You may be familiar with Mr. Lloyd from his time as a wide receiver with the UNC Pembroke Braves where he won 2010’s MVP and Brave Character awards.
Raised in Wilmington NC, St. Anthony Lloyd recently graduated from UNC Pembroke with his Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Mr. Lloyd is currently pursuing a Master’s in Physical Education at his alma mater with a focus in Sports Management. Mr. Lloyd hopes to merge what he has learned in these courses of study to create programs which utilize recreation as a deterrent for deviant and illegal behavior. Serving as the Partners in Ministry Community Development Coordinator, Mr. Lloyd has begun to pursue this dream by managing the 5-on-5 basketball tournament and several other events in the past year. Working closely with the WIA/YES youth has been one of Mr. Lloyd’s favorite aspects of his time so far with RDPIM.
When asked what he wanted to tell the greater community St. responded “We all need to get involved in our community. Don’t be complacent. If you try you really can make a difference.”
Vanessa Belcher is one of the three AmeriCorps VISTAs currently serving at RDPIM. She works closely with ROAR in her position as Community Relations Coordinator. Born in New York Ms. Belcher moved as a young child to Raleigh NC where she spent the rest of her childhood. She graduated last year from UNC Pembroke with a Bachelors in Sociology and sees her work at RDPIM as a natural progression from her studies “I am learning so much here. Working with RDPIM as a VISTA is a great opportunity to learn and grow while giving back to the community.” Ms. Belcher describes her most rewarding moments helping community members: “[It is most rewarding] when someone in need comes into the Resource and Referral Center, and I am able to connect them with the community resources they need. They come in that door without a basic necessity and they leave with such joy and hope because I was able to help them– that is the best feeling.”
We’re trying something new. We love getting to know community members, so we thought you’d like to learn a little more about us. This is the first installment of “Who are the Partners In the Ministry.”
We begin with one of the cornerstones of our organization, Nancy Callahan, the first smiling face you see when you enter the Gibson Center, and our administrative assistant. Ms. Nancy, as she is affectionately known, is the mother of five, and the grandmother of eight. Born in Massachusetts, she has held many jobs from owning her own business to bus driving to being a Certified Nursing Assistant, but her family has always been her true passion. Nancy brings the same strength and caring fostered by her family to her work with the Partners In Ministry. “My favorite moments here” says Ms. Nancy, “are those quiet moments before a program begins when all the volunteers and staff come together: all those people of all colors, all creeds, and all sorts of backgrounds hold hands and pray. That always feels good.”
We are holding a MLK Day of Service this upcoming Monday. Volunteers are invited to meet at the Gibson Center at 10AM for hot drinks and light refreshments before we distribute energy efficient light bulbs and safety tips to Scotland county neighborhoods. Please come join our YES youth and help people go green and save money on their power bills!
The Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday was a wonderful chance to share food, fellowship, and our sincere thanks with many of our 2011 volunteers. A big thanks also goes out to all our volunteers who weren’t able to make it. Without our volunteers our ministries would not be possible!
Join us from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday December 3rd on the square in Rockingham. There will be holiday festivities including a visit from Santa! We will be selling fish sandwiches and other refreshments.
Rockingham District Partners In Ministry will be holding our annual fish fry to support ROAR. We have rehabilitated 35 homes in the past two years, and applications are rolling in for us to rehabilitate more homes. In order to help our neighbors in need we need funds for building supplies!
The fish fry will be at St. Luke’s UMC 1501 Turnpike Rd. in Laurinburg, on September 23rd and 24th from 11:00AM to 7:00PM on both days. Plates are $8 and include 2 pieces of fish, coleslaw, baked beans, 2 pieces of bread, and desert. Tickets are available at area United Methodist churches, at the Gibson Resource and Referral Center, and can be reserved over the phone.
Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more plates within a reasonable distance. Delivery orders must be placed by September 20th.
As always RDPIM relies on your support. Volunteers are needed to cook the fish, prepare plates and make deliveries. Those wishing to volunteer, make donations or place orders may call Rachel Brown or Nancy Callahan at 910-268-4688.
We will not be having our Food Pantry on May 28th because it is a holiday weekend. The next food pantry will be June 11 at 10 a.m.
Our next ROAR build will be May 13 and 14 beginning at 8 a.m.
We will be repairing multiple homes over these two days because we will be having a work team coming down from Soapstone UMC (Raleigh) as a mission trip for them. Please join us! We can accomplish much as a team. Call us at 910-268-4688 to confirm that you will be working with us.
Thanks to everyone who helped out at our Spring Fling on Monday and to those who donated!! Dominos in Laurinburg donated 5 pizzas for the event.
We had about 70 adults and children who attend. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog and pizza lunch, games, bingo, an egg hunt and a visist from the Easter Bunny.
We had a great time!