(10/18/2008)

Submitted by Pastor Mary
Zimmer, Parish Coordinator

The Calhoun County United Methodist Mission, located in Minnora has a new addition. A new storage facility is completed with the help of so many within our county and from other areas.

A dedication ceremony will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. The public is invited to come take part in the dedication ceremony and see the new addition.

The UM Mission opened its doors on January 24, 1994. After renting for six years, running out of space each time and not having bathroom facilities, a new permanent building was built in 2000 on land collectively owned by Minnora UM Church, Orma UM Church and Walker UM Church.

The new building was built using volunteer labor and funding from various grants. That building provided plenty of space for the Parish UM Mission to offer good used items such as clothing, small household goods, shoes, books and toys for those in the Calhoun area as well as surrounding counties.

The one draw back was storage and no place for the Mission to store used furniture. This new addition addresses these two needs. It will replace the old storage unit that was becoming unsafe and will allow us to be able to handle a small amount of used furniture.

With the contribution of many who provided financial assistance and volunteer labor along with a grant from the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation our dream of an addition has become a finished reality.

On behalf of the Parish, we wish to thank everyone who contributed to this project. And to the following people and churches for their assistance.

Chris Keener, Stephen and Portia Miller, Tim Davis, Rev. Rick Metheney, Jim Yoak, Butch Ford, Bill Stagg, Jessie Jackson, Vier Hall, Greg Dawson, Randy Ball, Rick Alderman, Fred and Yvonne Church, Dick Ullum, Mark Higgs, Alicia Davisson, Samantha Wilson, Donald Wilson, Jordan Mace, Rick Hopkins, Cory Metz, Leonard Powell Sr., Leonard Powell Jr., and Jason Walker.

Also, Katy Full, Molly Full, Douglas Mitchell, and Patrick Bartlett all of Vienna, Kaitlyn Bowles, Brittany Caprice Rader, and Gerald Matheny all of Parkersburg, Jason Norman of Belpre Ohio, Morgan Nelson, Ashley Rhodes, and Megan Nelson all of Mineral Wells, Paul Nichols, Jim McKnight and Bryan Carpenter all of St. Marys.

Also, the 13 United Methodist Churches that make up the Calhoun County UM Parish who helped with meals, Barbara Allen, Mission Director and John Weaver of Palestine.


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