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Maryland Church, Community Construct Neighborhood Park in Just 8 Hours

Volunteers from across the community made Kirby Lane Park possible!

By Carl Stagner

The goal was pretty ambitious: build a park for the community in just eight hours. Of course, this wasn’t about timing, but it was a rallying call to the community to work together to achieve something they could only accomplish together. Negative news coverage of their city over the last year wasn’t going to stop them from showing their community and places far beyond who they really are. So, late this summer, Celebration Church Monroe Street in Baltimore, Maryland, came alongside government agencies, community organizations, and neighbors, channeling resources and efforts to remove blight and restore beauty. The construction and completion of the all-new Kirby Lane Park was yet another step Celebration Church Monroe Street has taken to boldly reclaim their neighborhood in Jesus’ name. Continue reading

Oklahoma Church Constructs Park for the Community

By Noel Marquis

When First Church of God in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, decided to invest in new playground equipment, they received much more than they asked for. William Wimmer, who has served as pastor of the church since 2013, was surprised when a longtime member of the congregation approached the board of trustees with plans for a park, complete with sidewalks, trees, a horseshoe pit, basketball court, soft turf, and sheltered pavilions. Continue reading

Church of the Fireworks, Community Restoration, and People Who Care

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By Jonelle Frazier

Summer is the best time of the year for many things—family outings, picnic food, and outdoor fun. For Eaton Church of God in Indiana, it was the best time to do one more thing: ministry. This summer, Pastor Andy Denniston helped lead his church in “Impact Eaton,” a week of service and work projects for their local community.

During the week of Impact Eaton, workers from the church focused on replacing a strip of the sidewalk in downtown Eaton. They also poured cement into the dugout floors at local baseball parks, cleaning and repainting park equipment, weeding parks, and other hands-on improvements. Continue reading

Where Everybody Knows Your Name (and His!)

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By Carl Stagner

Sometimes smaller churches feel like they serve in the shadow of the larger churches around them. But not Washington Avenue Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan. According to their pastor, Washington Avenue is an intimate community where everybody knows your name. But not just your name. To the post-millennial generation surrounding the church, the name of Jesus Christ is largely unknown. But when these young people walk through the doors of their neighborhood church, they discover the God behind what they’d thought was just an expletive. Continue reading