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Trinity Church reaches out to the community

caines | 3/7/2013, 4:30 a.m.

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Center partnered with Joyce Meyer at Hope Jam

On Saturday afternoon, about one thousand people left Trinity Church with their hands full of groceries, some with new hair cuts and others after receiving free medical care. Many smiled as though they were walking away with hope. And helping those in need feel hopeful was the very reason Trinity Church Peacemakers Family Center partnered with Hand of Hope, the international outreach component of Joyce Meyer Ministries, to organize a large-scale community outreach benefit called Hope Jam. Meyer, who preached at the churchs 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday worship services, walked around and greeted attendees at the Hope Jam. Attendees were all welcomed to receive free food, free health and dental screenings, free haircuts and more than 2,000 bags of groceries were distributed. Also, there was live music, carnival rides and face painting. There were information booths at the event, which connected community members with helpful resources throughout the community and beneficial services that the Peacemakers Family Center provides, such as: Job placement services, social service counseling, unemployment insurance benefit counseling, parenting education and other services. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the event, even the volunteers. Lourdie Pierre, a member of Trinity for about six years and Jennifer Hubbard, who has been attending the church a lot recently, volunteered at Hope Jam as greeters. I think its a beautiful thing because it brings out the best in everyone, Pierre said. Everybody wants to help, and when youre volunteering you get to make new friends. Pastor Linda Freeman, executive director of Peacemaker Family Center, said the goal of the event was to provide hope to the community, spiritually, as well as physically and emotionally. We are about serving, giving, sharing, loving, and showing the love of God in a tangible way, Freeman said. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.comPhotos by Renee Mills