BY MELANIE BUCK –
Members of the Mena Ministerial Alliance visited with the Mena Lions Club on Friday, December 2. Pastor Ron Tilley of Mena Assembly of God and Pastor Ann Ferris of Mena First United Methodist Church both spoke of the various ways the alliance helps members of the community. The group began in 2001 and has grown to include approximately 15 churches from across the county.
The group held their annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration recently and we were able to serve around 200 people. “We’re there to love them with God’s love and food,” smiled Ferris.
They also host an Easter Sunrise Service each year at 6 a.m. at Bearcat Stadium in Mena as well as the National Day of Prayer in May, which is held at the Courthouse.
Another project is the Back to School Prayer Walk that began a couple of years ago. Members walk the halls, classrooms, and parking lots of local schools praying for a great year for all.
Helping residents get to doctors appointments via gas cards and transportation is another outreach program that Mena Ministerial Alliance offers. “When we feel like there is a legitimate need, we want to help. We want our community to be a healthy place to live,” said Tilley. For more information on that program, contact Ferris at Mena First United Methodist Church, 479-394-3051.