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Sacramento, is this church?

This is really pathetic, that the church that the Reformation founded through John Knox has sunk to this kind of thing. However, since they really do not have anything anymore, then it is to be expected.

“Members of Sacramento’s Faith Presbyterian Church found religion Saturday in knitting and crocheting, baking and boiling, weeding and planting.

The Greenhaven/Pocket area church canceled its regular Sunday services this week and instead asked people to give up their weekend to help others.

Its theme, “Don’t go to church, be the church,” is part of a movement that’s spreading through churches across the country.

“It’s a chance to get our hands dirty and serve together,” said Faith’s pastor, the Rev. Jeff Chapman.

More than 300 volunteers are expected to help with 14 projects Saturday and today during what the church is calling Compassion Weekend.

Mainly church regulars but also students and neighbors, they’ll be doing everything from painting walls at senior living facilities to playing with kids living in public housing.

“I would love if one church did this every weekend,” said Carey Kincaid, a member of the church committee organizing the event.

The delectable smells of blueberry cakes, cheesy broccoli bakes and chicken patties filled the church Saturday as volunteers put together a week’s worth of meals for about three dozen people with health problems or other challenges.

“When there’s an illness, food preparation is the first thing to go,” said volunteer Miki Vohryzek-Bolden.

The church asked Vohryzek-Bolden, who labels herself a nondenominational traveling cook, to help with its Cooking for Friends program.

The retired criminal justice professor tries to encourage what she calls “cooking communities” – making food for those who need it.

In another room at the church, crocheters and knitters crafted patchwork blankets for the Children’s Receiving Home, an emergency shelter in Sacramento.

“If we’re giving to children, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm blanket,” said Amy Bundock, a senior at Kennedy High School and a church member who headed up the project.

Earlier this year, Bundock and her mother started knitting squares. Volunteers knitted more on Saturday, then crocheted 42 squares together to make each blanket. They hope to make at least a dozen.

Although he had never crocheted before, Greg Mar quickly learned Saturday.

The Kennedy High junior, who’s not a member of Faith church, was fulfilling part of his community service requirement with the National Honor Society.

“This way I can spend time with friends and help out the community,” he said.”

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Written by tfheringer

May 7, 2008 at 9:00 pm

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