Posted by: Chuck Dean on Mon, Nov 22, 2004
PROVIDENCE 'TURKEY RUN' HELPS 120 FAMILIES
SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- One small church in Spanish Fort made a big difference in the lives of 120 families in Baldwin and Escambia counties with the third annual Providence United Methodist Church "Turkey Run."
Within about two hours, Providence UMC members delivered laundry baskets filled with canned and boxed goods, fresh fruits, frozen smoked turkeys and New Testament Bibles to 120 families on Saturday, Nov. 20. This is the third year for the event, which began with 35 families delivering 35 baskets. This year's goal was 100 baskets, and the 175-member church on Stagecoach Road surpassed the goal.
The ministry involves all ages, from children and youth who went trick-or-treating on Halloween for canned goods to adults who brought laundry baskets filled with items for Thanksgiving dinners.
Tom Montgomery, a member of the church's missions committee, spearheaded the effort. He contacted area agencies and law enforcement to identify families in need. Turkey Run team captains contacted each family and coordinated maps and directions to each home. On Saturday morning, about 50 members of Providence UMC gathered at the church to pray for the families they would be meeting, then young and old loaded baskets into cars, vans and trucks and delivered the goods.
According to the Rev. Bob Sweet, the project is one of many ways the church is serving as God's hands, feet and heart in the community.
"Providence Church is a community of faith whose purpose is to make committed disciples of Jesus Christ and to share God's love in the community," Sweet said.
For more information about the ministries of Providence UMC, call the church office at 626-2510, visit the website atwww.providencemethodist.org, or attend worship services on Sundays at 10 a.m.
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