ELKINS - Members of the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church rolled up their sleeves, grabbed tools and fanned out through the community Saturday to help complete some much-needed service projects.
The program, the Great Day of Service, was organized by Elkins resident Diana Kerr of the church. The Great Day of Service, in its fourth year, is meant to be a call to action for members.
"This event is very popular in our church," said DMPC Assistant Pastor Kevin Starcher. "It is one of the favorite things for the young set in our church. They say they enjoy getting dirty while helping others in need."
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church members gather to help their neighbors Saturday in celebration of the Great Day of Service. More than 60 volunteers helped in five areas across Elkins. DMPC member Jean Snedegar rakes leaves and completes other yard work to help those in need. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart)
This year's Great Day of Service included five service projects. Driving through the area, volunteers could be spotted cleaning and tending to needs both inside and outside the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Kump House, the Randolph County Animal Shelter and Davis & Elkins College.
Kerr said another project helped an individual from the church.
"We clean up the leaves and flower beds around her home," Kerr said. "It is heartwarming to spend time with her and share lunch as well. The fellowship is very important."
DMPC member Jean Snedegar said participating in the Great Day of Service is a joy.
"It represents an outworking of faith," Snedegar said. "It's great fun to be able to help others. It's also much easier to do yard work for others than to do it in your own yard."
Information about the Great Day of Service and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church is available by calling 304-636-2788.