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Heritage Church aids community

DUBLIN — “We’re all about reaching out. We don’t wait for people to have to come to us,” said Mike Sweeney, pastor of Heritage Church in Dublin.
Judging by the number of opportunities that the members of Heritage Church take to lend a helping hand to those in their community who need it most, one could say that it is truly a church based on outreach.
For example, for the second year in a row, the church will be hosting a “Back-2-School Give Away” on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, in which they will give school supplies, book bags, along with new and gently used clothes, shoes, coats and toys to school-age children, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
Andrew Stump, the man with the vision for this project, said, “the Lord laid this on my heart last year,” and, since then, he, along with the help of his church community, has been working to see the project through. He noted that he and his fellow church members have been working since February to prepare for this year’s give-away.
At last year’s give-away, through both monetary donations and donations of the above listed items from church members, along with people within the community and the Salvation Army, they were able to serve 224 children, Stump said. He noted that 51 brand new book bags were given away last year, but they hoped to be able to dole out even more this year.
“We blessed a lot of people,” Stump said. “And we’re looking forward to blessing even more.”
Last year, the church provided transportation to the give-away to one busload of children from Daily Bread in Pulaski, but, with higher gas prices this year, the church plans to transport more, Stump said.
Another example of how Heritage Church is working to help local people in need is through their food pantry, which they keep stocked with food items from Second Harvest in Salem.
When church members began stocking the food pantry this past winter, they were feeding about 12 families a month, but the project continued to grow, Stump said, and, by July, they were up to 70 families. He noted that people have been sent to Heritage from other churches, and, through his connections as a member of the board of directors for Daily Bread, people have been sent from there as well.
This past week, Stump and other church volunteers picked up 2,300 pounds of food from Second Harvest, but Stump said with the number of families they are feeding now, that wouldn’t even last an entire month.
In addition to these two large projects, Heritage Church stays busy with outreach programs, including a free community carnival that was held this past spring, and is currently busy with Vacation Bible School this week, is in the process of re-doing their playground and children’s area, currently has an in-house missionary to counsel both church members and people within the community, and, starting Aug. 10, is hosting “In Tune,” a series for married couples, just to name a few.
This November, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the church plans to host what they call “Bundles of Love,” in which they will host a free Thanksgiving dinner and provide their guests with bundles filled with all things warm, including items such as coats, hats, gloves and soup, Stump said, noting that last year, they served 104 families at this event and gave away 268 coats.
As for why Heritage Church chooses to reach out to its community, Stump said, “it’s not about us. It’s all God-driven.” He added that lending a helping hand to others is “what God wanted, and we give all the glory to the Lord.”
Sweeney added, “we’re just trying to help people, and we’ll help people no matter what. We like to say that we’re the perfect church for imperfect people.”
For more information about any of the outreach ministries at Heritage Church, call 674-9220 or visit www.heritagechurch.net.
Heritage Church is located half a mile past the NRV Airport, off Route 100 in Dublin.

Heritage Church aids community

DUBLIN — “We’re all about reaching out. We don’t wait for people to have to come to us,” said Mike Sweeney, pastor of Heritage Church in Dublin.
Judging by the number of opportunities that the members of Heritage Church take to lend a helping hand to those in their community who need it most, one could say that it is truly a church based on outreach.
For example, for the second year in a row, the church will be hosting a “Back-2-School Give Away” on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, in which they will give school supplies, book bags, along with new and gently used clothes, shoes, coats and toys to school-age children, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
Andrew Stump, the man with the vision for this project, said, “the Lord laid this on my heart last year,” and, since then, he, along with the help of his church community, has been working to see the project through. He noted that he and his fellow church members have been working since February to prepare for this year’s give-away.
At last year’s give-away, through both monetary donations and donations of the above listed items from church members, along with people within the community and the Salvation Army, they were able to serve 224 children, Stump said. He noted that 51 brand new book bags were given away last year, but they hoped to be able to dole out even more this year.
“We blessed a lot of people,” Stump said. “And we’re looking forward to blessing even more.”
Last year, the church provided transportation to the give-away to one busload of children from Daily Bread in Pulaski, but, with higher gas prices this year, the church plans to transport more, Stump said.
Another example of how Heritage Church is working to help local people in need is through their food pantry, which they keep stocked with food items from Second Harvest in Salem.
When church members began stocking the food pantry this past winter, they were feeding about 12 families a month, but the project continued to grow, Stump said, and, by July, they were up to 70 families. He noted that people have been sent to Heritage from other churches, and, through his connections as a member of the board of directors for Daily Bread, people have been sent from there as well.
This past week, Stump and other church volunteers picked up 2,300 pounds of food from Second Harvest, but Stump said with the number of families they are feeding now, that wouldn’t even last an entire month.
In addition to these two large projects, Heritage Church stays busy with outreach programs, including a free community carnival that was held this past spring, and is currently busy with Vacation Bible School this week, is in the process of re-doing their playground and children’s area, currently has an in-house missionary to counsel both church members and people within the community, and, starting Aug. 10, is hosting “In Tune,” a series for married couples, just to name a few.
This November, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the church plans to host what they call “Bundles of Love,” in which they will host a free Thanksgiving dinner and provide their guests with bundles filled with all things warm, including items such as coats, hats, gloves and soup, Stump said, noting that last year, they served 104 families at this event and gave away 268 coats.
As for why Heritage Church chooses to reach out to its community, Stump said, “it’s not about us. It’s all God-driven.” He added that lending a helping hand to others is “what God wanted, and we give all the glory to the Lord.”
Sweeney added, “we’re just trying to help people, and we’ll help people no matter what. We like to say that we’re the perfect church for imperfect people.”
For more information about any of the outreach ministries at Heritage Church, call 674-9220 or visit www.heritagechurch.net.
Heritage Church is located half a mile past the NRV Airport, off Route 100 in Dublin.