In the absence of a pastor, I am preaching weekly at our local Evangelical Free church, a split from one of the ifb churches some years back. Today we hosted the 11th annual Free Car Care Clinic for single moms. Idea is that single moms are often having a tough time getting everything done, working, raising kids, etc. Most can't do much other than turn a key, and some have really tight budget constraints. So our men and volunteers from 20 other churches set up ramps and change oil, lube, antifreeze, belts, filters and minor repairs. It is a ministry of "a cup of cold water" to many of these struggling gals. We advertise it to the single moms, then also promote it in our own church and kindred groups, and local auto parts places and service 100+ cars today. I was a part-time "parts runner" - for the odd filter, belt or such. I had a mechanical bypass at age 10 and can't even check air pressure without soiling myself . . . We give out a packet of "stuff" - info on the church, Awana clubs for kids, a wonderful small book that is a great evangelism tool, food pantry, small group, single mom's bible study, etc. Also have our whole basement set up with donated clothes. In the auditorium (we have cushioned stack-chairs so it becomes a multi-purpose sanctuary) we had refreshments, tables, games, face painting, etc. The wife baked cookies, we have videos (Veggie Tale) playing and teens working with kids while mom's enjoy coffee and look thru clothing while waiting for the car. All the workers enjoyed lunch courtesy of a number of churches' ladies groups and the Dairy Queen provided hamburgers. Then clean up and a roast supper at 5 tonight as a thank you for their efforts. Now I am ifb and have NEVER seen this kind of community ministry in my ranks. But enjoy the good spirit of the folks here. Sadly, not one "team" of the 16 that worked on cars were from Baptist churches. We had our own men, of course, and groups from the Missionary Alliance, Bible Church, Church of God, Assemblies, etc join us. Just wondering if any have come across this sort of ministry? We will follow up each contact as much as they desire, including a visit and invite to a single-mothers tea later in the fall.