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.
"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."