MARK — Hope Week, organized and headed up by Ax Church of LaSalle, recently helped paint playground equipment at the Mark Park.
Mike and Amy Davenport led the project in Mark with 24 volunteers. This park holds a special place in Mark Davenport’s heart because he grew up in March and spent a lot of time there as a child.
Hope Week is in its fourth year. It always takes place during the week leading up to Father’s Day. Ax Church funds all of the projects out of their church budget. Volunteers range from young children to senior citizens. There are projects and jobs for every skill level.
Year one started in two cities and has grown each year.
The church was able to spread hope into 10 cities this year including LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Utica, Spring Valley, Ladd, Cherry, Cedar Point, Standard and Mark.
Ax Church holds services at The Grove Center, located at 1055 Sixth St. in LaSalle, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday.