In the spring of 2012 tornadoes touched down in and around the Paintsville area, leaving behind a path of destruction. In response to the tornadoes and the rebuilding that needed to begin, the 2012 Impact event (Impact KY: Hope Reigns) focused on the southeast part of the state.
Members of Mayo Memorial UMC and Paintsville First UMC noticed the outstanding volunteer response and appreciated the outpouring of love so they felt they needed to be a part of Impact Kentucky 2013. Rev. Dr., John Hatton, pastor of Mayo Memorial, said, "We were really touched last year, people drove to help rebuild people's homes, this is our opportunity to say "thank you' , to be of service as others were to us last year."
Mayo Memorial and Paintsville First has gathered a group of adults and youth who will be serving at Impact Kentucky on August 24, 2013. Mayo Memorial has signed up to serve at the Western Kentucky University Wesley Foundation to do painting and renovation work. Rev. Hatton talked with Shea James, the campus minister at the WKU Wesley Foundation on multiple occasions to work out what needs to be done. Members of Mayo Memorial and Paintsville First are looking forward to joining this vital ministry of the United Methodist Church!
Mayo Memorial and Paintsville UMC often work together in many ministries. Their youth groups meet together as one youth group entitled "PUMY - Paintsville United Methodist Youth". The entire youth group, PUMY, will be serving at the WKU Wesley Foundation. Adults from Paintsville First will be joining with Mayo adults on this trip. This trip is a "joint/cooperative" trip between the two churches.
Also of interest is that Mayo UMC and Paintsville First are working together to be "mother" churches of a church plant entitled "Encounter UMC". The planting pastor, Rev. David Castle, serves in both churches as the associate minister of recovery ministries. David leads a very respected Celebrate Recovery ministry in Paintsville, Kentucky.
Mayo and Paintsville First will have between 20-30 peoples participating in Impact Kentucky. Impact Kentucky is hoping to impact over 100,000 lives in the Eliabethtown, Bowling Green and Madisonville districts.
It is not too late to register individually or as a group for Impact Kentucky!