VIENNA - A Vienna church is celebrating Mother's Day by providing free oil changes to area single mothers, widows and wives of deployed military personnel.
On Saturday, May 10, the Fellowship Baptist Church, 3300 Rosemar Road, will provide free oil changes for those women who sign up for the service in advance, said Pastor Jon Lands. Oil changes will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The deadline to apply for the program is Monday.
Those wishing to participate in the oil change program should apply online at www.fellowshipchurch.net, Lands said. A link on the church website will take people to a short form to fill out.
The form will collect information including the mother's name, the make and model of the vehicle, the oil type needed, and ask which category the woman falls into: single mother, widow or wife of deployed military.
"We know that Mother's Day is often bittersweet for single moms," Lands said. "Fellowship Baptist Church wants to give them a small gift to encourage them for all they do," he said.
A total of 50 oil changes will be given away to local single mothers, widows and wives of deployed military personnel, Lands said. Some spots have been claimed.
One woman is coming from Coolville, Ohio, to accept the service.
"Basic necessities such as routine vehicle maintenance can often be overlooked," Lands said. "We recognize that single moms have a lot on their plates," he said.
Members of the church have volunteered their time and mechanical know-how toward the oil change project.
If this program goes well, Fellowship Baptist Church hopes to make this a twice-yearly event, Lands said.
"We want the opportunity to show love and compassion to someone who doesn't always get it, and sometimes goes forgotten," Lands said. "It is our hope that we can offer them the help they need," he said.
Lands stressed that no donations would be accepted.
"This allows us to show the different ways to those who need help and to show the love of Christ to the community," Lands said. "We want to recognize and encourage those who need it most in our community," he said.