Also, through the cleanup, they promoted the importance of maintaining a healthy environment within the community. This is especially noteworthy as residents participate in numerous recreational activities at Branch Brook Park throughout the year. In this way, Church of God members were able to take the lead in caring for the park. Their hope is that their volunteer service initiative will set the example for others to do the same.
With extraordinary enthusiasm, the team of volunteers didn’t mind working under the sun to remove weeds, poison ivy and other invasive plants. They divided themselves into groups and tackled the areas that were in need of the most attention. As they continued to uproot these plants and clean the area, many regulars at the park stopped to commend the volunteers. Meanwhile, the organizers and arborists also complimented them for the swift and thorough cleanup. At first it seemed like a lot of work. However, in no time, the volunteers covered several stretches of the Lenape Trail within the park.
The driving force behind the result of Sunday’s cleanup is the volunteers’ belief in God the Mother. As the World Mission Society Church of God believes in God the Mother, members make it their mission to follow Her example of servitude. The Church of God will continue to shine God’s glory through various volunteer activities while encouraging community members to do the same.