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Pataskala Church Helps Freshen Community Facility

Sep 15, 2004

Dana Landrum, an artistically-inclined young wife and mother from the Pataskala, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church (Pastor Fenton McDonald), is featured in her community newspaper this week for work she and the church did in renovating part of a community swimming pool facility.

Pastor Fenton McDonald says, “Dana and her husband, Gary, attend our church. She sings in the choir and helps with drama and other parts of worship. We helped the community project to improve the Beechwood Trails Pool as community service. We had a number of people help clean and paint. It was good to do as Christians. After all, that is what Christians do, among other things, help others.”

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Having lived in Beechwood Trails for close to 10 years, Landrum decided to ask the community’s pool board if she could remodel the room.

The board gave its approval, but Landrum had no idea what she was getting into.“I ended up throwing about 90 percent of everything I found away,” Landrum said.

After discarding much of the garbage, Landrum set to work on giving the room a fresh feel. She spent countless hours applying numerous coats of white and brown paint to the walls. The walls now have an aged-wood feel, and vibrant oranges, greens and yellows have replaced the drab whites and blues.

Still, Landrum could not complete the project on her own. She had to enlist members of her church, Grace Brethren, to help. The group installed new gutters, changed the electrical wiring and constructed a wall to block off the kitchen from the lifeguard room.