Sunday, February 24, 2013

Imagine No Malaria Fundraiser a Huge Success

Imagine for a moment that millions of people are dying every year of a preventable disease. Imagine the grief of their families, of their communities. Now imagine that YOU can stop these deaths. Imagine that thousands of miles from Africa, congregations are coming together to raise money and save lives. That's the driving force behind Imagine No Malaria.

Earlier today hundreds of people gathered in Parish Hall for a special fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria. It was the culmination of weeks of hard work by our children. Since the beginning of February they've been preparing for today's lunch by making posters, taking reservations, creating centerpieces and rehearsing their lines.

The lunch began with a performance by the Children's Choir. Their beautiful voices were a good reminder of why ALL God's children deserve a healthy life, whether they live in Tennessee or in Africa. After the choir sang, the Church Street Drama Troupe presented the first of two plays they've been working on since last fall. It brought to life the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. If you missed their performance, let me assure you that we have some very talented children in our congregation. We are so thankful for them and that they shared their talents with us today.

During intermission kids lined up to take a swat at Pastor Darryll who dressed like a giant mosquito for the occasion. Apparently the opportunity to swat one of their pastors with a pool noodle was more than the kids could pass up and they donated $450! 45 lives saved!

After intermission the Drama Troupe presented a second play. This one focused on the greatest commandment. The children reminded us that in addition to loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, we as Christians are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. Sometimes our neighbor is across the street, but sometimes our neighbors are an ocean away.

Thanks to everyone who made today's lunch possible. We are grateful for all who volunteered and all who attended. We saved more than 200 lives this afternoon. Thanks be to God! And in case you weren't able to join us, you can still make a donation by clicking here. Together we can imagine a world with no malaria.

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