VISTA–North Coast Church is canceling all church services this weekend in an epic effort to unleash compassion on North County through 250 community improvement projects—from Libby Lake to Camp Pendleton, Escondido’s Aster Street, the Carlsbad Barrio and beyond.
North County should expect to see about 7,000 church volunteers in light green shirts sprucing up and renovating parks, public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters. Collectively, they estimate to complete $1.5 million in billable labor over 48 hours.
Oceanside’s Libby Lake is one neighborhood the church wanted to encourage.
“The young girl who died in the latest shooting was one of our teens,” said Jimmy Sigueroa, coordinator for Project Reach for teens at the Libby Lake Resource Center. “It really affected us, and the teens want to respond in a positive way. This service day comes at just the right time.”
The teens in his program will work alongside North Coast volunteers Saturday morning 8 a.m.-noon to paint the Center’s teen room. They will also build desks for the community computer room where the kids work on homework, job resumes and college applications.
“I’m so happy my kids will be working with North Coast,” Sigueroa said. “This shows people care about these kids and want to invest in their future. The kids are really excited about taking ownership of this serve day.”
Similar projects are planned for every corner of North County San Diego. Lighter-duty projects include a professional free spa day for low-income women and a Gigantic Garage Sale engulfing the church parking lot.
“Our faith is not just about what we believe. It’s about what we do,” said Charlie Bradshaw, North Coast Church executive pastor. “It’s about following Jesus’ example to live out our faith and show our community love in tangible ways. Everyone is getting involved and helping make this happen. It’s an amazing team effort.”
This is North Coast’s fourth Weekend of Service, which is a biennial event. North Coast Church is a Bible-based, multi-site church with campuses in Vista, Carlsbad and Fallbrook, California. Approximately 9,000 people attend weekend services, including about 300 professional painters, landscapers, contractors and more who will donate free skills this weekend.