‘Being the Church’ mantra behind ServeFest

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Deedee Tribbi gives kitten Waffles an exam as part of ServeFest, the second annual event sponsored by Lakepoint Community Church, held Sunday at the Keizer Civic Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Lakepoint Community Church embraced what they call “being the church” last Sunday.

At their new home at the Keizer Civic Center (where their congregation will meet every Sunday starting Oct. 10) they hosted ServeFest, where organizers estimate at least 2,000 people showed up.

A variety of goods and services were offered at no charge: Basic medical checkups, veterinary exams, haircuts, family portraits, clothes, a free meal, manicures, bicycle repair and more.

Rachel Taylor, the event coordinator, said ServeFest stemmed from their campaign Faith in Action.

“The whole idea stems from we as a church, we come to church, we sit and listen and do the church thing every Sunday,” Taylor said. “But what church is about is being the church. Last year we decided to close our doors for church  … and we’re going to serve people and meet the practical needs out there in the community.

“It worked so well last year we decided we needed to do this at least once a year.”

Taylor said this year’s attendance “exceeded our expectations.” They couldn’t get a fully accurate count of attendees, but they think at least 2,000 people showed up.

Close to 120 volunteers offered their time and services, Taylor said.

“It was our desire to bless the community – no strings attached,” she said.

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