Smith-Simpson Cluster helps meet camp's needs


Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman was the beneficiary of the generosity of the Smith/Simpson Cluster when the group recently held its annual Mission Harvest Festival at Rials Creek United Methodist Church. 

The Rev. Ted Giordano, executive director at Wesley Pines, spoke to the cluster about the camp’s ministry to Katrina victims and its scholarship program for coast children and youth. He said that hundreds of people came and stayed in the camp for weeks. Also, during the summer camping season, the camp housed more than 300 youth and children for free. No one was turned away. 

The cluster churches placed on and around the altar gifts, pillows, blankets, linens, towels, gallons of canned fruit, vegetables and mayonnaise, paper items, cleaning supplies, household items and $3,200 as a love offering. 

The Rev. Mary Stewart led the worship service, preaching on Luke 17:11-19. The cluster choir included members of each church and was directed by the Rev. Sam Burton.