Church volunteers travel from Virginia to help out in Sumner


SUMNER  — For the sixth year, a youth group from Hope Presbyterian Church in Spotsylvania, Va., traveled 14 hours to Sumner to spend a week with local children and families.

In the morning, most of the youth were involved in Vacation Bible School at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, UCC. The others brought firewood down from the church lot on Bonney Road.

In the afternoon, they split up into teams to work on community projects that included painting and replacing house siding, stacking hay and herding sheep and cleaning out a shed.

Evening activities included hiking, swimming in local ponds, cookouts at the church and at host family homes, devotions and planning for the next day.

Four of the young women and team leader Christy Parthenakis, spent two hours cleaning up under the historical Deacon Increase Robinson Library and Neighborhood House before water sealing the foundation posts and boards.

When the work was finished, Trustees Diana Tolman and Kathryn Kelly took them on a tour of the building, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for tours, research and book lending. The library is located at the intersection of Routes 140 and 219 in East Sumner.