Members of Elkhart church devoted to making a difference in the community

ELKHART, Ind. -– Members of a local church are putting a new meaning to the phrase, ‘practice what you preach.’ On this Sunday, Oct. 16, following the 10 a.m. service, First Presbyterian Church will hold their third annual Take It to the Street event, a day-long initiative to make a positive difference in the community by volunteering at various schools and non-profit organizations in Elkhart.

Last year’s Take It to the Street involved 147 volunteers who spent a day helping out at community sites including Beardsley School, Church Community Services, Center for Hope and Healing, Elkhart County Youth for Christ/Lifeline, Faith Mission, Real Services, Salvation Army, Samaritan Center, Susanna’s Kitchen and Women’s Shelter. The volunteers performed various tasks based on the current needs of each organization, including home repairs, lawn care, preparing and serving food, childcare, photography, and anything that needed an extra set of hands.

“I think sometimes people get caught up in the routine of going to church,” said Lain Ruch Downs, a member of First Presbyterian Church who participated in Take It to the Street. “But it’s important to remember that our faith teaches us to be good to each other. Take It to the Street is our way of practicing what we preach to make a real difference in the community.”

First Presbyterian Church provides a peaceful, welcoming forum for people in the greater Elkhart community to discover what it means to be a Christian in today's world. Through supportive relationships and enriching fellowships, classes and programs, First Presbyterian Church helps men, women, couples, families, seniors, youth and children nurture a deeper faith and develop a clearer vision for Christian life that can make a positive difference in the world. For more information, visit


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