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Methodists engage in service projects

Friday, September 16, 2011

New paw prints were painted on the sidewalk at Monett Middle School by youth participating in Serve 2011, a service project undertaken in Monett by the First United Methodist, New Liberty United Methodist and Liberty churches on Sept. 11.
More than 500 hours of community service were logged by 185 members of three Monett area churches as part of Sunday's Serve 2011.

According to Paul Lanning, paster at the First United Methodist Church in Monett, volunteers from First United Methodist, Liberty United Methodist and New Liberty United Methodist participated in Serve 2011. The three were among 280 churches in Missouri engaged in community service activities on Sept. 11, billed as "church outside the walls." Regular church services were held on Saturday to free Sunday for labor.

Lanning said the parishioners engaged in a variety of activities, from painting two city wellhouses to painting Cub prints on the sidewalk at Monett Middle School and running a free car wash. Alicia Graves, nuisance enforcement officer for the city, provided details on some properties where assistance could address eyesores.

A group of volunteers from First United Methodist Church painted the wellhouse on Central Avenue in Monett, shown above, and the wellhouse on Eisenhower. From left are: Donna Knight, Carol Stidham, Bruce and Linda Johnson, Rod Anderson, Mike Knight, Steve Stidham and his grandson, Jack.
A list of senior citizens having difficulty maintaining their properties was gathered from Crosslines and the Monett Senior Center. Parishioners undertook a wide range of home repairs, including painting. Each volunteer put in three hours of work, culminating in a picnic at Monett's South Park.

"We had very good feelings from people in the community," Lanning said. "We had a family looking for their next meal join us for lunch and people looking for a church home approach us because of what the volunteers were doing."

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