Volunteerism Will Strengthen Community During Celebrate. Serve. Impact. on September 24 and 25

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Celebrate. Serve. Impact. will incorporate a variety of service projects and a community concert celebration, fulfilling a wide-range of needs across the area while also strengthening connections between neighbors. Elmwood United Methodist Church invites the community to join them at the event - for the volunteer opportunities as well as the fun.

Volunteers from Elmwood United Methodist Church make greeting cards to be distributed to elderly residents as part of Celebrate. Serve. Impact.

Volunteers from Elmwood United Methodist Church make greeting cards to be distributed to elderly residents as part of Celebrate. Serve. Impact.

We are excited that Celebrate. Serve. Impact. will invite our neighbors to join us as we connect God’s redemptive love with action-orientated projects and also have fun, food and fellowship.

A weekend of hard work will also include fun and caring outreach as volunteers serve the community on September 24 and 25. Sponsored by Elmwood United Methodist Church, Celebrate. Serve. Impact. will incorporate service projects and a community concert celebration, fulfilling a wide-range of needs across the area while also strengthening connections between neighbors.

“We are excited that Celebrate. Serve. Impact. will invite our neighbors to join us as we connect God’s redemptive love with action-orientated projects and also have fun, food and fellowship,” said the Reverend Bradley Watkins II, Pastor of Elmwood United Methodist Church.

Volunteers can learn more and register for the diverse service opportunities at CelebrateServeImpact.org, which include:

  • Updating and weatherizing a home in Yates City
  • Making and delivering homemade cookies and greeting cards to elderly residents
  • Landscaping yards and city parks
  • Making blankets for use in hospitals and nursing homes
  • Assembling toiletry kits to be used in times of disaster

The home refurbishing project begins on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m. and will continue on Sunday. The other projects will all take place on Sunday, September 25 beginning with a worship service at 9:00 a.m. at Elmwood United Methodist Church, located at 821 W. Main Street in Elmwood. Volunteer groups will then gather to learn details about their projects before heading to the various worksites.

Saturday evening at 5 p.m. on the grounds of Elmwood United Methodist Church, there will be a time of celebration complete with music, a cookie baking contest, games, children’s activities and free food. The community is invited to attend; volunteers are also needed to assist with set up and food service.

Participants do not have to be affiliated with The United Methodist Church – or any church – to be a part of the event. There is no cost associated with any of the projects, and most will conclude by mid-day.

Celebrate. Serve. Impact. is funded in part by an event grant from United Methodist Communications’ Rethink Church initiative as a way to help local United Methodist churches in their efforts to join with their community to make a difference in the world.

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About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. The Rethink Church initiative highlights the many opportunities available within United Methodist churches to engage with the world – from literacy programs to feeding the poor. At RethinkChurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.

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