Operation Love Ministries "Day in the Park"

posted Aug 18, 2011, 6:59 AM by Don Billey   [ updated Aug 18, 2011, 1:16 PM ]

SAVE THE DATE!!  Saturday, September 24, 2011


Greetings to you in the name of Christ!

This note contains information regarding the annual “Saturday in the Park” fund and awareness raising event benefiting Operation Love and Madison County.  Please read, share with your missions team, and plan on supporting this event with your attendance, a booth, and perhaps a table providing information about your church and the services you provide.

Please note some significant and exciting changes for this year’s event! 

LOCATION:  The walk and motorcycle ride will both begin and end at the South Meridian Church of God in Anderson.  The address is 2402 Meridian Street.

FORMAT:  This year the walk will go through the neighborhoods of Anderson, showing support for many of the recipients of the services of Operation Love.  This is a great way to show all of Anderson that the church wants to be among the people, not separate from them!

A motorcycle ride has also been added this year, reaching out to the very active and supportive biking community in Madison County.  The Madison County chapter of ABATE has teamed up with Operation Love to organize and lead this part of the event, and the Christian Motorcyclists Association will also be participating. 

A carnival is being planned for the afternoon and evening in the parking lot of South Meridian Church of God to welcome the neighborhood, walkers and bikers, and give alliance churches an opportunity to share their love with the people of Madison County.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:  We need you, as the senior pastor or primary point of contact, to ensure that your church is involved and committed to this event.  You can do this in a variety of ways.

1.    Get walking teams together.  Teams of walkers will gather pledges from family and friends and turn the funds in to Operation Love to help continue to fund the ministries.  This is a significant portion of the revenue that Operation Love receives annually, and is an often overlooked but much-needed method of support.

2.    Get bikers committed!  Tell the bikers in your church, neighborhood, or circle of friends about this new way they can use their bikes to benefit the ministry of Operation Love.  The course is planned for about a seventy-five mile ride through three counties, beginning and ending at South Meridian COG.  At the end of the ride there will be a bike show and bike games.  PLEASE let you riders know about this event.

3.    Carnival Booth.  Design and operate some type of booth (dunk tank, bounce house, balloon pop, ring toss, corn hole, fingerprinting, child safety, etc.) that will attract neighbors, provide fun, and make the afternoon enjoyable for everyone that attends the carnival.

4.    Information Table.  If you have a booth, you may also set up an information table with information regarding events, ministries, and programs your church offers.
You must operate a community booth of some type in order to set up an information table.

5.    Plan to join us on September 1.  We need a representative from each church to meet with us on September 1st at 7pm to lay out plans, booths, and table space for the event, and to secure volunteers for registration, security, and hosting services.  Please identify one or two people from your congregation who will represent you at the meeting, and send their names and contact information (e-mail and/or phone numbers) to pastordon@mainstreetcog.net.   The meeting will be held at the South Meridian Church of God.


If you would like a staff or board member from Operation Love to come and visit your church to speak regarding the event or the ministries of Operation Love, please let us know and we’ll make arrangements for that to happen. 


Here are the details for the event – a printable flyer will be following next week, as well as a PowerPoint slide that can be inserted into your announcement rotation. 


"Saturday in the Park" will be September 24th at South Meridian Church of God with the: 
    Walker registration at 8:30
    Opening ceremony at 9:00
    Walk begins at 9:30    
    Biker registration 9:30 - 11:00
    Kick stands up 11:00
    Carnival 3:00-6:00  


Above all, THANK YOU for your continued participation and support of Operation Love Ministries!