Going back to school means many different things to different people. For teachers it is a chance to reach out and change the lives of children and young people. They give their time and gifts to educate and empower the next generation of leaders.
“They truly are empowering a new generation of Christians. Elkmont and Pettusville UMCs wanted to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for our youth,” says Rev. Robert Lancaster.
On the first day of school, the two churches went together to reach out to the teachers and the school. The teachers arrived to a continental breakfast courtesy of the members of the two churches. The members of both churches brought fresh fruit, homemade cookies, muffins, biscuits, doughnuts, and more wonderful food to serve the teachers. The churches also provided juice, milk and soft drinks as well.
Rev. Lancaster adds, “The teachers feed the souls, minds and bodies of our children and we wanted to return the favor.”
Mr. Mickey Glass was kind enough to allow Rev. Robert Lancaster to bring a short devotion and prayer to bless the teachers, staff and a new school year.
The churches also realizes proration have been very hard on the school. They have taken up an offering to purchase copy paper and other basic needs for the Elkmont and West Limestone schools.
“On the first day of school we will arrive with a pickup load of copy paper and donations to help the school purchase basic needs such as hand soap and tissue,” Lancaster says.
He adds, “This is a new mission for both of our churches and one that is very timely and needed in this time of cutbacks in our schools. To empower a new generation of Christians we must also help educate them.”