Churches join hands for Missions Day on Oct. 6

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City, county governments issue joint proclamation

By Jesef Williams

Jesef Williams
Faith-based groups and others in the community are being called to roll up their sleeves on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the betterment of the community.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, droves of local residents are expected to take part in what’s been labeled as National Missions Day – a time to give energy, time and resources to help those in need.
The function, which is in its inaugural year, will be held at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, 821 Kershaw Camden Highway in Lancaster.
Ollie Alexander is spearheading the effort with the assistance of fellow ministers in the county. This “evangelistic outreach” targets church congregations, businesses, volunteer organizations and other community groups to gather for a day of service.
“We know that you are just as concerned about the people in our community – the homeless, jobless and the hungry,” organizers wrote in their invitation. “Many families are desperate, (distressed) and need our assistance with their basic needs. We want to reach our youth, seniors and shut-ins.”
Participants can help by donating food items such as vegetables and canned goods. Clothes, shoes and Bibles will be collected as well.
Those items will be distributed that day, and volunteers are need to perform that task.
Local minister Priscilla Bufford challenges church congregations to extend beyond the walls of their sanctuaries and truly immerse themselves among those who need assistance the most.
“It’s time to reach out and lend a helping hand to someone,” Bufford said. “Faith without works is dead.”
The first Saturday in October has been officially designated as National Missions Day, as the city of Lancaster and Lancaster County issued a joint proclamation bearing the title.
Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw presented the signed proclamation to Alexander and other area ministers earlier in this month in front of the Lancaster County Administration Building.
“We’re looking for community unity,” Alexander said. “We’re trying to bring people together so everyone can roll up their sleeves.”
For more information about National Missions Day or to volunteer or donate, call Alexander at (803) 741-6401.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152