Ministry spills over into community

Matt DeYoung • May 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Members of Covenant Life Church took their ministry into the community the past several days with their Weekend to Shine.

The event began Friday, when members of the church teamed up with those from All Shores Wesleyan Church in Spring Lake to host a food truck. A total of 75 families received food during the event.

On Saturday, 125 church members raised more than $10,000 by participating in the World Vision Global 6K for water. The event raised money to supply clean, safe water to villages in Africa. The average woman or child in Africa must walk 6K each day to find water.

Sunday saw the congregation spill over into the community during their Day to Shine. More than 500 people took part in 28 projects throughout the Tri-Cities.

A team of workers spent several hours removing snow fencing from the beach at North Beach County Park, while others walked the nearby bike path, removing invasive species.

Teams performed landscaping work at Central High School and Mary A. White Elementary School, along Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven and at Chinook Pier miniature golf course and Mulligan’s Hollow.

Others worked spreading new sand at Grand Haven Christian School and helped clean up at Love In Action’s new Providence Place building.

At the church, teams built bunk beds and toy trucks, made crafts for Operation Christmas Child packages, prepared freezer meals for those recovering for surgeries and families with new babies, potted and delivered flowers to Christian Haven Home and Sanctuary of the Shore and sewed stuffed dogs to be given out to children during mission trips.

In addition, crews performed yard work at various addresses throughout the Tri-Cities and erected a swing set at a Habitat for Humanity home.

The Weekend to Shine is an annual event for Covenant Life Church, which is located at 101 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven.

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