Vital Congregations: Marvin UMC warms hearts of wounded warriors


From Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman
Marvin UMC, Martinez

Only six miles from the front gate of Fort Gordon, Marvin UMC welcomes soldiers to our worship throughout the year. But the holiday season presents an extra special time for gathering and, let’s admit it, eating.
Each year the Marvin faith community combines our favorite things—gathering and eating— into one special event that supports soldiers in our community.

This year we connected with the Warriors in Transition Battalion and invited the wounded warriors and their families for an evening of fellowship. We offered a home-cooked meal with entertainment, first-class service with a smile, line dancing, and Christmas carols led by our children.

The church community transformed our gymnasium. Our Girl Scout troop invited another troop to join them and their smiling young faces welcomed more than 50 soldiers and their families. Servers of all ages, plus our retired military members, brought a meal to the table fit to warm a soldier’s heart. After dinner, Steel Cross, a young country gospel band, took the stage. Then senior exercise class led everyone in line dancing—electric slide and the Cupid shuffle.

The Holy Spirit filled the space and warmed the hearts of our wounded warriors.