Wednesday , April 02, 2014 - 10:27 PM
OGDEN — Alpine Church has put into practice some of what the pastors there preach about.
The congregation has opened the Alpine Church Outreach Center and Thrift Store at 2208 Washington Blvd.
The center offers a chance for members to serve their own community.
“We can get people in our church involved in volunteering,” said Brent Hinsley, a youth pastor at the church.
The center has been open for a few weeks, and already members have discovered a great need in the community, he said.
“If you can’t afford to do an overseas trip, you can still afford to serve here,” Hinsley said of his volunteers.
The thrift store currently is open mostly in the afternoons.
Hours vary each day, with the longest opening being Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The store is open all weekdays as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
But those involved also would like to start offering English as a Second Language classes, tutoring and a kid’s club with activities for kids in first through fifth grades on Monday nights.
Families who get there by 6 p.m. also will be offered dinner for free.
Mostly all clothing items are sold in the thrift store for $1 and shoes for $2.
“People are in disbelief,” said volunteer Kallie Sekulich about the prices. “They will say, ‘How much is this? How much is this?’ The answer is always $1.”
Hinsley said the store is not designed to make a huge profit, only to cover the costs of the building.
The new facility was made possible when Mike and Caroline Sherman retired after running The Solid Rock Cafe there for 25 years, Hinsley said.
The cafe was an effort to bring Christians of different denominations together.
The Shermans, who are members at Alpine, handed the building over to the church, Hinsley said.
Sekulich said the store is based on service.
A school-aged girl was shopping in the store Monday and couldn’t find much in her size.
Volunteers were telling her that they would be sending emails to the church’s congregations asking for donations that would fit her.
“If somebody comes in and we don’t have right what they are looking for, we will dig around until we find what they need,” said volunteer Amy Knowlton.
“It’s really amazing to see how everyone loves each other,” said Sekulich. “We are getting to know people. We know our customers by name.”
And some youths of the church also were getting their hands into service Monday.
Ten-year-old Adreana Pyne, of West Haven, said she was in the center for five hours sorting clothes last Sunday “without any breaks.”
But she said it was fun.
“It was good,” said Adreana’s 13-year-old brother Chase Knowlton.
“Helping people around here always feels good.”
“We really just want people to get to know us,” Sekulich said. “We want them to know what we are all about.”
Melanie McEvoy, who is planning to teach English as a Second Language classes, said she has found it fun to see the people from all of the different Alpine Church congregations caring about the community.
Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter at @jfrancis.
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