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FUMC helps to brighten holidays for many local residents

Friday, January 4, 2013

File photo Local youth enjoy fellowship at the Community Christmas Party, hosted by First United Methodist Church in December.
During the Christmas holidays, the First United Methodist Church certainly did its part in making the holidays a little brighter for the less fortunate in the area.

Not only was the church the site of the annual Community Christmas Party earlier in the month of December but church members also took up a Christmas Eve offering of $1,453 which will benefit Helping Hand of Kennett. The offering came from two Christmas Eve Services which were held at 5 p.m., and 11 p.m. According to Rev. Trevor Dancer, to his knowledge, this had never been done before.

When asked how the idea came about for a Christmas Eve offering, Rev. Dancer said, "It was actually in our Worship Team planning. We were talking about how in years past, we haven't had a Christmas Eve offering and so I asked why. So then it just kind of emerged from that conversation that if we're really wanting to make a difference in people's lives, then we need to do that. We need to invite the community to be a part of that with us. So, we wanted to do that during Christmas Eve."

When the question of why Helping Hand was chosen, Rev. Dancer noted, " Because it was an organization that helps thousands of people right here in Kennett. As a church we're sort of in the process of reinventing ourselves. We really wanted to continue to be very boldly outward focused so this is kind of a first step in doing that."

The funds which were raised were not earmarked for anything in particular. Rev. Dancer noted that it is up to Helping Hand to allocate the funds as they see fit.

Rev. Dancer has been pastor of the First United Methodist Church since July of 2012, replacing Rev. Gary Carter. Before transferring to Kennett, Rev. Dancer was based in Kansas City, Mo.

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