"Equipping People for Works of Service" Ephesians 4:11-13

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BEAUTIFUL Family Day Morning!!

Jul 29, 2017

Such amazing weather for a fantastic morning! We had 3 little ones helping out in the garden today, as well as their families! They are so excited to try some freshly picked produce from our Communitiy Garden! Our Famil Days are every Saturday from 9am-11am! Anyone and everyone is more than welcome to come out and enjoy beautiful mornings like today!





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Project Lifespan! 

Jul 27, 2017

Today our YMCA group came to Mattoon Health Care and Rehab Center! We made pigeon masks with our new friends. So amazing to see ages come together, and we are so thankful for this wonderful program!



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Jul 25, 2017

As our last couple of weeks with our kiddos are here, we made take home plants so they could equip their families with what have equipped them with! We are so thrilled and blessed to have such an amazing group of kids from the YMCA and Sunrise Apratments



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Helping Hands!

Jul 22, 2017

We had so many helpers this morning at the Community Garden! Even though it rained, our manyy helping hands let us get so much accomplished!


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Wonderful start to our week!

Jul 18, 2017

We started off our morning with our YMCA kids at the Community Garden, even though it was hot we picked so many beans and got so much accomplished! And then ended our day with a Volcano Watermelon! IMG_0440.jpg

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What a Day!!

Jul 12, 2017

It was such a wonderful day! We had two YMCA groups, and group from The Douglas Heart Nature Center, as well as our Sunrise group! So many new faces and we are so blessed to be able to connect and equip them with what we do and for them to equip us with what they do! 




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Fun even in the Rain!

Jul 10, 2017

Even though we had a dreary morning, we still managed to work on our gardens and make the best out of the day! Our gardens are coming along amazingly!IMG_0391.jpg


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Brookstone South! 

Jul 6, 2017

We had such a great time with the Residents of Brookstone South! They made pigeons and then our YMCA kids made them cards to take! So blessed for our Project Lifespan Project!IMG_0387.jpgIMG_0388.jpg

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Funday Friday

Jun 30, 2017

We had the opportunity to meet with a local church and serve a meal for the community. Two of our Americorp representatives went out to the farmer's market to sell the produce grown in our gardens.


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Exciting Connections

Jun 30, 2017

Today we prepared for our Inspiration Stations which will be coming soon to the Sunrise Gardens. We sorted through many books that are going to be given away FREE to the young ones who participate in our stations. We also helped move a resident of Sunrise Apartments. It is exciting to plan for and see the connections starting to take root as we invest our time in Sunrise. 

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Productive Day in the Gardens

Jun 28, 2017


Our hard-working friends came out to the garden to help us get a ton accomplished! We planted three rows of strawberries, rake mulch, weeded, and watered. At the Fit-2-Serve garden we also learned about peas and did a small activity.

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Beautiful Tuesday!!

Jun 27, 2017

Even though we didn't have the help of our lovely YMCA Group today, we took advantage of this beautiful day and worked in our Gardens! So much done and they are looking beautiful!!




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Making Connections Rain or Shine 

Jun 23, 2017


Despite the gloomy weather this morning we enjoyed gathering with the community for a wonderful lunch.  We made great connections with new and old friends!

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Making Connections 

Jun 22, 2017


We learned about pigeons and did an activity with the residents of Mattoon Health Care Center. We  had some new friends help us mulch at Sunrise Apartments. The mulch path is almost done and the plants are growing!  

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Why Do You Like The Garden?

Jun 21, 2017



In addition to our normal gardening routine, we took a second out to say why we love the garden.

"I love the garden because I get to get dirty!"

"I like going to the garden because I like planting."

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Weeding, Watering, and Mulching: Oh My!

Jun 20, 2017


This week is busy with checking the garden and seeing its progress. We learned about turnips today. Many children from the YMCA program tasted a fresh turnip for the first time!  Our young learners also helped create the labels that we will put in the Teaching Garden.

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Community Gardening!

Jun 17, 2017

We were so blessed and excited to have our friend Ben out there this morning! We planted so many more vegetables! We welcome everyone to come out on Saturday mornings anywhere from 8am-12 for our Community Gardening! IMG_0283.jpg

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New Garden!

Jun 15, 2017

We finally got all the mulch down and planted cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, beets and watermelon! Its been a productive day! So amazing to see our newest garden coming together! 

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Gardening and Smoothies 

Jun 13, 2017

Even though the day was very hot, we got so much done at our Community Garden! We planted peanuts, pumpkins, starting cutting popcorn and so much more! Our group of kids did a fabulous job! And we ended the day with some very hard work on our Fit-2-Serve garden from our afternoon group and nice refreshing smoothies with fruit and even some vegetables! 

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Sunrise Garden

Jun 9, 2017

We started tilling up our new garden over in front of Sunrise Apartments! A lot of hard work,and a lot more to go! We are excited, as a team, to see our finished product! 

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Brookstone South!

Jun 9, 2017

Our group of kids, as well as the residents of Brookstone South, had an amazing time creating caterpillars and butterflies, as well as an amazing team effort between our kiddos and the residents! So amazing to see what Project Lifespan offers! 




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A productive Wednesday!!

Jun 7, 2017

Our group of kids today finished our new mulch path for our Fit-2-Serve garden, and planted many more vegetables out at our Teaching Garden! We are so excited to watch our gardens grow and to achieve one of our many goals as a team!



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Jun 6, 2017

Our first two groups today did an amazing job and we all enjoyed our day while planting grapes, peanuts, and making name tags and getting our garden ready for more plants and vegetables to come!Americorp_1.jpgAmericorp_2.jpg


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