Bolindale Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Schedule of Activities
With joy in our hearts, we will celebrate the Gospel of Jesus together, spreading his love to all. (Bolindale Christian Church vision statement.)
Worship: Sunday, 10:30 AM, Open communion every Sunday, All are welcome!
Nursery provided during the entire worship service. Children 5 and older will join their parents in the worship service till after Communion. After Communion, classes are available for all children:
Early elementary (Ages 5-8)
Late Elementary/Early Teen (ages 9-13)
Food Pantry/Clothes Closet: Every second and fourth Wednesdays, the great Bolindale Food pantry and clothes closet is open from 4 to 6 PM. The pantry and closet is open to EVERYONE regardless of age, sex, race, faith, or anything! You DO NOT need to be a member of the church to receive food or clothes. To receive food, bring an I.D. or recent utility bill and we'll get you signed up. (The pantry requires some minimal paperwork due to government regulations. The clothes closet does not.)
BAZETTA - Finding a parking space at the Trumbull County Fair can be either easy or challenging, depending on the time of day.
Helping motorists find spots this week are 22 members of the Bolindale Christian Church in Howland.
Chuck Mackey of Howland said his pastor, Ray Blasko, lined up church members and other volunteers.
''Some of us are doing 12-hour shifts," Mackey said on Friday morning as traffic trickled in. "We are doing the parking for the entire fair each day.''
Church member Haylee Huffman, 14, of Cortland, a student at Lakeview High School, earned community service hours for school by helping direct traffic. She's worked each day starting in the morning until 4 p.m.
''The church needed help and I need the hours, so I agreed," said Huffman, who needed to log 10 hours of community service. "I get to help people with their questions and tell them where to park even though I am younger than most of them.''
Helping at the nearby ticket booths and gates were members of the Champion Christian Church.
Mackey said to prepare for the parking detail he and four other members of the church spent Monday evening riding around in the golf cars through the fairgrounds parking lots with fair board members.
''We checked out the parking lots. Monday the parking lots were fine but after the rain on Tuesday they got really soggy and soft,'' he said.
When the traffic gets heavy from 4 to 8 p.m., Mackey said they get people waving orange flags in each row directing people to open and non-muddy spots. When there are no more spaces, the volunteers cone the area off until they get cars out.
''We had some problems getting people into the handicapped area with so many cars. We get some people who get very anxious to get parked,'' he said.
Mackey said the group from the church includes many retirees who can work different shifts at the fair or those who after work come later.
All volunteers wear reflective, brightly colored vests and have bright orange flags.
Julie Marinkovich, a member of the church, said the rain Tuesday made parking a little more challenging.
''We had to get people to the dry parking spots. We had some big gaps in the parking lot because it was so muddy in some places,'' she said.
Diane Martin of Fort Meyers, Fla. and formerly of Bristol, has a Sno-cone concession stand at the fair and said she appreciates the volunteers helping her find a close parking space.
''They are hard workers. They do well. We like to get close to the gate because at 11 p.m. at night, I don't want to walk all the way down to the end of the lot,'' she said.
Mackey said he has fun watching people in the parking lot, including a father and his 4-year-old son who was wearing big rubber boots when he walked into a big mud puddle.
''The father is walking on the dry lane and the little boy walks all the way to the gate in the muddy area. He was having fun slopping down that mud puddle. I heard his dad tell him to get out of the mud and the little boy told him he was washing the mud off his boots,'' Mackey said.
He said he and the other volunteers sometimes help people carry items to their vehicles.
''This one little boy won a rabbit and was trying to carry it in a big cage to his car,'' Mackey said.
At the end of each day, the volunteers get together to discuss any issues and how they can improve or doing things differently.
''It has been an interesting experience,'' he said.
Mackey said the permanent parking passes are the best deal since people can come and go as they need and always have a space to come back to.