Operation Inasmuch Days
In the spring each year, 80-100 of us get together into work-teams and help others in our community. The teams and the work changes each year based on the needs of our neighbors: yard work, home repair, housecleaning, car safety checks, litter pick-up, hymn sings and visits at local nursing homes, cupcakes for our Community Service personnel (Fire and Rescue, Police, Postal Workers) and more. We held our first annual Operation Inasmuch Day on April 24, 2010. Check the ImageGallery for slideshows of the event each year.
On April 14, 2012, we held our third Operation Inasmuch Day.
Title: Berryville Baptist Church Holds 3rd
Annual Operation Inasmuch Day
"Free stuff makes everyone smile." Tim Walraven made that
comment after attending Berryville Baptist Church's "Free for All" Yard Sale
Saturday, April 14th.
And that's what Berryville Baptist Church was after --
putting smiles on faces in Berryville and neighboring towns. On April 14th,
78 members and friends of Berryville Baptist Church participated in its
Operation Inasmuch Day, a community mission program. 17 teams went
out into the community helping others, reaching out, making new friends and
hopefully making people smile. In addition, others participated in
advance, donating time and materials in preparation for the day's activities.
Preparations and planning started in January as Rose
Staples, chairperson, and Berryville Baptist's Missions Committee collected
ideas for team projects, needs in the community, and volunteers. They worked
hard to find missions where every age and every talent could participate.
For the third year in a row, the church hosted a "Free for
All" Yard Sale. Congregants and friends donated items ahead of time, and then
community members were invited on Inasmuch Day to "shop" for free and take what
they could use. Clothing is by far what is donated most, and what people come
for. But this year, the yard sale also offered yard maintenance tools,
exercise equipment, household items, toys and stuffed animals, and more. One
picture on the church Facebook page shows a smiling young lady, Lisa Gum; one
of her friends, Tim Walraven, posted "Free stuff makes everyone smile." So
are several other projects that have happened all three years. One favorite is a tea party, held this year for ladies at Mary Hardesty house. Another is picking up litter along roadsides, this year at the east end of Senseny Road. There were also mattress flipping, window washing and yard work teams who helped community members this year in Berryville and Millwood. Another favorite is the "Sunshine Baskets," baskets filled with fruit and goodies for distribution at the Clarke County Senior Center. Several people shared "We Care" kits of toiletries and small gifts and visited with residents at Washington Square apartments. Pastor Dan Stanley led the "Water Bottle" team, handing out bottled
water to passers-by on the corners of Church Street and Main Street and sharing a simple message "Have a Great Day!" This was especially appreciated this year, as this was also the Berryville Yard Sale Day, so there were a lot of thirsty people walking along Main Street. And, to support all the teams and give them energy for the day, the "Rise and Shine" team provided breakfast and
This year, the "Caring and Sharing Cards" project invited each
member of the congregation to participate by writing a short note on a greeting
card. Three project team members visited residents at Golden Living at Rose
Hill and left the note cards for them to enjoy later.
In a new project this year, children decorated fleece lap
blankets with beads and shared them with residents of Godfrey House. The kids then
sang "Jesus Loves Me" for the residents.
Two hymn sings were held, one at Greenfield Assisted Living
and one at Godfrey House. Residents commented on how the visit, fellowship and
hymns just brightened their day.
Inasmuch takes its name from Matthew 25:40 where Jesus says, "...inasmuch as you
have done such things for the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done
the same for me." Pastor Dan sums it up this way: "During
Operation Inasmuch days, people from Berryville Baptist Church put this verse
into action. It is my prayer that we will continue to reach out and
care for others in an authentic way with no strings attached."
Berryville Baptist is participating in a national Operation
Inasmuch program that rallies congregants from churches around the world to
serve their community in the "Compassion Revolution." (http://operationinasmuch.org/)
A special celebration service was held at the church on
Sunday, April 22nd, with a slideshow of pictures taken by the
"Camera Crew" team. To see the full set of photos from the day, visit the Image Gallery or the
church Facebook page. For more information, please call the church office at (540) 955-1423 or visit
the church at 114 Academy Street, Berryville, VA.