SCIOTOVILLE — Basic needs such as a hot meal and and clothing are a challenge for many in the local community. Local organization, Hands of Grace (HOG) endeavors to keep meeting these needs.
Carmen Josey, of Dry Run Church of Christ, and founder of HOG, said the group is excited about Saturday’s outreach event, and grateful to so many for making it possible.
“We are doing another one of our Hands of Grace Ministry efforts, here at Community Church of Jesus Christ here in Highland Bend,” Josey said. “We are supplying a free, hot lunch, clothing and shoes for women, men, and children. We want to extend God’s hand to the people here and we’re just excited about what we’re doing today, and we’re just excited about what God is allowing us to do, and working in our lives. We are so grateful for Community Church of Christ for opening their gates, and allowing us to come in here and serve the people in this community. We are also grateful to all of these people for giving up their Saturday morning and coming to help out with this effort.”
Pastor Rase Martin, of First Church of Christ in Wheelersburg, said HOG’s efforts are an expression of love to the community.
“We are just trying to meet the needs of the community through food, and through clothing,” Rase Martin said. “If we can provide something for people where they are at, that is what we’re trying to do. We are just trying to be Christ-followers in a loving and caring way to the community.”
Terri Martin, the wife of Pastor Rase Martin, said reaching out to the community is the duty of all Christians.
“No matter what, any time Carmen calls us, we are on board with her,” Terri Martin said. “She has got a love for the community, and a love for the broken. This is our duty as Christians. To be God’s hands and feet to the community that is broken, and in need and any way that I can do it, I am on board with Carmen 100 percent, because she is just a light in our community.”
Tawana Seibert, of Community Church of Jesus Christ said she is glad partner with Hands of Grace to reach out to the community.
“On behalf of my Pastor Richard Clark and the congregation here at Community, it is just nice to be able to give to the community,” Seibert said. “It’s nice to get the word out there about Jesus, and minister to the folks around here. I grew up around here, and I am happy to do a work here for the Lord.”
Community Church of Christ service times are Sunday at 10 a.m., Sunday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday at 7 p.m.
HOG members who assisted include Kayla McGee and Richard Brammer also of First Church of Christ, Jason Copley of Dry Run Church of Christ, Darren Miller of Living Faith Temple, Elder Velda Cave of Kingdom Builders Evangelistic Ministries, Inc., Jim Calder of the Portsmouth Salvation Army, Betty Jo White and Misty Copley Ryan Webb of the Sojourner House, and Jarred Campbell. Deacon Brady Womack and Elder Mark Williams of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, were unable to attend Saturday’s HOG outreach event.
“We’re going to skip the month of November to refocus, but in December we will start again by distributing hot soup,” Josey said. “I guess it should be cold by then, and we will be in Lucasville at the bottoms.
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