Take Me out to the Ball Game on April 13!


Smell the popcorn, hear the roar of the crowd and enjoy a spring day outdoors with 500 of your best friends by attending United Methodist Church Day at Rice baseball diamond on Saturday, April 13. The day promises a good time -- for a good cause. Game time is 2 pm, but pre-game activities begin as early as noon.


“This will be a family fun day for all ages,” says Rev. Diane McGehee, director of TAC Center of Missional Excellence, “but more importantly, a day to help educate all who attend about how we can positively impact homelessness, human trafficking and immigration. United Methodists have a put-me-in-coach kind of attitude, so don’t miss this opportunity to share your Christian witness with friends and family members and show the world that we care about those in need in our communities.”


Contest Deadline Approaching

·         The church selling the most tickets by April 1st will win the honor of having their choir sing the national anthem at the game. Tickets are $12 with $4 earmarked for TAC missional work in the community.

·         The pastor of the church with the second highest ticket sales will get to throw out the first ball.

First UMC Houston has already committed to 50 tickets, so the gauntlet has been thrown, says Mark Welshimer, chairman of the TAC Committee of Religion and Race. “Rice is always a top competitor which makes the game exciting,” Mark adds, “but most importantly this will be a meaningful time of fellowship and relationship building with our mission groups.”


Pre-Game Fun

·         All ticket holders with an RSVP to lunch, can attend a catered fajita meal in the exclusive “R” Room of the Rice Football Stadium to meet key immigration leaders from noon-1:30 pm. The lunch, sponsored by TAC Committee on Religion and Race, offers attendees the chance to learn more about immigration issues and possible solutions. RSVPs must be received by April 8 to shu@rice.edu or by calling 713-348-8253. Mark is excited about this added dimension to the event. “We will have Rice students and Immigration reform leaders share about relevant issues that we can be involved in right here in Houston,” he says.

·         Children and youth will be invited onto the field with the Rice Owls players for the national anthem.

·         There will be booths from various organizations with whom we work regarding homelessness, human trafficking, and welcoming immigrants including: the Art Project Houston, Redeemed Ministries, Houston Rescue and Restore, and Home of Hope, the UMC Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) which offers free legal clinics to immigrants needing assistance with legal processes.


“It’s the bottom of the ninth and the United Methodists are going up to bat in support of UMC work within these critical areas of need,” adds Diane. “Groups and churches can order group blocks of tickets or individual tickets. This would be a great outing for youth groups, Sunday School classes, and families. Selling 500 tickets would be a homerun for homelessness, human trafficking and immigration!”


Get tickets now with Promo Code: UMC

Order online or Email shu@rice.edu to order those blocks of tickets or call Shu Muthyala at Rice 713-348-8253.

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