Church Holds Creative Fundraiser For Cancer Victims

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

The Grimes United Methodist Church is a close knit congregation with 175 members. Three of them were diagnosed with cancer in the last several months.

Some members put together a team to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Sunday, the church held a unique fundraiser to raise money for the cause.

In a staged hostage situation, the pastor was captured Saturday night, and in order for the church to get him back in time for the 11 o'clock service, members had to cough up ransom money of $300 dollars.

Sunday morning, service at the Grimes United Methodist Church was not your typical church gathering.

As service began, one of the members said with a laugh, "As you may have noticed, Pastor Matt is not with us. He has been captured by the Grimes of Liberation."

The congregation had a chuckle, but it was not a laughing matter for Pastor Mobley.

"Hopefully, they'll raise money for me to be released from captivity," Pastor Mobley said.

After two sisters and a sister-in-law were diagnosed with different types of cancer in the last seven months, Sharon and Kay Wingate signed the church up to walk in the Relay for Life.

They came up with the idea to capture the pastor after looking for a creative fundraiser. They say it’s the best one yet.

"Yesterday, some of the guys and I decided it would be a good day to kidnap the pastor and hold him ransom, collect money to have him back in time to preach. We went to the church yesterday and two guys came in and tied him up."

The "captors" on the video said, "We're the Grimes Liberation Front; we want $300 dollars or you're never going to see this preacher again."

Just in the nick of time, the pastor was rescued so that Sunday service could go on as usual and he was pleased to participate.

"You get to see the church at its best, praying for each other and supporting," Pastor Mobley added.

And, church members went above and beyond. The $300 ransom money was more than doubled; $751 dollars were raised to go toward the Relay for Life.

If you would like to show your support for cancer victims and their families, you can stop by the Relay for Life, which is being held this Friday, May 16th from 6 pm to 6 am on Saturday.

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