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Mission - 2011 Faith in Action

On the weekend of April 30th and May 1st of 2011, we skipped our normal worship service and put our Faith in Action.

 

To all of you who opened your hearts this past weekend (whether inside or out) or helped us coordinate

these efforts...

 

FIA 2011 was a HUGE success thanks to the many hands, in and behind the scenes! 

The Mission and Outreach Committee would like to thank all of you who came out and participated in any of the five projects offered.  (And some of you had your hands in many "pots"!) 

See below for details about our "Faith in Action".

 

LIGHT OF LIFE RESCUE MISSION: Cooks and servers fed approximately 144+ guests at the mission.  The menu included lasagna, tossed salad, rolls & butter, and chocolate chip cookies. We had a wonderful day with great conversation and lots of worthy work...well worth it! The guests at Light of Life LOVED the lasagna and some came back three times!   

FLEECE BLANKETS FOR INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK: We purchased 44 blanket kits to make blankets  for Interfaith Hospitality Network.  This weekend during our Faith In Action at Bower Hill Community Church, a total of 34 people helped make the blankets on the days of April 29 &30 and May 1. Thank you for helping make this possible.   

PROVIDENCE CONNECTIONS PLAYGROUND PROJECT: We had a team of six (plus two kids) working on sprucing up a playground that had been damaged by arson.  We painted picnic tables, cleared out garden boxes for new planting, pruned out burnt shrubs, created a new flower bed and planted new flowers in the existing beds.  The women were so thankful.  "before" pictures have been taken and the women of the program will be sending us "after" pictures when all the work is complete.  Their work will be done in the Fall, and I will share those with the congregation once we receive them.  Thanks to all who came out on that beautiful day!

THE PITTSBURGH PATHWAY PROJECT: We had eight workers on Saturday and 11 workers on Sunday who braved sun, rain, mud, poison ivy and teenagers with axes and picks to install the first 350 feet of the wooded trail linking the Pittsburgh Project with its Urban Farm.  We were trained in techniques of trail building that were set up by the International Mountain Biking Association and installed the trail per their guidelines.  As we were working, we also cleaned up various sections of the woods and found among other things a car hood, two bucket seats, a 40" console TV, two 8-track tapes, a mattress and box springs, and a 1918 silver half dollar coin.  We  all left with a greater sense of camaraderie, a few sore muscles, and the joy of putting our Faith in Action.

BEAUTIFUL BHCC:The intermittent rain showers couldn't dampen the spirits of the intergenerational group of members who weeded, hauled and spread mulch to spruce up the garden beds surrounding BHCC. The future of BHCC is in good hands if the efforts of our younger workers is any indication. When you leave church today, take a look at how beautiful the grounds of BHCC look as spring finally is here!

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building - The Crew

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building - Lunchtime

Pittsburgh Project Trail Building - Lunchtime

Cooking and Food Distribution for Light of Life

Cooking and Food Distribution for Light of Life

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making

Blanket Making - Kits ready to be made into blankets

Blanket Making - Finished Blankets

Blanket Making - Finished Blanket

Blanket Making - Laura Karl Vincenti of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Southwest PA

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Paint Crew

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Removing Dead Bushes

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Removing Dead Bushes

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Removing Dead Bushes

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Weeding and Planting

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Weeding and Planting

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Weeding and Planting

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Weeding and Planting

Playground and Surrounding Areas - Weeding and Planting

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

Church Cleanup

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