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Church stays home to help

Fuel prices won't be a factor in planning The Bridge Bible Church's mission trip this summer.

After all, Somerset is not that big.

The members of The Bridge are taking their first mission trip: to their own backyard.

From July 9-13, they will do community service projects around Somerset and prepare for weekend activities.

"We're treating it seriously, just like a trip to Africa," said Brian Williamson, lead pastor. "People are taking time off work; some will be camping out at members' homes - about 30 people have signed up."

According to Williamson, Bruce Fogelberg, one of The Bridge's members, has been heading up the mission trip planning committee for the past six months.

"He was in charge of getting the playground purchased for Grace Place in Somerset," Williamson said. "One of our projects this week will be to landscape it."

In addition, the group has scheduled activities for Friday through Sunday to involve the community.

On Friday, July 11, The Bridge will host a free Parent's Day Out at the Somerset High School. From 6-9 p.m., more than 20 church volunteers will guide children of all ages in carnival games, snacks and story time. Parents can register their children from 5:45-6 p.m. that evening.

On Saturday, July 12, The Bridge will provide food for a picnic in Veteran's Park at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Sunday, July 13, they will have a "tailgate service" at the Somerset High School.

"We'll have a baptism, and just hang out and get to know people," Williamson said.

Although the mission members have set some plans, Williamson said they are still open to new community service projects.

"If anyone has any needs, please let us know."