The Emmett United Methodist Church, a small congregation in eastern Kansas, raised $400 with an ice cream social for Imagine No Malaria.
Over the Aug. 3-4 weekend, the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton focused on how we all can be a part of changing the world by raising money for Imagine No Malaria. We had a special guest, Carol Russell who is a missionary from Africa. She shared her story with us. We also took a special offering and held a luncheon.
In addition, the congregation partnered with the 4A State Champion Holton wrestling team and Jackson County wrestling team to co-sponsor a wrestling invitational event at Holton High School. Evangel UMC’s very own Pat Grindol, music minister, and Devin Sanchez will wrestled against one another along with a number of exhibition matches of the State Champion Holton Wildcats. It was a classic battle of youth and wisdom. No matter what the outcome of the match was, eradicating malaria wins.
We partnered with our Holton High School wrestling coaches and athletes because they recognize that their leadership means more than sports, and they are called to change our community and the world for the better.
It was a great way to bring the community together around an amazing initiative of eradicating malaria. We raised awareness and also $1,460 for Imagine No Malaria.
Rev. Dennis Paschke is the senior pastor at Holton Evangel UMC.
Shane Britt, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Abilene and James Murunga, pastor and speaker from Nairobi, Kenya, used a basketball free-throw contest this past spring to raise funds to fight malaria in Africa.
The Emmanuel Missions Committee invited church members to make pledges to Imagine No Malaria that were based on the pastors’ free-throw results. Imagine No Malaria is an effort of the United Methodist Church to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa.
Kris Roney, member of the Emmanuel Missions Committee, said many United Methodist churches are using basketball as a platform to raise funds for the cause, but Emmanuel might be the only church whose fundraising efforts included a visiting pastor from Africa.
Murunga has a personal connection to the fight against malaria. In addition to seeing malaria take the lives of fellow Kenyans in his region, Murunga has seen the tragic effects of malaria in his own family. Murunga’s son died from malaria when he was one year old. Murunga has two surviving children, and one of them, his daughter, suffers from malaria.
Outdoors on a windy Sunday afternoon, Britt and Murunga took turns for a total of 200 free-throw attempts. Britt nailed 51 out of 100 attempts. Every other time Murunga’s turn came, he invited someone from the crowd to step up and take 10 shots. Over the course of the contest, Murunga borrowed five helpers from the congregation. Together, the six of them made 22 out of 100 attempts. Murunga himself made 11 out of 50 attempts, and his “team” matched the points by also making 11 out of 50 attempts. Murunga’s team included Brie Morton, Daryl Roney, Brian Cook, Rick Pearcey and Trevor Witt.
Britt also invited Witt, a former Abilene High School Cowboys varsity-basketball player, to a challenge. Britt offered Witt $10 for each completed basket out of 10 attempts. Witt stepped up to the line and made 8 out of 10 attempts for the cause.
“It was a neat concept, and it was cool to have Pastor Shane say he’d commit to $10 a free throw,” Witt said. “It was a mission to make some of those.”
Between pledges and donations, Emmanuel collected $3,900. Roney said the church plans to continue raising funds through bracelet sales and other means.
More than 100 children gathered for Vacation Bible School at Dodge City First United Methodist Church this summer and learned about the frightening disease in Africa and other parts of the world called malaria.
As the children learned that mosquitoes cause malaria and that they could help stop the mosquitoes, they became very excited to help. Over the course of the five-evening VBS, children brought $558 dollars in offerings, some emptying their banks from home to bring their money and help stop malaria.
“This was our congregation’s initial effort for Imagine No Malaria,” said Lance Carrithers, pastor of the church. “We decided that our children would lead us, which would create more awareness and excitement around the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
“My hope is that in the future, after malaria has been eradicated, these children will remember and say, “I was part of that. I gave money to wipe out malaria when I went to Bible school.”
Future events in the Dodge City congregation will get more adults and youth involved in the campaign.
“We are planning a special fundraiser during our annual fall Tailgate Party at the end of September,” said Carrithers. “Our youth are planning it, and we hope many will become involved and give joyfully.”
Bishop Scott Jones has announced a goal of every Kansas United Methodist congregation doing something by Dec. 31, 2013, to fight deaths from malaria by raising money for the United Methodist initiative Imagine No Malaria.
The disease kills an estimated 655,000 people each year, most of them children younger than 5 and pregnant women. Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted through the bite of a female anopheles mosquito. But, malaria is preventable, treatable and beatable!
Here are some ideas for the remainder of 2013 to raise money for Imagine No Malaria.
October: Encourage individuals and/or families to make a fall gift of $20.13.
November: Give gifts of gratitude. What do you have to be thankful for? Give others a reason to be thankful for you! Think about creative offerings, such as encouraging people to put a $10 bill in an offering envelope and write the name on the outside of the envelope of someone or something for whom/which they are thankful. The “Thanks-givings” names can be collected and displayed, perhaps on pipe-cleaner mosquitos on a net in a common area.
December: Encourage Christmas offerings. One church in Western North Carolina raised $100,000 in a single Christmas offering! We have the power to give the gift of life.
Remember, it only takes $10 to save a life, and we’re not done yet!
Bishop Scott Jones will be shooting another 1,000 free throws at Kansas Wesleyan on Friday, Aug. 16 from 2-4 p.m. CDT. Only this time, he will be competing against his uppity niece, Sarah Jones, who will be shooting simultaneously in Durham, NC. Facebook and Twitter will be keep those unable to attend informed on their progress. Bishop Jones and his niece will be raising money for Imagine No Malaria.
This is Bishop Jones’ second round of 1,000 free throws. On Feb. 23, 2013, Bishop Jones made 360 out of 1,000 free throws. This event raised $1,150 for Imagine No Malaria.
You can pledge your support for Sarah or Bishop Jones online at https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/UppityNieceBasketballChallenge
On April 14, First and Trinity United Methodist churches of Great Bend, Kan., sponsored the First Annual Shoot for No Malaria Free Throw Shootout in Great Bend. The event was open to shooters of all ages from the whole community.
With the help of the Barton County Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams and members of these two United Methodist congregations, more than $900 was raised for the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
Winners from each age categories from 3rd grade to over 60 were recognized with medals and certificates.
Drew Nicholson in 3/4th-grade boys made 24 out of 25 attempts, but admits that he is used to shooting from the regulation distance and height so the shortened shot made it “easy” for him.
In the young adult category (under 30) Kelly Curtis in the women’s category and Taylor Calcara in the men’s category each made 21 out of 25.
“I’m ok with that,” explained Calcara, “I didn’t play four years of college basketball [like Kelly].”
Rev. Lennie Maxwell, Great Bend First UMC, who only made 10 out of 25 to finish well down in his bracket and out of the medals explained, “At that rate I probably couldn’t make the WSU team but I could give the Bishop a run for the money.”
Terry Turner and Jann Sherman, First UMC, and Karla Essmiller, Trinity UMC, organized the event. All three agree it was a great success and hope for an even bigger turnout next time around. The organizers want to thank Great Bend High School for the use of the Panther Athletic Center and the Barton County Community College basketball coaches and players for all their help.
On April 7, Rossville (Kan.) United Methodist Church raised $700 for Imagine No Malaria at their chili supper and basketball game.
Approximately 90 people from the Rossville community participated in the event. People of all ages cheered at the game, which pitted adults against high school and college students. Mini basketballs were periodically tossed to the crowd during the game. At halftime, children of all ages received prizes for participating in free-throw shooting contests.
Sixth-grader Jaimey Bryant is no stranger to creative fund-raising ideas. At the 2012 Kansas West Annual Conference, she hand-crafted duct-tape crosses and sold them to raise funds for United Methodist Open Door and sponsor Rev. Amy Lippoldt to ride in the Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge. This year, she’s already making crosses to sell to support Bishop Scott Jones in the annual Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge for Open Door.
It was no surprise that she was inspired to support Imagine No Malaria. Her mom, Natalie Bryant, is associate pastor at Hutchinson (Kan.) Trinity United Methodist Church. She picked up a green Imagine No Malaria bracelet at a district clergy meeting last fall and started wearing it. Jaimey noticed her mom’s bracelet and asked about it.
Looking back, Bryant said she non-chalantly answered her question. “It’s for Imagine No Malaria. Did you know $10 can buy a net to save a family from malaria?”
That sparked a conversation about how she could help. Jaimey had just been voted onto her sixth-grade student council at Circle Greenwich Elementary School just outside Wichita, Kan. She approached the Student Council (StuCo) about raising funds for Imagine No Malaria.
Bryant said StuCo got behind the idea, and decided to split their fundraising efforts between Imagine No Malaria and a cancer charity in honor of a student at the school who is in remission from cancer.
“Ashley Gish sent the school 400 bracelets, which the StuCo sold for $1 a piece up to 5 bracelets,” Bryant said. “Jaimey went around the school for a day, telling each class what malaria is and how they could help end it. In the end, they raised more than $500 for Imagine No Malaria in just two days.”
Ogden Friendship House of Hope (Ogden, Kan.) partnered with next door neighbor Ogden’s Best Gun Range to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria Feb. 24. The church hosted a dinner in the fellowship hall, “The Skeeter Swat Cafe,” serving breakfast and lunch.
The congregation had its worship service early on Sunday morning. Rev. Diana Chapel, pastor at the church, said there were several new faces in the congregation, waiting to be first in line at the range.
“We made about $600 at the cafe and the same at the range,” Chapel said. “We had special mosquito targets at the range that the range owner had made up special for us.”
The range’s owner also waived all the normal fees for use of the range, and the church charged $10 per target. Another shoot is planned for May or June.
“I doubt many churches have a pulpit that is 20-feet from the target end of a gun range, but we make it work,” Chapel said. “This was a fun way to work to work with our neighbor.”