Rain dampened costumes, but not spirits at the annual 4th of July Burke Street Parade this year. Despite the heavy rain, many participants walked, biked and rode in the annual event.
The First Presbyterian Church organized their 5th “Sunday Serve” this weekend. Members of the congregation take a few Sunday mornings each year to help serve others. The church worked with the Good Neighbor Action Team, the city of Fort Scott, and the Chamber to identified some projects that would make a difference in the community. After meeting for prayer at 7:45 they divided into teams and went to work. This Sunday’s projects included repairing a shed and playground near the church, doing yard work at the St. Andrew’s Chapel downtown, cleaning windows on Main street, painting some areas downtown, planting flowers, and putting curtains in some of the second stories of downtown buildings.
Pastor Jared Witt said he sees their efforts as a way for faith communities to “play their own small role in wider community development.” He says that the volunteers have a lot of fun getting together to do these types of projects and it gives people an opportunity to take on leadership roles that might not be as active participating in traditional church activities. The congregation has been enthusiastic about the projects and Witt says it is been inspiring to see how much can get done in a single Sunday morning with 100 people working together.
Fort Scott Aquatic Center hosted the first home swim meet of the season between the Fort Scott Hurricanes and the Independence Bulldogs on Wednesday evening.