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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Pinwheels spin cash for camp

    September 15, 2023 / By Sarah Walker, Ohio UMC

    The pinwheel spins when the breeze blows. The breeze is a reminder that although you cannot see the air moving, it is always present. Just like the air is always present, so is the Holy Spirit. 

    Fundraisers are an important way to keep the Ohio United Methodist Church going. We needed funds for our children going to camp. The Sunday school and youth group wanted to do something fun, bring light to someone's day, and bring joy to the world.  

    For a few years now, we have been pinning people’s front lawns. All it entails is placing a bunch of colorful pinwheels in the grass. This brings laughter and happiness to their homes as well as the community.  

    We have heard people talk about how awesome it is to see something beautiful. This brings joy to our church as we fulfill our promise to God.  

    Every summer, we send our youth to Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center where they play and have fun while learning about the Bible and understanding their purpose. This past summer, we raised enough money to send eight youth to camp at no cost to the families. 

    Colton is 15 years old. He’s been to camp at Aldersgate three summers now.  

    "Camp Aldersgate is my favorite place to be to make new friends and learn more about God and God’s purpose in our life," said Colton, who aspires to one day become a camp counselor. 

    I run the fundraiser with my husband, Gardner Walker III. Our four sons, Colton, Garner IV, Levi, and Brayden, also assist. 

    We thank all that participated and hope to continue spreading the joy of having Jesus in our hearts and being true to God. Our church is small, but we are trying to make a big impact in our community and surrounding areas. 

    TAGGED / Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM) / Communications / Connectional Ministries / Vital Congregations / Youth

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."