By Sarrah Peters
The First United Methodist Church of Rainbow City honors the veterans in the congregation every year on the Sunday before Veterans Day. This year during the service, the congregation was called upon to do more for the veterans of the community.
The churchgoers were told about the Greenlight a Vet program. According to the Greenlight a Vet website, “It’s hard to show [veterans] the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.” The color green is meant to represent hope and renewal. Across the nation, over three million people have supported the veterans with green lights.
To support the program, the congregation picked up 300 light bulbs. About 20 excited members of the congregation met on Tuesday, November 10 at the church. The members then passed out in the lightbulbs in three different neighborhoods.
“We wanted to have a ministry for veterans especially those who are transitioning back to civilian life,” said Pastor Lynn Dimon.
The church is also hosting a competitive food drive for holiday food. The bins show support for the Auburn and Alabama football teams. Whichever bin receives the most food wins for the football team.
As far as community outreach, Dimon says that the church is “trying to do more and more.”