Putting Christian values into action was the intent behind the annual “Serve Day” held by Good News Community Church on Sunday in Broomfield.
Reversing relaxation routines over Labor Day weekend, congregation members opted to forgo a regular worship service to help neighbors with yard work and perform landscape duties at Quail Park on Zuni Street.
The undertaking started two weeks ago when church members polled nearby neighborhoods to find out who needed a hand with property maintenance, according to Pastor Matthew Fite.
After 14 years at the helm of Good News Church, Fite has overseen the community outreach effort every Labor Day Weekend. Church members helped eight neighbors with yard and house projects this year.
Serve Day participants stopped by each home to help with seasonal upkeep needs such as cleaning out gutters, Fite explained.
Another group of congregation members trekked over to Quail Park, while a smaller youth-filled contingent headed to Outlook Park on 136th Street to offer free lemonade to passersby.
Longtime participant Martha Elliott said her role has morphed over the years.
“I try to do something different each time,” she said.
Admittedly less inclined to toil with soil as the years have progressed, Elliott transitioned to helping coordinate the annual event.
“It’s a good experience and it’s joyful,” she said. “It’s nice to see as many people here that are here.”
The core intent behind Serve Day is embodying the teachings of Jesus Christ, Elliott explained.
Referencing scripture, Elliott noted Mark 12:31 states, “Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.”
Serve Day highlights the importance of living out Christian teachings in daily life, said church member Jenniffer Haster.
“This means a lot because it’s us actually taking action and putting our money where our mouth is,” she said. “Words without action are meaningless.”
Master noted John 3:18 states, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
“We take the serve the world thing seriously,” she said
Ideally, Haster said the Good News event could serve as a template for other religious institutions to “put action into place,”
“If every church did this and had a different weekend, imagine how much we could accomplish,” she said.