Mission Report for 2018
THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF OUR MISSION ACTIVITIES FOR 2018:
We added CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) to our mission project list for the first time this year. On January 14th Margie Clemmer spoke about the work of CASA and we collected $702.
Daniel Sukowski talked on February 11th about his upcoming mission trip with Campus Outreach to New Zealand and we collected $3,589 over several Sundays for his trip.
We continue to help the Ark Singers with their church, orphanage, and building fund in Ukraine. The Ark singers visited on March 4th and presented a concert and a visual update of their ministry. Our four quarterly collections this year and the love offering totaled $5,900.
On April 29th Pam Kiper spoke to our congregation about Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to feeding starving children around the world in body, mind and soul. We collected $906. Our church had 35-40 volunteers participating in packing meals at Ewtonville Baptist church on November 2nd and 3rd.
Our Hands-on Mission Project in May, coordinated by Dawn Jones, was to make up home buckets for Zimbabwe. We sent 26 buckets valued at $28 each including shipping – $728.
Delanie Sukowski spoke on May 21st about her upcoming training and gospel sharing experience in the Smokey Mountains this summer with Campus Outreach and we collected $1,103 to help with her expenses.
On June 3rd we collected for the Bishop’s Special Collection $293 (children from South Sudan in refugee camps in Uganda) and Change for Children $293 (needy children from the Holston conference)
The Gideons visited Chapel Hill on June 24th and $590 was given to their ministry.
Our July project was school supplies for Sequatchie County students to support the “Give a Kid a Chance” event coordinated by a group of local agencies. We collected $176 and 85 packs of notebook paper – we sent 300 packs of paper for the event.
Boo and Phylis Hankins, former missionaries from the Houston Conference to South Sudan, spoke at the morning service on Sunday August 26th and we collected $734 for South Sudan.
Many people at our church support the Next Step Resource Center (formerly the Women’s Care Center) by attending their annual banquet in March, sending in personal donations, or participating in the “Walk for Life” in September. Our church had 25-30 youth and adults on the walk. Debbie Chandler, Director of the center spoke on August 19th at our morning service and $150 was collected.
September 30th brought us a guest speaker for the Hands of Christ, a medical mission in Honduras, run by John and Dr Ana Lamon. Sarah Hathaway gave us an update on the Women’s Clinic that is being built and showed pictures of the work done by the many medical teams that help serve the poor of Honduras. We collected $520.
On Sunday October 21st we collected $2,350 and on Sunday October 26th we collected $365 for UMCOR to help with relief after Hurricane Michael.
Our Local Food Bank, run by the Sequatchie County Fellowship of Churches, was our mission focus for November. Denise Kell came to our morning worship service on November 18th to give us an update on the program and we collected $257 to help fund the continuing work of the food bank. Our church also donated 496 pounds of food this year.
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse – Thanks to the efforts of Ethel Powell, Lynna Griffith and the K-5 group of children, 20 shoe boxes were packed. The value of this donation is $500
The mission project in December involved providing Christmas gifts for 26 local needy children. Dawn Jones passed out names and collected the gifts. This was the largest number of children we have helped.
We continued our support of the Holston Home with $3,475 collected from 5th Sunday offerings and Sunday School Funds.
The Benevolence Fund is a special fund administered by our pastor to help families and individuals with emergencies. This past year $2,812 was dispersed.
OUR FIVE-STAR MISSION ACTIVITIES
Each year we hold a craft and bake sale at the October Men’s Barbecue to raise funds to finance mission activities. We dispersed mission funds to be recognized as a Holston Conference Five-Star Mission Church. To be eligible, a church has to pay its fair share in full, which Chapel Hill pays from general church funds, and:
- Give to at least one International Advance (we sent Maria Humbane in Zimbabwe $150 and Helen Roberts-Evans in Liberia $150)
- Give to at least one U.S. Advance (we sent the Appalachian Service Project $150)
- Give to at least one UMCOR Advance (we sent $500 to UMCOR Disaster Response in U.S. to help after hurricanes Florence and Michael)
- Give to at least one Conference Advance (we sent Fred and Libby Dearing in South Sudan $500, Camp Lookout $150 and the Bethlehem Center $150)
The total for our Five-Star giving was $1,750.
We were also able to send $1000 to the Hands of Christ and $250 to Feed My Starving Children from our craft/bake sale funds. A total of $3000 has been dispersed from our craft/bake sale mission funds this year!
Thanks to the generosity of everyone at Chapel Hill our mission outreach for 2018 was approximately $28,443 and many volunteer hours of service. This dollar total does not include individual contributions to the Next Step Resource Center, food donations to the food bank or the cost of Christmas gifts for needy children.