at Carrollton United Methodist Church
the things we have done in the past
October 2015 we served a dinner after church to raise money for the emergency
assistance ministry of the Carrollton Ministerial Alliance. It was called
Mostaccioli Madness because we served three versions of the famous Italian
pasta along with salads, garlic bread, and Italian desserts. It was a big
hit and we raised $820 for the Ministerial Alliance.
Patrick's Dinner Helps Others
Our March 15, 2015 dinner raised
$620 that will be used to further the good work being done by
Heifer International; a
group that helps others help themselves. The money we raised will
purchase animals that will not only feed someone for a little while, but
provide a long-term income. Those who receive help through Heifer
International then turn around and pass along the gift of an animal to another
needy family. So, the benefits of the original gift continue to
multiply! This is a great cause; our Youth Group did a very good
thing! Previously back on March 18, 2012, the Youth Group did a St. Pat's
Dinner that raised money for the Camping Fund.
Pancake Breakfast a
Our efforts on Saturday, March
1, 2014 netted $1,255.80. This money was raised to help support
the work of the Carrollton Ministerial Alliance as it provides emergency
assistance to local residents. The Ministerial Alliance also sponsors and
coordinates the annual Christmas food distribution in December. It felt
good to be a part of an ecumenical ministry that helps so many people.
Our menu included: pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon as well as biscuits and
gravy. We also offered milk, orange juice, and coffee to drink.
Our Youth Group put on an indoor Ice Cream Social on
the evening of Sunday, June 30, 2013 to say thanks to the church family for all
the hard work that was done in upgrading and remodeling the Youth House.
However, we ended up raising additional funds for youth ministry.
Methodist Malt Shop
This was another ice cream social, but this
one was on a much larger
scale and we raised money (over $1,200) for the church's new college
scholarship fund. This was a project of our youth confirmation class in
the summer of 2016.
Fund Raiser a Success
On September 22, 2013 our Youth Group
organized and hosted a benefit Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for
Imagine No Malaria, a cause that the United Methodist Church is
emphasizing in a concerted effort to totally wipe out malaria by the year
2015. It takes only $10 to save a life in the battle against this deadly,
but curable disease. We raised over $1,100 thus saving 110
lives! Find out more about what is being done to wipe out malaria by
going to: www.imaginenomalariamo.org
This is a ministry that was started by our United Methodist
Church many years ago. Four other churches have joined the effort the
last few years. Every year since 2013 our Youth Group has cooked meals
for the Soul Food
ministry. Each time we have prepared between 80 to 101 warm meals for
needy Carrollton families. It's a big job, but we love doing it!
Boxed Up a Lot of Baby Clothes
We plugged into one of our
church's mission projects in October 2014. We boxed up the Baby
Bundle packs so they could be driven to the Festival of
Sharing in Sedalia. Church members donated the baby clothing
items. They also gave cash so additional baby clothes could be
purchased. We helped by boxing up all the Baby Bundle kits,
taping up and labeling the boxes.
Our 2013 confirmands prepared a delicious breakfast for
everyone who came to Sunday School on August 18, 2013. This wasn't a fund
raiser, it was just a kind gesture that was done as part of the confirmands'
learning about becoming a member of the church. The food was much
appreciated and everyone had a great time.
Group's Gift to the Congregation
In 2016 Valentine's Day fell on
a Sunday and the Youth Group just couldn't pass up the opportunity to do
something nice. As everyone left worship that day members of the Youth
Group distributed small bags of Valentine candy and Bible verses about
love. The congregation loved it!
About five years ago, Rev. Williams asked us to take our
turn serving as ushers throughout the month of August. This was new for
our church. We received a lot of positive feedback from the older members
of the congregation who said we did a great job. The pastor said he
thought we did an awesome job of it, too. So now every summer the youth
do a month of ushering. It's fun!
Serving Holy Communion
2013 confirmands were invited twice to assist the pastor in serving Holy
Communion. This was a first for our church. Since then, members of
every confirmation class have had the pleasure of serving at the Lord's
Table. Rev. Williams is anxious for other youth to join him in the great
honor of serving Holy Communion to the church family.
Children's Easter Egg
Every year we stuff 450 or more plastic eggs with candy and
hide them around the church on Easter morning. Following the worship
service the children of the church have a great time hunting for the eggs.
season since the Carrollton Corn Maze started we have made a trip to the
with Vacation Bible School
Every year we help the adults lead a
five-day V.B.S. for the children of the church. We help with recreation
(of course!), lead the singing, participate in skits, and help in the
classrooms wherever we are needed.
night Lock-In events (no sleep