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What can 100 pairs of willing hands and happy hearts do? Lots!
On April 24th, 101 members and friends of Berryville Baptist Church held Operation Inasmuch, a community mission program. Working in teams, they went out into the community helping others, reaching out, making new friends and hopefully making people smile.
The Missions Committee organized the event, working with congregants, to find missions where every age and every talent could participate. Rose Staples, chairperson, said, “It was all about helping hands — helping people. We decided to take what we preach on Sunday mornings out to the community and put it into action. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words.”
Young children decorated cupcakes and then shared them with the police, firemen and post office workers, with great thanks. Another group of kids made greeting cards and shared them, along with small stuffed animals, with residents of the Golden Living Center – Rose Hill.
If you were at Food Lion that morning, you may have been helped by one of the teenagers who carried groceries. The Youth Sunday School team served breakfast at the Salvation Army in Winchester. And one team held a “free for all” yard sale; all items, including books, clothing, baby items, small furniture, live plants, and more, were free!
One team held a hymn sing at Greenfield Assisted Living. The “Sunshine Baskets” team made fruit baskets for shut-ins of the Clarke County Senior Center. Several people shared “We Care” kits of toiletries and small gifts and visited with residents at Washington Square apartments where one resident commented that it was “just like Christmas!”
Another team gathered baby items for young, single moms. Several women at Godfrey House Assisted Living were pampered in the morning with salon treatments, and then treated to a quaint tea party at the Berryville Baptist parsonage.
Some groups cleaned windows and house interiors for residents in Berryville, picked up litter along Senseny Road, and performed car safety checks. Pastor Dan Stanley led one team to the streets of Berryville where they handed out water bottles to those on foot and to those in cars stopped at the Main Street – Church Street intersection. The “Hearts and Hammers” team fixed a deck and helped with yard work.
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April Waugaman tells the story of Bingo which was scheduled at Godfrey House but, due to a mix-up in times, could not be held. The gift bags with treats and prizes that were to be used at Bingo were, instead, donated to the “free for all” yard sale – and at just the right time. There was a young boy there looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift; he took home one of these gift bags! April said, “Even in the mix-ups, God was working through the hearts and hands of the volunteers.”
Operation Inasmuch takes its name from Matthew 25:40 where Jesus says, “â€¦inasmuch as you have done such things for the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done the same for me.” Pastor Dan summed it up this way: “This past Saturday, 101 people from Berryville Baptist put this verse into action. It is my prayer that we will continue to reach out and care for others in an authentic way with no strings attached.”
To see the full set of photos from the day, visit the Image Gallery on the church’s website at www.berryvillebaptist.org. For more information, please call the church office at (540) 955-1423 or visit the church at 114 Academy Street, Berryville, VA.