A Liverpool church's sermon series on "walking" or living according to the pattern set by Jesus and His first followers inspired the congregation to collect more than 400 pairs of shoes for needy people. Liverpool Community Church, 800 Fourth St., recently donated the shoes to the Rescue Mission in Syracuse.
Lead Pastor Stephen Macaluso delivered sermons last November under the theme "Modern Day Disciples." His teachings centered on walking like Christ and His original disciples. Church members decided to collect all kinds of footwear, including sandals that are similar to those used in the first century but also slippers, boots, sneakers and other kinds of shoes.
Rescue Mission Spiritual Life Director Matt Crawford made arrangements with Associate Pastor Justin Campbell to pick up the more than 400 pairs of gently used footwear. They were delivered to the Rescue Mission's Clothing Outreach Program at 200 Gifford St., where individuals and families are provided with clothing and household goods in a store-like setting and according to certain income guidelines.
"It's outpourings of generosity, such as this one displayed by Liverpool Community Church, which help the Rescue Mission meet the everyday essentials of our neediest neighbors," Crawford said.