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Church donates tables for parks

Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier
By Faith Ministries recently made a donation of two locally made picnic tables that were placed in two city parks. Funds raised during a fishing derby allowed the purchase of the tables by the church. Pastor Ronald Michaux (left) helps the members of the Parks and Recreation Department Bill Bukovac, Kyle Karwatsky and Marc Soisson as they store the picnic benches until the parks are chosen for placement.

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The Connellsville community was the benefactor of a recent fundraiser hosted by By Faith Ministries.

The Connellsville church held a fishing derby at Yough Park in April that drew more than 100 participants.

The event was a fundraiser for community projects.

With the proceeds from the activities in April, the church was able to buy two picnic tables to be placed in two city parks.

“We purchased the picnic tables from a local builder. We wanted the money to stay in Connellsville. That is why we do projects, to help Connellsville,” said the Rev. Bob Sanner, assistant pastor of By Faith Ministries.

Rich Nicholson made the two picnic tables for By Faith Ministries. They are 6-foot tables made of pressure-treated wood with benches attached.

“We wanted them to go to two city parks, which required us donating them to the city. Local officials determined where they would go. We are pleased that they were placed in two opposite sides of town. The tables are sturdy and well made,” said Sanner, adding that church Senior Pastor Ron Michaux helped in selecting the tables as well as picking them up and delivering them to the Connellsville city garage.

“The two picnic tables donated by By Faith Ministries are very nice,” said Vern Ohler, city street department foreman.

He said one was placed at Woodruff Park and the other at South Side Park.

Ohler said donations of picnic tables are welcomed.

“If we get additional picnic tables donated in the future I would like to see them placed at Cat's Courts,” Ohler said.

Sanner said the church will hold another fishing derby next year.

“It is one of our projects that are a part of By Faith Ministries' mission to help the local community,” Sanner said.

Also, starting Aug. 24 and continuing on the fourth Saturday of every month, the church, at 107 N. Seventh St., will feed the hungry in the community by serving a free breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

At the same time, there will be a flea market outdoors to help raise money for ongoing efforts, Sanner added.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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