Helping Florence Flourish announces 3rd annual Serve-FLO
The third annual ServeFLO initiative by Helping Florence Flourish will take place June 16-24. This special season of service will kick off with volunteers and churches aligning to coordinate their service in the community as they seek to create a moment where churches visibly unify to bless Florence.
The idea for this initiative was born from a realization that many churches were doing great acts of service in the community already but could have larger impact by simultaneously working to bless Florence.
“ServeFLO is the epitome of what Helping Florence Flourish is intended to be,” said team leader Rev. Chris Handley, Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Florence. “It’s the most single moment of living into the Helping Florence Flourish vision, where we all work together and build relationships, and we’re excited to see it grow.”
Currently, the Helping Florence Flourish team is seeking volunteers to help take ServeFLO to the next level in blessing the people of Florence. Find out more project information and sign up for projects at www. serveflo.org.
Projects for this year’s ServeFLO include a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, June 21, at First Presbyterian; a Sunday morning worship service and breakfast for the homeless, and WinShape Camp, an all-day weeklong camp for Florence area youth that includes fun, faith, fitness, and family; and the second annual Downtown Roll (cycling through downtown to help raise funds for PADD) on June 23.
The scriptures that inspire ServeFLO come from Jesus’s prayer in John 17:21, where he prays “that believers would be one like he and his heavenly Father are one,” and Jeremiah 29:7, where the Lord says to the Jews in exiles, “pray for the peace and prosperity of the city.” These passages and others give the church the motivation to spread out across Florence together to bless this community.
Other ways to become involved in Helping Florence Flourish is to become engaged in monthly “movement gatherings.” This is the best way to become aware of the different HFF initiatives.
Helping Florence Flourish is a Christian organization that seeks to improve Florence in critical areas such as education, homelessness, deterioration of the family, and racial division. The areas of focus were determined after surveying nearly 70 community leaders over an eight-month period. All respondents expressed a great deal of passion for the community, and cover the gamut of all seven areas of cultural influence: commerce, education, arts and entertainment, media, government, church, and family.
Through the willing coordination of local nonprofit organizations, Florence churches, and volunteers, Helping Florence Flourish seeks to make visible, positive changes in those four critical areas. For more information about ServeFLO, visit www.serveflo.org.