Operation Inasmuch

Operation Inasmuch is a churchwide outreach activity that takes members beyond the walls of the church to seek ways to help others, and to fulfill the scripture in Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it until one of the least my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

In 2007, five delegates attended the Lott Carey Missionary Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana and received instructions on hosting an Operation Inasmuch project.  Two events are conducted per year, during the Spring and the Fall.

In the Spring, we go out.  Auxiliaries are asked to develop a project which takes them out into the community.  Examples of projects have included providing snacks to first responders, delivering bags of snacks to the homeless, visiting nursing homes with singing and interviewing the elderly, supporting the Ronald McDonald House, supplying “wish list” items to the SECU Hospitality House, taking potted plants to the residents of the Holland Homes, adopting widows to provide in-home services, clean-up of the gravesite of Dr. David R. Hedgley and others in a neglected cemetery, and much more.

In the Fall, the community comes to us.  The church sponsors a large giveaway of winter clothing and household items in the parking lot.  Concurrently, the Annie Alexander Health Fair takes place in the Fellowship Hall with a blood drive and health screenings, along with a blanket giveaway and a hot lunch in the Family Life Center.