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Changing the world


After my husband passed away in February, I found that walking was very therapeutic for me as I struggled with my grief. Recently, I was walking along Kimmerling, and I noticed all of the trash and junk in the ditch. At first, I was merely curious as to how all this stuff ended up there. Bottles, cans, paper, diapers and even a couple of lampshades (maybe to go with the booze bottles?) were among some of the items. In some areas, the ditch looked like a mini-landfill, and it astounded me that people could litter their space like this. Then, I thought back to a recent sermon I heard at church. Carson Valley United Methodist Church Pastor Pete Nelson talked about Change the World Sunday, on May 19, a day when there will be a sign on the church stating, "The church has left the building."

This is a day when instead of listening to music and sermons, church members will be out in the community doing things to help others. He mentioned that we will have our first Jim Jameson Memorial Food Drive, in remembrance of my husband, who in his wheelchair, made a difference by gathering food multiple times in our old neighborhood for the Carson Valley Food Closet. And I heard a quiet voice inside that said, "Instead of dwelling on your broken heart, start dwelling on healing that heart by helping others, like Jim did." He didn't let his disabilities stop him from helping those in need. He and my kids gathered more than 500 pounds of food by themselves. Imagine what each of us can do if we make a choice to reach out to those in need.

So it was then that I decided that on "Change the World Sunday," I will incorporate my walking therapy with picking up the garbage along Kimmerling Road. I ask each of you to think about what you can do to help your community, whether it's gathering food for the food closet, mowing your neighbor's lawn, visiting a nursing home resident, reading to a child, or picking up trash. There are so many things we can do to help our neighbors without spending a dime. And we don't have to wait for a special day to do it. My community has helped me when I needed them, now I would like to do my small part to help my community, and I hope that you will join me.

If you have any questions about this event, or if you would like to participate in the various planned activities that day, please call Len at the church at 782-4600.

Connie Jameson

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