Extra helping hands were spotted around the village during First United Methodist Church’s mission week, June 28-30.
Pastor Paul Wilson led a group of 22 church members to seven Wellington residences and offered services such as painting, landscaping, and carpentry. It was First UMC’s first cleanup day since just after Wilson took over as pastor four years ago.
“Our youth fellowship takes off every summer to do something like this,” said Wilson while painting at 128 Magyar St. “Right now they’re in Steubenville. So we decided to do a parallel, local mission week here with the adults. Occasionally we also do some work that might not be part of a mission week like painting at the Salvation Army.”
First UMC also sent members to cleanup projects in Wakeman and Homerville.
“There’s a lady in Homerville who needed a lot of help,” Wilson said. “She has about four acres to take care of and it’s a little overwhelming for her. That’s going to be a year-long project for us in partnership with Chatham Community Church in Spencer.”
Wilson said that in looking at the list of residents to help, a pattern emerged — they were all widows.
“There’s several Old Testament scriptures that say, ‘Care for the orphan, care for the widow,’ over and over again. That included all seven houses here in Wellington and the ones in Homerville and Wakeman.”
Joyce Scott, owner of the Magyar house and a 30-year village resident, said the help was much appreciated. During the cleanup, she learned that her 17th great-grandchild had been born. She also runs the village’s Salvation Army chapter, making church members happy to point assistance in her direction, Wilson said.
“It’s been really inspiring,” said Scott. “People I don’t even know just reaching out to help, it’s very nice. They’ve invited me to lunch and we’ve read scriptures together. It was all perfect. I made some good friends here. I don’t even go to the church and they still reached out to me like this. That’s special.”
“Someone loses a husband and it becomes very difficult to keep up with work like this,” said Wilson. “At the same time, they don’t want to move or change anything. After a couple of years, it becomes physically impossible to keep up, and we’re happy to help.”
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