Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A United Methodist Congregation
Change the World 2012
“Change the world” sounds a little daunting, but it also sounds energizing – even fun, if the adventure is experienced with friends. And what could be more fun than a good, ol’ fashioned carnival?!
SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND, 4:00-6:00, much of Munsey will be transformed into an
AROUND THE WORLD CARNIVAL and the activities – something for everyone – will include:
Bingo Cupcake Walk
3-in-1 Inflatable Face Painting
Duck Pond Pie in the Face
Goofy Golf Hole Seed Spitting
Bottle Ring Toss Music of all kinds
Ladder Bean Bag Toss Cotton Candy and Popcorn
A Horse to brush and ride Hamburgers and Hotdogs
and, of course… … a dunk tank!!
Here’s the scoop on the dunk tank… There is no charge for any of the other activities, but we have to plunge our fists in our pockets to see a plunge in the dunk tank! To see the senior pastor make a splash, donations must top $100. The person topping the $100 mark gets three tries to dunk him. Then the collection starts again. That ought to be worth thousands, right?! All for a good cause, of course! So that Brian won’t be the only one dripping, our youth ministers Katie and Matt will be targeted from 4:00-5:00. $10 donations get three tries to dunk the youth minister of your choice!
Wander through the CLC parking lot, the gym, and the Fellowship Hall to take it all in.
Worship that morning will include guest speakers. The Rev. Dr. Randy Frye, our District Superintendent, will be in the Journey services; the Rev. Dr. Jerry Russell, senior pastor of Fairview United Methodist Church in Maryville, will be in the Sanctuary services; and our own “native son” Brad Brown will be in Open Door. Brad will also be in the CLC during Sunday school for those who want to hear about his experiences with Uhuru Child in Kenya. We will have the opportunity to begin or revise Faith Promises to Missions.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH, we will CHANGE THE WORLD: HERE @ HOME starting with a hearty breakfast at 8:00, followed by a commissioning of workers for hands-on projects at 9:00 which include:
· Packaging bulk foods at Good Samaritan (very child-friendly; an adult must accompany)
· Pill packing for the Mexico and Liberia Medical Mission Trips
· Letter writing with Church & Society
· Reconfiguring a storage closet in the Melting Pot
· Upgrading Rise Up’s afterschool meeting facility, The Refuge, painting a bathroom, replacing tiles, and cleaning out a refrigerator
· Flooring a hallway at IHN
· Home repair projects with ASP
· Scramble for the Kids golf tournament at MeadowView to fund Buffalo Mountain Camp scholarships. (This will be in Kingsport, breakfast at 7:00, tee off at 8:00, with $80 per player cost.)
There will be fliers in the bulletins on Easter Sunday, April 8th, and Sunday, April 15th, to sign-up for hands-on projects and to provide a count of burgers and dogs for John Abe to grill.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH, our EASTER OFFERING will go to help fund all of the Send Team’s outreach opportunities in Munsey’s name. The goal is $20,000 to meet the $80,000 total outreach desires and to meet new needs God reveals.
“Change the world” is God’s adventure for us. God gave instruction to Anaias about Paul, and God’s same challenge applies to us:
“Go! For you are the instrument I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and
kings and before the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15, NRSV, paraphrased).
“Go!” We can live that out – joyfully – through the fun of the Carnival on Sunday, April 22nd, and through Change the World: Here @ Home hands-on projects Saturday, April 28th.