United Methodist National Task Force on Disability Ministries is a group of Christians devoted to making every place of worship a welcoming place for individuals with all disabilities, realizing that each person has unique gifts and graces.

The group offers assistance to United Methodists and other congregations by providing resources for education, support, and advocacy for disability ministry.  For more information visit their web page at umcdmc.org.

The Task Force is sponsored by General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and operates through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as part of its Health Concerns office.

Photo above: Lara Wagner provides sign language interpretation during the May 19 session of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Double exposure by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Fundraiser will support special-needs ministry at Sycamore Tree UMC

Betty Jo Fowler helps Gate participant Ricky paint Christmas tree decorations at The Gate. Photo by Tom Sherlin, The Daily Times.

Stephanie Livigni is executive director of The Gate — Gateway to Independence, which is holding a Nov. 9 fundraiser to support its programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is at Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church in Maryville.

Tailgate for The Gate will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Second Harvest Food Bank, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville. Participants will be able to watch the Tennessee vs. Kentucky football game on the big screen, enjoy food from Calhoun's.

There are now 53 participants at The Gate, Livigni said. They are able to come to The Gate three days a week to play games, watch movies, create crafts, learn about cooking, sing and hang out with friends. It’s socialization that promotes independence, the director said.

This is the third year for Tailgate for the Gate. Tickets are $75 each. To reserve a spot, call 865-317-4283 or email info@GatewayTN.org

Read complete story in The [Maryville] Daily Times.