GREENBRIER — Kids in Greenbrier are in for a real Halloween treat Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. when they attend the annual community Trunk or Treat party at Greenbrier First United Methodist Church. There will be over forty cars lined up in the church parking lot with their trunks open and decorated for all the little costumed ghosts and goblins to get their treats.
GFUMC regularly sponsors community events for Greenbrier residents and the Trunk or Treat party is one of the most loved. After walking the parking lot for give-aways, the little kids and their parents are invited inside the church fellowship hall to register for more fun and games. Lacey Bray said, “Everyone in the church is pulling together to make this the best party ever.” Inside will be carnival games, ring toss, cake walk, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks.
Trunk or Treat is only one of many community events GFUMC sponsors. Their annual Easter egg lawn party, July 4 fireworks and ice-cream social, supporting the Greenbrier High School football team, and Parents’ Day Out program for families who need a break are just a few special events that GFUMC does. They are hosting the Greenbrier Panthers with hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill on Friday, October 19th before the game with Shiloh Christian.
September 2012 was a record month with 20 families coming in for emergency food to the GFUMC food pantry. 112 families were helped to date this year. Donations either in food items or dollars are always welcome as weekly shopping trips have been necessary this year to supplement donated food. Each family receives about 30 items of food costing about $40. The youth of the church are making the Food Pantry their October mission project, so help make them proud with a donation.
GFUMC also offers tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. A group of retired teachers are offering their services free to any student, any age, and any grade who needs help in the following subject areas: Social Studies, Science, English, Mathematics, ACT preparation for high school students, or just studying for an upcoming test. The brainy idea of one of their parishioners, Dottie Jones, the program now boasts 26 kids registered and is in need of more volunteers to help. Jones is the Coordinator of this valuable program and welcomes more helping volunteers anytime. Just call the church office if you would like to devote a few hours each week.
The church also offers counseling with Pastor Kevin Lyon and is located at the corner of Highway 65 and Tyler in Greenbrier. For more information, call the church office 501-679-2452.