On June 9 and 10, the Neighbors in Christ parish of United Methodist Churches will hold their fifth annual i-Serve event in service to God and their communities.

On June 9 and 10, the Neighbors in Christ parish of United Methodist Churches will hold their fifth annual i-Serve event in service to God and their communities. 

This annual event of Bishop Hill Community and Galva First United Methodist Churches grew out of a desire to further increase their ministry outreach. The heart of the weekend is founded on scripture: “We love because God first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). The outreach lovingly continues to grow each year.

Saturday, June 9, is i-Serve’s day of service to the wider community. Anyone in the Galva or Bishop Hill area can ask for assistance in completing projects they cannot do on their own. 

Volunteers will provide free help with yard work, painting, building repairs, household cleanup and simple errands. Non-profit organizations can also receive assistance with projects on their property. Some financial help may be available to purchase supplies for projects.

Many Galva residents and non-profit organizations have been helped in the program’s first four years, and the i-Serve volunteers look forward to helping even more during this fifth year of serving. 

Those who have been helped in the first four years have shared many stories. 

n Shirley Kelly — “This is such a very nice service that i-Serve provides, God is good.”

n Jean Ericson — “I am very thankful to have i-Serve volunteers, since my handyman is no longer here.”

n LuAnn Gustafson — “They did it again. They get better every year and we look forward to the i-Serve volunteers coming, so glad we have this service provided by our church.”

n Lisa Nordstrom, i-Serve committee member — “It has been a blessing to me to see the faces of those we serve, as I have been the photographer for this event for the past couple of years. It is awesome to see the fellowship of the workers as well as the bonding between the workers and the people served. We also enjoy sharing a meal with those served, and we are honored to serve the Bishop Hill and Galva community.”

Anyone wishing to have a project completed by the i-Serve volunteers will need to complete a Project Work Request. 

The requests are available at Galva City Hall, Galva Public Library, Galva Senior Citizens Center, Community State Bank, State Bank of Toulon, Lincoln House, Galva and Bishop Hill Post Offices, the Galva Laundromat, Galva Chiropractic Clinic, Galva Physical Therapy & Rehab, Subway, Sherry’s Cafe, Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church, Galva First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Congregational Church, Messiah Lutheran Church and St. John Catholic Church. 

Project Work Requests can be downloaded from the City of Galva's website at galvail.gov or at the  church website — www.neighborsinchrist.com —  through April 29.

Project Work Requests need to be returned to the parish office at 214 N.W. Second Ave. in Galva or sent electronically to galvafirst@frontier.com by April 28. 

Once the Project Work Requests have been received, persons organizing work teams will be in contact to get more details on the work to be done and to visit the work site to confirm that volunteers will be able to complete the work requested. Some flexibility is planned so some projects can be done earlier than the official work day of June 10, if needed.

Organizers also welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer time to serve neighbors in our community. 

Work teams will be organized by the i-Serve planning team beginning in early May. To volunteer, contact the parish office at 932-2460 or at the email listed above.

On Sunday, June 10, there will be fellowship time with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Galva First United Methodist Church, with worship following at 10 a.m.