By Amy Woodard
The View Church members are committed to giving people a great view of Jesus Christ. “We are going outside of our doors to show God’s love,” states pastor Rob Rutherford. For the past several years, The View Church has demonstrated its love of people by hosting events ranging from free car washes to free oil changes. This year, members wanted to impact the SouthShore community in a lasting way, and, thus, the idea of “The Big Give” was born.The Big Give will be a day of labor given to Vance Vogel Park. Thousands of children, including The East Bay Little League, use the park on a weekly basis. Nelson Russo, vice president of East Bay Little League, explains that county budget cuts have really hurt the park, and, now, the county is only able to mow the lawn and relies on volunteers to maintain the facilities. Russo states, “It’s cool that people are reaching out to help us. It’s back to basics since the budget cuts, and we need people to support our little leagues. We can use all the help we can get.” The Big Give will be held on Sunday, January 10, at Vance Vogel Park. The View Church will congregate on-site at 9:30 a.m. for worship and will begin service projects by 10:15 a.m. Rutherford encourages everyone to get involved in The Big Give. “We want the community to come together and make this a better place. You don’t need to join the church, just lend a helping hand.” Projects planned for The Big Give include rehanging screens, replacing netting, painting, field maintenance and much more. The park is also in dire need of plumbing repairs, new concrete around the concession stands and roof repairs on storage buildings. Organizers of the event are praying for someone to volunteer their services for these particular projects. Anyone coming to help out on January 10 is encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring any supplies such as shovels and rakes with them. Vance Vogel Park is located at 13010 Bullfrog Creek Rd. in Gibsonton.The next season of East Bay Little League begins in February. For more information, check out eastbayll.org. For more information on The Big Give, contact Nelson Russo at 505-0326 or Rutherford at 230-3967. The View Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m. at Summerfield Elementary in Riverview.