Serve Day 2017 was certainly a hit as various groups went out in the community and offered themselves in the name of service. Groups, many of which volunteered from local churches, worked on various projects that ranged from picking up litter to providing food for the less fortunate.
As part of this day of service, members of Christians Beyond Church, located at 1646 Highland Ave., in Portsmouth spent Saturday at the Salvation Army, where they built compost boxes for the community garden on the back of the property.
“We chose to help the community garden because we believe it is great for the community and all can benefit from it,” congregation member Anna Johnson explained.
The Salvation Army community garden grows fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables to support their food programs, which provide free meals and food pantry items for the less fortunate of Portsmouth.
“Our church has recently started doing outreach projects and we are excited to just get out in the community to ‘love like Jesus did,’” Johnson commented. “Pastor’s wife Amanda Klaiber always says, ‘If we can just focus on Jesus.’ It is so true. It is why we want to love like He did.”
Giving love is a focus of the church. Johnson explained that the sermon on love is among her favorites as she works everyday to live through grace and truth.
“Pastor Nelson Klaiber preached on it – 100 percent grace and 100 percent truth,” Johnson stated. “Loving like Jesus did can be challenging, but serving others is our passion because that is what we are called to do – be a servant to the community. We have a spiritual analysis test the first and third Sunday of every month to help people realize their innate gifts God has given them so they too can know where they were meant to best serve whether it be worship, children’s ministry, or teaching to name some areas.”
Saturday’s group included seven adults, four kids and even an infant. In addition to building composting boxes, the church also weeded the hot boxes at the garden.
Christians Beyond Church meets for service at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.