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PUTTING FAITH INTO ACTION

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Chris Gammello, lead pastor at South Memorial Drive Church of God in New Castle, shows sneakers that will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last during the church’s Faith In Action weekend on Saturday, July 21 in Lowe Park.
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Along with shoes, Pastor Chris Gammello says socks will be given out as well as long as supplies last on Saturday, July 21 at Lowe Park in New Castle.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

For its fifth straight year, South Memorial Drive Church of God is preparing for Faith in Action Weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 20-22.

Says Lead Pastor Chris Gammello, “We emphasize the importance of reaching out and being witnesses of Christ’s love to our community.”

The reaching out begins on that Friday evening with the church serving a meal for Victory Lane Camp at Cornerstone Campground. Then Saturday morning, church volunteers will be at Lowe Park to distribute 150 pairs of sneakers, socks, pizza, bottled water and 100 empty backpacks. Those wanting any of these items should start lining up at 10:30 a.m. as distribution begins at 11 a.m. on a first come, first-served basis as supplies go quickly.

“We go ‘til we run out,” says the pastor.

On Sunday, church members will leave the building at 10:30 a.m. to head into the community where a variety of service activities are planned. One group will deliver goody baskets to First Responders. Another will serve and share a meal at The Guest House which houses homeless men and another will serve meals at Tru Harbor which cares for girls who have been victims of human trafficking. 

Yet another group will stay behind to prepare for the church’s upcoming Vacation Bible School which is 6-8:30 p.m. July 23-26. Theme is Noah and the Ark and children are welcome from kindergarten through sixth grade.

The church has a monthly food pantry and clothing closet for families from 1-3 p.m. every fourth Thursday January through October and every third Tuesday during November and December. Two forms of ID are needed to receive pantry or clothing items.

Gammello said the over-arching idea of these service projects is to help and bring hope to the people of our community.

“We want to be able to show our community Christ’s love but also we understand what the needs in the community area and we want to do our part to help meet those needs,” he says.

The church is at 3800 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle. For information call 765-529-5250 or connect on Facebook or at the website, www.smdcog.org.