By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist
United Methodist congregations across the country and around the world are planning to engage simultaneously in a weekend to make a difference in their communities during the annual Change the World event, May 18-19.
Mississippi's Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch, have six projects lined up but have scheduled their Change the World activities on different dates since the church had affairs falling on the same weekend, according to associate pastor, Adam Gordon.
"One of our youth directors is graduating from the center of youth ministry training and that is also our baccalaureate Sunday so we didn't want to take away from those celebrations," said Gordon, who is leading Maples UMC teams in several projects scheduled for Saturday May 25, Saturday June 1, and Sunday June 2.
Members will collect shoes for children and adults, clean a
Susan and Autumn Norkowski of Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City, Mich., prepare to feed folks in need. Courtesy of Central UMC.
park, hold a drive-thru prayer event, issue quarters to help offset cost for neighbors at laundry mats, visit a nursing home and partner with Safehaven Ministries to celebrate men making a fresh start after incarceration. This will be the church's first time participating in the Change the World project.
"As United Methodists, and more importantly as Christian disciples, changing the world is what our lives are all about -- both as witnesses of having our lives transformed by God's love in Jesus Christ and as being doers of the Word. If we are in Christ Jesus, then we are to be in his transformative work. It's our calling and responsibility as citizens of God's kingdom," said Gordon.
Change the World is a United Methodist Rethink Church event. Approximately 2,000 churches held some form of outreach last year. For more information about Change the World click here.
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