Saturday, May 21, marked the one year anniversary of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Forward in Faith campaign, and the church celebrated with a church service focused on its accomplishments over the past year.
One part of the church’s current Forward in Faith stewardship initiative highlights outreach to the community by financially supporting three local non-profit agencies – The Real Life Center, Coweta CASA, and Southwest Christian Care. Representatives from each of these agencies came to this special church service and each was presented with a check in the amount of $6,000. Representatives, who included Mindy Smith from Coweta CASA, Shelley Mann from Southwest Christian Care, and Maria Lee from The Real Life Center, were all surprised and happy at the gifts received which will go to help their agencies in their efforts in our local community.
The church’s mission statement is “to invite our community into a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, welcoming people from all walks of life to experience unconditional acceptance with a loving church family.” The church’s initiative also includes increasing its volunteering in the community and more than 1,500 hours have been given by church members to these three agencies and other local non-profits over the past year.
The church plans to continue its giving and service to the community as its Forward in Faith initiative rolls into its second year. Pastor Nate Elias put it best by saying, “We are trying to re-write our story. Christ made the community around him a better place, and we desire to team with other non-profit organizations to make our community a better place.”
On Sunday, May 3, the members of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church gathered at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel for their Forward in Faith Celebration Banquet. The church’s current Forward in Faith stewardship initiative highlights outreach to the community by financially supporting three local non-profit agencies – The Real Life Center, Coweta CASA, and Southwest Christian Care.
The Peachtree City SDA Church began the initiative in March of this year and chose to invite representatives from the three non-profits to the Celebration Banquet. The agency representatives included Cathy Berggren, Executive Director of The Real Life Center; Traci Corné, Executive Director of Coweta CASA; and, Mike Sorrow, Executive Director of Southwest Christian Care.
Church members and invited guests dined on a delicious vegetarian meal while celebrating where the church is today and how the church wants to move forward with its new mission and vision. The church’s mission statement is “to invite our community into a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, welcoming people from all walks of life to experience unconditional acceptance with a loving church family.”
After dinner, a short program commenced including music and inspiring messages from church members with the highlight of the celebratory evening being the presentation of checks to each of the three non-profits. The church was able to give $1,000 checks to each of the non-profit agencies and also promised additional funds from the current stewardship initiative as well as continued support in years to come. The church’s members will also be actively pursuing volunteer opportunities at each non-profit.