By: Carlos Medley, for North American Division News, and Adventist Review, courtesy Adventist Review
One of many quotes Martin Luther King Jr. is known for goes like this: “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
The members of the Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland, United States, answer that question each month with major community service projects that have caught the notice of local and state government leaders.
The congregation recently received a citation from the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) for its “Brinklow Cares” initiative. Presented by Pamela Queen, member of the Maryland House of Delegates, during a Saturday (Sabbath) morning service, the document read, “Sincerest congratulations are offered to Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in recognition of your outstanding community support and assistance to those less fortunate, poor and disadvantaged in Montgomery County, Maryland.”
Brinklow Cares includes a comprehensive array of service opportunities for church members, including volunteering at clothing and food distribution centers, visiting nursing homes and sick church members, or sending greeting card messages. The church has designated the second Saturday (Sabbath) of the month as an outreach day. Worship services are shortened, and church members are expected to go out and serve.