‘Name the Bird’ contest yields 533 rolls of bathroom tissue for Goddard UMC Food Pantry

"Spirit," the mascot of Goddard United Methodist Women. COURTESY PHOTO

“Spirit,” the mascot of Goddard United Methodist Women.

It started out as a whimsical centerpiece, but became a bird with a cause—and now, a name.

When a colorful bird was first used as a table decoration for a Goddard United Methodist Women meeting, someone proposed that the bird should be the unit’s mascot…but what to name her? And how to decide?

A “Name the Bird” contest soon began. Submitting a suggestion for the bird’s name required that two rolls of bathroom tissue be donated to the church food pantry. After 11 names were submitted, voting took place over a three-week period, with each vote requiring a donation of one roll of bathroom tissue. Goddard United Methodist Women were on a roll—as was the bathroom tissue, which began rolling into the church and rolling out to the neighbors who came to the food pantry.

Goddard United Methodist Women’s bird attended Annual Conference in Hot Springs, where she met Bishop Mueller (and yes, he cast a vote). She also attended the United Methodist Women’s annual luncheon and met Arkansas Conference United Methodist Women president Martha Altom, and Northwest District president Diana Hendricks.

The winning name, Spirit, reminds the women of the sustenance of the Holy Spirit, and of all the mission-minded Goddard UMC members past, present and future. Spirit will be used to help bring attention to future United Methodist Women efforts connected with the congregation.

—submitted by Elizabeth Eubanks