ServeFest 2018

ServeFest 2018

ServeFest is a great way for us to lovingly serve the people in our local community. You can have a part in praying, mulching, playing, planting, and so much more. Sign up for an event today!

Helping Up Mission – Friday, April 27 at 6pm

Visit with the overnight homeless male guests at the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore City. This is an opportunity to bring joy and hope into the lives of approximately 40 homeless men. We will team up with a small group of musicians to share encouragement and the good news of Jesus.

Attendees should be at least 13 years old.


Please contact Dave Jones for more information.

Grace Community Church Beautification – Saturday, May 5 at 9am

One way Grace strives to be a good neighbor is by maintaining and beautifying our facility, and this also makes our site attractive to guests and glorifies God. Help our hardworking facilities staff spread mulch and plant flowers on the property. There’s a lot to do, and together we can get in done quickly!


Please contact Bill Williams for more information.

Cedar Lane Walk for Our Stars – Saturday, May 5 from 9:30am-12pm

The Cedar Lane Walk for Our Stars provides help for those who can’t walk or stand to their own, and those who can’t speak to find their own voice. Grace is pleased to once again support Cedar Lane School once again by manning water stations and cheering for the walkers as they raise much-needed funds for their school.

Serve the families of Cedar Lane by bringing signs of encouragement, noise-makers, pom poms, and any other items of support to cheer on the walkers. There will also be opportunities to help out with games.

We ask that children be at least 13 years of age to serve on their own.  Children under 13 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.  This event will fulfill service hour requirements in Howard County Public Schools.


Please contact Pam Carlson for more information.

LPC 5K for Life, Saturday May 5 at 8am

The Janet Lynn Dick 5K for Life is a family-friendly 5K race and fun walk held at Bethany Community Church to raise funds and awareness for the Laurel Pregnancy Center. Participants can set up online fundraising pages and collect sponsors.

There will be a variety of ways to serve the LPC on the day of the race:

  • Set Up/Take Down
  • Course Marshalls/water tables – ensure everyone stays on course and cheer on the participants
  • Finish Line Management – help with time management and hand out water bottles to finishers

Please sign up to serve no later than April 20. Beverly Weber from the Laurel Pregnancy Center will contact you the week of April 22 with volunteer assignments.


Please contact Beverly Weber for more information.

The Samaritan Women, Saturday, May 12 at 9am

The Samaritan Women provides restorative care to survivors and seek to bring an end to domestic human trafficking. We will serve The Samaritan Women by helping out with light renovations, landscaping and beautifying the areas around their historic 23-acre property.

Be ready to work outside! Feel free to bring your own yard tools, rakes and shovels – just be sure to label your personal tools.

For security purposes, you must also fill out The Samaritan Women’s volunteer form as well.

The Samaritan Women Volunteer Form instructions:

  • “Date Requested” is May 12, 2018
  • “Group Name” is Grace Community Church
  • “Volunteer Organization Type” is Church
  • Check off all of the boxes
  • Enter your personal information
  • Submit

Please contact Julie Peterson for more information.

Lorien Nursing Home Spring Carnival, Saturday May 12 from 1-3:30pm

Come on out to the Lorien Spring Festival. There will be a talent show, games and crafts. If you play music, sing, dance, juggle – you name the talent – we have a place for you! There are also plenty of other roles  as well.

We seek to be a blessing to both the residents and staff at Lorien. We go out of our way to reach as many residents as possible with an expression of love and personal connection. This includes transporting the residents (pushing wheelchairs) before and after the event and delivering a small gift to each one. You will be blessed to see how the residents and staff respond to your expression of Christ’s love!


Please contact Dave Sudduth for more information.

Food Drive, April 21 – May 13

Serve the Howard County community by donating non-perishable food during our ServeFest food drive for the Howard County Food Bank. The Community Action Council also sponsors 14 emergency food pantries that support families in need of emergency food assistance.

As a healthy food bank, they are committed to alleviating the effects of hunger by providing adequate and nutritious food items to families. The most needed (non-expired) items are:

  • Canned & Dried Fruit
  • Tuna
  • Hot & Cold Cereal
  • 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
  • Soup
  • Baby Food
  • Pasta
  • Canned Beans (pinto, kidney, black)
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Peanut Butter

Bring your items to Grace and drop them off in the red bins near both entrances. Collection dates will be April 28 through May 13. Check the expiration dates – no expired food please!Q


Please contact Julie Peterson for more information.