The youths went into the local community and made improvements to parks, schools or homes. They slept at the church each night where they worshipped to a praise band led by Marietta High grad Michael Stiles. His brother, Brandon, played with him along with some great musicians.
The group designed and built a bridge needed for a homeowner to safely access his front door, replaced a roof for an older couple, repaired a playground for a lower income neighborhood, repaired a screen porch, did landscaping for three to four older community members, organized and led a backyard Bible club for children in the community (assisted by Lauren Waggoner, children's minister at First Baptist Church of Marietta), and scraped windows for a handicapped homeowner. They also upgraded her handicapped entrances.
Fifty adults helped in key leadership roles and support roles throughout the week including Randy Everette, student minister at First Baptist Church of Marietta; Andrew Fillingim, ministry leader to middle school students at Roswell Street Baptist Church; Nancy Dorsey, who oversaw breakfast, dinner and snacks; Jack Godbee, who organized jobsites completing much of legwork to find sites suitable for students; Chris West, a youth minister based out of Euharlee and Marietta High grad; Michael Stiles, worship leader; and Susan Pack, who coordinated lunches to be delivered to sites.
Parents and other adults from both churches worked together to handle all meals for the week.
The Acworth United Methodist Church is collecting old ties (any style) for men in Malawi and Zimbabwe. If you would like to donate, mail to: Shirley Rose, 4419 Collins Circle, Acworth 30101, or call (770) 974-5024.
Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at email@example.com. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.