Anoka church helps with metro-wide home painting program

Members of Advent Lutheran Church, Anoka, have been volunteering for the annual Metro Paint-A-Thon event for more than 20 years.

Advent Lutheran Church, Anoka, has been volunteering at the annual Metro Paint-A-Thon event for more than 20 years. This year a group of 20 members from the church, including pastor, Rev. Robert Linstrand, scraped, primed and painted the Coon Rapids home of Regina Katchmark. They painted the same home 10 years ago.

Advent Lutheran Church, Anoka, has been volunteering at the annual Metro Paint-A-Thon event for more than 20 years. This year a group of 20 members from the church, including pastor, Rev. Robert Linstrand, scraped, primed and painted the Coon Rapids home of Regina Katchmark. They painted the same home 10 years ago.

This year was no exception.

Some 20 members of the church scraped, primed and painted the Coon Rapids home of Regina Katchmark.

Indeed, they painted Katchmark’s home through the Metro Paint-A-Thon program 10 years ago, according to church member Glen Larson.

“And it was the same colors, red, white and blue, which are very patriotic,” Larson said.

The entire outside of the home was painted Saturday after the scraping and priming had been done the day before, he said.

Some minor outside repair work was also taken care of, Larson said.

The Metro Paint-A-Thon is a project of the Greater Minneapolis of Churches and it was through that umbrella organization that Advent Lutheran Church first learned about the paint-a-thon and decided to become involved more than 20 years ago.

“We decided to take part in the project as a church and have been doing it every year since,” Larson said.

“We enjoy it and have a good time.”

The paint was provided by Valspar.

Katchmark has lived in her Coon Rapids home since it was built in the 1950s, she said.

Her husband, William, died several years ago, Katchmark said.

Katchmark really appreciated the work of the Advent Lutheran Church members, she said.

“This is absolutely great,” Katchmark said.

According to Rev. Robert Linstrand, who has been pastor at Advent Lutheran Church for 11 years, the church moved to its present home on East River Road in Anoka from Coon Rapids in 1993.

In Coon Rapids, it was located at the corner of Mississippi and Coon Rapids boulevards in a building that now houses Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performance and Workforce Learning Center.

The church, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has some 400 members, Linstrand said.

“They are a great group of people,” he said.

Since 1984, Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted more than 6,300 homes across the Twin Cities metro area.

According to Molly Chandler, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches director of marketing and communications, Metro Paint-A-Thon helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes, enriching their lives and neighborhoods.

“Each August, more than a thousand volunteers scrape, prime and paint projects at no cost to the homeowner,” Chandler stated in a press release.

The paint-a-thon is one of the human service programs of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, which focus on fighting hunger, helping seniors, empowering urban American Indians, nurturing families and mentoring youth.

The council of churches is a nonprofit organization formed in 1905.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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