October 4-5, 2013
Members of the First UMC Greenwood are preparing for a garage sale. According to a combined message from Martha Floyd and Fran Miller proceeds from the October 4-5 event will go a long way.
Circle 7 of First United Methodist Church in Greenwood is a women's group always on the move doing good wherever possible.
First UMC, Greenwood
Our main purpose is to serve God by giving back to our church, community and even as far away as Russia. Our church knows that they can depend on Circle 7 to support needed causes both within and outside the church.
Circle 7 at First UMC Greenwood has been membered by women who worked outside their homes.
Meetings are held at night so the working women will be able to attend the meetings. Even though a lot of our members have retired, we still continue to meet at night. We are constantly looking for new members. The name Circle 7 conjures up such words as friends, love, giving, mission-minded, fellowship, Bible study and support for our church and each other.
Our main fundraising project is the annual garage sale which is held the first Friday and Saturday in October. This year, the sale will begin at noon on Friday, October 4 and end at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 5, the hours will be 6:00 a.m. until noon.
We consider our sale a mission by keeping the prices down so drastically, that anyone can afford to make purchases. Clothes are priced as low as 25 cents, and as high as $5. We have found that God blesses us in so many more ways when we look at this project as a mission to the community instead of a way to make money. At the close of the sale, we box all items remaining and donate them to another church in Greenwood that recycles the goods through their church and gives to those in need throughout the year.
We also give 10% of all sales towards the church general budget. We have been blessed the past years to annually support causes such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Methodist Senior Services, St. Jude's, French Camp, a Methodist church in Russia, Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission and the Gideon's. Our local mission is giving to the Greenwood Mentoring Center, Delta Streets Academy, Golden Age Nursing Home and Beacon Harbor. When needed, Circle 7 helps with church maintenance expenses, the church sanctuary fund, needs for the parsonage, landscaping expenses, conference offering, church food pantry, Christmas Every Day (a mission fund to be used for church members only), travel expenses for cancer patients in our church family and/or others in our community, plus special needs of various church members. We also send cards and/or visit shut-in members of our church family. We prayerfully consider all causes.
Another fund raising project is a bake sale held every Palm Sunday in our fellowship hall. Circle 7's other source of making money is our on-going Rada sale. Rada is a company which provides cutlery, quick mixes, cookbooks and stoneware and soy wax candles. All Rada items are made in the USA. Our church definitely is the church with a warm heart.