2014-05-06 / Front Page

Bethel Baptist Celebrates ‘Serve Sunday’ In Fillmore

On Sunday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m., two hundred and seventy-nine members of Bethel Baptist Church met at Fillmore Elementary for “Serve Sunday.” Following a brief worship service in the gymnasium, they spread out into the community wearing red shirts, big smiles and a heart for service. Over the next few hours, these volunteers proceeded to serve the town of Fillmore by picking up trash, fixing playground equipment, re-landscaping the elementary school, building a new shelter in Fillmore Town Park and two new shelters on the People’s Pathway, cleaning and painting the town hall, and so much more.

This day was the vision of church leadership, led by Pastor Nathan Couch, as it is their desire that everyone involved at Bethel have the opportunity to Know, Grow, Serve and Share on a regular basis. Serve Sunday exemplifies the Service component as it promotes, as Pastor Nathan describes, “A church full of people who have a desire to love others in such a way that to serve like this day becomes the norm instead of the exception. Today was just the beginning of that dream.” Bethel’s vision also includes the creation of a whole new generation of servant leaders in our youth. As Pastor Nathan explains, “Service is a transformational experience as it goes against all that is natural and instinctive in us. There is no better way to learn to serve than doing it along side of your parent, grandparent, or even a great-grandparent. On this day we had families with four generations serving together.”

Why in the town of Fillmore? Bethel has been connected to Fillmore since the 1800s. As one member put it, “We are a church that loves its community and this is our community; these are our neighbors. It is our commitment at Bethel to seek to improve life for all, not just those inside our church.”

Why on this day? Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day each year that falls on the Sunday before Easter. On this day some 2000 years ago, Jesus came into Jerusalem and began one of the greatest weeks of service in history; such intense service that it ultimately led to his death on the cross for mankind. Pastor Nathan said, “When looking for a day where everyone in the church could serve together, this one stood out above all others.” He was also quick to point out that this day was made possible due to the great support of the Fillmore town council and many local businesses who donated money and supplies needed for several of the projects around the town.

For more information about Bethel Baptist Church visit www.bethel.us or contact Nathan Couch at nathan.couch@knowgrowserveshare.com.

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