Because He Cares.
Members of the church congregation began a week-long ministry in the community Monday. Dressed in their lime green shirts with "Because He Cares" on the back, volunteers with "Tate Baptist Cares" went to work early at a pair of Alcorn County Schools and other places around Corinth.
"We have people who have taken a week of vacation to be part of this," said church pastor Bro. Mickey Trammel.
Twelve teams were comprised as the church took on projects throughout the community. Each team leader was asked to come up with their own projects to be done this week.
"Tate Baptist Cares" started over the weekend. Some 25 volunteers with the church did some mowing, weed eating and cleaning up at Forrest Memorial Park.
"They have someone to come in once a month since the state took over the cemetery," said Trammel. "After Saturday, we have decided to adopt the project and come in behind the person who had been hired."
Church members also gave away water and did face painting for kids during the weekend's Slugburger Festival in downtown.
"Team leaders really came up with some nice projects," added the pastor. "There is something for people of every age to do."
Trammel, his wife Lianne and Tom Kennedy were busy at Alcorn Central Elementary School on Monday. The trio were scraping paint off parts of the building's exterior for repainting.
Around 10 more church goers were also busy painting three classrooms at Biggersville High School.
"The Bible tells us to help others," said team leader Brandon Kennedy. "I had planned to take a week of vacation last week to go with the youth to World Changers, but several road blocks brought me here where God wanted me."
Kennedy was one of three volunteers who took off from work to help during the week.
"My heart is in missions and I like the community projects," said Kennedy, who had around six young helpers. "I want them (younger kids) to see it's important to help others."
"We are here to be a witness," added Tom Kennedy, a member of Trammel's led Dream Team. "I hope this shows how much we care about the community."
Former school teacher Linda Moore was back helping at her former BHS school.
"God lays things out there for you to do," she said while taking a break from painting a classroom wall. "People in our own backyard need help and it's time we as adults set a good example for our younger people in serving others."
Teams have taken on service projects such as cleaning the Hope Dream Center, the former location of Tate Baptist, along with paining projects at Kossuth High School and the Corinth Sportsplex.
Tonight and Wednesday night the church plans to host a fish fry for firemen, policemen, deputies and other emergency workers.
Cleaning of city properties and a community movie night have also been planned for the week.
"I love what we are doing," said Tate Baptist Youth Minister Daniel Jones. "Missions is where God got hold of me and changed my life."
Jones would like for the Tate projects to spark more churches to begin their own event.
"Hometown missions is where churches are lacking," he said. "Next year, I would love to hear about some other church donating time to serve in the community … it takes the congregation of the church to say we want to go out and do this."
Sunday night team leaders and workers will get a chance to share reports from the week.
Trammel hopes teams and Sunday School classes at Tate will take over the role of doing something once a month around the community. The church plans to continue to blitz the area one week every July.
"We are the ones getting the greatest blessing out of this," said Trammel. "We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others."