Seventh-day Adventist churches in Pierce County hosted a family- and health-focused community impact service event on the Ruston Way waterfront in August where more than 1,000 people attended.
Each participating church from the Tacoma, Wash., area wanted to create a common ground appeal with the local community, and developed the "Growing Healthy Families" fair to creatively share the Adventist-health message.
The accessible and interactive fair featured vendors such as the Adventist Book Center, Adventist Health van, Southern Touch food booth, Discovery Bible School, a massage tent, WIC program, Samoan nurses, prayer tent, Santana Fitness, MultiCare, American Heart Association, Premier Foot Care, Pathfinders and more.
"As Seventh-day Adventists, we have a Spirit-led directive to improve the health and quality of life of the families in our community that we serve," says Donna Manier, from the Mt. Tahoma (Wash.) Church, who coordinated the event. "By evaluating the immediate needs and through partnerships, we are able to reach out to our neighbors through a wide range of health programs and health educational services."