Two Churches Sending Volunteers to Florida

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WARREN, MN (December 13, 2004)  – Two Evangelical Covenant churches are teaming  up next month to help a Florida congregation whose building sustained  extensive damage during the hurricane season this fall.

First Covenant Church of Vero Beach will host the Evangelical Covenant  Church of Warren and Schaumburg Covenant Church in Schaumburg, Illinois,  as both congregations are bringing groups of volunteers. The Minnesota  church has team members ranging from ages 14 to senior adults, said  pastor Brian Schanil. They will leave January 3 for the long drive south. The Schaumburg group will send  a number of retired construction workers, said church mission project  coordinator Sterling Mueller.

“We try . . . to do one home, domestic and overseas mission over the  course of three years,” said Schanil, who will be one of the members of  the mission team. “We wondered, with all of the hurricanes down in  Florida, whether there was something to do there. That’s how it all  started. We were in Mexico doing an international mission trip a couple  of years ago and we’ve tried to look around and see what’s needed.”

After contacting Southeast Conference Supt. Kurt Miericke, Schanil’s  mission team contacted First Covenant Church pastor Tristan Hohler.  Although the details of the work have yet to be finalized, the churches  will engage in some sort of construction while tearing down any loose  debris and extraneous items from the church building.

Schaumburg Covenant Church in Chicago’s northwest suburbs is sending a  mission team of nearly a dozen to Vero Beach, Florida, beginning January  3 said Mueller. Finished carpentry, dry walling and taping are among the  jobs the group will complete, said Mueller, a retired construction  worker. A handful of people have similar work resumes, giving First  Covenant plenty of qualified help. However, the church has not been able  to secure roofing materials to completely finish a roof that was damaged  during hurricane season. Mueller said if necessary, his group would be  willing to bring roofing materials down south.

Last year, a team from Schaumburg worked with a Mexican church on  construction and a team is headed to Covenant Mountain Mission Bible  Camp in March on a cooperative work trip with students from North Park University. The team  will build cabins at the camp and, in June, a group will return to the  camp to help run one of its summer youth programs for a week.

Schaumburg Covenant has an average worship attendance of 100 under  pastor Dan Anderson. To learn more about the church’s upcoming mission  trip, call Mueller at 847-439-6988. The team is willing to take other construction-minded  people for the trip to Florida and is seeking assistance to run the  youth camp in June.

The Evangelical Covenant Church of Warren has an average worship  attendance of 70 and has been heavily missions-minded for many years. To  learn more about the Minnesota church’s mission ministries, call Schanil  at 218-745-4191.

Schanil noted that the church participated in a July trip Tajikistan and  discovered a unique ministry possibility through strawboard  manufacturing. He requests that anyone having resource information  pertaining to that industry email it to him at

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