The next stage of the project, on Wednesday, was to pull the weeds that had taken over a narrow area along the back of the building beside the parking lot. In the process of pulling we discovered that some lilies planted there two years ago were still alive and ready to thrive.
The project is not complete. On Thursday evening, June 9 people will gather again to loosen up the soil and prepare it to receive some new plantings. The planting party will happen on Saturday morning, June 11.
When I came home on Wednesday night from working with others on clearing this area, I was moved to read about another clean-up project halfway around the world, in a place close to the heart of the church near Central Park. Beth Merry writes in the Merry Mission Journal about the discovery of a forgotten missionary cemetery in the foothills of Mt Mulanje in Malawi. A volunteer workcrew from the Waynesburg College Service Learning trip took a couple days to clear away the overgrowth and restore the various stones to their proper positions.