Agape Church Kingdom Dominion Ministries will hold a semiformal dinner fundraiser at 7 p.m. April 14 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N.
The event will raise funds for projects aimed at improving the community through encouraging everyone to do good works.
"It's dealing with random acts of compassion that we display toward each other, that effects change for each other," said Bishop Madai Taylor of Agape Church.
"We would also like to produce drug-free zone signs to post in the Pleasant Valley community. That's what we want our community to be recognized for," Taylor said.
He said part of the money will also go to update the church's computer lab.
"We have a lab for people who don't have computers, both children and adults. They use the lab to do homework or whatever they need."
The church is also starting to give computer lessons, he said.
Taylor said the dinner will feature live music provided by Rodney Richardson, a keyboard artist from Waterloo. The speaker for the evening will be Second Baptist Pastor DC Darensbourg.
"We're asking a $40 donation per ticket," Taylor said. "It would be good to call and make a reservation. We can only seat about 80 to 100 people at the most."
The number for reservations is 576-4256.
Taylor said the message of helping others was vital to improving the community.
"The reason is, I think most of the problems with our community are not necessarily political or financial as much as attitude," he said. "Until we look at our attitude about how we're perceiving each other, and our willingness to change how we may be perceiving each other, to be better neighbors, we'll have a problem helping one another, serving one another, doing what is good for each other."
He said changes that make a big difference could be very small.
"This is not about raising $500 to feed the poor, or donating $1,000 to some organization. It's small things like moving snow from somebody's sidewalk, looking at a single parent and volunteering some big brother time, helping provide food for someone, maybe buy a bag of groceries once a month. Small things you can do to help someone else and at the same time changing their attitudes and your attitude as well about yourself."
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