Get Out and Serve: ‘What Christ has called us to do’

Photos by Nic Antaya/The Herald
Derrick Rahman of Santa Claus, left, and his brother-in-law Perry Uebelhor of Jasper level out the ground of a tombstone during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. Churches in the Huntingburg area teamed up to volunteer their time and provide various services throughout the community. "I ain't afraid to get a little dirt under my fingernails," Uebelhor said.

By OLIVIA INGLE
oingle@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Mary Lammers and Patty King of Huntingburg have been friends and neighbors for years.

They both wanted to find a way to give back to their community, and realized they could do that through the annual Get Out and Serve day, hosted this year by seven Huntingburg churches.

King is a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, and Lammers attends Huntingburg United Methodist Church. Sunday was their first day volunteering for the event.

“It’s a privilege to get together with a friend and do something for someone else,” Lammers said.

The duo was part of a larger group of volunteers who spent their Sunday afternoon visiting residents at The Waters of Huntingburg and doing various projects around the facility. They were part of an even larger group, about 500 volunteers, who completed more than 30 projects Sunday around the city. A few of the projects were postponed or tweaked a bit, due to the rainy weather.

Central Christian Church in Huntingburg started Get Out and Serve about eight years ago.

“We wanted to get outside where the people are and serve the city,” said Central Christian Pastor Paul Newland.

Carter Anderson of Huntingburg, 12, paints over a wall at Southridge Middle School during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. "I think Carter's having more fun than he thought he would," said Brandy Anderson, Carter's mother.

The goal was to complete projects for the community, but also do some projects to help the shut-ins and elderly in the community.

Meanwhile, a group of ministers from various Huntingburg churches began meeting weekly for prayer. It was suggested they partner on the event, and the expanded Get Out and Serve day launched three years ago.

“I think it’s pretty unique,” Newland said of the partnership. “I think it’s happened because the ministers got to know each other and built relationships across denominational lines. We’ve built trust and friendship that has spread to our churches.”

He’d love to see even more churches and community members get involved in Get Out and Serve.

“Jesus has called us to be servants. He came to seek and to serve, so He says, ‘My followers, you need to be servants and serve others,’” Newland said. “That’s what we’re trying to do, just do what Christ has called us to do.”

Some of Sunday’s Get Out and Serve projects included improvements at A Kid’s Place daycare, Southridge Middle School and Holland Elementary School; free car washes and oil changes; visits to elderly church members; creating no-sew blankets for those who need them; and more.

Anna Hochgesang of St. Henry, 12, Ella Thompson of Huntingburg, 12, Justin Leathers of Huntingburg, 10, Clair Leathers of Huntingburg, 12, and Paige Bell of Huntingburg, 12, joke around while advertising for a free car wash during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. Churches in the Huntingburg area teamed up to volunteer their time and provide various services throughout the community.

Alicia Alvarado of Jasper volunteered at The Waters of Huntingburg with the New Life Pentecostal Church youth group. She’s the leader of the group and her daughter, Daynara, and son, Tyler, are members.

“I like the service to other people,” Alicia said as she painted the doorway of a resident’s room.

12-year-old Iveth Calderon of Jasper is also a member of the New Life youth group who volunteered with Get Out and Serve.

“I like helping out and putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

More photos from the event are below.

Sherry Sollman of Huntingburg trims weeds around a tombstone at Fairmount Cemetery during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. Sollman said her brother-in-law recently died and was buried at the cemetery. "I felt called to be here," Sollman said.
Greg Gogel of Holland, left, prays with Rev. Becky Smith of Huntingburg and Janice Wiscaver of Dale during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. Smith led the prayer and asked God for guidance in Gogel's role as principal of Southridge Middle School.
Aaron Hampton of Huntingburg, 3, plays in a puddle of soap and water during the free car wash event of Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday. Aaron attended the event with his father, Ed, as well as four of his siblings. "They all like playing in the water," Ed Hampton said. Churches in the Huntingburg area teamed up to volunteer their time and provide various services throughout the community.
Rachel Hentrup of Ferdinand paints a wall at Southridge Middle School during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday.
Rachel Wright of Huntingburg watches Nathaniel Hampton of Huntingburg, 5, wash her car during Get Out and Serve day in Huntingburg on Sunday.



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