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Pastor Gregory Sanders
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
A rarely offered, but much-needed service will be open to Long Beach residents on Saturday, June 4, when The ROCK Christian Fellowship provides free coin-operated washer and dryers to the surrounding community.
While the deal may sound too good to be true, Pastor Gregory Sanders said, "This is a no-strings attached opportunity for The ROCK to serve the community. We understand these are interesting economic times for many people. This is our way to share the load."
Inviting the community to participate on a first-come, first-serve basis, Rev. Sanders said his church will subsidize the cost of four normal washes and four dryers for the public.
"You bring your laundry, you place it in the washers and dryers, and we will give you the quarters to pay for it. It is the heart and vision of The ROCK to show our love, appreciation and commitment." The free service will be available starting at 8 a.m., at the Coin Laundry, located at 1920 Ximeno (between Vons and Ross) in Long Beach. Pastor Sanders said that quarters will be distributed until 3 p.m., or "until we run out."
Providing much-needed services is really not unusual for The ROCK Christian Fellowship. The non-denominational, culturally diverse, 400-member congregation operates active outreach ministries to aid the homeless, incarcerated, hungry and those in convalescent homes.
"We are active in our community. We offer unique ways to get connected and enhance the gifts God has placed in every individual through authentic and genuine standards of salvation," noted the pastor. "Our ministry vision is Build, Teach, Engage & Empower."
The ROCK Christian Fellowship worships Sunday at 10 a.m., at Florence Bixby Elementary School, 5251 East Stearns Street in Long Beach. For information, call (562) 597-7481, email