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Ubuntu Day of Service at Brooks-Howell

Western North Carolina United Methodist Women members volunteer at Brooks-Howell retirement home.

Ubuntu Day of Service at Brooks-Howell
Janet R. Morgan carries bags of leaves after clearing a sidewalk near Brooks-Howell Home during an Ubuntu Day of Service.

More than 40 women from the Western North Carolina Conference participated in an Ubuntu Day of Service in October 2013. Women from across the conference selected a site and traveled to Bethlehem Center in Charlotte, Bethlehem Center in Winston-Salem, Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, or Pfeiffer University  in Misenheimer, all United Methodist Women-related institutions. Sherry Sink, chair of membership, nurture and outreach for the conference, organized the event.

I went on a United Methodist Women Ubuntu Journey to the Philippines in February 2012, and the experience forever changed the way that I view the world, the work of the United Methodist Women and our connection with one another. The Western North Carolina Ubuntu Day of Service was well worth the two-hour drive to Brooks-Howell in Asheville in order to give back to our deaconesses and missionaries who have served ahead of us.

Brooks-Howell is a retirement home for retired deaconesses and missionaries owned and governed by United Methodist Women. United Methodist Women members from Murphy, Burnsville, Waynesville, Morganton and Lincolnton, N.C., cleared the sidewalk on a popular street alongside Brooks-Howell, removing leaves, weeds and cleaned out the retaining wall drains. Other teams washed windows, sorted greeting cards to Kenya, assisted residents with planting pansies, cleaned out closets, and packed boxes.

Janet R. Morgan is a United Methodist Women member at Messiah United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, N.C.

Posted or updated: 3/23/2014 11:00:00 PM
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