National ‘Faith in Action Sunday’ building for October

October 11 is being touted as a Sunday for churches to close the doors and head out into the community to serve. “Faith in Action” was developed by World Vision, Zondervan and Outreach, Inc. in 2007 to encourage churches, ministries and small groups to serve and meet practical needs in their local communities. Churches have organized food drives and helped the elderly and needy with home repairs. Some groups cleaned and landscaped public areas or private homes. Some maintained women’s or homeless shelters. And one church adopted a school and committed to performing regular clean-up and gardening tasks. More than 800 churches have signed up for “Faith in Action Sunday” to date, although some have chosen alternative dates for the event. Some are joining together to do community-wide and even city-wide events. The theme for this year’s “Faith in Action Sunday” is “Don’t go to church. Be the church,” said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for Outreach, Inc. “First Lady Michele Obama recently went on national television asking Americans to volunteer in their local communities. ‘Faith in Action’ is a great way to show the world that service is not just a one-time initiative, but for followers of Jesus Christ, is a way of life,” he said. Link: Put Your Faith in Action: http://www.putyourfaithinaction.org/

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