Earlier this year, Bishop Scott Jones challenged every church in the Great Plains Area to raise funds for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign by the end of 2013. On Sunday, April 7, approximately 50 members of the Grace UMC in Crete, Neb., took up the Bishop’s challenge.
Following the 10:30 worship service, church members gathered at the Civic Center Armory in Crete for lunch, games, activities and basketball. Games and activities including face painting, ladder golf, a bean bag toss, children’s crafts, and a Nebraska trivia quiz. There were two small basketball hoops set up for children and one large hoop for youth and adults.
There was a one-hour open free throw contest in which church members had pledged to give money for every free throw that was made. Many attendees attempted the fast-paced free throw challenge including young children, seniors, and two pregnant women. Many throwing techniques were employed, such as the one-arm push, the two-arm push, the granny throw, and the proper free throw. With the rules loosely enforced, everyone had fun playing along.
Next came the pastor’s free throw contest in which the Rev. Mark M. Richardson attempted 100 free throws. Before a supportive, cheering crowd, Richardson made 25 successful throws out of his 100 attempts.
The final event of the day was the Muckel free throw challenge. In this challenge, members paid $2 to attempt 10 free throws against Doane College biology professor, Dr. Bob Muckel. Muckel made three successful throws out of his 10.
After expenses were paid, the Grace UMC “Imagine No Malaria” challenge raised roughly $2500. It also drew church members together for a fun time of fellowship and physical activity.