Back to School Blessing event blesses community
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By Cynthia Haggitt
School has started, but back-to-school supplies are still in need.
Last Sunday, First Assembly of God held its ‘Back to School Blessing’ for their members and it was open to the community.
Jenny Rechner, the children’s instructor at First Assembly of God said, “We had a back to school blessing. Our goal for this event was to help give away school supplies and help support kids in our community. We had a buffet lunchbox, water bottle giveaway, gave away a new Chromebook and had ice cream treats from Dairy Queen.”
First Assembly of God is a very active church and throughout the year, according to Pastor Adam Smith, the church reaches out to members of the community who are in need.
“Our back to school event is to help out people who could use school supplies because some people are unable to get them. It’s something that we do to help give back to others. We try to reach out and share our love with our community. So this is just one way we do that,” Smith said.
Keegan Varble of Jerseyville was the lucky winner of the Chromebook laptop.
“It felt like deja vu for me. I couldn’t believe it and I am excited except I feel someone else should have won it,” Varble said.
The First Assembly of God feels it is important to reach out to the community, especially to families and children.
“Children need to know we are for their futures. We just want to love on them and show them how God works to help them,” Rechner said.