Candle Burning Ceremony Impacts Missions Affecting Women, Children and Youth

Under the guidance and planning of Gwen Hamrick, the Williamsburg United Methodist Church Women recently remembered and honored loved ones with a special gift to missions during the annual Candle Burning ceremony. Donations exceeding $2,200.00 determined the length of time the candle burned; and marked their collective impact on missions affecting women, children and youth around the world. This year's theme "From Within Our Hearts We are called to Give to Others" was presented by the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Early Response Team to Puerto Rico; the first United Methodist group from the mainland to offer such assistance since the 2017 hurricane season. This team put in long days as they removed tiles, doors and windows at Principe de Paz United Methodist Church in Aricebo, which had been heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria. Team members helped to repair cracks in the cement floor on the second floor of the building and install temporary roofing to alleviate some of the flooding that continues to impact the church's worship space on the first floor.

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