First Church Volunteers Leave Oregon Beach Cleaner Than We Found It

On Saturday, March 22nd, a crew made up of First Church Hikers, Young Adults, and members of Planet Church joined SOLVE for their annual Spring Beach Cleanup.

The eleven of us joined 4,500 other volunteers in pulling out close to 50,000 pounds of litter and SOLVE2014_16debris from 350-plus miles of Oregon coast. Our group was stationed at Nehalem Bay State Park, where we spent most of our time on the bay side of Nehalem Spit before moving over to the ocean.

Our prize find was a mystery…what we could only assume was a buried trailer of some size and description. But after 25 minutes of digging, heaving and head-scratching, we decided that this was a job for the professionals, so we tagged the site, lugged out our haul of wire, wood and aluminum panels,  and reported it to the SOLVE powers-that-be for later removal.

Not all was sweat and hard work, however. For one thing, we all felt graced to be able to practice creation care on a hardly-to-be-expected-in-March day, featuring warmth, blue skies, and almost no wind. And of course combining fellowship with a walk on the beach is hard to beat…especially when followed up by chowder at Mo’s.

Thanks to all who joined in, and particularly to Chuck Klang who organized this pre-Earth Day service project.

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