Good Samaritan UMC, Cupertino, Reaches $25,000 Goal for Imagine No Malaria
Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino has reached their $25,000 goal for Imagine No Malaria and surpassed it by $342 according to the church's Imagine No Malaria coordinators, Flo Harrison, and Jane Anderson. This was accomplished by numerous fundraisers, predominately by their youth kicking off the campaign with a Double Monopoly game which led them to receive a grant from the Young Peoples Ministries and Camping ministry of the California-Nevada Conference for their contribution of raising $7,000. This year the adults decided to play their own game of Double Monopoly. They had lunch and/or dinner nights out, ticket sales that led to the fun day at the San Jose Giants, soup sales, Christmas gift wrapping, chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day, and finally, the second Mother's Day corsage sale that put them over the top. Individuals committed to pledging a weekly amount in both their English and Mandarin congregations. The children's Sunday School gave their contributions for three months and their Thanksgiving offering went totally to the campaign. In the process, the church learned about the disease of malaria itself, and they continue to pray for their brothers and sisters in sub-Saharan Africa.