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First Presbyterian Newton host Presbytery High School Mission Retreat- assists ECCCM

WNC Presbyterian Youth and Adults Help throughout local area

Fifty-two youth and adults from Western North Carolina Presbyterian Churches of USA were hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Newton the weekend of March 15-16th for WNC Presbytery High School Mission Retreat. Members from Gastonia, Black Mountain, Hickory, Asheville, Newton, Brevard and Morganton Presbyterian congregations spent Friday night at FPC Newton in preparation for a day of service in the Newton area assisting ECCCM Food Pantry; ECCCM Thift Store; Yaussy Presbyterian Mission Center; The Corner Table and The Backpack Program of Catawba County.

Yaussy Presbyterian Mission Center, which serves as the warehouse for Eastern Catawba Cooperative Ministries food pantry and Thrift store, hosted a morning team of youth & adults and the entire delegation working together in the afternoon. The group processed 18 bins of canned goods which representing 990 food bags; bagged 2 bins of drinks; 3 bins of gift bags which will be utilized in the ECCCM Thrift Store; restacked 20 pallets of donated clothing; sorted through 5 bins of food donations and cleaned the facility. Special thanks to Allen Sherrill- ECCCM Director of Food Pantry, Linette Foley- ECCCM Thrift Store Manager and John Hardy- ECCCM Board Member who assisted the group throughout the day.

The WNC Presbyterian Youth Council would like to thank the local agencies and First Presbyterian Newton for providing this weekend of service. The council is interested in coming back to Newton next March for their mission retreat.

First Presbyterian Newton is located at 701 N. Main Avenue and has a long tradition of mission work in Catawba County, in the Southeast and overseas.

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