Food distribution at Central Community Church, Wichita, Kansas.
By Carl Stagner
Though the fourth Thursday in November hasn’t yet arrived, Church of God congregations across the United States have already pulled out all the stops to celebrate Thanksgiving. While it may seem that Walmart and the Hallmark Channel have bypassed this autumn holiday for its even more commercialized wintertime counterpart, churches from Washington State to New York City and in between still make it a big deal. From special worship services to massive community service projects, Thanksgiving, for the Church of God, means giving life from a heart of gratitude. Continue reading
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By Noel Marquis
When First Church of God in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, decided to invest in new playground equipment, they received much more than they asked for. William Wimmer, who has served as pastor of the church since 2013, was surprised when a longtime member of the congregation approached the board of trustees with plans for a park, complete with sidewalks, trees, a horseshoe pit, basketball court, soft turf, and sheltered pavilions. Continue reading
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MACU student works at the City Rescue Mission.
By Whitney Knight
On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country. Continue reading
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Photo: Pastor David Aukerman preparing to race!
By Carl Stagner
“…As the pastor behind me started to pass me on the inside, I gave the car more gas and tried to speed through the turn while staying high on the track. Turns three and four went well, but I had too much speed coming through turn one. I slipped up and over the edge of the track in turn two, down a short hill, and ran into the retaining wall on the other side—all in the span of two or three seconds.” No, this wasn’t the Brickyard 400, and the setting was neither Talladega nor Daytona. The competition was fierce, but not against each other; these pastors were racing for a charity of their choice. Though Pastor David Aukerman of Mt. Haley Church of God in Midland, Michigan, wasn’t ultimately named on the six-foot-tall cross-adorned traveling trophy, he did raise nearly $2,500 for the local homeless shelter. Continue reading
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Photo: AU faculty, staff and students came out to the United Way First Annual Truck Pull. The Anderson University team made it into the semi-finals.
By Katie Wenclewicz
Last year, Anderson University students gave back to the community by spending nearly 40,000 hours in service learning and volunteer activities.
Service may be part of the AU tradition, but a team of faculty, staff and students pulling a truck to support United Way of Madison County was new for 2014.
Student United Way, an organization on AU’s campus, is a service group dedicated to carrying out the Live United mission of the United Way. They do this through service unique to the campus and by supporting fundraising and service activities hosted by United Way of Madison County.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, United Way hosted the Madison County United Way Annual Human Truck Pull, which was the kickoff to United Way’s campaign season. Continue reading