By Gretchen Shults, ForColumbia Exec Team In 2016, the second year of ForColumbia, my pastor asked me if I wanted to serve as the spokesperson for our church for an upcoming day of service. He mentioned in our brief conversation the simplicity of the ForColumbia mission: To partner with other Christians in our community to […]
By Lauren Eisleben For the past six years, around this time, all three kids in our family will start asking, “When is ForColumbia?” And, “Do we get to help sort and pass out T-shirts again?” ForColumbia’s annual day of service has become a highly anticipated event on our family calendar, much like a vacation or […]
Since 2015, ForColumbia has had a single mission, namely to put time and resources to good use loving and serving our neighbors, without any agenda, as a way of glorifying Christ and living our lives for His glory. Each year, we have the privilege of loving and serving our neighbors in a very literal fashion. […]
Continuing with our Serving Sites blog series, here’s what ForColumbia director Shelly Mayer has to say whenever anyone asks her to provide one good reason to participate. I won’t just give you one reason, I’ll give you five. After six years of working with dozens of committed volunteers to organize a citywide Day of Service, […]
Enthusiasm for serving our city is growing! The ForColumbia 2021 Executive Team is so very encouraged to see it. However, we also know that Covid-19 is still a reality. As we have planned this year’s serving event, we are taking the safety and comfort of our volunteers very seriously. Therefore, we have worked hard to […]
By Shelly Mayer Director, ForColumbia 2020 As you undoubtedly are already aware, ForColumbia 2020 was scheduled to happen this Saturday, April 25th. This would have been our sixth year of loving and serving our neighbors in Columbia, Mo., and making an incredible impact in our city, all for God’s glory. That’s always been our mission […]
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) By Shelly Mayer Director, ForColumbia 2020 As the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has spread across our country and entered our own community, it has become abundantly clear that our efforts to coordinate a large-scale volunteer effort to love and serve our […]
While we are still six weeks out from our planned serving date, we want to communicate that we take this pandemic very seriously and will take the necessary measures to protect both our sites and our volunteers. We want to speak in one voice about our plans regarding the ForColumbia 2020 anticipated day of service, and the potential impact of the national – and indeed, global – emergency in which we find ourselves.
This year, ForColumbia is headed back to Demaret and its neighborhood and our hope is simply to continue to help Joyce, and Ginger, and others, deepen relationships with more of their neighbors as we all glorify our God.
“One Day of Service” Stubbornly Refuses to Stay Within Its Limited Timeframe 🙂 By Shelly Mayer Coordinator, #ForColumbia2020 Even though ForColumbia’s effort to serve our city is limited in that it is primarily an annual “day” of service, one of the many beautiful fruits that I’ve seen come out of this effort is the number […]
ForColumbia was founded in 2015 to bring Christians together to freely share the love of God by serving our community, side-by-side. We do this by organizing volunteers from Christian churches throughout mid-Missouri to serve individuals, non-profit organizations, and other public venues in an annual city-wide day of service.