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
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.
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.
GraceWorks is a Franklin-based ministry that helps people with food and emergency utility bills. We provide financial support, as well as donations for their thrift store and pantry items.Volunteers to help in the thrift store, with food pick-up, and the Manger, which provides an opportunity for recipients to shop for family Christmas gifts. Contact: Caroline Williams.
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: Penny Vaughan
COMMUNITY ANGELS MINISTRY
Each December we buy gifts for area students who may not otherwise have much for Christmas. This shares God's love in a tangible way. Contact: Marilyn Crothers
MODULAR HOME PROJECT
Our men gather each year to build a wall or floor unit for the Modular Home Project. The unit is then taken to construct a home for needy people in southeastern Kentucky. Contact: George Rembert.
FRANKTOWN OPEN HEARTS
FrankTown Open Hearts helps underserved inner-city Franklin youth with after school programs designed to educate, encourage and inspire. Besides financial support, our volunteers have provided a health class and meals. FrankTown also has a shopping day each December to help their kids buy family Christmas gifts. One of their annual fundraisers is the Festival of Lights, a nightly Christmas light show at the County Ag Expo Center. Contact: Vicki Campbell
4:13 Strong is a Nashville-based ministry that provides residential Bible-based life skill and job training for young men who have been incarcerated. We support this life-changing program with meals, emotional and financial support for these young men. Contact: Penny Vaughan
MOTHERS OVER MURDER
Mothers Over Murder is one branch of Nashville Peacemakers. This is a support group for women who have lost children to gun violence. We share emotional support and the love of Christ with these women who have experienced unbelievable grief and injustice. We meet on the first and third Thursday nights in Nashville. Contact: Kathy Heard
FRESH START RECOVERY CHURCH
Fresh Start Recovery Church is an addiction recovery program in Columbia. We provide financial support, and collect pantry items for the participants. Contact: Jaime Rochester
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, Miriam Camargo, and Judy Coursey
ROOM IN THE INN
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
ENDS OF THE EARTH
BLACKFEET UNITED METHODIST PARISH
Blackfeet United Methodist Parish is based on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Through their equine training program they seek to develop strong healthy leaders among these Native Americans who live on one of the poorest reservations in the country. Besides financial support, we plan to send a mission team there in August, 2020. Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
We support Pommern Parish in Tanzania, Africa, with funds for student tuition and building supplies for their church and medical clinic. Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
HOUSE OF HOPE
We partner with House of Hope in Santiago, Chile, by financially supporting their programs. This ministry helps needy young women attend college while living in a Christian environment. They also minister to children in the community with tutoring and musical instruction. www.visionforchildren.net Contact: Cindy Kurzrock
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Each November our children actively participate in packing Christmas shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Contact: Cindy Kurzrock