Methodist church members support Liberia congregation 11.26

Written by David Green.

Methodist churches throughout the Ann Arbor district are placing a focus on aiding Christians in Liberia, and that effort includes Morenci United Methodist Church.

Morenci’s congregation was assigned the Howard Memorial United Methodist Church, about 20 miles from Buchanan City, Liberia.

The first goal for Morenci’s members, said Carol Van Havel, is to help establish a well.

“Their drinking water comes from the river, causing much sickness,” Van Havel said. “Next we will see what we can do to help build a church building for them.”

The church building was heavily damaged during the civil war that ended in 2003. The fighting left economic ruin and more than a quarter million people dead.

“The district was badly hit by the civil war,” Rev. Nelly Wright of Liberia. “Many of our outstanding supporters were killed while some fled the country. The majority are jobless.”

Most people in the area try to earn a living through agriculture.

A soup supper served as Morenci’s first fund-raiser for the well project and the annual Country Store and bake sale event Dec. 6 will bring in additional revenue.

Church members are planning a “talent auction” in January, in which the services of congregation members can be bought.

Letters have been written to members of the Howard Memorial congregation, Van Havel said, but replies have been slow in coming because mail delivery is restricted to the cities. So far, they have heard back from a pastor and from the district supervisor.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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