Pay it forward: Church group hopes to spread generosity |

Pay it forward: Church group hopes to spread generosity

First Baptist Church members are hoping a few good deeds will go a long way.

One of the church’s small groups held a free vehicle check-up for single mothers Saturday at the church.

“I really hope by doing these small group projects that people will see we’re doing something in the community,” John Furman said, “and they’ll do something, too, and that it will spread.”

The small group decided to offer the service because they thought that demographic could use the assistance the most.

“Out of anybody, if they have any extra money to spend, it’s going to go into food and clothes for their kids, and not their cars,” Furman said.

This is the first time the small group has held the clinic, but Furman said he hopes the group will offer it every three months, perhaps for people in other demographics.

Eight single mothers signed up for the check-up and seven came, Furman said. Members of the group checked fluids, lights, tires and the battery on the cars.

Local automotive businesses donated supplies and services to the event. Chapman’s Automotive and Lube Plus donated oil change gift certificates, and Chapman’s gave one single mother a new set of tires.

T&H NAPA Auto Parts gave fluids so church members could fill up windshield wiper and other liquids as needed. Victory Motors offered discounted materials and labor.

Furman said the event did not carry an overt religious message, though the members did leave rearview mirror tags with Bible verses in the cars they checked.

Furman’s small group has also painted the church basement, offered a free Thanksgiving dinner at Sunset Meadows and reached out in other ways to church and community members.

He said members of the church are inspired to organize the events because of the 40 Days of Community program, a part of Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life,” book and campaign.

“(The program) challenges you to reach out and do things in your community,” Furman said. “We just hope to help people that may need help.”

Those interested in donating or having their car checked can call Love In the Name of Christ at 826-4400.

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