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Bishop to take dive to raise money for less fortunate

September 23, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- The leader of nearly 1,000 clergy is expected to be in Berkeley County on Saturday to make a splash in a dunk tank to help area church leaders raise money to build a home for a less fortunate family.

United Methodist Church Bishop John Roland Schol is expected to take part in "Dunk the Bishop," a three-hour fundraising event at Trinity Center off W.Va. 45 about four miles east of Martinsburg, according to the Rev. Ed Grove.

"Knowing (Schol), he may do it more than one time," Grove said of the bishop's commitment.

Three or four years ago, Grove said church leaders had the bishop kiss a pig as part of a fundraiser that helped raise about $22,000 toward construction of a Habitat for Humanity home, Grove said.

The 23 United Methodist churches in Berkeley County have worked together as a "cluster" on the home-building projects and the money raised Saturday will help pay for construction of a fourth home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, Grove said.

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They hope to build the home sometime in 2010, Grove said. Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle hopes to build a "green" home next month in partnership with the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association, according to board member Judith Boykin.

In addition to the dunk tank, mule rides, games and moon bounce, food and crafts will be part of the free admission event on Saturday, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Trinity Center's Orchard House, Grove said.

Trinity Center is a development project of Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg, where Grove pastored up until Sept. 1 after 14 years.

Rev. Grove said he still pastors at Greensburg United Methodist Church northeast of Martinsburg and Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church in the northeastern Berkeley County community of Scrabble, W.Va.

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