St. Andrews Members Give BackDrama Team performs fast paced drama of Old Testament

St. Andrews United Methodist Church recently performed a funny drama of “The Complete History of the Old Testament in Twenty Minutes” written by Thomas Long.    The interesting part of the whole performance was the fact that nine actors played 40 different characters, sometimes over a 30-second transition.

“We worked really hard for six weeks,” said Brenda Gibbs, drama coach. “It definitely was a difficult project.”

Gibbs and her husband, Pastor Bob Gibbs moved in the area just a few months ago from Lakeland. She was very excited to get involved.

For information on upcoming performances, contact Benda Gibbs at 689-6849.

118,000 pounds of food sorted at ECHO

Do you remember receiving a plastic bag in your mailbox? That was the start of the Postal Workers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. In May, the postal workers collected donated food items left at mailboxes and brought them to local food banks like ECHO (Emergency Care Health Organization) as part of a national campaign. Stacey Efaw, executive director of ECHO, said that about 180 postal workers participated in collecting donations and 250 volunteers sorted and processed those donations at the Brandon location.

“It was a record year and this year we really needed it,” she said.

ECHO uses the food to prepare grocery orders for local families who need assistance.

Art Tidewell, a 13-year volunteer,  explained that throughout the year ECHO needs donations.

Tidewell said at St. Andrews, the second Sunday of the month is ECHO Sunday, the week before an announcement goes out to the congregation about what items are needed most. On ECHO Sunday, the congregation finds a shopping cart that is ready to be filled with food to be donated to the organization.

ECHO (Emergency Care Health Organization)  is one of St. Andrews’ oldest local mission projects.  ECHO is an all-volunteer organization that provides free clothing and groceries to local folks in need.  ECHO is located at 507 N Parsons Ave. in Brandon and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For information about ECHO, call 685-0935

For information about St. Andrews United Methodist Church, call 689-6849 or visit

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