Lufkin church members help out elderly with a new roof

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin church is trying to help out an elderly woman in the community.

The hope of First Baptist Church Lufkin is to show the community that their members do more than just attend church on Sunday.

"Part of the mission of the church is to not only reach out to our church members but also help in the community that have odd jobs that they have around their house," member Mark Morris said.

When adults from the church heard that one of their own needed help, they gladly stepped up.

"She's a dear lady in our church and she has meant so much to so many people, and not that we feel obligated but we just do it because we love her," Children's Minister James Craft said.

The homeowner Elizabeth Hearne said she was hesitant at first to take the help but that it shows the character of the volunteers.

"Time is a very special thing and they don't have that much time away from work and it's just, just really, really special," Hearne said.

Some of the volunteers have experience, but leaders on site say it is not needed.

"There's people that come out that just pick shingles off the ground and haul them to the dumpster," member David Sanders said.

When the three days is over, the group of volunteers hopes they do more than just a physical job.

"This is the job of the church to be the hands and feet," Craft. "Getting out in the community to help people and do things to show that we love our community."

Members are hoping this is not just a onetime deal... And that more projects like this will be taken on in the community.

The group plans on putting in another 8 hour day Saturday. The group hopes that by 5 pm on Sunday, the project will be completed.

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