By Sherrie Norris
All it takes is a little kindness to brighten your corner of the world —or that of someone else — and no group knows that any better than Three Forks Baptist Association.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, several churches within the association are coming together to make a difference, or simply to “Impact Watauga” as the day-long project has been named.
A spokesperson for the project has said that Three Forks Baptist Association is excited about Impact Watauga this year, which has become an annual event, now in its second year.
“Impact Watauga is a day when we, as an association of churches, come together to have an intentional day of service and mission in our local community,” said Garland Honeycutt, Executive Associational Missionary. “Last year, during our first year of Impact Watauga, we had nine participating churches and many of these churches participated in more than one project. Because of this, many lives were touched in our community. People were able to see Christ through the actions of our churches.”
TFBA is comprised of many churches and individuals with a wide range of talents and skills who will be coming together to minister to the people of Watauga County in a number of ways on Saturday.
This event stems from an earlier TFBA outreach during which a number of teams went around the county performing random acts of kindness. Sure, folks were surprised and perhaps even skeptical to have someone offering to take their groceries to the car, pump their gas or hand them a gift card for no reason.
However, as community outreach opportunities have increased and evolved in recent years, Impact Watauga is making a difference and touching lives. And, it’s not just those on the receiving end who are impacted.
For example, several churches that participated last year have signed up to do even more this year!
Participating churches and their projects for 2018 Impact Watauga include the following:
- Laurel Springs Baptist Church and Rutherwood Baptist Church will be partnering to paint and lay pavers at Parkway school.
- Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will be participating in outreach visitation
- Perkinsville Baptist Church will be handing out water on the Greenway Trail, paying for loads of laundry at a local laundromat, and participating in door to door evangelism.
- Vernon Baptist Church will be sending “Praying for you” cards to their neighbors, weed eating and general cleanup at Bradford Park and bringing flower arrangements to local nursing home residents.
- Poplar Grove Baptist Church will be holding a free car was and making care bags for cancer center patients.
- South Fork Baptist Church will be cutting wood for people in need for this winter.
- First Baptist Church of Boone will be visiting Joy Cove and holding “Impact on the Corner”
- Bethel Baptist Church will be visiting Joy Cove and Kari’s Home
TFBA will host a celebration picnic on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Valle Crucis Park at which time those involved will be invited to share praise reports of how people were ministered to through Impact Watauga — and how Christ was made known to those who were being helped.”
“Last year’s cookout was a great success, with great food and fellowship and many praises for the Impact we had on our community,” said Honeycutt. “We are excited to see our churches collectively making a positive impact on the communities in which they reside.”
For more information or to volunteer your donations, time or talent, contact Three Forks Baptist Association at 828-264-4482