Over six LaSalle Parish churches joined together Saturday, September 16, to perform a major service project at Good Pine Middle School.
Entitled “LaSalle School Serve Day” by the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance (LMA), in partnership with Serve Saturday Ministry, a group of volunteers worked from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. performing various projects to improve the school in different ways.
“We just want to thank all of our volunteers who made School Serve Day a success,” stated LMA President Heath Harris. “Dozens of volunteers were able to mow, weedeat, spray weeds, paint benches, install gravel in the playground, install new basketball nets, clean restrooms, install ceiling tiles, and our favorite, install positive messages in every restroom and in other parts of the campus.”
A dozen custom designed decals were installed with messages such as, “Be kind,” “Never give up,” “Do what is right, not what is easy,” “Believe the best in someone else,” “Have courage and be kind,” and “Don’t give up tomorrow is a new day.”
Harris noted that with suicide rates increasing, the LMA goal was to reduce bullying and “inspire a positive and safe school environment where students are reminded of the hope we have in Christ.”
The local pastor said that the ministerial alliance looks to make LaSalle School Serve Day an annual event, either at late summer before school begins or during August or September of each year.
“But individuals and churches don’t have to wait for this to occur once a year to get involved in helping others,” he said. “Serve Saturday Ministry is a great ministry in our area that does acts of kindness once a month that anyone can become involved with.”
Serve Saturday Ministry performs work every third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., doing everything from small construction projects to painting to plumbing and much more.
To become involved in Serve Saturday Ministry, contact Team Leader Danny Spicer or the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance.
“These types of ministries and events allow the church to minister to people outside the walls of a building and allow the love of Christ to shine for all to see,” Harris concluded.