“LOVE SAN CLEMENTE” AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS
Four local churches gathered over 50 volunteers to show what could happen if believers put their faith in action. Love San Clemente, the brain child of Pastor Holland Davis of Worship Life Calvary Chapel San Clemente, contributed more than $ 10,000.00 in completed projects, labor and supplies to Shore Cliffs Middle School and the City of San Clemente.
Love San Clemente, as reported by Jason Chung in the Orange County Register, is a seven day community service project that included Cornerstone Community Church, San Clemente Presbyterian Church, Southcoast Church International and Worship Life Calvary Chapel San Clemente. Love San Clemente launched with a food drive with bags donated by local San Clemente grocers including Ralph’s, Trader Joes and Stater Brothers. Over 450 bags were distributed and food collected was donated to Family Assistance Ministries, a community outreach that redistributes over $ 2.1 million in food to the hungry in South Orange County. Holland Davis says, “We were told that food donations over the summer months are extremely low so we felt that this would be the best way to begin Love San Clemente… by meeting the needs of the poor.”
On Monday, volunteers dusted cabinets, washed dishes and cleaned ovens and refrigerators in the student kitchen at Shorecliff’s Middle School. Chris Smith, pastor of Southcoast Church International says, “ The city uses this kitchen for after school programs and with budget cuts and growing classroom sizes we wanted to help out this teacher that does such a great job for the school.” Love San Clemente is looking for working refrigerators and ovens to replace the old non-working appliances used by San Clemente students.
On Tuesday through Thursday, volunteers picked up trash, cleaned and painted two city buildings in the former San Clemente Municipal Trap and Skeet Range so they can be used for weddings and other events. Former members of the Gun Club that used the Skeet Range commented on what a blessing it was to see people who cared for this part of San Clemente history. On Friday, volunteers arrived at Family Assistance Ministries and helped sort clothes, organize closets with professional outfits for women going to job interviews and packing food for distribution.
Love San Clemente finished by honoring one of the military families with a special needs child who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with free tickets to the Dodger Game where the family was able to attend the Dodger’s batting practice and meet the players for autographs.
The idea of Love San Clemente began when Pastor Holland Davis of Worship Life Calvary Chapel San Clemente went to the City of San Clemente and asked what his church could do to help. “We wanted to show people the love of God in practical ways,” Davis said. Chris Smith, who works part time as a recreation specialist for the city said he knew of needs that weren’t being met because of city budget constraints and challenged Holland to expand his vision to include more churches in San Clemente. This resulted in four churches from various denominational backgrounds joining together for seven days of community service showing God’s love to San Clemente… hence Love San Clemente.
According to Davis, “This is our first year and we hope to do this every year.” Ron Sukut, Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church says, “San Clemente is such a cool town. We really do love our city and it was a blast getting together with others who wanted to give back to this beautiful place we call “home. We’re looking forward to next time.” Davis says, “I hope what we’ve done in San Clemente will inspire other churches to look for practical ways to organize as the Body of Christ and show God’s love to their cities in practical ways. Wouldn’t it be awesome if next year we could do Love California and just love bomb the entire state?”
For more information on Love San Clemente you can visit lovesanclemente.com. Thanks goes to Jason Chung with the Orange County Register for his contribution to this article.
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