Southeast District: serving neighbors on MLK Day

The Mission Center of the Southeast District hosted a “Dirty Hands” mission event Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, for those in the Pine Bluff area. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance was planned as a call to a day of service and action to feed those in the community. 
Nearly 200 people were served a meal of soup, cornbread and dessert. While First UMC Pine Bluff hosted, the food donations came from United Methodist churches throughout Jefferson County. All of the churches participated, not only by providing food, but also by supplying workers who helped serve a hot meal to attendees.
While the meal was being served, those in attendance were entertained by youth and young adults from House of Levi, a non-profit organization that provides services to newly released inmates, and St. Luke UMC Pine Bluff. The Rev. Welton Boyce, pastor of Wabbaseka A.M.E. Church, spoke words of encouragement that highlighted the work of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.