An army of nearly 270 volunteers clad in bright orange T-shirts deployed throughout Grove City and other southwest Franklin County communities June 10 to complete good deeds.
Bringing together members from 10 local churches, the eighth annual Active Christians Serving Together in Grove City resulted in nearly 70 completed projects.
“Our volunteers work on a variety of tasks for residents in our community, everything from painting a house or fixing a roof to mowing grass or removing weeds,” said Stan Kirtlan, pastor at Buckeye Christian Church and the coordinator of ACTS.
“We even work with the city to coordinate cleanup crews in some of the parks,” Kirtlan said.
The 2017 program included volunteers from Amazing Grace Christian Church, Buckeye Christian Church, CenterPointe Church, Crosslink Community Church, Cypress Wesleyan-Grove City, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, The Naz-Grove City Nazarene, the Purple Door Church (Grove City) UMC and St. John’s Lutheran.
“One of the things we want to show is that in Grove City Christians may belong to different churches, but we are all about the same thing,” Kirtlan said. “We are all about serving Christ in our community.”
The local churches help with compiling the list of projects for ACTS, but many people request assistance through a project application form on the ACTS website, actsingrovecity.com.
“People know how to find us,” Kirtlan said.
“A lot of people who sign up are infirm or elderly and can’t do the work themselves, or they don’t have the financial means to get the project done,” he said.
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