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Norwalk Church Gets Spring Dress Up

Cousins Evelyn Marin, 6, and Leonardo Marin, 5, got to play together Saturday morning. But they did it with a purpose – helping their parents give Brookside Chapel its annual spring fix-up.

They are members of the Church of God at Norwalk , which has been meeting at the historic chapel at 463 Flax Hill Road for 15 or 20 years. Deaconess Jean Kresge said planting flowers at the chapel makes it distinct. "They always say, 'What church do you go to?' and we say, 'The church with all the little flowers,' and they know where we are."

The flowers are donated by M. Filinowski's and Sons in Milford. "They give them to us every year," she said. "They donate it because it's a church, and the man wants a blessing from God for doing it. We, in turn, take a picture and show him how well all these flowers are growing."

Eulices Marin, Evelyn's father, said his family has been going to the church for a year. "The doctrine is so pure," he said. "The love is a real and natural love." Kresge says the church gets 30 to 40 people on a good Sunday. "We're small, but we're mighty," she said.

She thinks the chapel was built circa 1879 and said it was dedicated by D.L. Moody , an evangelist. He prayed that it would always be a church, she said, adding, "There are five chapels in Norwalk and the rest are social clubs today. This one is still a church."

The chapel is available to residents of Norwalk and Darien to be used for weddings or funerals.

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