2015-03-11 / Religion

Appreciation celebration at Westview UMC


Pictured, from left, Rev. Charlie Wilson, Pastor Jay Reppert, FUN director JoAnn Cash, and local coordinator Jean Henry. Pictured, from left, Rev. Charlie Wilson, Pastor Jay Reppert, FUN director JoAnn Cash, and local coordinator Jean Henry. Westview United Methodist Church hosted the Family Unification Network Incorporated’s 14th Appreciation Celebration Feb. 21. FUN is a non-profit ministry for men and women incarcerated in Georgia prisons.

JoAnn Cash, founder and executive director of FUN, was the guest speaker and shared some of her interesting past experiences. An impressive drama skit of “An Inmate in a Jail Cell during the Holidays” was presented by Rev. Charlie Wilson. Musical entertainment was provided by Pastor Jay Reppert, who sang “Beulah Land” and was accompanied by Cliff Starr on the guitar. Jean Henry presented certificates.

Representatives from Calvary Seventh Day Adventist, Sowhatchee Baptist, Blakely Church of God, White Plains Freewill Baptist, Blakely First Assembly of God, Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal, Upper Room and Westview United Methodist attended the celebration, which included fellowship and refreshments.

Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Ga., received 3,600 bars of Dial Soap in October 2014. Forty counties in southwest Georgia donated 20,000 bars of soap, according to Jean Henry, Dial Soap coordinator of Early County. 14,610 bars collected from surrounding counties were sent to Atlanta for distribution.

FUN’s goal for 2015 is 65,000 4 oz. bath-size bars of Dial Soap. Southwest Georgia’s goal is 20,000 bars. The deadline for donations is Oct. 15.

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