First UMC Fordyce reaches out during festival

Arky the Clown (First UMC Fordyce member John Lockwood, left) visits with community members April 25 during the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt festival. COURTESY PHOTO

Arky the Clown (First UMC Fordyce member John Lockwood, left) visits with community members April 25 during the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt festival.
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The city of Fordyce on the weekend of April 25 hosted the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt festival, and First UMC members used the opportunity to distribute more than 200 bottles of water and 60 “God Loves You” children’s books. The bottles and books were all labeled with an invitation to worship. Church member John Lockwood dressed as Arky the Clown and gave away the books and candy. The church also hosted the classic car show in its parking lot.

—submitted by Rev. Bill Cato