DYER | Pastor James Clark and members of Dyer United Methodist Church are embarking on a unique missions trip. They’ll be riding the South Shore Line and stopping in South Bend and Gary to serve, connect and collaborate with sister Methodist churches.
The first destination is South Bend, where they will work at Bashor Homes in Goshen.
In Gary, they will help grow and build the Stewart House Urban Farm & Gardens ministry at 10 a.m. Aug. 1.
The team includes more than a dozen gardeners, carpenters and laborers whose journey will start with a blessing from UMC North District Superintendent Larry Whitehead on Sunday at the Dyer church.
Since 2011, Pastor Katurah Johnson of Christ UM Church in Gary has led a project to develop a sustainable urban farm and learning center on the site of the former Stewart Settlement House at 15th and Massachusetts Street.
Last year, the project used $10,000 from NIPSCO and its employees, and a $5,000 donation from the Indiana Conference of United Methodist Church to install water service and purchase a used shipping container for storage. The Dyer Missions Team will help develop the gardens and modify the container.
Call Johnson at (219) 884-8312 or Sandra Rodriguez at (773) 459-2058.