Family Worship Center opens its doors
CI Family Worship Center advertised
a free sale in The Versailles Republican recently. Typically,
a sale means a good deal, but a free sale?
It meant exactly what was advertised with everything given away
- free- no strings attached.
The spacious fellowship hall at the large church located at 2377
E CR 250 S (at the top of Cavehill Road) near Versailles, was
full and overflowed into the sanctuary and foyer of the church
with useful items for families.
Everything from Christmas wrapping paper and decorations to vacuum
sweepers was available.
People started lining up early and at 9 a.m. the doors opened.
Helpers passed out bags and were there to assist shoppers as they
made their selections.
There were no applications to fill out - no eligibility requirements
to meet. The free sale was open to the community at large with
the hope that items available would be put to good use.
Donnetta Barrett, who co-pastors the church with her husband,
Tim, felt the need three years ago when the first sale was held.
As a church we are so blessed, she told The Versailles
Republican. Tim said We sow out of the abundance we
have - looking for the harvest. He echoed his wife, Weve
been so blessed, we just keep giving it away.
A sale of the magnitude offered doesnt come easy. Throughout
the year members of the church collect, sort, wash and repair
gently used items, getting them ready for the big day. While most
of the items were used, some new things were also donated for
Donnetta said their goal is to fill a need, whether it be for
a toaster or a coat. She said that might free up finances people
would like to use at the Christmas season.
The polar opposite of the frenzied fiasco of Black Friday was
experienced at the local event as shoppers enjoyed a spirit of
peace and cooperation as they shopped.
Stories began to emerge as the shoppers found their needs met.
One family had been out of work for a year and found a much needed
coat for a child. Donnettas face was aglow as she quietly
helped, knowing this was what God had directed her to do.
Another lady found five little lamps with globes - the exact amount
needed to decorate at her church this Christmas. I believe
this is the working of the Lord, one member commented.
Donna Clark, Sharon Reece and Brenda Richardson, members at CI
Family Worship Center, got together and took baskets of all varieties,
purses and more and transformed them into beautiful gift baskets
for the first 50 customers.
We just tapped into Gods creativity, Clark bubbled
as she shared her joy of helping others. She explained that God
is the Creator of all things and we are made in his likeness,
therefore she believes all people have a creative side.
Members of the church were filled with excitement as they worked
to make the holiday season a little easier for others. Some had
worked into the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, making sure
everything was ready when people arrived. Lisa Kirk was still
straightening up the morning of the sale. Its easier
to find things when theyre all neat, she noted.
The free sale will again be held this Saturday, December 12 from
9 a.m. until noon and will be open until the end of the year,
or until everything is gone.
CI Family Worship Center networks with other churches and various
organizations such as Family Connections to help people - not
only at Christmas, but throughout the year.
Pastor Tim said of the churches working together, Were
all serving the same God, and felt the ministry of helping
people where theyre at is so important. He referred
to the great commission spoken about in the book of
Matthew in the Bible and said all Christians are to spread the
gospel - even if its through a warm coat.
To find out more about ministries at the church you can call 689-5503.
They accept gently used and new items throughout the year and
plan to continue the ministry of giving.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above were some of the members of CI Family Worship
Center with just a small portion of the items they were
able to give away last Saturday at a free sale held at the
church's fellowship hall. The church is located on Cavehill
Road just east of Versailles off US 50. At left one of the
youngest shoppers was trying on this guitar for size - with
a little help from his dad.