Our Missions Days were a huge success once again this year with a large number of volunteers to work on projects at Eden Westside Baptist Church as well as in the community. Brother Scotty did a great job organizing the days set aside in June and we thank each and every one who volunteered your time and hard work to accomplish tasks.
Here’s an article that was published in the St. Clair News-Aegis about Missions Days:
On a mission to mend
By DONA BONNETT Community Correspondent
Jul 7, 2016
Eden Westside has just completed its annual Missions Days event. The church sets aside several days each June to minister to others in different ways, as well as work on different projects for the church and its members and this year was no different.
The EWBC Missions Team consists of several interns and a few retired men who work throughout the summer on assignments. Missions Days each year not only includes their regular Missions Team, but includes volunteers of adults and children from all ages from their church membership and leadership. Last week, EWBC teams averaged 70-80 people each day to complete needed tasks.
This year, the teams spent time at Eden Elementary School, washed walls and windows for them and picked up branches that had been blown out of the trees from a recent storm. Work also included construction of new picnic tables for their outside eating area. A team is planning to go back soon to build a set of stairs to the top of a storage area in the gym that they built during a previous missions week and also plan to attach several basketball goals in the gym.
In addition to projects in the community, EWBC volunteers also worked at the church’s Eden Campus for renovations and spring/summer cleanup. With over 80 acres included at the campus, there’s always plenty of work to do.
The teams completely renovated the Cornerstone Café and the Student and Children’s worship rooms, which included painting, flooring, new TVs and a total new look in all three rooms, built several new picnic tables for their recreation department. Teams also spruced up the prayer garden with new mulch, pulled weeds, straightened up benches, cut trees up that had fallen on Revelation Walk. The Children’s department conducted a prayer walk around the whole trail as well as picked up limbs and rocks along the way. After the kids took a little time out to play, they picked up debris down at the creek.
Their final missions day was spent working on EWBC Mission’s building and rearranging some of the Life Discovery rooms.
Not only does the EWBC Missions Team and volunteers work during this annual Missions Days event, but this team works all throughout the year to minister to others. The team goes out on a regular basis to widow’s and shut-in’s to cut their grass, clean out their gutters, work in their flower beds and help them in any way they can.
This hard working team also keep up the landscaping at their Leeds River Campus, keeps the church building clean inside and out as well as work to keep up the grounds around their Eden Campus with weed eating, flower beds, Disc Golf course, painting, remolding, creek property up keep, and so on and so on.
The team was able to re-roof one widow’s house last November, fix a leak or two at a couple of houses this year and built a new deck for their Pastor’s home this month. Now, this hard working team is moving on to their Revelation Walk grounds to build new walls on a scene or two and help to repair some metal that was destroyed during storms this year to prepare for their upcoming well-known Revelation Walk event.
The Missions Team is also asked to go build wheelchair ramps or repair different things from time to time. This month, a group is going to help a family move. They have been working with a family that lost everything in a house fire recently. Several have gone to help remodel a home for this family to be able to move in.
Other community involvement includes providing Breakfast for the Brave which is a free monthly breakfast served to the local first responders such as police, fire and EMT in both greater Pell City and Leeds communities.
EWBC also serves breakfast for both Pell City and Leeds chamber board members, provides a Thrift store Bible study, serves hospital staff and judges, nursing home Bible studies and VA home visits among other community projects.
Missions are such as priority at Eden Westside that they have a full-time Missions Pastor, Scotty Pinson, to lead their local mission teams as well as their foreign mission efforts. Pinson has a construction background so he has plenty of experience to lead these mission teams.
Eden Westside has also committed to foreign missions work in Haiti with teams traveling several times a year to complete construction projects there. One of their recent construction projects include building a medical facility where the Haitian people could get needed medical care and the Missions Team completes another segment of the project each visit as well as share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
One program that sets Eden Westside apart is their “Josiah Project”. The Josiah Project is a Christian mentoring program created by EWBC for children, teens and adults. Participants in this program learn about honor, respect and serving others. These children and teens work on Missions projects as well as adults. Their projects are chosen based on their ages and capabilities.
Eden Westside Baptist Church is one church with two campuses and is focused on being a positive force in the greater Pell City and Leeds communities through loving people and providing Christian support and mentoring.
For more information about Eden Westside Baptist Church and both campus ministries, please visit their website at www.edenwestside.org.
To read article in the St. Clair News-Aegis, please click on this link: http://www.newsaegis.com/on-a-mission-to-mend/article_e8407178-447f-11e6-bff9-931c8adeb2cf.html
Dona Bonnett is also the new Social Media and Marketing Director for Eden Westside Baptist Church located at 223 Wolf Creek Road North, Pell City, Alabama 35125.