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Churches, volunteers team up to clean Max Brandon Park

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(09/23/12) - If you tried to attend service at the West Flint Church of the Nazarene Sunday, you may have found the pews empty. That's because parishioners traded in their 'Sunday best', for work clothes.

"Today is our fourth annual 'Be the Church' Sunday. This is the Sunday where we take a day off of attending church, and we move in to the community to be the church," said David Bowser, the lead pastor at West Flint Church of the Nazarene.

The church was joined by a handful of other parishes. Their efforts focused around Max Brandon Park.

"We think that this park has great potential for people to [do] lots of different activities in it," said Lauren Holaly, with the group called 'Friends of Max Brandon Park'.

Holaly says they work year-round to keep things clean. But this Sunday, there's strength in numbers. "We have so many volunteers out here today. More than we normally have and we're going to get so much more done than we normally do," Holaly said.

Inside the park, the goal is to make the park more appealing. "We are making the horseshoe pits because residents want to be able to come out and play. We're painting playground equipment for the kids to use. Spreading wood chips so it's safe," Holaly said.

But this project, spreads far beyond park boundaries. "Our goal this year is to board up 111 homes," Bowser said.

That's not to mention clearing away brush and other safety concerns from about 50 other homes.

"This is an opportunity for the church to express themselves in tangible ways," Bowser said.

Pastor Bowser estimates around 400 people took part. Instead of attending Sunday service, they served on Sunday. "This is a part of our DNA. It's who we are," Bowser said.

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