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ServeFLO two-week season underway

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in News, Local News

ServeFLO two-week season underway
CHRIS HANDLEY, TEAM LEADER FOR HELPING FLORENCE FLOURISH

ServeFLO, a two-week special season of service in the community, got underway with Unity Sunday on June 12 and activities continue through June 25. This initiative is a flagship event of Helping Florence Flourish which is working toward a visible demonstration of unity of the body of Christ to bless Florence, explains Chris Handley, HFF team leader.

For the kickoff on Unity Sunday, churches were encouraged to unify the collective Florence County church body by teaching and praying through the same topic: To love your neighbor as yourself, and the same scripture: Ephesians 2:14-18. A Lunch and Learn about Open Table Ministries was held on Tuesday, June 14, at noon at Cumberland United Methodist Church. Jon Katov, director of Open Table Ministries, was the speaker.

A Service Day is planned for Saturday, June 18, when approximately 200 volunteers will gather and form teams of service. These teams will refurbish houses, clean up neighborhoods, help in schools, participate in landscaping, etc. For this event, Helping Florence Flourish collected a list of needs in the community and compiled an “opportunity for service” list. Churches and Christian organizations were asked to field a team during Service Day and the ServeFLO season.

Churches, including St. Luke, Central, Calvary, Trinity and First Presbyterian, have formed teams and the invitation is offered to others. The teams will meet for a brief rally at the Performing Arts Center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday before fanning out in the community. The service projects include the following:

• Repairs, painting and landscaping at Henry Timrod, Dewey Carter and Greenwood Elementary Schools, as well as Wilson High and Palmetto Youth Academy.

• Lighthouse Ministry for yard, debris and carpet project

• YMCA for field repairs

• Repairs to houses in the community.

• House of Hope for Women on Darlington St. for landscaping

• Courtney McGinnis Graham Emergency Shelter to start a garden plot

• House of Hope Mission Mart on Irby Street to assist with moving

• City of Florence garden plot project

• City of Florence Park & Recreation project.

• Creek cleanup

• Trash pickup around Florence

The ServeFLO season continues with a Red Cross Blood Drive on June 23, a prayer initiative, and participation in LifeChangers, a mission project sponsored by the Florence Baptist Association rehabilitating substandard houses in low income neighborhoods. This week-long project begins on Monday, June 20.

Anyone wanting to participate in these projects may register to help on one of these teams by going to www.helpingflorenceflourish.org and clicking on ServeFLO to find the team registration form. Helping Florence Flourish is a Christian initiative formed eight months ago following interviews of 68 community leaders from seven areas of cultural influence – commerce, education, arts and entertainment, media, government, church and family.

They were asked what they felt God was calling them toward as a member of the Florence community and what were the greatest needs facing this community. Their answers demonstrated a great deal of passion for this community and helped guide HFF in establishing focus groups to seek to address these issues.

 

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