Each year the Neosho Area Clergy Coalition sponsors a “Great Day of Serving” on the Sunday closest to September 11th. The Day of Serving is a memorial for 9/11 that offers service and love as a response to the violence of that date. This year’s Day was on September 10 and featured 15 faith organizations and over 350 volunteers doing service projects that varied from yard cleanup to minor home repairs to painting. Because of the hundred year flood this past spring, the Neosho and Seneca area had quite a few projects that needed to be done.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Neosho is not only one of the original organizing churches, but one that has participated every year since the inception. This year, working with Week of Compassion, FCC assisted three families in Neosho who were devastated by the flooding. As part of the Day of Serving, the members of FCC undertook a project for one of those families – a single mom with children. Her fence had fallen over from the flooding and was laying in sections in her backyard. The group of seven worked hard and got the fence back up, so the back yard is enclosed again. In total, FCC was part of a city wide group that did over forty work projects. It was indeed a “Great Day of Serving.”
Story & photos courtesy of FCC pastor Rev. Al Gritten.