The fall of 2010 has been a busy one for members of Holly Pond UMC in the Central District. They've planned and carried out ideas in the community and halfway around the world to share the gospel message with others.
October 1 — Incoming youth president and Holly Pond High School cheerleader captain Stormy Hayes honored the church's pastor, Rev. Rich Patsios, by asking him be her escort for the homecoming court. Stormy, a gifted student and active member of Holly Pond UMC, is on track to be valedictorian of the class of 2011.
October 29 — Members of the congregation served 252 grilled chicken dinners to businesses and individuals in their community. In addition to raising money, each boxed meal included an invitation to worship at HPUMC. The event was such a success that they had to order chicken from Jack’s-Drive In for the volunteers’ lunches after selling out of food.The church serves community dinners monthly, excluding December.
October 29 — While churches in the Holly Pond community do a good job in children’s and youth ministries, it was felt that nothing had been offered specifically geared to young adults. HPUMC is attempting to fill that void with a new Friday Adult Nite ministry. The group's third get-together was a costume party, wiener roast and hayride.
October 30 — Trunk or treat was an outreach event that served more than 100 people in the community.
November 5 — Woring together, the church's United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women hosted their first turkey shoot. The men of the church constructed the shooting range only an hour and a half from the time the first auger start drilling to the first practice shots. Businesses and friends in the community quickly bought out sponsorships for all thirty rounds. Sharpshooters took aim at prizes of turkeys, hams and sides of bacon.More than $2,200 was raised, which will be used to complete construction of a basketball court for use by young people of the church and community.
November 6 – While the turkey shoot was winding down, a team delivered food to the United Methodist group home in Florence. The group made strong connections with the teenagers, who were delighted to give them a tour of their rooms and share their dreams. The trip was made to generate interest in this year’s White Christmas offering. HPUMC wants to top last year’s stellar performance. They were honored as one of the top per capita giving congregations at $12.07 per person!
November 7 – The UMW challenged the men of the church to a cooking competition at the monthly fellowship dinner. Judging was done by a panel of three including a professor of culinary arts at Wallace State College and two local restaurateurs. The women and the men prepared four offerings for a five course meal with everyone giving it their best. The women roasted the men 51-39, but with all the great food everyone was a winner.
November 18 — Church member Cam Kritner has been serving as a civilian weapons installation and repair technician in Afghanistan and Iraq. The church has been faithful in sending “goody” boxes, which have been used in evangelistic efforts with the GIs, civilians and children in his area. In his time there Cam has led thirty people to make decisions for Christ. Cam asked that the church send him one last package with candy canes for the kids and cards for the GIs. HPUMC responded by rounding up 44 pounds of material! In addition to church donators, one HPUMC young adult got her college sorority involved and her mother took donations from her office. Cam’s photo with some of his young Iraqi friends is one example of his sharing with others.