Morristown FUMC to hold Missions Celebration
First United Methodist Church of Morristown will hold its annual Missions Celebration this weekend April 4-6.
FUMC Pastor Dr. Charles Starks said he purpose of the weekend is to support and raise awareness of non-profit organizations (many of which are faith based) that perform work locally and internationally.
“Our congregation for many years has had a strong emphasis on mission work and out of that commitment the Missions Celebration has taken shape,” Starks said. “It’s a wonderful learning experience for the congregation as we bring in others to share their work, and it’s also a time for inspiriation. It’s uplifting to hear how God is at work right here at home, in our region and around the world. That’s the heart of the celebration, building relationships with the people who are at the forefront of kingdom work.”
The special guest for the weekend and keynote speaker is Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate.
“We’re very thrilled to have Dr. Black come to Morristown once again. He’s very in demand as a speaker because of his messages and we’re excited to hear what he has for us,” Starks said.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend any of the weekend activities and workshops.
On Friday, April 4 a 12-hour prayer vigil will begin from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. followed by a free meal in the gymnasium.
The introduction of mission speakers will begin at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, April 5 there will be a breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a devotion led by Dr. Black at 9:30 a.m.
Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and continue until noon. A covered dish meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. and Dr. Black will give a message in the gymnasium at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, April 6 Dr. Black will lead the morning services while the mission speakers will host Sunday School classes.
Mission speakers and their organizations will include:
Sheila McClain and Tianja Johnson with Magdalene House and Thistle Farm, a ministry in Nashville that brings women from a life of being sold on the streets to recognizing and embracing God’s plan for their lives.
Maxine Raines with Lost Sheep and Under the Bridge Ministry. For more than 20 years Raines has reached out to the poor, drug addicts and runaways in the heart of Knoxville.
Dr. Gary Brewster with M.A.T.S. (Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter). For more than 25 years the Morristown ministry has been a place of temporary refuge for the homeless.
Rev. Charles Hutchins with the Holston Home for Children. This United Methodist ministry in Greeneville has been helping children and families for more than 100 years.
Rebekah S. with Outreach to Muslims, a ministry to Muslims that offers Christ in loving and practical ways.
Carolyn Jarnigan with Food on Foot, a food pantry that caters to children in Morristown nourishing their bodies and souls through using something as simple as a backpack.
Neil Marlow with the Jail Ministry Team. The team consistently offers God’s redemptive grace each week to inmates and staff in the Hamblen County Jail.
Skip and Jane Frierson with the Hope for Orphans Bulgaria Team. This Team from FUMC Morristown is in its sixth year of ministry. They reach out to children in state run orphanages in Bulgaria with the love of God by personal contact, blankets and clothing.
Leigh Travis with Society of St. Andrew. Thousands of pounds of food are saved and put to good use feeding people instead of going to waste in the fields.
For more information on the Missions Celebration visit www.fumcmorristown.org.
The church is located at 101 East First North Street in Morristown.
-By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer