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May 17, 2016 5:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flanders Church Planning Hamlet's First 'Hope Day'

Pastor Keith Indovino BY ERIN MCKINLEY
May 17, 2016 6:01 PM

Recent Flanders transplant Pastor Keith Indovino is on a mission to bring his message of hope and encouragement to his new hometown.

Pastor Indovino, who moved to Flanders from Wading River in October, is spearheading the first Hope Day celebration at the Truth Community Church on Bell Avenue, directly next door to the David W. Crohan Community Center. The free event, which first started in 2012 in Nassau County, is designed to bring together those who are struggling to make ends meet, or with other similar issues, so they can have some family fun in a safe and nurturing environment.

The inaugural Flanders event is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church. The festivities will include a bounce castle, balloons, and face painting for kids, as well as a barbecue for all in attendance.

While the event will feel like a block party, it aims to be beneficial to residents. Free bags of groceries will be given to those in need, as well as haircuts, and non-invasive medical screenings will be available. Additionally, representatives of local businesses looking for new employees will be in attendance. The church will also have information on local shelters, food banks, and coupons so residents always know where to find what they need in the future.

“We want to make sure people are having their needs met also knowing where to turn to make sure they continue to have those needs met,” Pastor Indovino said. “It is, as the name suggests, to bring hope to this town.”

The Truth Community Church is a small Pentecostal church with roughly 35 parishioners. Pastor Indovino first came to the church, which welcomes everyone interested in finding a community, in October from the Real Life Church in Wading River after he learned that the Flanders church was without a pastor.

Pastor Indovino attended his first Hope Day celebration, which is run through a nonprofit called Convoy of Hope, at Mitchel Park in Uniondale in 2012. In the years since, the event has spread further east, and next month’s event will mark the first of its kind on the East End, he said. Additional Hope Day celebrations will be held across the nation on June 4; a list of locations can be found online at www.hopedayny.org.

More information about the Flanders event can be obtained by emailing Pastor Indovino at hopeday@truthcommunity.org.

“This day is about helping people and coming together as a community,” he said.

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Great Job Pastor Keith you are a welcomed addition to our community!
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