Submitted from The Brazil First United Methodist Church
Brazil First United Methodist Church is taking part in "Change the World 2012."
It is a coordinated effort to change the world for the better by coming together in community and around the world to personify the love of Christ. It is about building community locally and fighting malaria globally.
An annual event since 2010, "Change the World," has impacted thousands of lives worldwide. It is based on a book of the same name by Rev. Mike Slaughter, who challenges churches of every size "to be a mission outpost, living out Christ's ideals in today's world."
Simply put, "Change the World," participants select a mission project and invite their communities to participate.
"Building community locally" may look like creating a community garden, stocking a food pantry, cleaning local parks or offering free health services. The people of First United Methodist Church are collecting food articles to benefit Clay County Emergency Food Pantry.
Some non-profit ministries experience a dip in donations during the summer months. The need for assistance does not necessarily decrease. The congregation invites Clay County residents to purchase some extra canned food items each time they shop and donate them to the pantry.
The church is planning a special service to celebrate the collection Sunday, May 20.
It is part of the weekly worship experiences at 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil, just south of Meridian Elementary School.
Traditional hymn based worship is at 9 a.m. The second weekly worship experience incorporates contemporary music and takes place at 11 a.m.
The United Methodist Denomination in the United States is seeking to change the world by "Fighting Malaria Globally." First UMC is taking part in an event sponsored by the Indiana Conference Mission and Advocacy Team and the West District of the Indiana Conference.
It is called "Imagine NO Malaria -- Change the World -- (non-competition) 5K Run/Walk/Stroll and will take place on the downtown canal in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 7.
People can be involved by entering the 5K or by sponsoring a participant.
You can help eliminate malaria by providing special nets to keep malaria carrying mosquitoes off of children in Africa.
There are many ways to imagine changing the world so that it reflects more fully the love of God through Christ. These are two of the ways our whole community can be involved.