by Rev. Carl Phillips*
Sunday, April 21st, was a very special day in Southwest Iowa. Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble was the guest speaker in worship at the Malvern UMC. Many other area churches joined together in attendance Sunday to hear Bishop Trimble. Mills and Fremont Counties were represented by folks from Malvern UMC, Strahan UMC, Wesley Chapel UMC, Randolph UMC, Tabor UMC, Emerson UMC, and Hillsdale UMC.
A combined choir, under the direction of Harva Paul, provided special music. Rev. Ed Kail, FOM of the SW Dist., sang a solo and lead congregational singing. Ricky the Raccoon was a hit with children's time, as he donned netting in preparation to meet mosquitoes. Bishop Trimble was presented a prayer shawl by the Malvern UMC to encourage him in his efforts to keep raising awareness and funding in the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
District Supt. Rev. Brian Milford presented the Bishop to the congregation. Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Bob Burkhart was also in attendance.
Following worship, an Imagine No Malaria pancake lunch was held in the fellowship hall. Bishop Trimble assisted in flipping pancakes for the cause. $1700 was raised for this most worthwhile cause. It was a day filled with blessings.
*Rev. Carl Phillips is pastor of the Malvern, Wesley Chapel and Strahan United Methodist Churches