Pastor to shave his head for malaria
On June 7, 2015, the 4 United Methodist Churches and one United Presbyterian Church in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada area will not worship in their sanctuaries. Instead, they will gather at the Sparks United Methodist Church to receive assignments to serve the community as part of The Church Has Left The Building event.
When the service tasks are finished, the teams will return to the Sparks UMC to share a meal and to worship together. During this gathering time, the Pastor, Rev. Gary Pope-Sears will have his head shaved by his new daughter-in-law, Artemis Sears, who Pastor Pope-Sears calls "The most beautiful malaria survivor I know."
The shaved head will be the Sparks congregation's reward for achieving its goal to raise $6,600 for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. When the pastor attends the California-Nevada Annual Conference, he already knows how he will answer the people there who ask, "So, why did you shave your head?"