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LOVE Week in Greece

By on August 28, 2017

Lakeshore Community Church launched their 1st Annual Love Week. Love Week is dedicated to putting faith into action. The week began on July 16 when the church community set out to show love to the Greece community by performing acts of kindness through various projects.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Pastor Brian Pawlowski said. The idea of Love Week began when Pastor Brian and his wife Stephanie moved to Greece from New Jersey to be part of the Mission Ministry at LCC. The Love Week concept grew from this dream and became part of Lakeshore’s monthly serve initiative. Stephanie and Brian’s vision is to show the Greece community God’s love. “Our hope was to be His hands and feet and be there for the community,” Stephanie said.

Mike Grugnale was instrumental in helping coordinate all the various projects in the community and acted as the liaison between the various projects and church members. They collectively sent a force from the church to simply go love on the community and expect nothing in return. “This was our way to say thank you to those that are always there to serve us,” Stephanie said.

In one short week Lakeshore Community Church showered the community with 220 volunteers at 16 site locations with over 15,000 volunteer hours.

Volunteers prepared and served meals to the Greece Police Department, Greece Ambulance, North Greece Fire Department and Lakeshore Fire Department. They also helped with grounds clean up at various community sites such as Basil Park, Sawyer Park, Unity Hospital and Villa of Hope, served at local nursing homes and provided a free community carwash. They also helped out at a day long tournament at Greece Little League field by helping with concessions, parking, and score keeping. They hosted a kids activity center, did clean up work and provided hot dogs to every coach and player during the day long tournament. All food and supplies for Love Week were paid for through the Making Waves mission budget and donations from the church volunteers.

Love Week was graciously received by many in the community. The church hopes to make this part of their annual serve initiative for years to come. Stephanie concluded, “Love week was simply a dedicated time for us to go out into our community and share God’s love with them, to tell our neighbors that God loves you and so do we.”

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