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River City Church cleans up along Fourth Plain Boulevard

The Columbian
Published: September 16, 2023, 5:27am

FOURTH PLAIN — River City Church “cancels” its regular church service every second Sunday of every month in order to do community service projects instead, and invites all interested individuals, including nonmembers, to take part. The church takes care of logistics and supplies needed for each project (in this case: trash bags, gloves, trash pickers), so participants can just show up and serve.

“These are not just activities for our congregation; these are calls for community participation,” Pastor Ryan Sidhom said. “We regularly invite local businesses and organizations to join hands with us in these endeavors, either by volunteering or by contributing supplies.”

The church held a community service project on Sept. 12. The congregation spent the day picking up trash along Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard. This initiative is inspired by the church’s mission to engage with community through love and compassion.

“We believe that worship is not confined within the four walls of a church building; it is an act that extends to the care we show for our community and our environment,” Sidhom said. “This service project provides a fantastic opportunity for our congregation to put their faith into action.”

River City Church has been serving the Rose Village Neighborhood in Vancouver for four years. For more information, visit rivercityvancouver.com.