Lonoke church’s UMCOR involvement leads to gift of mowers

Concord UMCOR mowersConcord United Methodist Church Lonoke has developed a new enthusiasm for mission, particularly surrounding Sager Brown Depot, part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The depot in Baldwin, La., ships emergency relief supplies around the world in the wake of disasters; church teams help prepare those supplies and maintain the facility.

Last July, 16 members of Concord UMC Lonoke traveled to Sager Brown, and 20 members of all ages have signed up for this July. “I’m a firm believer that a mission trip is one of the greatest things you can do for the laity,” said the Rev. Larry Hughes, the church’s pastor. “They really got fired up.”

Two of the men who traveled to Sager Brown last summer spent time mowing the acreage there. They noticed the equipment was aging, and came back telling their fellow church members about a potential need for a new mower. The United Methodist Men began fundraising, and Hughes talked with Sager Brown about what equipment would be the most practical.

On Jan. 26, representatives from Concord UMC Lonoke drove to UMCOR Sager Brown Depot to deliver two riding mowers with four-year extended warranties for maintenance, plus a check for $1,000. Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Jimmy Eucope, manager of maintenance and grounds for Sager Brown; Leroy Akridge of Concord UMC; Elizabeth Graham, director of operations for Sager Brown; Lynn Sample of Concord UMC; and Alvin Collins, groundsworker for Sager Brown.