Under the Nets event held in Dorchester, Neb.

The Igniting Youth and the Dorchester UMC hosted Under the Nets event on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, to raise money to purchase mosquito nets for the fight against malaria in Africa.

There were 14 youth and eight adults that canvassed the town for funds and to raise awareness. On Sunday, they helped with the morning worship and collected money by having a “Dough for Nets” fundraiser. With these fundraisers and various other donations, more than $700 has been raised to date.

Photo: Back row from left: Randy Schlick, Matthew Hoffman, Cole Johnson, Jason Jensen, Ryan Weber, Cindy Kotas, Pastor Pax Baptista, Roxie Heller. Middle row from left: Bailey Velder, Daisha Hoffman, Caitlin Sharkey,  Savanah Plonkey, Michelle Kotas, Edwen Baptista, Ridge Hoffman, Neal Ladley. Front row from left: Haley Weber, Kyra Creamer, Megan Kotas, Amber Kotas, Rhonda Schlick and Brett Ladely.

Calvary UMC promotes Imagine No Malaria on float

Galvary UMC in Bushnell, Neb., entered an Imagine No Malaria (INM) float in the Bushnell Day Parade on Aug. 17. The float served as a promotion of the effort to continue to collect money for the purchase of nets for the INM project.

The Great Plains Area has raised a total of $285,681.80. View the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska maps – can you find your church? If not, then we have not received any contributions from your church. This toolkit offers great tips on fundraisers and information on INM in general. Don’t forget to send us your fundraising stories, along with total raised and photos of the event.

Alma and Republican City UMCs join INM cause

The Alma and Republican City UMCs in Nebraska, sponsored an Imagine No Malaria event on Aug. 11 at the Alma school basketball courts. Teams of adults, youth and children requested pledges per free throw and lump sum donations in advance and then shot free throws during the event. Trophies were given to the team who made the most shots and who also received the most in pledges and to the four individuals who made the most free throws. All team members were given a malaria swatter. The team “God Squad!” consisted of Pastor Jim Bendorf, his wife Penny, church secretary Doris Brandon and her husband Gary. More than $1,500 was raised as a result of this event and donations are still coming. The Short Stop convenience store in Alma donated drinks for the event. It was a fun time for a good cause.

“The Harlan County Journal” provided publicity in the Aug. 1 and 15 editions.