Church Goes Beyond Church Walls, Serving Community 5/5/13
CBS 7 News
May 5, 2013
Odessa - You may have seen them around town today from pumping gas to cleaning up the city. One Odessa church gave this Sunday to serve others.
For Crossroads Community Church, today was a chance to get out of the church and into the city.
They fixed up the playground, they cleaned and painted, all to give Cameron Elementary a new look.
"We're not just going to church on Sunday and listening to preachers, we're actually involved in helping the community. We're here servicing Christ through others and that's what it's all about," Wendy Gesch, a Crossroads Community Church member said.
It wasn't just adults, even the kids joined in to give back.
"It's really fun and you get to help out other people," 9 year old Evan Stone said.
For the staff at Cameron, today's Christ-like gesture will go a long way.
"This shows that the community cares about kids. Our parents care about the campus because they are here as well and this is just a fantastic opportunity that we've been looking forward to all year," Alicia Syverson, principal at Cameron Elementary School said.
We also caught up with the group at the West Texas Food Bank where crews worked hard all afternoon to give the non-profit a fresh coat of green paint.
For volunteers, it was more than just painting.
"Something as small as maybe just painting a building, it may seem insignificant, but it's what helps our community," Coleston Copeland, with Crossroads said.
The West Texas Food Bank said they were very thankful to be getting a helping hand.
They serve dozens of counties across the Basin.
The cleanup is an annual event and grows every year.