Circuit of UMCs has party to stock local food pantries

Pack Shack God's Country circuitThe Harrison Circuit of the Northwest District (known as the “God’s Country” Circuit among its member churches) on March 28 partnered with northwest Arkansas nonprofit The Pack Shack for a “Feed the Funnel” party.

Sharing the work load, the churches exceeded all of their goals for the party. With 84 laity and clergy signed in and working to package meals for area food pantries, they were able to prepare more than 10,000 shelf-stable meals in just two hours. The meals were then distributed to organizations in Bull Shoals, Jasper, Leslie, Marshall, Harrison and Diamond City, all communities within the Harrison Circuit area.

After a successful effort, circuit members decided that their goal for next year will be to double their output, from 10,000 meals to 20,000 (or more). The Harrison Circuit already has booked a party with the The Pack Shack for Palm Sunday weekend 2016.

The churches of the Harrison Circuit include Diamond City, Omaha, First Harrison, St. Paul Harrison, Valley View, Bellefonte, Cedar Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Valley Springs, Jasper, Everton, Bergman, Bull Shoals and Yellville. The Rev. Pat Bodenhamer, pastor of Diamond City and Omaha UMCs, serves as Circuit Elder.