Church of the Highlands members spent their Saturday reaching out to communities across the state.Cutting grass, cooking for residents in need and other acts of service took parishioners out of the chapel and into the neighborhoods of those needing some form of assistance.“The purpose of today is to get people out in the community and realizing that there are things right here in our backyard that we can help with on a daily basis,” said Serve Team Leader McKensie Worley. “The point of today is not be a one time thing, it’s to be the catalyst for the style of just serving others and loving on people and just helping our neighbors that need help.”The Serve Team’s goal is bringing hope to those around them any way they can. And hope they brought.“I was feeling so down, and today this church unexpectedly came and cut my yard for me and gave me food,” said resident Angel McCool. “They filled me up with joy.”Going door to door and helping those who need it is what group leaders said the day was all about.“God was honored in everything that we did today, and those are the more simple ways that are looked over that can impact the community,” said Serve Team Member Rachel Tindell.But it wasn’t just about mowing lawns and handing out food. At the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, the Serve Team got hands-on with the animals and helped some of them find new homes.“We adopted a cat,” said Allen Belcher. “It’s my son’s birthday, and we don’t have a cat, so we wanted to bring him over here. He saw a cat he wanted, so he got one for his birthday.”Church of the Highlands invites volunteers to sign up for or learn more about local Serve Groups on their website.