REACH Ministry To Host Inaugural 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser Saturday

A new local ministry, created by members of two Clymer churches, has organized a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for its Prayer Quilts program.

The REACHing For Health 5K Run/Walk, which has registration scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, will feature door prizes, drawings, and activities for children such as a youth dash at 10:15 a.m. Those who participate in the dash will receive a prize.

According to Willowe Neckers, secretary and organizer, the walk/run includes a scenic 3.1-mile route around Clymer.

“It’s a very beautiful walk, which I do myself all the time, and I really like it,” Neckers said.

REACH, which stands for respect, encouragement, awareness, community and health, is a ministry created by Abbe Reformed Church’s pastors Noah and Kristen Livingston as well as Clymer Hill Reform Church’s Mike and Erin Beckerink. Leanna Willink, the ministry’s faith community nurse, is considered the head of REACH, Neckers said.

“REACH Ministry was started at Abbe, and it doesn’t take care of just spiritual needs, it takes care of health needs too,” Neckers said. “It’s put in place to take care of the whole person because we noticed that throughout the community there were needs for prayer, health and encouraging others that weren’t being met.”

The ministry’s prayer quilt program, which the walk will raise funds to support, is its biggest operating cost, Neckers said. The funds raised will serve to purchase the materials required to create quilts, which are donated to area residents who are undergoing a stressful time or illness.

“The quilts help surround people with prayer,” Neckers said. “More than 60 quilts have been supplied to members of the community, and each Sunday at least two quilts are tied and prayed over.”

The event will be located at 595 County Road 65 in Clymer. For more information call 355-6345 or visit