The Indiana South District United Methodist LOGICS Cluster (Love of God in Christian Servanthood) has made helping eight area elementary schools a top priority for the past three years. Again this year, members from the four small-membership Harrison County churches of Bethany, New Middletown, Perseverance Chapel and Smith Campground UMCs are collecting pencils and paper, crayons, scissors, glue and other school necessities. The supplies will be distributed to the eight area schools in early August. This year’s drive, once completed, will mark more than 10,000 school items donated so far.

LOGICS Cluster actively supports other missions such as Harrison Count’’s Habitat for Humanity and Community Services and former Harrison County resident Pat Croley, a UM Deaconess with the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in Fort Thompson, S.D. The group meets quarterly, holds joint Lenten and other worship services and an annual picnic and pool party each summer.

For more information about LOGICS and its mission involvement and activities, contact New Middletown pastor, the Rev. Ted Chalk at 812-968-3340; Smith Campground pastor, the Rev. Lary Cropper at 812-952-3137, and/or Bethany-Perseverance pastor, the Rev. Stephen McAfee at 812-968-3621.

Evelyn L Hardsaw, serves as the school supplies coordinator at Perseverance Chapel United Methodist Church.

Photo courtesy Evelyn Hardsaw

Pastors Stephen McAfee (left) and Ted Chalk (right) pack school supplies for local schools during a ministry cluster project.