And Jesus said to him,’You go, and do likewise.’

By Shelly Mayer ForColumbia 2019 Coordinator ForColumbia 2019 is now nearly three weeks in the rearview mirror and, as we wrap up all of the post-event activities, I can’t help but return to this year’s recap video over and over. Being “the hands and feet of Jesus” is a phrase that threatens to sound over-used, […]

How Important is Prayer to ForColumbia?

By Brooke Bassett Prayer is an integral – and growing – part of our efforts to love and serve the members of our community. As Christians, we believe that the Lord is always listening when we call out to Him (1 John 5:14) and that He loves hearing from his sons and daughters. We believe […]

Working Side-by-Side: Distant Past and Present Day

Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, has been a resident of Columbia since 1968 and is able to provide a unique perspective on ForColumbia’s annual day of service.

FAQ for Volunteering with #ForColumbia2019

Hi, everyone! As we begin recruiting volunteers for the work we’ve lined up to accomplish this year on Saturday, April 27, we wanted to provide easy answers to some of the most-frequently-asked questions we’ve gotten in the past. Individual/Family Registration Now Open: SIGN UP NOW How can I make sure I am assigned to serve […]

The Ongoing Impact of ‘One Day of Service’

The basketball court looked as though it had been abandoned for decades. The chain link fence that surrounded it on two sides was completely overgrown with weeds and brush, leaning in places as scrub trees wove themselves into the fence. The asphalt was in particularly rough shape, cracked in multiple places where weeds thrived in […]

Spending Our Time Counter-Culturally, ForColumbia Fosters New Friendships

Now in its fifth year, ForColumbia is an annual effort by dozens of Christian churches in our city to share God’s love by serving our community, side by side. Sometimes “loving our community well” means serving one of the many non-profits in Boone County that work hard every day to make a difference in the […]

A Mercifully-Brief Guide to Effective Use of Social Media During #ForColumbia2018

This coming weekend, in addition to many things to do, there will be many things to document. One of the more fun fringe benefits associated with serving during ForColumbia is the sheer number of great photo opportunities that invariably come our way. While we encourage everyone to focus primarily on the task at hand – […]

ForColumbia 2018 Kick-Off Celebration Set for Friday, April 27th

“Party in the Park” Will Feature Live Music, Fun for the Kids and Big Daddy’s BBQ By Shelly Mayer 2018 Event Coordinator As we enter the final week of ForColumbia 2018 preparations, the excitement level is rising! We’ve had dozens and dozens of people working hard to plan this year’s day of serving on Saturday, […]

Putting Real Names, Faces and Needs to God’s Clear Command

By Shelly Mayer #ForColumbia 2018 Event Coordinator “Why do we send volunteers every year to work at the homes of individuals in our city? How do we identify the people we serve?” Every year I field questions that, behind the words, express a concern about the wisdom of helping people by “doing for them.” I […]

New for 2018: ‘Tiny Green Thumbs’

Family-Friendly Serving Project Keeps Kids Safe and Builds Relationships For 2018, ForColumbia’s Executive Team has been working to implement a widening range of serving opportunities to fit literally anyone who wants to volunteer. One opportunity we’d like to highlight this year is a family service project we’re calling “Tiny Green Thumbs.” When He gave His […]