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Students Join Lancaster Surprise Church Service

by Office of Marketing | May 21, 2014
Victory Church volunteers
On Sunday, March 30, Pastor Curt Seaburg preached his shortest sermon to date at Victory Church in Lancaster, Pa. The message was simple and to the point: If the Church claims to be Jesus’ hands and feet, then it should act like it. Fifteen minutes into the service, Pastor Seaburg surprised the congregation by challenging them to go and serve. The day was part of an effort to serve locally in Victory Church’s ongoing project, “Love Lancaster.”
 
Pastor Seaburg’s wife, Pam, organized the event. Inspired by her visit to another church’s community service day, Pam brought the idea to the church she and her husband lead. Four years later, the vision became a reality. More than 900 volunteers, including 11 students from Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC), visited different sites around Lancaster and served in love. The students sang hymns at the Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, wrote encouraging cards to the students and teachers at Lafayette Elementary School, and also wrote uplifting cards to hospitalized children. 
 
Senior Kiersten Seaburg was excited to see her parents’ vision come together, as well as the support from the young church that her father leads. “It was amazing to see those people stand behind him,” she said. 
 
With the positive response from the community and the congregation, Pastor Seaburg and Pam look forward to continuing to encourage and challenge others to serve in the community on their own, throughout the week.