357. Athletes Help With Disaster Response – Sunrise UMC – (Best of MissionCast)

MissionCast – Athletes for Tornado Survivors – Sunrise United Methodist Church
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From the Best of MissionCast: You may have missed a chance of a lifetime if you were not there at Sunrise United Methodist Church. Indeed there were people standing, sitting and lying down in line as early as 5am for the church doors to open at 10am. About 30 athletes from the metropolitan area drove to Sunrise United Methodist Church to give autographs in exchange for donations for our United Methodist Disaster Response ministry in Joplin and all across Missouri. The main organizer of the event was associate pastor, Troy Merseal.

Admission was $20 for adults and $10 for youth and children. For the admission fee you could get over 25 autographs of area athletes. There was an extra ten dollar charge for certain celebrity autographs like those of the Cardinal’s Matt Holiday, Adam Wainwright and Skip Shumaker. At one point the autographs for these athletes went up to $50 a piece. People brought in pictures, baseball cards, helmets, bats, gloves, shirts, mascots and even little models of the players themselves. Rev Jim Blue estimated that 90% of those making donations for disaster response were people from the community who were not attending Sunrise United Methodist Church. Or might we hopefully say not attending as yet.

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