Think your church can't do anything to change the world? Think again. Change the World 2012 challenges congregations to reach out and become involved in their community locally – while fighting malaria globally.
The local event could be planting a community garden or cleaning a local park. As for helping eradicate malaria, a congregation could sponsor a walkathon to raise money and awareness.
Change the World is an annual event sponsored by Rethink Church. This year, the dates are May 19-20 – this Saturday and Sunday.
Bridges Circuit #9
On Saturday, the United Methodist congregations that make up Bridges Circuit #9 will be joining together from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a community clean-up at Fisherman's Lake Park in Natomas (corner of Natomas Central Drive at Po River Way).
Lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part. "Bring yourselves, your friends, and a pair of work gloves," reads an email from St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento. "If you have small garden tools, shovels, clippers, or pruners, please bring them as well. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are recommended."
Call St. Mark's at 916.483.7848 for more information.
Livermore Church Invites You to Help Change the World in June
Even though the worldwide Change the World weekend is May 19-20, some churches schedule Change the World events at other times during the year. Asbury UMC in Livermore is hosting such an event at its Garden of Grace on the first Saturday of next month (June 2) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Activities will include learning about organic gardening, and working in the garden to accomplish a variety of things: preparing the ground, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting.
From 11 to noon Dr. Mark Brunell will lecture on a gardening topic (for those interested in learning more about specific gardening techniques). A BBQ lunch at noon will conclude the day.
The event is open to people of all ages. Reservations are not required and there is no cost.
You are advised to wear comfortable clothing and to take gloves, hats, and sunblock with you.
For more information (or to confirm attendance, if you wish) contact the Rev. Chuck Johnstone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925.447.1950, Ext. 101.