Local church groups making a difference with service projects at Sumatanga


During the months of September and October, groups of volunteers from five North Alabama Conference congregations put their time and talents to work to benefit Camp Sumatanga.

The youth of Pell City First UMC started things off by tearing out the old ceiling in the Bessemer Building. The United Methodist Men of Trussville First UMC followed by installing hand rails on the new pier at the lake. Then, over a two-day period in October, groups from Rescue UMC, Duncan Memorial UMC, and Alabaster First UMC worked together to build steps and a deck, winterize three buildings, install plumbing fixtures, and other projects too numerous to list.

For as long as it has existed, Sumatanga has counted on local churches and volunteers to give their time, skills, and resources to construct, upgrade, and maintain its facilities. Since its founding in 1949, volunteers have cleared land, built rock walls, and constructed buildings. Within days of a fire that destroyed the Lodge in the 1960s, volunteer crews were sifting through the rubble and cleaning up, and the Lodge was rebuilt with significant contribution from volunteers. In recent years Pool Camp cabins and the Classroom building were upgraded significantly through the use of volunteer labor. 

The recent work by these five congregations is a significant contribution to the upkeep of grounds and facilities at the historic 1,700-acre camp and conference center of the North Alabama Conference. Their work will improve the experience of guests and campers for years to come. Camp Sumatanga still has several opportunities available if your church is interested in bringing a group to serve. Free housing is available to your group while working on a service project at camp, and your group need only pay for meals during your visit. Make it a mission trip close to home, and continue this long tradition of service. For more information, call 256-538-9860, or email volunteer@sumatanga.org.

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