Omak Members Ring Bells

by Daryl Jacobson

Ethan Hartzell with parents Derek and Sara Hartzell.
Ethan Hartzell helped his parents ring the bell. 
Debbie and George Grable participate in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
The Adriane Tomarere family provide music as well as bell ringing.

OMAK, Wash., January 12, 2017  -  The Omak (Wash.) Church has been ringing bells for the Salvation Army since 2012. Every Sunday, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 in the morning until six in the evening, church members are standing outside the door of Walmart. Along with the sound of the bells, shoppers may hear musical instruments, or hymns and carols being sung.

Since the Omak Adventist Church worship is on Sabbath, the members are free on Sunday. They are the only participating church that gathers donations for the Salvation Army on Sunday.

These past years, all of the Salvation Army donations, raised in our community, have been returned to the community by this fine organization.

These funds are distributed monthly through the Gospel-based Manfisher Ministry. Along with hot meals and clothing, this street-level ministry offers the homeless population vouchers for housing, transportation, and additional survival necessities. The all-volunteer ministry makes sure that prayer, with those in need, is included in each step of assistance.

Members of the Omak church who are involved in this ministry say, "Our church’s bell ringing participation has been a rewarding experience. It has helped us, as a church, to be more visible in the community, widen our involvement with the homeless, and strengthen our relationship with other churches.

The Salvation Army mission in a nutshell is: "Doing The Most Good." They operate 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. Their work is funded through kettle donations.

To learn more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, go to: www.mywaytoJesus.com.