2018-05-10 / Front Page

Churches combine forces to better serve the community

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON — A group of Davison area pastors are bringing together volunteers from their congregations to serve the community May 20, and throughout the following week, by cleaning up neighborhoods and helping with landscaping and other projects.

Serve our City Sunday is May 20 and it all started with the Davison Free Methodist Church, whose congregation has taken a day in the spring to help local neighborhoods, and last year in Flint, clean up and beautify.

Pastor Glen Teal, of Davison Free Methodist Church, said this year a group of seven congregations from Davison area churches, will take on multiple projects. With approximately 350 volunteers, Teal said the churches hope to make a difference not only in Davison, but beyond.

“It is great that we’ve found a way to serve together,” he said. “(Davison Free Methodist Church has) done this the last five years. This is not just us leading, but all of us working together.”

Joining Teal’s congregation will be volunteers from Davison Assembly of God, St. Dunstan's Episcopal, Journey Ministries, First Baptist of Davison, Davison United Methodist Church, Davison Missionary Church and The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacracment.

Projects the group will tackle include:

Whaleys Children Center – landscaping, organizing clothing donations, cleaning transportation vans and packing vehicles in the parking lot.

Flint Neighborhood Clean-Up – clearing debris, landscaping at the community garden.

Davison Landscaping Project – landscaping and yard work at Jack Abernathy Regional Park and Davison City Hall.

Pack Project – assembling goodie bags for senior residents at Davison Free Methodist Church.

Prayer Walk – praying and walking in downtown Flint.

Davison Walking Trail Clean-up – Clean-up of the Black.

Pastor Doug Connelly, of Davison Missionary Church, said his congregation has, done community projects, but this is the first time they’ve joined other churches.

“This is something that came out of out of our prayer gatherings,” said Connelly, referring to the group of ministers from Davison who meet regularly. “This is another level of that.”

Connelly said Davison Missionary Church will be working at Lockwood on M-15, washing windows, doing some lawn care and flower bed clean up. Also, he said his congregation will be helping clean and trim along the Black Creek Trail in Davison Township.

“This helps us. It demonstrates we’re here for more than just ourselves,” said Connelly. “We can reach out to community and participate in its life. Our churches working together also demonstrates we’re not in competition with each other, we’re on the same team. It demonstrates the love of Christ to the world.”

Teal said discussions about a variety of congregations combining efforts to serve the needs of the community began about 18 months ago, through the Prayer Partnership Movement.

Since the fall of 2016, pastors from eight different congregations have meet once a month to pray for one another and the city of Davison.

Since the beginning of 2017, five multi-church Prayer Gatherings have been held with as many as 350 participants focusing prayers on the city of Davison, Davison Township, Davison Schools and Genesee County.

Anyone interested in joining the volunteers from the various churches can contact the church of their choice, or visit http://dfmchurch.org/ or see https://www.facebook.com/ events/1968277986819812/.

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