Showing God’s love to graduates for 50 years

COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

For more than half a century, the Wesleyan Circle at First UMC Heber Springs has prepared a from-scratch breakfast for all graduating high school seniors of the community, not just those in their congregation. This year, the group pictured at right worked joyfully together to serve more than 150 people as a way to show them the love of God.

The congregation has four active United Methodist Women circles—Wesleyan, Joy, Sunshine and Dorcas—with approximately 80 total active members. This year the circles added something new that they hope to make a tradition: providing breakfast one morning for the Ozark Mission Project campers and chaperones that spent a week serving neighbors in the community.

Each of the circles also provides monetary support to Margie’s Haven House, a shelter for individuals recovering from physical and mental abuse. In addition to giving funds, each group collects and gives items needed by those who stay in the shelter, such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, laundry baskets, detergent and gift cards. The United Methodist Women of First UMC Heber Springs continue to look for more ways to reach the people they are called to serve.

—Submitted by Terri Whitlatch