THINKING ABOUT SPRINGTIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Last year Bethel Church stepped up, big time, to support “Bannerman in Action: A Day for Doin’ Good in the Hood.” Seventy Bethel volunteers joined many Bannerman residents to help create a good community vibe by getting neighbors involved in helping out their neighbors. Because last year’s event was such a great success, our planning team has been emboldened to adopt an audacious dream for the future.
The vision is to rally the neighborhood around the tagline: “Bannerman a Community that Cares.” This motto envisions a strong collaboration between local businesses, residents, and organizations to nurture community pride and a strong ethic of volunteerism. It envisions neighbors routinely helping out their neighbors and supporting one another, especially, in the event of an emergency or when crime is an issue. It is a vision of a community that deeply values its local assets, like the school and Community League, and invests the energy needed to keep them vibrant.
To help achieve this goal, we plan to have a door to door campaign in Bannerman in April. We will promote the “Community that Cares” concept to each home and encourage people to turn out for Bannerman in Action. (A flyer will list Bethel as one of the sponsoring organizations). Our goal for this year’s Bannerman in Action event is to see the volunteer numbers rise from 100 to 150 with the additional volunteers coming from the local community itself.
There are two ways you can help: 1) Volunteer to join Bannerman residents to knock on doors in April, and 2) come out for the Bannerman in Action event scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 23 (8:30 till noon).
We are still very early in the planning process for the event, but I couldn’t help telling you about it. I am excited for the arrival of spring and for the arrival of this event! --Pastor Tom
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