Portsmouth’s Life Point Church sent over 160 of its members into the community Saturday to spread the love of God and goodwill towards fellow man through their newly christened Life Point Serve Day.
The many volunteers were split between a dozen groups and sent out to perform services to the community, performing tasks such as gathering loose trash on the street, serving food, repairing homes for the elderly, and more.
Church members met at their unique home in the Portsmouth 8 Cinema for information on their services, they then gathered materials, bowed their heads for a quick prayer led by Pastor Darrell Nickles, and left to go work.
Some of the locations that the church worked in included the downtown Portsmouth area, Gallia Street, the Ohio River front, Farley Square, Mound Park, Crystal Care Nursing Home and more.
“We are doing everything from working in the homeless shelter, cleaning up the parks, serving food in some communities, building a porch for an elderly lady, cutting hair and doing nails of some elderly women,” Nickles said just before going out to work on Saturday, “Our goal is to show the love of Christ to the community. Jesus said that if you want to be great in the kingdom, you need to be servant to all. He also said that people would know you are a follower of Christ by how you show your love of others, which is what today is all about; we want to the whole Portsmouth area to know Life Point loves the community.”
Nickles said that he would like to grow on the Serve Day and welcomes other members of the community and churches to join in. Interested churches should contact Nickles.
“We feel great about the event, but this is the type of thing we love; serving is in our DNA,” Nickles said. “We love to help others, it is our mission.”
Despite a heat advisory in effect, from temperatures ranging as high as 103, the 160 church members were able to complete hundreds of service hours and did their small part in making the town a better place through their inaugural Life Point Service Day.
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