Church: First UMC - Red Wing
District: River Valley
Submitted by: Greg Strunk
Jane Stone and Liz Ciccone were given the task of providing the fellowship snacks for the people of First United Methodist Church of Red Wing who came to worship on Christmas day. They thought that very few people would want to come to fellowship time on such a day and came up with the idea of bringing the fellowship treats out to the people who had to work. Their vision was to have those who came to worship go out and share some of Christ goodness with some homemade goodies to the people of Red Wing – thinking that made more sense.
So on Christmas Day the First United Methodist Church of Red Wing gathered for a half hour time of worship; singing Christmas carols, prayer and hearing God’s Word. Then they participated in a living sermon bringing a touch of love to all they could. Many people made goodies, enough to pack 26 trays. Each tray had a short note letting people know they are appreciated and loved by Christ and the people of the First United Methodist Church. They blessed the local police and fire departments, the hospital, people working at the local power plant, nursing homes, gas stations, hotels and other place they could think of. The response they received from the community has been overwhelming--people were blown away on Christmas day by this act of kindness and love shown.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church