Zumba party to raise money for youth missions

Zumba has become the latest fitness craze. It is not just exercise but more like a party, and when people see a Zumba class, they often can't wait to try it.

The Village Church is using Zumba as a way to help raise money for missions. Jill Peterson explained how she first got hooked.

"My daughter, Crystal Wedvick, has been teaching Zumba for years," Peterson said. "She finally convinced me to try it this year. She hosted a Village Church Women's night, and myself and several of the Village Virtuous Women have become addicted to it."

Peterson moved to North Carolina from Illinois in 1997 for her husband's job. She joined the Village Church in 2010.

"The church is so welcoming and friendly," she said. "We felt right at home....

"The church is all about life, stories, friendship and faith. People want to get to know each other. There is a strong sense of community there."

Peterson has been organizing this fundraiser and is hoping it can become an annual event. All of the money raised will go toward youth missions.

"We are hoping to raise $2,000. The Village youth have a bunch of mission work planned and have been praying and know that God will provide the funds needed so they can do this," Peterson said.

Some projects planned are to paint rooms at The Concord House, a home for abandoned adults with mental disabilities; to make improvements on homes of low-income Logan neighborhood residents; and to do warehouse work for Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child.

The Village Church Zumba Fitness Party will be from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. You don't have to Zumba the whole time; anywhere from 1 minute to 2 hours is suitable.

The registration fee is $15, and 100 percent of it goes to youth missions. There will be door prizes, including free Zumba classes, Mary Kay cosmetics, amber jewelry and local restaurant gift certificates. Each participant will receive a free gift bag as well.

For information about the Village Church and the Zumba Fitness Party, go to Peterson extends an open invitation to all my readers: "If you don't have a church home, we would love to have you come visit us at The Village."