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Friends lend a helping hand

Church members rehab home for couple

October 12, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Members of First Friends Church decided their latest mission work was not needed across the country, but across town.

After hearing about a couple who was renovating their home but had to stop due to health issues, more than 50 church members of First Friends Church stepped up and have put in eight weeks of work on the home.

The house, owned by Arlean and Jerry Chase, is located on State Street and had collapsing ceilings and other structural issues.

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First Friends Church co-pastors Judy and Craig Marshall stand in a home which was renovated by their church members on State Street in Marshalltown. After the owner of the home got ill, church members stepped up to get much-needed work done on the home.

The couple moved out of their home to have the work done, but when Jerry had an infection in his neck which left him in the hospital after emergency surgery, they were left scrambling.

That's when the church members learned of their dilemma and rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Their work is nearly done and it includes new walls, ceilings, lighting, flooring, and a brand new kitchen.

First Friends Church co-pastors Judy and Craig Marshall are proud of the way the church has stepped up during the past two months.

"It's overwhelming," Judy Marshall said. "Honestly, I think it's one of the greatest gifts we've received as pastors. It's a very life-giving project for us."

Arlean Chase has been by the house recently and said the work by the church members is "gorgeous."

"To do all this is unbelievable," Chase said. "I'm very thankful. The people are so unreal."

Jerry is now wheelchair bound and one of the projects at the home is building a ramp to allow access for him. This could lead to a new focus on projects that help others in the community from the church.

"There's so much need within our whole community," Craig Marshall said.

The church will host an ice cream and pie social fundraiser to help pay for supplies for this home project from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 2406 S. Sixth St.



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