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Operation Inasmuch unites community through volunteer work

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

On Saturday, September 21, hundreds of local Operation Inasmuch volunteers wearing conspicuous red T-shirts will once again be working throughout the Northern Neck as part of the 10th annual Inasmuch United Northern Neck event. The Kickoff will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Cobham Park Baptist Church in Warsaw. At 8 a.m., volunteers from churches and other organizations across three counties will begin work on numerous projects in the community to help neighbors in need.

Operation Inasmuch encourages churches to break out of their comfort zones and join with members of other churches and denominations to answer the biblical call to serve others together as the Body of Christ. Their name comes from Matthew 25:40, in which Jesus teaches “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Operation Inasmuch seeks to reaffirm this kind of service as a central mission of the church.

The story of Operation Inasmuch began in 1995 with a single congregation in Fayetteville, NC. Members of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church decided to set aside a day on which they would take on as many community service projects as possible to help the less fortunate in their local community. Soon other churches began to join them, and eventually churches in other communities became interested in holding similar events. The members of Snyder Memorial realized that they needed to form an organization to help these churches follow their example, and out of this the national movement Operation Inasmuch (www.operationinasmuch.org) was born. Now local communities across the country sponsor their own Operation Inasmuch events as part of this Compassion Revolution. Inasmuch United Northern Neck held its first Inasmuch United event in September 2010, covering Richmond and Westmoreland Counties. They quickly grew to include Northumberland County as well.

Volunteers of all ages will participate in a variety of projects. Construction teams will build wheelchair ramps, repair or replace steps, and perform a variety of other indoor and outdoor home repairs. Other teams will paint, deliver firewood, and do yard work. Finally, there will be teams devoted to visiting nursing homes and the homebound.

They will also hold their tenth annual Free Yard Sale on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative office building at the corner of Belleville Lane and Pine Street in Warsaw. This is like a regular yard sale except that everything is free! Guests will be able to take home a limited number of free items including clothing, toys, kitchen items, books, and small appliances.

If you would like more information or to volunteer for a project, please contact Denyse Cornell at 804-761-6961 or 804-333-3303 or email inasmuchunitednn@gmail.com. There are projects for all ages and everyone is welcome! Visit the Inasmuch United Northern Neck Facebook page at www./facebook.com/InasmuchUnitedNNK

Donations are greatly appreciated. Checks may be made payable to: Providence United Methodist Church, note in memo field – Operation Inasmuch. Mail to: Operation Inasmuch c/o Stephanie Jones, 3575 Stratford Hall Rd., Montross, VA 22520.

Community members from all around the Northern Neck come together to support

Operation Inasmuch by using their numerous skills.