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Church’s volunteer service impacts community

By on November 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

As part of Hope Christian Church’s Impact Day, several members of the church painted a Veterans Day themed mural on the Edward Jones building in Waterloo on Main Street. Pictured, from left, are Tom Schrieber and Barb Schrieber with Dustin and Lukas Becker. (submitted photo)

Hope Christian Church Ministry Associate Carol Turnquist glows when she thinks about the service projects volunteers completed during the church’s annual Impact Day.

On Oct. 29, more than 100 people endured the harsh fall weather to accomplish about 25 meaningful projects.

“I can’t say enough for the helpers. Anyone who serves in that capacity is amazing,” said Turnquist, who coordinates Impact Day. 

The area volunteers covered included Millstadt, Waterloo, Columbia, Red Bud and Dupo. Turnquist said she reached out to the village of Valmeyer but no projects became available.

However, volunteers seized many powerful opportunities ranging from landscaping private homes and senior care facilities to painting the Waterloo Santa Hut, spending time with senior citizens in the community, and painting another mural on the Edward Jones building on Main Street in Waterloo.

“There was a gentleman who contacted me (after Impact Day). He was a disabled man and we did a project for him,” Turnquist said. “I had goosebumps. He said they went above and beyond what they ever expected.”

Yet another recipient of Hope’s goodwill, Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith said he is more than pleased with the new mural on the Edward Jones building…>>>

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.