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Published September 19, 2010, 08:09 PM

Local Church Members Help Out Around the Area

A church in East Grand Forks says getting out to help their community is just as important as their Sunday services.

A church in East Grand Forks says getting out to help their community is just as important as their Sunday services.

Members from Mendenhall Presbyterian Church in East Grand Forks are working hard as part of their Mission in Motion project. This group is spending the day cleaning up trash, and touching up Sherlock Forrest Playground.

The volunteers here say cleaning this park is pretty important to them, but, it's not their only project of the day.

We volunteer to do yard and home repairs for members of our community that couldn't do it for themselves," Kari Shelton, pastor at the church, says.

This group is pruning bushes, cleaning light fixtures and painting. Shelton says the manual labor is only part of their mission to reach out to the community.

79-year-old Margaret Sorensen says as she gets older, it is nice to have someone else do her yard work. But, these volunteers won't leave empty-handed.

"Oh, I have some cokes in the fridge, some cookies for them. Yeah I can do that," Sorensen said.

When the rakes and paint brushes get put away, it will complete their second year of service for their Mission in Motion Project. Love says he hopes to see it grow.

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