Nomads at St. John’s UMC


NOMADS – 2020

St. John’s United Methodist Church welcomed a team of NOMADS who worked at St. John’s UMC from February 17 to March 5, 2020. The team leaders were Jim and Linda Tyas from Missouri. Jim and Linda were at St. John’s two years ago and were happy they were able to return. The full team of six couples arrived in Tucson on February 15.

The NOMADS began in 1988 with 24 members completing five projects in Texas and Oklahoma.  Currently they offer about 175 projects each year and have over 900 active members. NOMADS stand for “Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service”. They provide volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations. They do new construction, remodeling and repairs in churches, church camps, children’s homes and other related ministries. Many bring skills of the highest order to the projects they work on.

The pictures included in this article depict some of the projects the Nomads worked on this year.  The one area of concentration this year was the sanctuary. The Nomads team refinished the pews and altar furniture to refresh it and make it more presentable.

Also, the carpeted altar area was replaced with new industrial type carpeting to compliment the refinished pews and altar.

The church has initiated a capital campaign to replace the worn pew cushions when adequate donations are received.

In addition, the Nomads worked on several paint projects; interior and exterior and several doors which needed adjusting so they, now, open and close more freely.

Mike and Marsha Davis, who have been at St. John’s UMC twice previously, will arrive after the February team leaves to work on other projects.

St. John’s Trustees Committee, under the leadership of Eric Giffin, lined up the projects for this year’s NOMADS.

St. John’s UMC has been richly blessed by the love and labors of  NOMADS over the past few years, and with this year’s team, St. John’s continued to be blessed.

God Bless the NOMADS!