Cal-Nevada 'Change the World' Participation Doubles This Year
Twenty-five (25) churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference are planning events to "Change the World" this weekend (May 14-15). That's more than double the 12 churches which participated in the inaugural event last year!
- Chinese Community UMC in Oakland will distribute food to the homeless, do street sweeping and cleanup, and give out free bottled water in the local community.
- St. Paul's UMC in Fremont will join St. Christina's and Pathway Community churches in participating in the Fremont CROP Walk on Sunday, May 15, to raise funds for Church World Service and the Centerville Free Dining Room. "Last year we raised about $3,000. Hopes are high again for this year!"
- Almaden Hills UMC in San Jose will celebrate an Earth Sunday worship on Sunday, May 15 with a special focus on the significance of clean, life-giving water. The following Friday (May 20), Green Ministries will present a screening of the award-winning film, A Sea Change, which explores the relationship between clean oceans and future generations (through the eyes of a man and his grandson), and on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, the church will "put words into action" and participate in National River Cleanup Day at Hellyer Park in San Jose.
- Like Novato UMC, Watsonville UMC will be Painting for Peace. "Graffiti is an ongoing problem in our town and our Youth Group for Girls, with the help of church members and friends, looks forward to painting over as much graffiti as possible," reports the church's pastor, the Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson. The project has been authorized by Neighborhood Services of the City of Watsonville and the paint, brushes, rollers, and other supplies have been donated. "Watch out, Watsonville!" Mathews-Johnson says.
- Wesley UMC of Bakersfield will gather as a church in the Sanctuary on Sunday, May 15. After singing, prayer, and commissioning the congregation will move to the local elementary school, Horace Mann, to do paint touch-ups on murals and paint a map of the United States on the playground. They also will do general clean-up and plant flowers, donated by the congregation. It is the oldest campus in the Bakersfield City School District and the surrounding neighborhood is working class, with many living at or near the poverty line.
- The UMW at Kernville UMC will sponsor a "Special Day" for a local low-income/no-income trailer park. The church's youth will pick up trash, pull weeds, etc. The UMW will provide a picnic lunch for residents and will have canned goods and gently used clothing to give away.