Missions & Outreach
As we engage our friends and neighbors around us, and all of God's children around the world, we grow deeper spiritually and we help to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Some of our mission and outreach projects have become ongoing ministries (the Food Pantry, the Hands for Christ Ministry and the Medical and Construction Missions) while others were undertaken to meet specific needs. Here is a just sampler of some of the special mission and outreach projects the church has recently undertaken.
Aiden's Fundraiser Softball Tournament
On Easter weekend a local family was involved in an automobile accident. As a result, young Aiden was born at 24 weeks, weighing one pound and three ounces. He required extensive hospitalization and care. In order to help underwrite some of the ensuing expenses, the CMFUMC co-ed softball team organized a two-day fund raising tournament held on May 17 and 18. Reverend Irvin led a Sunday morning religious service for over ninety players, with music led by Bill Brown. The tournament raised almost $5,000 for Aiden and his family.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
On Friday, April 18 Washington Street Park was filled with the happy sounds of over eighty children from throughout the community, toddlers through 5th Graders, searching for candy and treat-filled plastic Easter eggs scattered around the park. There were special prizes for those lucky few in each age group who found the golden eggs. Deb Shreffler was the driving force behind this event. All the eggs, candy and prizes were furnished by members of the CMFUMC congregation.
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
On May 14, Sharon Pate and her hardworking team of church volunteers, hosted CMFUMC's Annual Teachers' Appreciation Luncheon to express appreciation for all that the teachers, administrators and support staff in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort schools do for the children of the community.
The Edge, a Christian Education class for those in their 20's and 30's, set a goal of collecting two thousand diapers during the month of May to donate to the Southeastern Pregnancy Resource Center. The Center routinely fields requests for diapers from fifteen to twenty people each week. Staff from the center also pray with the mothers utilizing their services, and share the story of Jesus with them. With strong support from the entire congreation, The Edge exceeded its goal by collecting 2,456 diapers! Members of the WOW Youth Fellowship helped deliver the diapers to the center.
In Spring 2014, the Junior High Christian Education class led by Deb Miller completed a large drive to collect items to send to youngsters in the Philippines. The class, with the help of many others from the CMFUMC congregation, packed four large boxes with children's clothing, shoes, toys, school supplies, and backpacks. The class selected this mission project after studying about countries where youth face chronically difficult struggles and hard times. Three other Christian Education classes, along with five individuals, contributed funds for the necessary postage to mail the boxes to the Philippines.
Community Vacation Bible School
Weird Animals was the theme for the 2014 VBS held the first week of June. Using a rotational activities model required a large team of volunteers, under the leadership and organization of Malinda Field, to teach, lead and feed the thirty-three Kindergarten through 5th Grade participants each evening. To the delight of all in attendance at worship on Sunday, June 8, the VBS kids shared a sample of what they'd learned and experienced throughout the week.
Community Clean Up
The WOW Youth Group, under the leadership of Reverend Bob Manier and Courtney Field, will soon hold a community work day dedicated to cleaning and working on the parks in Carrier Mills. The entire church will be invited to help work alongside the teens in giving back to the community.
Community Back to School Prayer Service
On August 20, Carrier Mills First United Methodist Church hosted the first Carrier Mills - Stonefort Back to School Prayer Service. Organized by Deb Shreffler with support from Reverend Stan Irvin, the event welcomed students, teachers, staff, administrators and school board members, along with members of our community, to an evening of prayer, blessings and music prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year. This ecumenical worship service featured the participation of pastors from five area churches: Aaron Phelps (Carrier Mills Social Brethren Church), Ryan Beck (Carrier Mills First Baptist Church), Keith Bunfill (Stonefort Missionary Baptist Church), Lee Graham (Little Chapel Church), and Stan Irvin and Bob Manier (Carrier Mills First United Methodist Church). It was an awesome and uplifting event.
Veteran's Day Appreciation Lunch
Following the annual Veterans Day program at the Carrier Mills - Stonefort Grade School on November 7, it was the church's honor to host a BBQ lunch for all the veterans and their families. Planned by Mrs. Bradley to help express the community's appreciation for all the efforts of the men and women who have served our country in one of the armed forces, the delicious meal was catered by Jimmy D. Ellis.
Trunk or Treat
Ghosts, goblins, super heroes, fairy princesses, and more descended on the church parking lot on Halloween night from
6 - 9 pm to enjoy a fun, safe and bountiful community Trunk or Treat. Enthusiastic, and sometimes costumed, adults decorated the trunks of their cars for the holiday and made sure that all the trunk or treaters returned home with happy memories and filled treat bags.
Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway
Our Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway was held on November 23. Through the combined efforts of our Boy Scouts, WOW Youth Fellowship, The Spirit and The Edge Sunday School Classes, and others, 41 local families received much needed baskets or bags of food including a turkey and a freshly baked pumpkin pie. The giveaway is one of the church's most favorite ways to share God's love with the community.
Free Community Christmas Breakfast
On Saturday, December 20 from 8:30 - 10:30 am, The Spirit Christian Education class was delighted to welcome many members of the Carrier Mills - Stonefort community to the church's Fellowship Hall for a free holiday breakfast. Throughout the morning, the wonderful smells of warm biscuits and gravy, sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, and pancakes filled the air. The happy laughter of children could be heard as they shared their Christmas wishes with Santa and posed for free photos with the jolly elf, received treat bags decorated by members of The Spirit class and the WOW Youth Fellowship and met Queen Elsa from the Disney movie "Frozen." Everyone also had the opportunity to be part of the Christmas story as they viewed the live manger.
Angel Tree Project
In 2014, the congregation of CMFUMC provided Christmas presents to 56 children and teens from 21 homes in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort USD. The Angel Tree Project is one of the church's favorite holiday outreach activities. A contact from the school system puts together a list of children in need and their wishes. Members of the congregation select one or more wish lists to fulfull, and then the fun begins - shopping and wrapping. A delivery team from the church ensures that the gits reach their intended recipients in time for Christmas morning.