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
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Pastor Kevin (far right) hosts the dedication of the children/youth area.
By Carl Stagner
Compared to some of the major metropolitan destinations across Canada, the isolated city of Swift Current, Saskatchewan—population 18,000—may seem insignificant. But there’s really nothing insignificant about the community, home to Eastside Church of God, a thriving congregation actively making Swift Current a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Under the visionary leadership of Pastor Kevin Snyder, and without compromising their Jesus-centered message, the church has dealt a serious blow to the forces of darkness as they’ve reclaimed territory—including actual property—from the clutches of hell. Continue reading
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Tagged Be Bold, bold, building, Canada, Canadian, children, children's ministry, church growth, church health, Eastside Church of God, expansion, Give Life, Kevin Snyder, kids, mental illness, next generation, playground, Reclaim, reclamation, refugee, Saskatchewan, SK, students, Swift Current, teens, young adults, youth, youth center
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
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Tagged charity, children, community, donation, First Church of God, gift, kids, OK, Oklahoma, outreach, park, playground, Sapulpa, Velvetta Madden, William Wimmer