For Immediate Release
Pittsburgh, PA – The Brookline spirit thrives. On Sunday, October 8th at 11am, a community painted mural will be unveiled at the former Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church. The mural depicts the history of the Brookline community, along with many of the local businesses. Copies of the mural will be available for purchase and the proceeds will benefit dire repairs needed for Brookline Christian Food Pantry that is run out of the church each month.
8×10 color copies will be available for $20 and black and white copies will be available for $10. A costly boiler repair is one obstacle looming over the food bank, which serves approximately 115 local families each month. In addition to receiving food, these families also have the opportunity to visit Tree of Life’s clothing room where they can get clothes for each member of the family completely free.
Drawn by Emily Braithwaite, of McKeesport, though the 13+ hour piece “took a lot of research… because Brookline is so rich in history,” she hopes the piece will inspire a “sense of pride in their community” for the people who see it. The 4 foot by 5 foot canvas was hung outside during Brookline’s Art on the Boulevard and Breezefest this summer. Members of the community were encouraged to paint a section of the mural. Come see the completed piece and hear a community-oriented message from Pastor Lance Rhoades.
Tree of Life Open Bible Church purchased the former Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church in December of last year. In the time since, volunteers have worked tirelessly to renovate and bring new life into this historic facility, while maintaining it’s existing ministries, like the Brookline Christian Food Bank and the Clothing Room.
Tree of Life Open Bible Church
1036 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226