January 17, 2014

First Methodist to start weeklong summit

Submitted by Dalton First United Methodist Church

— The missions committee of Dalton First United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a week of Global Outreach Celebration with the theme “Be the Change You Want to See” beginning Monday. There will be numerous opportunities for service during the week and the celebration will conclude over the weekend with several events.  

“Our focus this year, as we planned our Global Impact Celebration, has been on local missions,” said chairwoman Molly Jenkins. “We felt this was imperative after launching our ‘Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church’ project. God has truly blessed our community and continues to do so. In September, we had 569 members of our congregation step out into the community to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our mission is to inspire our congregation to get involved in missions in whatever way they feel comfortable, whether that be local, regional or international.

“We are extremely fortunate to have some amazing opportunities for service right here in Dalton. I feel we need to celebrate this. As Mark 10:45 says, ‘For even the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.’ There is a place in missions for everyone at DFUMC and in our community.”

From Monday to Friday there will be several service opportunities with which people can help. Visit servewhitfield.com to learn about this church-wide effort to encourage everyone to live out their faith in tangible ways. As explained on the host page, “We are a bunch of Christ-followers who have decided to build Christ’s Kingdom by serving our community.”  

Volunteers have multiple options for service: help hang pictures or mirrors; paint door trim, doors and baseboards; work in the food bank; assist with the clothing store; and many others. People of any age or ability can find a project suitable for their participation. Register on servewhitfield.com. If you have no Sunday school class, family or friends you can recruit to participate, you can register by clicking on your favorite project and the list and then click “register.” Someone will contact you.   

Teresa Boozer and Nancy Bell are working in the area of local missions and highlight a new approach.

“Our local outreach team wants to spotlight our partnership with two local ministries that we are planning to work more closely with in the future,” said Boozer. “We want to develop a relationship with these ministries so that our congregation gets to know them and work with them.”

Bell added, “We want these groups to know who we are as a church and how together we can ‘Be the Change We Want to See’ by serving others in various ways that will deepen our relationship with both the community and with Jesus Christ.”

City of Refuge and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are the two local ministries.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday evenings at City of Refuge to assist in serving a hot meal for impoverished families. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there are plans to deliver blankets and pizzas to the homes of families with children. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to work in their food bank, their clothing store processing and distributing clothes and household items, and to do general housekeeping such as vacuuming and dusting in the kitchen, dining room, etc. On Friday from 10 a.m. to noon workers are needed to organize and restock the supply closet with hygienic supplies, blankets, toiletries, etc. There is painting that needs to be done and light carpentry work to repair a reception desk. During the Sunday school hour on Sunday, Jan. 26, church buses will shuttle interested members to City of Refuge for guided tours of the facilities.

Saturday morning, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. everyone in the community is invited to come to the church to hear John Ed Mathison. He retired after 45 years of pastoring in Methodist churches and was persuaded to found Leadership Ministries to share his expertise in church leadership and laity involvement. Churches can register for $55 and as many of their members as desire are welcome to attend. Individuals are also asked to call to register so that the Missions Committee can provide for refreshments for all.

Call Elizabeth in the church office at (706) 278-8494 or register by email at dfumcliz@optilink.us.