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The Carthage Press
  • Revamped men's ministry improves Carthage parks

  • This past weekend, Carthage city parks benefited from a church's revamped mens' ministry outreach program.
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  • This past weekend, Carthage city parks benefited from a church's revamped mens' ministry outreach program.
    About 60-65 men from First Christian Church rolled up their sleeves to improve Central Park, the roundabout, Carter Park, and the Municipal Park on Saturday. They spread new gravel around playground equipment, painted, trimmed trees, edged sidewalks, laid down new mulch, repaired deteriorating structure and even put up new drywall in the former pro shop  at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course, and power-washed the Municipal Pool.
    “It's a lot of odd jobs that the parks guys might not have time to get to,” said the men's ministry leader Lowell Catron. “This is the first big project since our men's ministry has been revamped. We got the idea from the Drury plan for the city parks, and it was interesting. I asked Tom Short what we could do, and we felt we could get a lot done with this many men – skilled workers with expertise in a lot of the work they're doing.”
    The day's labor also held a deeper meaning.
    “Our mission behind this is, we don't want men to just be caterpillars crawling in and out of church, we want them to be pillars in their community, families and church,” Catron said. “We read a study where men are more likely to be involved in short-term projects, where you can make a difference, and see the results of the work.”
    The workers on Saturday where enthusiastic as to why they were there.
    “It's for Jesus Christ,” said Allan Welch, “to glorify our Lord and Savior.”
    “It helps the community and spreads the word about God,” said Jeff Florer.
    Contributing to this effort were: Sonic, Cloud's Meats Inc., and cooperation with the Carthage Parks Department.

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