Walkers from 17 area churches will gather at Mansfield’s Central Park on Oct. 4, for this year’s Church World Service CROP Walk with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Their goal is to raise $15,000 to help stop hunger. Gathering music will be provided by CWS staff member, Andrew Gifford and the Rev.Greg Bibler, pastor of First Christian Church, will offer the send off prayer.
Sponsored by the Mansfield Inter-Church Council, the group will step off at 2:00 p.m. from the gazebo going west on Park Avenue to South Park, south on Brinkerhoff to Maple, east to Marion and back to Park Avenue, ending at the Richland Carrousel Park. Snacks and free rides on the carrousel will be provided.
One-quarter of funds raised will be returned to the local community benefiting pantries at Grace Episcopal Church and Mosaic at Park Ave. Baptist Church. Also benefiting are First Christian Church (monthly community breakfasts), St. Luke’s Point of Grace (Saturday evening meals) and North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) for community gardens.
The remaining money will be channeled through Church World Service, a cooperative ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations providing self-help and development, disaster relief and refugee assistance in more than 80 countries. Go to www.churchworldservice.org for additional information.