Mission Ministries at Godfrey First UMC
An interdenominational, non-profit Christian Mission affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. We seek to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual & social needs of people through the love of Christ. Middle School (Fish Camp) students, High School (YSM) students, and Adults (AIM) have gone on mission trips to Mountain TOP for the last 9+ years. The youth go in the summers, and the adults go in the fall.
Faith In Action
A local community wide project involving area churches (last year- four churches), working on over 25 projects in the area to be “faith in action” by serving others in our community. FIA takes place on the first Sunday in October (World Communion Sunday), and begins with worship and communion, then project work throughout the day, and ends with a meal and worship together.
Mission Guatemala Inc. was founded by Rev. Tom Heaton, a United Methodist pastor in the spring of 2009 to help the poor of Guatemala. In the spring of 2010, Mission Guatemala located a mission site in San Andrés and began the needed renovations to open a medical and dental office (open 5 days a week), preschool/nutrition center (35 children in pre-school, and 150 children are fed each school day), and feeding centers (two centers that feed regional needs in Nueva Esperanza), and local needs are met on a case by case basis as well.
First Fruits Sunday
On the first Sunday of every month we collect non-perishable food items (soups, canned vegetables, pasta, etc.) for the Crisis Food Center, and monetary donations are made to support the feeding ministry of Crisis Food Center.
Liberia Church Project
Over $20,000 was raised by the people of Godfrey First to build a church in Liberia Africa. The church is: “New Bethany UMC” in Buchanan, Liberia, just outside the capital of Monrovia. It will be pastored by Rev. Sam Quarshie, who is also the project coordinator. The church should be completed later this spring.
The United Methodist Men plant a garden every spring to provide fresh vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, corn, squash, etc., for the Crisis Food Center. Produce is delivered weekly to the CFC from about mid-July through mid-September.
Shoe Collection Ministry
The Kotzamanis Family are collecting shoes that are then given to the George, “The Shoeman” who bundles and sells the shoes, that are then sold to micro-business individuals) who sell the shoes to make a living in their hometowns. The money raised is then used to build water wells around the world.
Riverbend Family Ministries
Riverbend Family Ministries is a “consortium of non-profit organizations and their collective goal is supporting individuals, bringing wholeness to the family and strength to the community.” Although each of these is an independent entity, they all work in tandem to address various aspects of individual, family and community needs. Bringing these ministries under one roof will further enhance the cooperative nature of their support mechanisms to better provide their services in a collective manner. Pastor Don works directly with RFM, and our “Helping Hand” ministries offers monthly support to RFM to help them meet the individual and family needs in our community.
Helping Hand Ministry
Godfrey First UMC keeps a “benevolence” fund that is used, mostly by Pastor Don, as a discretionary fund to be used to support families and individuals of our church who may have assistance needs for basic life needs such as utility assistance, transportation needs, food, clothing, medication, etc. Regular offerings from church members help support this outreach ministry.
United Methodist Women’s Ministry Support:
- Crisis Food Center
- Oasis Women’s Center
- Cunningham Children’s Home
- Now Women’s Resource Center
- Midwest Distribution Center www.midwestmissiondc.org
- Lessie Bate Davis Neighborhood House www.lessiebatesdavis.org
- The “Helping Hands” Ministry of Godfrey First UMC
- Salvation Army
- Ugandan Thunder (children’s choir)
- Red Bird Mission (Tennessee)
- Mt. Vernon Children’s Home
Other Mission Support and Work
- Community Hope Center www.hopecenters.com
- Ugandan Thunder Support (Organized by Perry Sandifer) penniesforposho.org/Uganda-Thunder-Pennies-for-Posho.html
- Christmas Shoebox Ministry samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child
Monthly giving for mission work is called “Mission Quarters”. Each Sunday, through out the year, a special collection is taken during worship service. The proceeds of these special collections are given monthly to local entities and others, as a way of Godfrey First United Methodist Church giving back to the community and abroad. The monthly Mission Quarters giving for 2017 is as follows:
- March – Crisis Food Center
- April – Beverly Farms
- May – Oasis – Options Now
- June – IGNITE
- July – Godfrey Fire District
- August – Ugandan Thunder Choir
- September – Food Buckets for Hurricane Relief
- October – Dream Home Charities
- November – Salvation Army
- December – Amy Bohn (former Parish Nurse – Medical Needs)