Helping schools is in church's 'jean genes'

Posted Online: May 02, 2014, 5:00 am
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By Leon Lagerstam,
MOLINE -- Bethany Baptist Church members replaced regular worship services last Sunday to hold what they call a "Blue Jean Sunday."

About 90 people broke into teams and went to Garfield, Ericsson and Butterworth elementary schools to do mulching, raking, trash pick up and weed-whacking, associate pastor Steve Ott said.

"It was a great turnout. We had about 25 people at each site," he said, adding that other members delivered cookies to firefighters and police officers.

"The rain held off and we were able to get everything done," Mr. Ott said. "We've done these Blue Jean Sundays for about five years, and we've developed a relationship with school administrators and principals at those three schools."

The schools are in close proximity of the church, at 700 35th Ave. Place.

"They are part of our community," he said. "We love being a part of Moline. For us, this is just about giving back to the community, no strings attached. We know how schools have been hurting financially and how some are closing soon, but it doesn't deter us from wanting to make the schools a beautiful place for kids to come to."

The project also reminds people how "God has called us to serve with a purpose but with no strings," Mr. Ott said.

Delivering cookies to police and firefighters was added to this year's Blue Jean Sunday plans, "because we just thought it would be nice to go out and give those folks some fresh baked goods."

The church will host a Quad Cities Law Enforcement Memorial Service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

For information about Bethany Baptist, call 309-764-3041, or visit


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