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worship, workshops and speakers will be featured at the 9th National
Gathering of United Methodist Men at Purdue University.
May 17, 2005
By Rich Peck*
Tenn. (UMNS)—Presidents of United Methodist Men in U.S. annual
conferences are launching an effort to involve 9,600 men in hunger
relief and to create 800 local church units for men’s ministry.
effort will begin with a gleaning, a potato drop, and a dried and
canned food collection at the July 15-17 National Gathering of United
Methodist Men at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
four years, United Methodist men from around the globe gather for a
time of spiritual renewal, fellowship and instruction. This year’s event
is the ninth gathering.
gleaning, or collecting of left-over food from a farmer’s field after
harvest, will be held on the morning of July 15. Food will be
distributed to hunger relief agencies in the West Lafayette area.
potato drop will be held on the afternoon of the same day, next to the
Purdue football stadium. More than 40,000 pounds of potatoes will be
bagged and then distributed to more hunger relief agencies.
4,000 men expected to attend the national gathering are also asked to
bring five cans of vegetables, fruits and soups to help feed the hungry.
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gleaning project will kick off the 9th National Gathering of United
Methodist Men at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., July 15-19.
These mission events are done in combination with hunger-relief training sessions and hunger-relief workshops.
workshops will help men understand a new effort launched by the
National Association of Conference Presidents and the Society of St.
Andrew, a hunger relief ministry based in Big Island, Va.
annual conference president of United Methodist Men is asked to find 12
churches without a unit of United Methodist Men. Following the Purdue
event, they will ask each of these churches to send 10 volunteers to
participate in a potato drop, gleaning or other hunger-relief effort.
The men will also be challenged to give $20 each for Meals for Millions
to support national hunger-relief ministries.
men hope each church will want to charter a unit of United Methodist
Men to participate in future mission and spiritual-enrichment
a world that produces 4.3 pounds of food daily for every individual on
the planet, there is no reason for anyone to go to bed hungry, said the
Rev. Ken Horne, the top staff executive of the Society of St. Andrew.
goal is not to sponsor more potato drops or gleaning efforts,” Horne
said. “Our goal is to have enough people get angry about hunger in
America that they will demand action.” He estimates the efforts by
United Methodist Men will raise $158,000 for hunger relief.
Speakers at the national gathering include:
Ruettiger, a short-stature man who struggled with dyslexia but dreamed
of playing on the Notre Dame football team. His story inspired the film
Dyer, who was born without any lower limbs, no arm on the left side and
a partial arm on the right. His limitations have not dampened his
determination or love of competitive bass fishing. He is an active
member of First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ala., and a full-time staff
member of Making U Disciples ministries.
- Dayton Edmonds, a full-blooded Native American of the Caddo nation and a retired United Methodist missionary.
Violet L. Fisher, who leads 800 local churches and 1,500 clergy in the
North Central New York and Western New York annual (regional)
- The Rev. Tyrone D. Gordon, pastor of the 5,400-member St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Dallas.
- The Rev. James W. Moore, senior pastor of the 7,500-member St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.
featured performers include Friends of the Groom, an
interdenominational theater group; Phillips Craig & Dean, three
full-time church ministers with a music ministry that has produced nine
albums; Christlike, an Oklahoma-based group of men who combine country
flavor acts with traditional Southern Gospel music; Africa University
Choir, 16-member choir from Mutare, Zimbabwe; and Paul Saik, soloist
from Nashville, Tenn.
week will also include 30 workshops on topics ranging from using the
Internet to practicing biblical justice. Cal Turner, former president of
Dollar General Stores, will speak at a dinner honoring members of the
John Wesley Society, and a mission fair will include exhibits from
national and international agencies. The three-day event will also
include a golf tournament and a fun run.
For information and to register, go to www.gcumm.org and click on the 9th National Gathering.
*Peck is the communications coordinator for the Commission on United Methodist Men
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.