BY: RACHEL SMITH
Goodness… when I started this blog post, I thought it would be a fun little fluff piece about an upcoming ice cream social. As I began to research, to really dig into the meat and potatoes of the organization, I realized it had turned into so much more. Something deeper, more profound.
Many of you may have seen this organization around, serving up complimentary hot chocolate at Christmas by the Lake. Or maybe you noticed a flyer posted in your local church, but never thought much of it. Well, by the end of this article, you’ll be profoundly knowledgeable of IFCA and all they do in our community.
IFCA – the Interfaith Fellowship for Community Action – was formed in 1972. At this time, the amount of transients passing through town had become rather high. Being Clear Lake is at the crossroads of a major highway (HWY 18) and an interstate (I-35), it’s not an uncommon thing. As people wander to their next location, they often take a break in towns they pass through, stopping for something to eat or a place to stay.
Some of the less fortunate, however, were not able to afford such amenities. IFCA stepped in to lend them a hand, get them back on their feet and on to their next adventure.
The group then contacted local churches to gain support and grow their mission. As of today, the following churches are members of IFCA:
Agape Christian Family Church
Church of Christ
Community of Christ
Evangelical Free Church
First Congregational Church
Galilean Lutheran Church
Harvest Bible Chapel
First Church of the Open Bible
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
United Methodist Church
Zion Lutheran Church
There are also additional representatives from the Clear Lake Schools Student & Family Services, as well as One Vision. All working together to lend a hand, to offer their help and support to those in the community or those just passing through who need assistance.
With all these members providing volunteers, IFCA is able to do so much for our community and surrounding area. For example, they are in charge of providing the Baccalaureate Service for graduating Senior’s each year. They support various local food banks, as well as Share Life summer kids program and Meals on Wheels. They are also involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and the Northern Lights Men’s Shelter.
So how can you get involved? It’s easy. To be a representative of your church, simply attend an IFCA meeting. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday during September, November, January, March and May at noon. Also, sign-up sheets are sent to churches before events like the Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner and the Ice Cream Social.
Which brings me back to the title of this blog post – We all Scream for Ice Cream!
On August 4th, during the Evening Lions hamburger and sweet corn feed, be sure to stop in the gazebo at City Park for an ice cream sundae after your meal! IFCA will be serving delicious Culvers Ice Cream from 11am – 3pm. The cost is $3 for a double dip with a brownie – or two sundaes for $5.
What a deal!!
So mark your calendars, Clear Lakers, for August 4th – you don’t want to miss out on fantastic food and a delicious sweet tweet. All for a good cause!