The United Methodist Churches of Clay County showed love to local schools during their 2nd Annual Ash Wednesday Worship Service. The churches donated more than $1,000 worth of school supplies to Ashland and Lineville Elementary Schools and to Central High School of Clay County. It was all in an effort to support local teachers who often spend money out of their own pockets to pay for basics like copy paper and dry erase markers.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, Southeast District Superintendent Richard Stryker, United Methodist pastors, and congregations gathered at Lineville First UMC for an Ash Wednesday meal and worship service on February 13. Bishop Wallace-Padgett reminded worshipers that God is with us in the wilderness moments of life and encouraged us to find ways to draw closer to God during this Lenten season.
During the service the pastors blessed and gave thanks for the large offering of school supplies. Several principals and other school personnel attended the service, expressing their gratitude to the congregations for their care and support of the local schools. Jared Wesley, Principal, Ashland Elementary School; Billy Walker, Principal, Central Junior High School; and Darlene Lovelady, Guidance Counselor at Lineville Elementary School joined Rev. Malinda Jowers Weaver as she asked God’s blessing upon the supplies, the teachers and staff and the students of the schools.
Members of Ashland First, Bethlehem-Lineville, Liberty Hill, Lineville First, Mt. Tabor, Oak Grove, Pleasant Grove, and Shady Grove UMCs all contributed to the effort. One Lineville First UMC member commented, “It was a lovely worship service, thanks to the great leadership in our county, district, and conference.”