From mailers to meals and magic shows, Liberty UMC in Quitman [Texas] is acting large and in charge by building relationships in the community.
Early in the year, a group of leaders at Liberty UMC in Quitman felt the need to do some kind of community outreach or event. Much to the evangelism team’s delight, church leaders budgeted $800-$1,000 and they got to work.
“We began devising a plan to host a fellowship dinner and invite the community,” John explains. “ Jerry Price and I scouted a local magician nearby and lo and behold, when we met him, we discovered he was even an ordained minister so we knew he could provide family-friendly entertainment,” says John. “We needed to promote it somehow so I went to the post office and investigated the process of sending it to five of the mail routes in our vicinity.”
In creating a simple postcard, the team then strategically decided to feature several events, beginning with the Easter Sunrise service and breakfast. They hoped the fellowship dinner, planned several weeks later would beckon Easter visitors to come back and inspire other residents out to enjoy a fun weeknight meal complete with a magician. After the plans were set, Liberty UMC had 4,000 postcards printed and dropped in the mail the week of Easter.
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