"We joined hands and hearts with our neighbors for a statewide weekend of community service," said Charlene Dart, associate pastor with the First United Methodist Church in Monett.
"This was a great time to get out in our community and show the love of God," Dart continued. "We want to make a difference in the lives of others in our community. It does not matter if it is a large church or a small church, we all have that same opportunity."
Favorable weather aided teams heading out to projects around the Monett area. Participating volunteers came from the First United Methodist, Liberty United Methodist, New Liberty United Methodist, Dry Valley United Methodist, and Pierce City United Methodist churches.
"There were 236 individuals that participated in this past weekend of service doing over 42 jobs, from washing windows, handing out cookies, painting, yard work, and working at the Monett schools," Dart said.
The volunteers gathered on Sept. 8 for a rally and a meal together at Monett's South Park. Joining them was the steel drum ensemble Pans of Praise from Trinidad. Members from the ensemble joined in the service effort both days.
"This shows how connected we all are when we serve each other," Dart said. "It does not matter how old you are, you still are able to help.
"We plan on not letting it stop with just one weekend but being outside the doors of the church in the weeks and months ahead," Dart continued. "This is what church outside the doors stands for. All the churches look forward to serving together in future to help our neighbors and community."