FUMC’s Love Morristown gives back to the community
Members of First United Methodist Church donate quilts to M.A.T.S. as part of Love Morristown.
Last weekend more than 300 members of First United Methodist Church completed the sixth annual competition to show Morristown some love.
“There’s a lot of people that do individual acts of kindness and there’s a lot of groups and churches in the community that do acts of kindness. The idea was what if we took one day and try to do something together as a church,” said Dr. Scott Layer, Minister of FUMC Connection Ministries. “I think we did about 20 different projects this year.”
Dan Fisher headed up this years event, which took place March 1 and March 2.
“We had members from our Sunday school classes, Scouts, Youth Group children, Circles, Joyful Hearts and Quilters group come together,” Fisher said. “We went through the community doing a variety of things.”
Fisher said the volunteers reached around 1,200 people in Morristown this year.
Among the acts of kindness, Fisher said, “Classes went to local schools to read to children, to the 911 Call Center to serve a meal to the staff there, they provided 40 pairs of shoes and socks to people in the community that needed them, another class went to all the local fire stations and delivered cookies, one class went to South Cumberland to prepare breakfast boxes for the homeless.”
He added that some projects are still underway.
The Joyful Hearts group is preparing Easter baskets, the Circle class is making cookies for M.A.T.S., and another class is going to go to the Senior Citizens Center to do landscaping.
“It’s an annual event and there is a lot of excitement that the groups put into it. We live in a wonderful community that does so much for other people and we just designated a day to do go throughout the community to show our love.” Fisher said.
Fisher added that the motto of Love Morristown is “Showing God’s love in a practical way.”
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer