Catch the Spirit

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Celebrate Spirit of Faith’s Love Week — November 23 – 30th — by joining together with the community to raise up those in need and brighten the holiday season.

BY SAVANNAH TRAVERS

For many people in Alachua County, the holidays are a time of great stress and hardships. Many people do not have a home, food, or even family to spend this blessed time with, but Spirit of Faith Church has a plan to help those in need this season.

Spirit of Faith is a growing community- based ministry founded in 2007 by the husband-and-wife duo Pastors Ken and Tabatha Claytor. Coming themselves from debt and crisis, Ken and Tabatha have made it their mission to spread the love of God and give back to the community. Spirit of Faith Community Outreach volunteers are believers who embrace a lifestyle of generos- ity and service to those in need so our com- munities will be forever changed.

Unlike most non-profit organizations, Spirit of Faith sees the benefit in partnering with other non-profits from the community, “We work in partnership with non-profit organizations locally, nationally and glob- ally to feed the hungry, fight homelessness, and empower children and families. We live a life of generosity and service for the church Jesus called us to be,” says Edwina Hurst, multimedia service coordinator for the min- istry. By partenering with other non-profits, Spirit of Faith gets more done and creates more comprehensive and complete assis- tance to those in need.

As a celebration of generosity and giving, the ministry is dedicating the entire month of November, highlighting the week of No- vember 23 through November 30, 2013 as Love Week. Spirit of Faith will be partener- ing with various non-profit organizations throughout the community in an effort to give more than they get. Love Week will be an opportunity for everyone in the com- munity to get involved, not just those in the congregation. With so many different ways to give back, there is sure to be an activity or service that fits all budgets and time constraints, people from all walks of life are welcomed to register as a Community Out- reach volunteer. These volunteer opportunities are not only a time to give, but a time to receive.

One act of kindness can change some- one’s life, so why not choose from the vari- ous activities Love Week sugguests, such as serving food at the Saint Francis House, The Salvation Army, and the homeless community downtown, building a home for a Habitat for Humanity family, visiting your local food pantry, delivering thanks- giving baskets with Trinity United Meth- odist Church, or even sharing your home for Thanksgiving dinner with someone who really would be thankful.

This season, don’t forget those who need you most in your community. With help from us all we can stand strong and keep the holiday cheer alive in everyone! Volunteers are encouraged to register during the week of Thanksgiving, so don’t be late, there’s a lot of love to spread around!

Spirit of Faith

5805 NW 37th St. • Gainesville FL 32653 352-505-0192 • www.mysof.org