Council recognizes efforts of St. Paul's UCC

News photo by Emily Thiel Mayor Bob Myers honors Rev. Joseph Motz and the work of volunteers from St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Birdsboro, recently.

Volunteerism in Birdsboro does not go unnoticed.

Members of St. Paul’s United Church of Christwere honored by Birdsboro Council for freshening up the play equipment in the borough this year. Birdsboro Mayor Robert Myers recognized Rev. Joseph A. Motz and the church at council’s Dec. 9 meeting.

In just four workdays in September and October, 16 volunteers from the church congregation went to work on two local parks.

Scout Troop 595, sponsored by St. Paul’s, “served as a model” when they painted the equipment at Rustic Park in August.


Myers said the efforts of the church congregation should be “emulated by others” in the community.

Motz first noticed the play equipment at Vest Pocket Park was in “ill condition” when he would take his daughters to play at the park.

The playground equipment was an Eagle Scout project in September 1991 and was in “vintage age.”

“The equipment had begun to flake and peel, and in some instances, worn off entirely,” Myers stated.

The church took it upon themselves to paint, sand and prime park benches and the equipment.

The volunteers trimmed low hanging tree branches, edged perimeter of the play areas, and mulched.

Myers said this was an “outstanding display of volunteerism” and extended the thanks from council. The mayor thanked St. Paul’s for making the park “vibrant and a much safer park for community to enjoy.”

The volunteers plan to return in the spring to paint the seesaws and touch up any winter damages.

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