About 175 volunteers participated in the fifth annual Hands on Topeka work day, tackling projects that involved painting, landscaping and/or cleaning property. Partnering churches included Asbury Mt. Olive, Berryton, Countryside, Crestview, First, Grace, Highland Park, Kansas Avenue, Lowman, Oakland, Pleasant Hill, Shawnee Heights, St. Peter’s, Susanna Wesley and University UMC.
Brenda Bauman-Swank, a member of the Countryside congregation which spruced up the grounds of Sheldon Child Development Center, was quoted in the "Topeka Capital-Journal:" “It feels good to come out and help the community. Lots of people helping can make quick work of things. It’s also a great way to get to know people from your church.”
On May 3, 32 members of Rossville United Methodist Church and other community members participated in Hands on Rossville, a morning of community service. Volunteers performed yard work for the elderly, painted the bleachers at Campbell baseball stadium, planted flower bulbs at the city park, enhanced the playground at the Rossville grade school, and updated the historical archives at the Rossville Public Library.
Volunteers met at the park shelter house for a time of worship and prayer before going forth into the community in a spirit of service.
“This is a day to celebrate God’s gift of community,” said Pastor Lori Schwilling, “And, especially to give thanks for the Rossville community.”
Photos: Bob Macha performs yard work for a Rossville resident. Jane McClelland dusts bookshelves and Joyce Meyer scans news items for the historical archives at the Rossville Public Library. Lisa Thornburgh and Christy McKenzie plant tulips in the city park. Trevor Cunningham paints the bleachers at Campbell baseball stadium. Click the photo to see a larger image.
On April 26, United Methodists from Aldersgate, Chapel Hill, East Heights, Saint Mark and UMC At The Well participated in the sixth annual day of service called LOVE Wichita. The event includes about 40 churches and thousands of volunteers who join together in an attitude of service and love, to transform Wichita with paint, scrub brushes and prayer. A map marking every project and the churches assigned to the projects shows the city of Wichita was blanketed with love. Videos from a handful of the projects are posted at www.vimeo.com/lovewichita.
East Heights had 125 people from their congregation working on various LOVE Wichita projects. Work ranged from repairing homeowners’ homes and yards to renovating a preschool playground; and from cleaning the College Hill Park pool and grounds to plantings and cleaning up at area elementary schools.
Kathy Lefler said, “This is our sixth year serving in LOVE Wichita. It is a wonderful ministry for our church, especially because it offers opportunities for children to serve.”
Photos: LOVE Wichita volunteers from East Heights UMC build a platform for the tree house on the playground at the church’s preschool and clean up the courtyard at Linwood Elementary School. Pausing from their work for a photo with a homeowner they assisted on Saturday, April 26, are Jess McNeely, Shayla Elder, homeowner Delores Porter, Dion Lefler and Tom Fleming, Cathy Michael and Jeff Michael. Tom Fleming is shown trimming shrubs. Shayla Elder and Cathy Michael rake leaves. Click the photo to see a larger image.