Missions of the Month
“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.” 1Peter 4:10 LB
We believe in helping the less fortunate both locally and globally through offerings to a featured Mission of the Month.
2015 Monthly Missions
January – Emergency Food Pantry, Church Hill, assists anyone needing emergency food assistance.
February – Reverend Bill Lovelace is a Holston conference missionary who shares the word of God in Lithuania. www.umc/missions.org
March – Church Mobilization connects churches so they can collectively respond to needs in the community through existing agencies and churches.
April – Food Buckets is a Holston Conference project in which food grade 5-gallon buckets are filled with food for underprivileged families in Zimbabwe.
May – Appalachian Service Project provides service opportunities for volunteers, including the repair of homes for low income families in rural Central Appalachia.
June – Emergency Food Pantry, Church Hill, assists anyone needing emergency food assistance.
July – Backpacks for Local School Children provides backpacks of school supplies to needy elementary and middle school-age children in the community.
August – United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Disaster Response in the U.S. provides humanitarian relief when natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
September – Christmas for the Children is conducted in conjunction with Of One Accord Ministry to provide local needy children and their families with an evening of fellowship, dinner and gifts.
October – Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.
November – Holston Home for Children provides hope and healing for children and families struggling with life’s challenges.
December– Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of East Tennessee) provides advocates for abused/neglected children in Sullivan and Hawkins County
We seek to partner with our local schools in our community in various ways in addition to providing school supplies to children in need.
Boy Scout host/sponsor
FUMC chartered Pack 286 Cub Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America in January 2005 and continues to host year-round meetings and special events. The Pack is available to boys from first through fifth-grade, or 7 to 11 1/2 years of age and their families. Structured activities achieve the aims of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Cub Scouting means “doing” and having “fun.” For more information please contact Robert Stanley.
“Christmas for the Children” Christmas Party (in conjunction with Of One Accord Ministry)
Local needy children and their families are hosted to an evening of fellowship, dinner and gifts.
Children’s Health Fair
Church Hill FUMC’s Parish Nurse has coordinated a Children’s Health Fair since 2005. In partnership with Wellmont’s Holston Valley Medical Center, our goal has been to reach all children in eastern Hawkins County, infant through middle age, with all aspects of health education – physical, mental, social, developmental and spiritual. AND at no charge to the public. Annually, healthcare professionals and agencies donate their services, including vision, dental, audio and scoliosis screenings, and church members assist. Children with existing problems as well as potential problems are referred to appropriate health care assistance. With God’s blessings, this ministry has been very successful for nine consecutive years, with more and more children being served. Since 2010, we have held the Fair during the Community Celebration (a community-wide fun event for all ages) in order to be accessible to more children.
Community Clothes Closet
Church members volunteer along with others in the community to work in this store located on Main Street, Church Hill. Many hands are needed to accept and sort through donated clothing and house wares, to price items, work the check out, and so much more. Its board of directors manages oversight of the store’s income. The biggest beneficiary of funding is education, spread out to a variety of recipient scholarships and educational causes. Philanthropy to local organizations and individuals has exceeded $1 million since its beginnings in 1995.