Free food, health screenings and haircuts will be offered as two Evans churches begin a Third Saturday ministry this weekend..
Based on a program started by a Florida church, Mosaic United Methodist and Christ the King Lutheran Church’s assistance program is expected to be held monthly.
“Columbia County doesn’t have as much (of these services),” said Susan Niklinski, Third Saturday coordinator and Mosaic UMC member. “We want to help people in need.”
Various community organizations will contribute services, including United Way of the CSRA, Augusta Technical College, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Christ Community Health Services, Georgia Institute of Cosmetology and United Behavioral Health Link, Niklinski said.
“Everyone within the community that we reached out to has been very receptive to helping us by offering their services or helping us get the word out to those in need,” Niklinski said.
A Mosaic member will educate attendees about government services, while a member from each church will help with resume writing and job searches.
Members of both churches have donated food and diapers and will be available for prayer. One prayer team member is Lou Reda, the president of the Christ the King church council and former Director of Columbia County Cares food bank.
“Prayer is near and dear to my heart,” he said. “I’m still there to help with (the food) part, my wife Cindy is part of the food team.
“The best thing is just to listen to people.”
In the works for more than a year, Third Saturday is based on a program started by Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., whose pastor is a friend of Mosaic pastor Carolyn Moore, Niklinski said.
Mosaic already had been involved in missions to help provide food, and its members thought it was time to take a step forward, Niklinski said, and sought help from its neighboring church.
Reda said he sees a need for Third Saturday.
“A lot of people need help,” he said. “With this economy, people need food help. We have so many different things to offer.”
This event is planned for every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We are starting out slow and growing with need,” Niklinski said. “We’ll be there for as long as it takes.”
The event will be held at Mosaic, at 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd. just off Evans-to-Locks Road.
For more information, call (706) 650-9187.