10-10-10 Be the Church

Sunday’s Faith in Action day was a “great success” according to St. Andrew Presbyterian pastor, Rich Gantenbien, whose congregation turned out in force to do good deeds throughout the Valley. Parishioners from St. Andrew numbered 213 and with an additional 100 people from five other religious organizations, the mass of volunteers tackled jobs large and small.

“There was a great spirit among the people participating,” said Gantenbein. “What was fun was the collaborative effort at several of the school sites as the school personnel and even principals showed up to participate.  So there was good interaction.  The same was true of city staff that directed work at places like Mountain cemetery.”

Milenka Bates is the Public Works Director for the City of Sonoma. She was amazed at the turnout and said that it was fantastic to see so many people coming together to make a difference. “Approximately 60 volunteers came from various churches to help spruce up both Valley and Mountain Cemeteries. With limited resources for the cemeteries, the City greatly benefited by having volunteers rake leaves, pine needles and debris from grave tops and between the rows. The cemeteries look fantastic and City staff is most appreciative.”

Participating churches:
St. Andrew Presbyterian
First Congregational Church of Sonoma
Sonoma United Methodist Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Church of Scientology
Temple Shir Shalom
Sonoma Ashram

Projects completed:
Brown Baggers (feeding migrant workers)
Cleaning up the Mountain Cemetery
Gardening projects at Sonoma Community Center
Baking cookies for Brown Baggers and Meals On Wheels
Putting together shoebox gifts for Samaritan’s Purse (an international aid agency)
Painting and gardening at Sonoma Charter School
Repairing the baseball fields at Sonoma Valley High School
Repairing the irrigation system at SVHS
Cleaning up the parking lots at SVHS
Field repairs at Altimira Middle School
Painting and repairs at Sassarini
Gardening projects at Dunbar School
Various projects at Flowery School
Repairs at the Teen Parent Support Center at SVHS
Putting together cancer awareness kits for the Women’s Cancer Awareness Group
Gardening and various other projects at Woodland Star Charter School


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