Taking the church to the people
The doors at Oasis Church, 1545 S. Avenue C, will be closed Sunday because the congregation will be out and about doing good deeds to spread their faith.
"We decided in order to really be the church we should be, we should out in the community serving there and ministering to the general public," said Augie Clarkson, associate pastor.
"We will talk with the patients at three local nursing homes to provide them with companionship and spiritual guidance. We will also be at the Crossroads Mission to serve lunch and to help them clean up their property by doing yard work. We will also talk to the people there and listen to their stories and hopefully show them somebody cares."
Clarkson said members of the congregation will also help the Bureau of Land Management pick up garbage along the Gila and Colorado rivers and help the city of Yuma paint over graffiti.
"We believe if we really are going to reach out to the community, we need to proactively show people we care by going out to them. This gives us the opportunity to share our faith through good works and to make the area a better place to live."
Clarkson said the church, which has services both in Spanish and in English, will gather at Gateway Park for a joint service at 4 p.m. Five people will be baptized in the river during the service.
Normal services will resume the following Sunday.
For more information, call 539-1992.
Chris McDaniel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6849.