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Day: September 20, 2014

ServeFest returns Sunday

Lorenzo Perales gives a haircut to Jonah Gandy, age 7, during last year's ServeFest. The annual event takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 at Keizer Civic Center. (KEIZERTIMES file/Eric A. Howald)
Lorenzo Perales gives a haircut to Jonah Gandy, age 7, during last year’s ServeFest. The annual event takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 at Keizer Civic Center. (KEIZERTIMES file/Eric A. Howald)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

If you are looking to go to a regular church service this Sunday, Lakepoint Community Church at the Keizer Civic Center isn’t the place to go.

If you want to see a church in action, however, the civic center is the perfect place to go.

For the sixth time, Lakepoint is hosting ServeFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The church meets weekly at the civic center, located at 930 Chemawa Road NE.

Event coordinator Rachel Taylor said ServeFest is a ministry that encourages Christians to “be the church,” serving needs within the community.

About 200 church members will help out at the free event, which will provide lunches, family photos, haircuts, manicures, a wellness clinic including vaccinations, bicycle repair, a children’s carnival and more. There will also be free school supplies, personal care items, clothing and surprise raffle items.

One of those items is new this year.

“This year we will not have the pet clinic available, but we will have a wonderful children’s carnival outside on the lawn,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted people have the event’s date circled on their calendars in advance.

“We are finding that people who have attended ServeFest in previous years look forward to this event and reach out to us before we even begin getting the word out to the community, looking for information about what we will offer and when it will be,” she said. “We hear more and more of people who come back year after year because what we have to offer is so valuable to them.”

The event has been growing each year.

“Last year we served about 2,700 people and this year we are planning for 3,000,” Taylor said.

Taylor said church members are all on board with the community service mission of the event.

“It’s a tremendous blessing to us as a church to have the opportunity to give back to our community by providing such basic necessities of life, especially when the need is so great for so many,” she said.

Those wanting more information – or those wanting to help serve – can contact Taylor at 503-428-3141 or [email protected]