The Lompoc Police and Fire Cruise Night in conjunction with the Lompoc Olde Town Market is Aug. 7. The Lompoc Police and Fire Department Car Show is Aug. 8.

For 14 years, the car show has raised funds for worthy organizations and provided a great family day at Ryon Park. This year the benefactor is the Wounded Warrior Project.

It's a reminder of the many great people who see value in serving our community and caring for others.

For example, there is a group of churches and local businesses who are Lovin’ Lompoc and recently installed a split rail fence in front of our airport, did some planting and updating there as well as the skate park and library, just to name a few. These churches and businesses have partnered with the very helpful city of Lompoc leadership to collaborate and make this happen.

Each day in our city various churches (including mine) provide meals for people, other churches and groups provide food distribution from the Santa Barbara Food Bank. Space does not permit me to applaud all the great things being done in our city -- but thank you to each one of you making a difference and adding value to our town.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," Margaret Mead said.

We can all be in that small group: faith-based people, people with no belief in God, people who have small things they can tackle or those with abilities to gather groups. All of us can care for others and serve our community.

I believe that serving others has never been more important. Our parks, schools, our neighbors need it more than ever. You can join an already existing group or find a few friends and just find something that fits your gifts and talents and interests and go for it; simply find a need and fill it.

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Develop a serving heart by doing something each day you would rather not do. Pick up someone else’s trash. Surrender your parking place. Call the long-winded relative. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, but do something.

Helen Keller once told the Tennessee Legislature that when she was young, she had longed to do great things and could not, so she decided to do small things in a great way. Don’t be too big to do something small.

“Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (1 Cor. 15:58 MSG).

Bernie Federmann is the senior pastor of the Lompoc Foursquare church and chaplain for the Lompoc police and fire departments. He can be reached through