By Debbie Patrick/ Knoxville News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 8, 2016) -- The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Cokesbury United Methodist Church closed its doors and challenged its 4,000 members to take the time they would ordinarily spend in church to "love other people through service." The event was called "Impact Day."
Never having tried such a challenge, church officials didn't know exactly what to expect, but the idea was to be the church in the community, rather than merely go to church.
"I was kind of uncomfortable with the idea at first," said Glen Weber. Jane Lambert agreed, saying, "I've gone to church all my life, and the idea that I couldn't felt strange. But serving people made us all feel wonderful."