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First UMC conducts Church without Walls
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Members of First United Methodist Church are shown painting a mobile home, one of many service projects. Painters are, from left: Nancy Gale, Terry Turner on ladder, Diana Webster, Karen Garrett, Marc Webster and Mark Calcara. - photo by Courtesy photos

“Here, there, and everywhere” may be said of members of First United Methodist Church as they embarked on two Church without Walls events this spring.  Held on May 18 and June 22, members wearing red shirts displaying the logo could be seen at various locations.
 Outdoor activities included yard cleanup, ramp building, mobile home painting and Heizer Park improvements. Church member Judy Turner said much progress was made inside the Dream Center as rooms were painted, ceiling tile and sprinkler system pipe installed, donated clothing moved and sorted, and inspirational scripture added to the walls of the sanctuary.  
Other indoor projects were carried out at FUMC’s Fellowship Hall. May baskets were made and filled with useful items and delivered to 24 shut-ins.  Ninety-six birthing kits were assembled with essentials to assist infant deliveries in disaster areas. These were taken to the Methodist General Conference for later distribution worldwide.
During the second Church without Walls event, more indoor efforts resulted in personal hygiene products and Bibles being packaged into kits for residents of the Life Giving Center and girls’ home.  Several fleece blankets were completed to be offered to patients at the Heartland Cancer Treatment Center.
Each undertaking began with a worship service at 8:30 and concluded with a meal together at noon.  The final event will be Aug. 10 when the community is invited for a Family Fun Day.  Activities for all ages will include bouncy houses, games, fun and food.