Outdoor Church Cleanup 2017

For the past two Saturdays parishioners and community volunteers have worked hard to prepare the outdoor church property for summer.

A huge thank you to Sonoma County District Five Supervisor Lynda Hopkins for approving use of a mower and to the Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Dept staff members Rob Howlin and Joe Gonzalez. Thank you also to District Director Susan Upchurch.

Using the mower not only makes the property look better, it makes it easier for the sheriffs to see negative behaviors which have plagued the area for years. Special thank you to Brian Britton who operated the mower and facilitated its loan.

From Cleanup Coordinator Gail Culverwell:

Our outdoor church is ready for Mass this weekend thanks to the many volunteers who raked, broomed and power-washed plus gathering all the debris and hauling it off.
Jim Rossi, Lorna Marie Hastings, Jose Benjamin Robles, Jose Chavez, Brian Britton, Denise Britton, Jim Breaux, Larry Love, Rosie Bohny, Frank Danzart, Kathy Karnath, Lyle Karnath, Denise Goodwin, Barbara Seymour, Irene Deem, Dan Bajone, Wallace William III, Ernie Loconsolo, Gail Culverwell, Eric Lindenbusche, Francine Korn, John O’Connell and Damien Olsen.
Behind the scenes helping us make it work, we very much appreciate County staff Lynda Hopkins, Susan Upchurch, Rob Houwling, and Joe Gonzalez.
Great Job all and thank you!

This is the finished result:

Here is video of the clean up crew on Saturday, June 24

Power washing the pews helps remove the graffiti and debris resulting from the flooding each year.

Grafiti at St. Elizabeth's outdoor church in Guerneville, CA Graffiti continues to be a problem but by clearing the property and encouraging people to use it for meditation we hope to discourage negative behaviors. Clearing the undergrowth of brush will help the sheriffs get a clearer visual of the property.[/caption]
Clearing away brush improves visibility of homeless encampments and behavioral problems for law enforcement.
North end of the property now cleared; has previously had dense undergrowth with multiple encampments. The debris is carried by winter flooding into Phyfe Creek and the Russian River.
The redoubtable Frank Danzart who has lead this clean up for more than 40 years and also provides year round clean ups. Frank turns 90 this year and is a respected pillar of St. Elizabeth’s parish.


Thank you, Fran Korn, for the photos below!






We apologize for missing some names and are working on getting them.

Thank you all again for your hard work! God bless you and see you next Sunday!

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