Sherwood Church provides overnight shelter through Sunday

Thanks to power provided by two generators, Sherwood Baptist Church is operational. The church is now providing a place of relief to those still without power in the area and will hold church services on Sunday.

Beginning Friday, January 6, the gym at Sherwood will be open as a Good Samaritan Shelter from 7 p.m. – 9 a.m. Anyone needing shelter as freezing temperatures arrive can come to the gym, using the Barnesdale Way side entrance; maximum capacity is 100 people.

“We are thankful that the Lord has allowed us to find generators for the church so we can provide hope for our community – physically, emotionally and spiritually,” said Pastor of Family Ministries John Spencer. “In times of stress, it is important to find moments of ‘normal.’ Being able to provide spiritual and emotional shelter can be as critical as physical shelter. So, we will have church services and Sunday School this Sunday to provide our community with the opportunity to come find out about the hope that drives us and can sustain them.”

Ways to be involved:

  • To volunteer with the Samaritan Shelter at Sherwood, call the main church line at 229-883-1910.
  • If you need shelter in our area, come to the gym at Sherwood (2201 Whispering Pines Road) from 7 p.m. – 9 a.m., using the Barnesdale Way side entrance. Maximum capacity at this shelter is 100 people.

Moments after the storm subsided on January 2nd, Sherwood Baptist Church members were serving by bringing people into their homes for shelter, offering hope and prayers. Senior Pastor Michael Catt, along with the pastors of FBC Albany, Gillionville Baptist and Mt. Zion, began to formulate plans within the hour. Beginning Tuesday morning, church members moved into the hardest hit areas offering food, water and coffee to first responder crews. Sherwood began to connect with Samaritan’s Purse, The Georgia Baptist Relief leaders as well as city and county officials to make sure efforts weren’t duplicated.

While the church did not have power until Friday, its Missions Center in the old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant did. This became the Operations Center for Samaritans Purse as well as the collection point for water and other essentials for people in the damaged areas. Sherwood is very grateful for the partnership with Mt. Zion, Friendship Baptist Church, FBC Albany, FBC Leesburg, Gillionville, Porterfield, Byne, Church of the Groves and many others. It is a blessing to see the Body of Christ coming together to serve our community.

Here are some of the ways members and volunteers have been at work this week:

  • More than 10,000 volunteer hours cleaning up yards, getting trees off of houses and tarps covering holes in roofs
  • Thousands of meals prepared and delivered in cooperation with the Red Cross
  • Thousands of cases of water collected and distributed, both by our teams and by many other relief organizations in the community
  • Helping organize a Good Samaritan Shelter Plan for Albany; Sherwood is one of at least 8 churches participating
  • Partnering with more than a dozen other churches and pastors at the Coke Plant

Ways to help at the Coke Plant:

  • To donate water or blankets and bedding for the shelter, take it to the Coke Plant at 925 Pine Avenue.
  • To volunteer to help with clean up, come to the Coke Plant Monday – Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. to get involved with a Samaritan’s Purse Team.

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