District Roundup: Morristown, Oak Ridge

District Roundup: Morristown, Oak Ridge

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Students in Asbury UMC’s confirmation class in Greenville, Tenn., will learn about Imagine No Malaria as part of their confirmation process. On Sunday,  Nov. 11 the youth group will join the confirmation class for an in-depth look into Imagine No Malaria.

The Rev. Jeannie Higgins, minister of discipleship, coordinates the confirmation class each year. Imagine No Malaria will help the class understand the United Methodist Church as a connectional church: both as a conference and  global church. Students will see how United Methodists are working together around the world to end death and suffering from malaria.

“It is natural to teach and show them that when the church is united we can do so much more than when we do things separately,” Higgins said.

In addition to teaching discipleship, Asbury’s confirmation emphasizes mission ministry. Each year the confirmation class is asked to select a mission or outreach project that invites their participation. Gray Hull, now an eighth-grade member at Asbury UMC, used the opportunity to raise $1,000 for Nothing But Nets as his confirmation project. This year, sixth- and seventh-graders will choose their own local or global missions.

Imagine No Malaria is an important and timely opportunity for youth to learn about what it means to be a connectional church. The message of Imagine No Malaria is clear: $10 saves a life. The mission is something that all youth can participate in.
-- Rev. Jeannie Higgins, minister of discipleship, Asbury UMC


At Annual Conference in June, Brenda Tate and Tilda Bowling of Rugby Road UMC were touched by what they were learned about Imagine No Malaria. Tate works at the Farmers’ Co-op, where she purchased two metal buckets to begin raising money for Imagine No Malaria. On the first Sunday in July, Tate and Bowling told the story of Imagine No Malaria to their congregation, and the buckets were passed along with the regular offertory.

The idea was for loose change and other funds to make a “joyful noise” as the donations for Imagine No Malaria donations were dropped into the metal buckets. To date Rugby Road UMC has collected more than $500 for Imagine No Malaria, a portion in honor of the Rev. John Slater and Pastor Appreciation Month.

Rugby Road UMC, located in Elgin, Tenn., has 52 members with an average worship attendance of 35 to 40. The congregation set a goal of saving 100 lives ($1,000).
-- Ella Smith, treasurer, Rugby Road UMC

Please celebrate the wonderful results of our Mobile Pantry hunger and clothing ministry today (Nov. 3). Our volunteers started work on Oct. 29 when nine First Farragut UMC members gleaned 636 pounds of beautiful produce from UT Gardens to hand out along with a truckload of food from Second Harvest. Over the last two days we were blessed with 116 congregation volunteers and 72 Boy Scout volunteers from four troops. That’s a total of 197 volunteers! In addition:

  • 233 families received food today.
  • 22 families shared prayer requests.
  • 220 coats were distributed for all ages.
  • 273 children (135 boys, 138 girls) received clothing from Wesley’s Attic. (Since 2008 Wesley’s Attic Children’s Ministry has clothed 4,521 children.)

It is truly more blessed to give than receive, and First Farragut experienced that blessing today.
-- Laura Derr, First Farragut UMC