During the month of November, area churches are uniting to participate in Love South Florida, and you are invited to join them. The goal of Love South Florida is to tangibly demonstrate God’s heart by praying, giving and serving together to benefit our communities. All local congregations are encouraged to join the annual initiative, which was started by Church United last year.
“Prayer unites the church like nothing else, so #LoveSFL begins in prayer for our friends, co-workers, neighbors and city. As we pray, we ask God to reveal tangible needs and opportunities to show love,” said Edwin Copeland, Director of Church United.
Participants are encouraged to give three pounds of food and $39 toward ministries and nonprofits who are meeting felt needs in the community.
They are also encouraging congregants to volunteer at least three hours of their time to serve alongside a school, ministry or nonprofit that is making a difference.
This year, Church United is also partnering with Rebuilding Together Broward, a national nonprofit that provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, to host three neighborhood revitalization projects in Pompano, Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale. These Love South Florida Block Rebuilds will start early in the morning on each Saturday in November with hundreds of volunteers planning to gather to paint, provide minor repairs and plant landscaping for ten or more homes in one city block. They will meet at Ronald McNair Community Center in Pompano Beach on November 4; at C.W. Thompson Park in Dania Beach on November 11 and at Mount Bethel Church in Fort Lauderdale on November 18. The month long effort will bring together dozens of local churches with business partners and volunteers for one common mission.
“Our primary goal is to eliminate unsafe and deplorable living conditions for low income homeowners who are elderly, veteran and/or have disabilities,” explained Robin Martin, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Broward. “This work creates safer and healthier environments and makes it possible for people to live in their own homes independently and for longer periods of time.”
“We’re excited to partner with Church United, as it reflects the very heart of service and our mission,” said Martin. “Rebuilding Together National was founded almost 50 years ago by a church in Midlands Texas, and we hold our relationship with local churches as very important. Through partnerships like this, we are able to provide tangible ways in which Christians can live out their calling to serve people in need.”
Ultimately, Church United hopes to make a noticeable difference in the lives of South Floridians. In 2016, churches collectively raised $250,000, collected 50,000 pounds of food and logged 20,000 volunteer hours during #LoveSFL. They’re hoping to surpass those numbers in this second year.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your church can get involved in #LoveSFL, visit ChurchUnited.city.