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Servants Day seeks clients

May 2, 2012

The Rev. Patrick Sloneker paints a house during Servants Day.

Area residents in need of help for home projects can call the The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) — as the organization’s members recently announced they  will participate in the third annual Servants Day.

Servants Day is set for Sept. 22, the fourth Saturday in September, with a rain date set for the next Saturday, Sept. 29.

“We invite local volunteers to be Christ’s hands on Servants Day and assist their neighbors in need,” Rachel Barber, who assists WAMA in organizing the effort, said. “I know that participating will be an inspiring, rewarding experience.”

The Servants Day motto, which comes from a poem by 16th century mystic, Teresa of Avila, wrote, “Christ has no body, now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours.”

Servants Day is an event where local residents spend time helping other members of the community with projects, such as organizing a garage, painting a home, cleaning out gutters or repairing windows and downspouts. One project completed in 2011 included reroofing an entire house.

“Right now we are looking for people who need something done at their home so they should feel free to get a copy of the form from Mercy Unlimited or from me and we will start assembling our list,” Barber said. “We will also start to meet with members of the participating churches, and the churches will get the information out so people in their congregation can get the word out and place the date on their calendar so they can volunteer.”

She said people should sign up as soon as possible for arrangements can be made, but they will take applications throughout the summer.

Barber said in 2010 and 2011 nearly 300 volunteers made repairs at 60 sites in Wapakoneta, Cridersville, Waynesfield and the area. People also can provide cash and in-kind donations to participating churches, the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation and many local individuals and businesses to help make the day a success.

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