Church wields paint brushes at LHS

Four classrooms at Lebanon High School got new coats of paint this past weekend when members of Matthew's Table Church painted for community service.
Jul 20, 2009

 

Four classrooms at Lebanon High School got new coats of paint this past weekend when members of Matthew's Table Church painted for community service.
They are hoping to do more next weekend when they return, as well as hoping for more volunteers, church members or not.
"One of our church's commitments is to serve a cause greater than ourselves," said Pastor Michael Carpenter of the newly founded Southern Baptist affiliated  church.
"We knew Lebanon High School was in disrepair. We knew they had contracted out the hallways to be done, but didn't have the money to get the classrooms painted, so we thought that might be a place to offer our services."
He said they e-mailed the Board of Education, which in turn told them to contact Nancy Ash, newly appointed principal at the school. Ash contacted her teachers and told them to let her know if they wanted their classrooms done. Word came back that approximately 30 of the 80-plus in the school needed done.
"Most classrooms that have been painted were done by the teachers themselves," said Ash. "So, we were delighted to get the call from Matthew's Table."
"We sponsor mission trips over seas, but the mission begins at home," said Carpenter. "We don't talk about going to church, we are the church and this is a way for us to help the community.
Carpenter said he graduated from Lebanon High in 1990 and the school was over full even then. He remarked that even if they started building a new school today, it would be two to three years before it would be ready, so "this school has to do until then and we need to fix what we can."
The new church has about 30 members on its rolls to this point. Eight of those showed up Saturday, some for part of the day, some for all of it. Buckets of white paint were waiting for them. They managed to get four rooms completed and figured that's the minimum they'll get done next Saturday.
"We would love to have anyone come out and help with this project," said Carpenter. "You certainly don't have to be a member of our church, just have an urge to help your community. You can put in an hour or two or work all day.
"We'd love to have your help so we can get as many rooms done before school officially opens Aug. 3."
Matthew's Table Church owns the building that houses Java Joe's coffee shop and they meet there on Sundays.
If you're interested in volunteering to paint or want more information on the church, call Pastor Michael Carpenter at 477-8854.

 

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