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Shanise Hill-Featherstone, 7, left, watches Ashley Holland paint a picnic table during a Day of Service at Allan Witt Park in Fairfield, Saturday. Volunteers from several local non-profit organizations and churches donated their time to help clean the park. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Community church helps beautify park

By From page A7 | March 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — St. Stephen Christian Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated their 46th anniversary with a community bench painting at Allan Witt Park on Saturday.

The small band of enthusiastic painters planned on covering the bench tops and the seats. The new coat of paint will get rid of graffiti and other markings left on the benches over the years.

Ashley Holland, director of the Board of Christian Education said, “We expect about 30 people to come and help.”

The three-hour event brought out parishioners and local City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who helped with setting up this event.

“The paint brushes and paint are donated by the City of Fairfield,” Bertani said.

Bertani didn’t shy away from rolling up her sleeves and grabbing a paint brush.

“I do know how to paint. Years ago, before I was married, I dated a painter,” she said.

At this time, any future events for the church are still being planned.

“We want to do more in the future. People come to the church to be served spiritually, but we want them to know that we can also serve them in a more practical way by helping out in the community,” said Holland.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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