04/03/12 A benefit for Matt Pickut, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, is being organized to help with the expenses of Pickut’s recent illness.

Pickut became ill in early February with what was later diagnosed as a severe septic strep infection. He has continued to be hospitalized since that time. According to reports from his wife Barbie, doctors are anticipating discharging him from the hospital this week and moving him to a hospital that has a program specifically for minimally conscious patients where he can get needed physical, occupational and speech therapies.

Ruth VanVactor and Marilyn Rans are coordinating the benefit scheduled for April 27 at the church fellowship hall. The event will be a pulled pork dinner along with both a silent auction, live auction and bake sale. This dinner is available as a carry-out or dine in. VanVactor said a number of other church members will be helping with the benefit and all the proceeds will be extended to the Pickut family for their expenses. The Pickut’s are the parents of a young daughter, Abigail.

In addition to his work with the church, Matthew Pickut serves as the Chaplin for the Plymouth Fire Department and a Speech and Debate Team coach for Plymouth High School.

VanVactor said they welcome any donations to the auctions or event from the community, just contact the church office (936.2943). Tickets for the event on April 27 are available in the First United Methodist Church office (corner of Michigan and Adams Street).