Area church to give away coats



Article Published: Nov. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Area church to give away coats

Pictured with his family, Chris Eidse, right, pastor of Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, is spearheading a coat giveaway for those in need.

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For Chris Eidse, his job is a vacation.

The newly minted pastor of Boone Mennonite Brethren Church is thrilled to finally call the High Country home. "I just love the Boone area," he said.

As a youth minister for the six area Mennonite Brethren Churches, he's been up and down the mountain more times than he can count. Now that he's up for good, he, along with his flock of about 50 members, is determined to make a difference where it counts most in the winter.
"We're giving away 300 coats," he said.

Thanks to partnership with City of Refuge Worship Center in Randleman, the church plans to distribute the "gently used and professionally cleaned coats" to the High Country Saturday.

"We're going to be handing out flyers this week to neighborhoods that are struggling," he said.
The coats will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"People can come in and pick out coats that fit them and try them on," he said.

Expect a relaxing atmosphere without judgment.

"We're going to have coffee and hot chocolate and make people feel great just to be here," he said. "This is our act of kindness toward people who might be needing a coat. We want to treat people well with respect and offer the service to folks."

For Eidse, service isn't just about his position as pastor.

"It's the whole practical end of my faith and of our church," he said. "One of our core values is serving ... Jesus says he didn't come to be served, he came to serve, so for us, it's key."
The giveaway happens from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Church, 161 Church St.

For more information on Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, visit http://www.northcarolinambc.org/boone.htm.

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