We reach out to our community through participating with local partners in loving our neighbors.
Church Has Left the Building
Each year we take one Sunday to engage our world with our love for Jesus. Instead of coming together for worship, we show the love of Christ in practical ways in our community. We gather in teams across the Midlands to care for the elderly and adults with special needs, fix the homes of single moms, the elderly, and folks in low-income neighborhoods, and support local non-profits through organizing food pantries, painting offices, or landscaping their property.
Each September, our youth are involved in Project Columbia. This is a retreat where they have a blast, learn more about their faith, and put their faith in action through practical service projects.
Parents Night Out
We love families with kids who have special needs. We love them so much we throw them a party once a year. This event allows the parents to get a break for several hours while their children get to experience a camp-like environment with crafts, music, recreation, dancing, and Bible time. We also use this opportunity to give our folks who will be going to Camp Joy Belize in the summer some valuable experience.
For some reason it's much easier for guys to get to know each other with a paint brush or hammer in our hands. A couple of times a year, the guys of East Lake get together and do practical good around our church and in our community. We help with upkeep and projects on our campus, and we serve low-income families in our community by doing simple home repairs or remodeling.
Go Teams Car Show
Around Halloween, we welcome classic cars and trucks of all makes and models onto our campus. They really don't make cars like they used to. The creativity and power of these old cars is amazing! We also have great food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the Go Teams Car Show are used to fund our summer mission teams.
Pastors Henry and Elena Alfaro
The Alfaros are pastors of Centro Cristiano Reina, a Spanish-speaking church on Decker Blvd. East Lake has partnered with them to remodel their building, and they are helping us understand how to reach out to native Spanish speakers in our community.
Acts Metro works with our local school district to mentor families who are in financial or relational crisis. Our folks are involved through mentoring and volunteering in many facets throughout their organization.
Good Works serves low-income families north of Lake Murray through coordinating urgent home repair projects. We’ve partnered with Good Works for Church Has Left the Building and several Men’s Blitz projects.
Christian Alliance for Orphans of the Midlands (CAFO)
South Carolina has more than 1,000 foster kids who need homes. CAFO is an advocacy group that partners with churches to address this crisis. Currently we assist another church with a clothing and resources pantry that helps meet the material needs of foster families in our community.