Outreach at Epworth
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts1:8
This is the basis for our outreach ministries at Epworth UMC. We have four teams that plan and execute outreach ministries for these areas”Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and Ends of the Earth.
Our Jerusalem ” the place we live and work”is defined geographically as Williamson, Davidson, Maury, and Rutherford Counties.
Our Judea ” our region of the world”includes TN, AL, MS, GA, FL, KY, NC, SC, and VA. Short-term mission trips are the focus of this area.
Our Samaria is geographically the same as our Jerusalem, but intentionally includes groups who may be ignored or avoided because they are different from us economically, ethnically or religiously.
Our Ends of the Earth is anywhere not included in the previous three areas”the rest of the world.
These Acts 1:8 Teams are part of the overall Outreach Team. Outreach ministries are supported financially by the Faith Promise funds pledged each April at our Mission Impact Celebration (MIC). If you would like to help with our outreach ministries or with the MIC, contact Kathy Heard.
Jerusalem: Team Leader John Perrett
Our Holding Cross Ministry blesses many people through simple wooden crosses made of olive wood that comes from Israel. We pray over these crosses and pass them on to people we meet who need to know the comfort of God's peace and presence. Contact: Robbie Tucker
In our Page Angel Tree Ministry, each December we buy gifts for Page High School students who may not otherwise have much for Christmas. This shares God's love in a tangible way. Contact: Marilyn Crothers
We partner with Helping Hands by donating food, supplies, and money. This ministry located in Spring Hill provides household items, food, clothing, and financial assistance to families in need. Contact: Angela Thompson
We partner with Against the Grain in Franklin, which educates and empowers those with histories of abuse, addiction or negative generational cycles to reach their God-given potential. www.atghope.org Contact: Penny Vaughan
Judea: Team Leader position available
We partner with Columbia District Volunteers in Mission. This group leads short-term local and regional mission trips to assist flood and storm victims, as well as those in financial need. Contact: Bea Ball
We partner with Upper Sand Mountain Parish in northeastern Alabama. This is a cooperative of 8 UM Churches who support the poor in the Upper Sand Mountain area with home repair, food pantry and a thrift store. Columbia District VIM leads short-term trips to USMP. www.uppersandmountainparish.org Contact: Peggy & Chuck Hawkins
We partner with Mountain T.O.P., a service project meeting physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of people in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Our youth go on short-term trips to Mountain T.O.P. every other year. www.mountaintop.org Contact: Cindy Peden
Samaria: Team Leader Kathy Heard
We partner with Project Transformation by providing reading volunteers, meals, and financial support. This ministry connects young adult interns and inner city churches in Nashville with underserved children to provide summer day camps with a focus on improving reading skills. www.pttennessee.org Contact: Colleen Lowe
We host 12 homeless men twice a month from November through March with Room in the Inn. The men stay overnight in our church. We provide three meals, visit with them and take them back to Nashville. www.roomintheinn.org Contact: Connie Puryear
In our Feeding Under The Bridge ministry, we partner with Rehobath UMC and the Salvation Army to feed our ˜street friends' under the Jefferson Street Bridge on the third Friday night every month. Contact: Teresa Gary or Tim Underwood
We assist Blue Monarch by painting rooms and providing cleaning and other supplies. This is a long-term residential rehabilitation program for mothers and their children who have suffered from negative generational cycles. www.bluemonarch.org Contact: Kathy Heard
We partner with Nashville Peacemakers through financial support and interactions with at-risk young people in Nashville. www.nashvillepeacemakers.org Contact: Kathy Heard
Ends of the Earth: Team Leaders Cindy Kurzrock and Laurie Evans
We support Pommern Parish in Tanzania, Africa, with funds for student tuition and building supplies for their church and medical clinic. Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
We partner with House of Hope in Santiago, Chile, by financially supporting two of the young women in their program. This ministry helps needy young women attend college while living in a Christian environment. www.visionforchildren.net Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
We assist Sweet Sleep in providing bedding and mosquito nets for orphans in third world countries. www.sweetsleep.org Contact: Angie Ketchum
We partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators to provide Bibles in the native language of people in the Caucasus Mountains. Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
Each November our children actively participate in packing Christmas shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Contact: Michelle Conkle