Pictured above some of The Ark’s clean-up crew takes a break to check out the finished product. L-R:Gary Busby, Doris Busby, Marcus Lee, Chester Carman, Roy McClain, Mary Jo Dutton, Tom Hudson, and Sandra Haney.

By KATINA WATT

News-Herald Staff Writer

JEWETT – The Jewett UMC and New Rumley UMC are pleased to announce the grand opening of The Ark, located in the Jewett Wildcat Community Center (formerly the Jewett Elementary School). It will be held on Tuesday, July 26 in conjunction with the monthly Olive Branch free community dinner. The Olive Branch dinner will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Jewett United Methodist Church, and afterwards, everyone in the community is also asked to step across the street to The Ark for an open house and dedication service with dessert to follow.

In cooperative ministry, members of the Jewett UMC and New Rumley UMC have renovated the former library and office areas at the Jewett Wildcat Community Center. Crews worked diligently to clean everything at The Ark scrubbing walls and carpeting, and using over 26 gallons of paint to transform the area to its new and updated condition.  A new front door was also installed, as well as lettering to identify the area as The Ark. Although the physical renovation of The Ark is now complete, other areas are still in the process of being developed.

Pictured left, Bertie Garvey washes down walls, while Marcus Lee mans the shop-vac during a recent clean-up day at the Jewett UMC and New Rumley UMC’s joint venture, “The Ark”.

Featured within the church pages of this weeks, July 23 print edition of the Harrison News-Herald, you will find more about “The Ark”, the individuals who came together to make it happen, and more stories of the area churches upcoming events and activities.