Serve Thurston exists to motivate, mobilize, and equip the Church of Thurston County toward a sustained effort of meeting crucial felt needs within our cities as an expression of Christ’s love for all people.
The principles that drive Serve Thurston are as old as the Scriptural mandates to care for those in need and as current as the challenges that face so many vulnerable people in Thurston County today. This is not new! Congregations of Christ following, loving, believers have served vital needs for many years in our community. From providing local food banks with the food items they need, school cleanups, or programs for children & youth, the Church has always been there because the Church cares. Nearly five years ago, Serve Thurston was born out of a desire among local pastors to raise the bar of serving as our community faced greater needs than ever before. More than 150 pastors, business leaders, and ministry leaders met over lunch with city officials and school district administrators from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Yelm. The agenda was simple. “What can we do to help?” With the support and advice from those civic leaders and encouragement from Serve Thurston churches began engaging as never before. Today many schools have church partners who provide supplies to children who can’t afford them, volunteer in classrooms, and fill many other “resource gaps” in our schools. Responding to a desperate need in the foster care system, loving families from several congregations have stepped up to care for these precious children who need love, stability, and a home. If you or your congregation are looking for ways to serve in your community Serve Thurston is eager to connect you with opportunity, training, and contact with those already serving in the area God is calling you to. Just click on the “Get Involved” tab and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible.
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have sent you…Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”