Church embraces neighbors with love invasion in D'Iberville - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Church embraces neighbors with love invasion in D'Iberville

The annual event has been a success for several years. (Photo source: WLOX) The annual event has been a success for several years. (Photo source: WLOX)
Members from New Life Family Church took to the parking lot for what they called a love invasion. (Photo source: WLOX) Members from New Life Family Church took to the parking lot for what they called a love invasion. (Photo source: WLOX)
They handed out $3,000 in Walmart gift cards, and around 500 hot dogs. (Photo source: WLOX) They handed out $3,000 in Walmart gift cards, and around 500 hot dogs. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Many shoppers at the Walmart in D'Iberville got a surprise Christmas gift Saturday. Members from New Life Family Church took to the parking lot for what they called a love invasion.

"Our goal today is to let people know that God has not forgotten about them," said the Rev. Jeff Ulmer.

He has been hosting love invasions for several years now. He said this year was the biggest turnout yet.

"We want everybody to experience New Life, and so it's part of our DNA to just share what we have with whoever we meet. This is kind of the perfect time to do it in a greater way," said Ulmer.

He and dozens of members from the New Life Family Church came together to surprise shoppers. They handed out $3,000 in Walmart gift cards, and around 500 hot dogs.

For church members Constance Rush and Rebecca Jones, this kind of giving is exactly what Christmas is about.

"I think it sticks to the true meaning of Christmas, which I think a lot of people have forgotten about," said Jones.

"You know, our doors are open and we're accepting, and we're willing to be here to meet the needs of our community," said Rush.

The annual event has been a success for several years.

"It absolutely has worked, and it's been awesome," said the pastor's son, Jeremy Ulmer.

He came up with the idea at a men's prayer meeting. He said it's a way for his church to live out the message it preaches.

"As we go out and just kind of wrap our arms around our community, and we really received more than we passed out," said Ulmer.

New Life Family Church holds numerous love invasions throughout the year. Ulmer says this time of year, it's especially important to let people know that God has not forgotten about them.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.


  • NEWSMore>>

  • Bye Bye Birdie opens at Gulfport Little Theatre

    Bye Bye Birdie opens at Gulfport Little Theatre

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:13:47 GMT

    The 1960-61 Tony award winning musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' was inspired by Elvis Presley and the story surrounding his draft notice into the Army in 1957. 

    More >>

    The 1960-61 Tony award winning musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' was inspired by Elvis Presley and the story surrounding his draft notice into the Army in 1957. 

    More >>
  • Remembering Hurricane Camille 48 years later

    Remembering Hurricane Camille 48 years later

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:03 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:03:26 GMT
    A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969

    August 17, 2017 marks 48 years since Hurricane Camille slammed into South Mississippi. 

    More >>

    August 17, 2017 marks 48 years since Hurricane Camille slammed into South Mississippi. 

    More >>
  • 1 shot at Goldin Sportsplex

    1 shot at Goldin Sportsplex

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:00:23 GMT

    Police are questioning a person of interest after a shooting in Gulfport Thursday evening.

    More >>

    Police are questioning a person of interest after a shooting in Gulfport Thursday evening.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly