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Piqua Partners with Area Church for Citywide Project

May 14, 2013  - Piqua, Ohio

“Great communities are built by great people, great businesses, but most importantly great organizations, such as churches," explained Piqua Development Program Manager William Lutz. The city of Piqua welcomes area businesses, non-profits and churches who choose to come alongside as neighborhood partners during the city's third annual citywide spring spruce-up, The Big Day on Saturday, May 8 from 8am-1pm.

Lutz shared, “We are very excited to have Ginghamsburg Church be part of Piqua's The Big Day. Faith communities like Ginghamsburg bring huge hearts full of passion to their work, and they play a vital role in community life. Communities that don’t engage churches are missing a vital piece of their community fabric. We are blessed Ginghamsburg has reached out to us, and we look forward to developing a strong relationship with them in the future.”

Ginghamsburg Church is partnering with several other groups for The Big Day event. Ginghamsburg Executive Pastor of Discipleship and New Church Development Dave Hood explained why a Tipp City-based church wants to partner with Piqua. Hood said, "Our church has a mission to serve alongside of our neighbors and help our communities in the Miami Valley grow. We are excited to be a part of what God has planned for the community in Piqua."

Residents, clubs, civic groups and organizations are participating to help clean up and revitalize Piqua. Currently, Ginghamsburg Church has over 130 servants signed up to attend the event this Saturday, and the number continues to grow every day. The volunteers are meeting at Ginghamsburg Church Saturday morning and then driving to locations all over the city of Piqua. A community picnic will be held at 12pm at Mote Park for everyone.

Residents and groups are encouraged to register for the event at piquaoh.org to participate in The Big Day. Individuals can also contact William Lutz at 937.778.2062 or via email at blutz@piquaoh.org.

About Ginghamsburg Church

Ginghamsburg Church is committed to changing the world, serving over 40,000 people annually in Miami and Montgomery Counties through its outreach services. Since 2005, the congregation has invested $6.1 million into sustainable humanitarian projects in the Sudan. A member of the West Ohio Conference of United Methodist Churches, the church has an average annual weekly attendance of 4,632 with church campuses located at Fort McKinley - 3721 W. Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, OH 45406 and The Point, 506 E. Main Street, Trotwood, OH 5406. For more information about Ginghamsburg Church, visit our website— ginghamsburg.org.

Changing the world … one community at a time

Across the United States and around the world, United Methodists and their neighbors rolled up their sleeves, left the four walls of the church building and went to work on the fourth annual Change the World weekend, May 18-19.

Some congregations and other groups registered their events with Rethink Church, though the total most likely exceeded that number as excitement grew and people got involved at the last minute.

And projects ran the gamut as volunteers raised awareness and funds for Imagine No Malaria, sponsored health fairs, planted community gardens and collected food for the hungry, coordinated neighborhood cleanups, gathered books for literacy programs, participated in 5K runs and reached out in hundreds of other ways.

In the process, people learned that United Methodists don’t just assemble for worship on Sunday morning. They are the hands and feet of Jesus seven days a week, inviting people into a relationship with God.