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Newbern church says, ‘Welcome!’

NEWBERN — A group of 61 volunteers from Maryland passed through the local area last weekend and will return again this Saturday.
Every year, this large group of volunteers, who are participants in the Appalachia Service Project, make a stop in Pulaski County, where they are served by the hospitality of members of Newbern United Methodist Church.
Last weekend, using both their church building and the Newbern Community Center, Newbern United Methodist Church (NUMC) provided the volunteers with a place to stay overnight, along with serving breakfast to them and inviting them to join their Sunday church service.
By Monday, the volunteers, who attend Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Md., were on their way to Leslie County, Ken., where, as part of their service project, they spent the week helping to make repairs to homes in that area.
Saturday afternoon, the volunteers will return to NUMC on their way back to Maryland, where they will have a picnic (which the church will have prepared for them), and will stay overnight before heading out Sunday morning after breakfast.
According to the Appalachia Service Project’s website, ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. “Each year through our ministry, about 15,000 volunteers repair homes for 400 to 500 low-income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia,” the website states. “Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff alike. Since 1969, more than 12,500 homes have been repaired with the assistance of over 240,000 volunteers.”
Hazel Venable, a member of NUMC, noted that 2008 “marks the group’s 35th anniversary of passing through, doing God’s work.”
She also noted that to prepare for the group’s visit, NUMC holds yard sales to raise funds and has received donations and discounts, particularly from Food City in Pulaski, for purchasing food to serve their guests.

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Newbern church says, ‘Welcome!’

NEWBERN — A group of 61 volunteers from Maryland passed through the local area last weekend and will return again this Saturday.
Every year, this large group of volunteers, who are participants in the Appalachia Service Project, make a stop in Pulaski County, where they are served by the hospitality of members of Newbern United Methodist Church.
Last weekend, using both their church building and the Newbern Community Center, Newbern United Methodist Church (NUMC) provided the volunteers with a place to stay overnight, along with serving breakfast to them and inviting them to join their Sunday church service.
By Monday, the volunteers, who attend Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Md., were on their way to Leslie County, Ken., where, as part of their service project, they spent the week helping to make repairs to homes in that area.
Saturday afternoon, the volunteers will return to NUMC on their way back to Maryland, where they will have a picnic (which the church will have prepared for them), and will stay overnight before heading out Sunday morning after breakfast.
According to the Appalachia Service Project’s website, ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. “Each year through our ministry, about 15,000 volunteers repair homes for 400 to 500 low-income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia,” the website states. “Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff alike. Since 1969, more than 12,500 homes have been repaired with the assistance of over 240,000 volunteers.”
Hazel Venable, a member of NUMC, noted that 2008 “marks the group’s 35th anniversary of passing through, doing God’s work.”
She also noted that to prepare for the group’s visit, NUMC holds yard sales to raise funds and has received donations and discounts, particularly from Food City in Pulaski, for purchasing food to serve their guests.

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