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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