, Feb. 9, to reach people at their point of need.
Three-hundred fifty church members are expected to make an impact on Lee County when they gather to participate in 30 different service projects throughout the area during the church's sixth "Operation Love Your Neighbor" event.
The theme for this event is based on the words of Jesus when He said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Adults and children of all abilities will serve the community at non-profit agencies such as Habitat for Humanity and Cape Coral's Agency for Special Populations; serve retired and active military through a ministry that provides coupons to members of the armed forces; visiting elderly residents at multiple local nursing home/assisted living facilities; working for Lee County Parks and Recreation with an environmental project at Lakes Park; and hosting hundreds of low income and needy families from the Suncoast Estates area with a hot meal, non-perishable food and clothing distributions, just to name a few of the projects.
Teams will celebrate God's goodness at a kickoff breakfast Saturday morning, Feb. 9, in Cape Coral First United Methodist Church's Social Hall at 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, at 8 a.m.
At that time each team and the community will be prayed for, before heading out to work. During Sunday morning worship services at both 8:45 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 10, church members will celebrate the tremendous work God is doing in the midst of darkness.
All are welcome to "come as you are, no experience required" for the service projects on Saturday and celebration on Sunday. Cape First's challenge to its members is to "Love your neighbor as yourself."