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The church has left the building

April 03, 2013 - I like to see the expression on their faces. They ask me, "How many ministers do you have at Clarkston Community Church?"

I say, "About 700." Their jaw drops. Then I clarify, "We consider every believer a minister. We have five pastors, but everyone is a minister." Then they want to punch me for being a smart-aleck.

But it's true. According to Jesus, every believer is a minister. I try to drive home this truth to my church.

So on Sunday, April 28, they will all have the chance to be ministers. We are having a special "The Church Has Left the Building" Sunday.

Instead of a normal Sunday worship service, the whole congregation will participate in service projects in and around our community.

The service projects will primarily be outside our church building but there will be activities for all ages and all skill levels.

After a brief preparation time at 9:15, we will depart to minister in all sorts of ways: All 11 schools in Clarkston will receive volunteers to do spring clean-up.

We will partner with the school's PTA and maintenance personnel to clean the flower beds and clean up court yards or other tasks as assigned.

We will fill disaster relief buckets with supplies at the D.R.A.W. warehouse in Waterford. We will cooperate with Independence Parks and Recreation to stain the large wooden play structures at Bay Court Park.

We will fill grocery bags for needy families. We will tie blankets for cancer patients, fill baby bottles with coins for Birth Choice, write letters to soldiers, and do Elderly Care Home Karaoke. We'll also work in our Community Garden to start growing vegetables for needy families.

Want to serve too? Anyone is welcome! Let us know at

The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church.

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