Five United Methodist churches in the Hartselle/Danville area of the Northwest District joined to participate in the UMC’s Change the World event.
Change the World involves United Methodist congregations around the world seeking to make a life-changing difference – all during the same weekend – by creating and participating in service or fundraising projects related either to local or global needs. These efforts are part of the “Rethink Church” movement that demonstrates church is not simply a place to go, but a way of life.
Danville, McKendree, Salem, Oak Ridge, and Forrest Chapel United Methodist Churches participated by holding a free car wash and food drive, card-making and card-sending for shut-ins, collecting and assembling health kits for disaster victims, and prayer. Additionally, children participated by bringing flowers and book marks to shut-ins at area nursing homes.
Approximately 325 people were served by the 31 servants from the different churches.
Forrest Chapel UMC has participated in this event for the past two years, but this is the first year that area UM churches have worked together.
“We believe having our friends joining us allowed us to have a greater presence and impact on the community,” said the Rev. Patsy Carlberg, pastor of Forrest Chapel UMC. “‘Change the World’ empowers us as United Methodists to serve beyond the church’s walls,” she added.
Other pastors participating are: Rev. Mike Vest, Danville and McKendree UMCs; Rev. Charlie Brown, Salem UMC, and Rev. Mike Holland, Oak Ridge UMC.