Getting Involved

Wednesday Night Together

5:30 Dinner
6:15 Classes for every age

WNT has many wonderful factors and one definitely is the WNT “deliverers”.  We jokingly have tried to come up with a name for us, dodging the meals on wheels titles.  We are a close small group, passionate about helping others.  The group consists of mainly women, but occasionally men who have found they want to be involved in the Wednesday night church activities, but because of time frames or other conflicts choose to be a “deliverer”.

The “deliverers” meet at 5:00 p.m each Wednesday to use the food already prepared by Mrs. Amy Hauhe.

Earlier on Wednesday, a list is made of regular people with homebound needs plus some who occasionally have needs due to surgery, accident, or mishaps. With the list confirmed, the group gets to work with carry-out plates to these folks.  We always end with prayer and off we go to bring a warm meal, smiles, and sometimes a sit-down visit with those who need this assistance.

This group is nothing new.  Wednesday delivery of meals has been going on for countless years, during the lunch hour by dedicated women of this church. They cooked the meals themselves.   It has however, changed with the times to adapt to those delivering. We use church food during the school year and cook only in the summer.

The thought is the same.  Deliver meals and visit when possible.  It’s a great service that each of us enjoys and look forward to.

Anyone is welcome to join us.

 

 

Promise Keepers

Fridays, 6:00am in Fellowship Hall

We are a group of men who have been meeting on Friday mornings at 6:00AM for close to twenty years. We share our faith, our time, and occasionally do a mission project. Most of all we have a common interest in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. -Britt Barkley

 

 

Tuesday Morning Prayer Group

Tuesday, 7:00am

The Tuesday morning prayer group began a quarter century ago when the Rev. Albert McCadney responded to an invitation that came about simply because “God said so.” He showed up one Tuesday morning at Union City First United Methodist Church with a few prayers from his congregation at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. They were a   blessing we have never stopped marveling over.

The numbers varied from week to week, but those of us who have been involved from the beginning have always felt there were faithful Christians praying in other places for our    children, as well as those gathered around the altar, whether there were two or two dozen there.

Paula Chapman, who has been faithful from the start, made a list of scripture promises that have focused the prayer group each week for all these years. “Miss Trudy” Whitsey, who has gone on to be with the Lord, encouraged us to end each session by singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

Those are still the “bookends” for the 30 minutes or so we spend in prayer each week for the children of our homes, our church family, our community, its school systems, our young adults who are students and infants, children and youth around the world. We also bring prayer requests and praise reports to our time of prayer each week when we gather in the sanctuary at 7 a.m.

Through the years, we have witnessed some amazing things. As preachers and church   members from both predominantly white and predominantly black congregations came   together, we found ourselves kneeling and offering up our children beside prayer warriors from so many different congregations across the community.

Within a couple of years, someone suggested they felt the Lord was leading us to come together occasionally in a larger venue for a time of fellowship, praise and prayer for an expanded list of concerns, and the group met both in our own church and at the civic center for wonderful times of sharing.

So many of those early prayer partners are no longer with us, but the memory of their   faithfulness, their commitment, their strong belief in prayer  and their love for all children is something we still feel and will always treasure as our small group meets each Tuesday. The doors are open to anyone who wishes to join us. We are not “pretty” prayers who rely on sophisticated prayer language.

We’re simply here — because there are children in need.

We are simply here — praying, believing, praising, expecting.

We are simply here — happy for you to join us whenever you feel God is leading you to this time and place of prayer.

 

 

First United Methodist Church -UC Choir

Sunday, 9:oo AM in Sanctuary
Under the direction of John Alex Warner

Reelfoot Rural Ministries

When I think about RRM, I think of blessings. Surely the two ladies who started the ministry back in 1963 received a blessing as did the recipients of the services then and now.

The services today are varied and include Dental and Eye Clinics (staffed with professional volunteers), Thrift Store, Daycare and After School Program, Senior Program and Meals, Home Delivered Meals, and Food Pantry. Seasonal programs include: School Supplies, Christmas Toy Store and Summer Work Camp/Work Projects and others.

Those who serve in a paid capacity receive the blessing of knowing they help the needy in a tangible way. As a congregation, we receive the blessing of knowing our prayers and financial support help make the services and staff   available.

Those who volunteer to help out in whatever tasks are presented receive the blessing of satisfying work, fellowship together, and appreciation for work done.

Once a month our little group travels to RRM and works for about 3 hours, usually in the food pantry. Along with our friends from Martin UMC, we sort and shelve donated food items, package for distribution various items; which could include a ton of sausage, deer meat, detergent, or fresh green beans. We prepare grocery bags for single or family recipients and help with their distribution, providing a smile, a kind word, and Jesus’s agape love.

As we leave and head toward our luncheon destination, we are tired but energized. The accomplishments of the day and the gratitude expressed by the staff is both humbling and rewarding. What a privilege it is to serve our Lord and others in this simple way.

If you want to receive a blessing like this please join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month. We leave the church parking lot at 8:30am and return about 2:00pm.

For more information about the Reelfoot Rural Ministries click here.

 

Sing a Longs

Under the direction of Sherilyn Brown.

Calling all men and women who have Tuesday mornings available. The Nursing Home Sing Along Ministry is a great way to fill that time. We could use you!!!   We are a very small group who spend about a half hour to 45 minutes for only THREE Tuesdays a month.  The Waters (Golden Living) is at 10:15 a.m. on the First Tuesday, The Manor at 10:15 a.m. and Etheridge House at 11:00 a.m. each Second Tuesday, and Magnolia Place at 10:15 a.m. on the Third Tuesday each month.  We have an opening prayer, sing a couple of hymns, a devotional of about 15 minutes, sing a couple more hymns, and pray again.
Right now, we are in critical need of someone who would be willing to take one of the Tuesdays to play the piano. We are trying to get a regular rotation started. The devotional duties are rotated so that no one person is responsible for all the Tuesdays. BUT DON’T WORRY if you can’t give a devotional or you can’t play the piano, the rest of us “Make a Joyful Noise” for those whose lives have brought them to life in a nursing home or in assisted living.  Please prayerfully consider if you could spare 2 hours a month to join this ministry.
For questions, you can see Sherilyn, Chris Norton or Judith Estlow.

 

Hand bells

Starting on 8/29 at Wednesdays, 5:00 PM

Under the direction of Linda Harrelson

 

 

Knit Wits

Wednesdays

During Summer Months we will meeting at 1:00 PM on Wednesdays

Starting August 29th, we will be back meeting on Wednesdays evenings at 6:00 PM.

The Knit Wits are a Prayer Shawl Ministry to the lonely, sick, shut-ins and also make Prayer Shawls for those in need. The church then places them lovingly into pretty gift bags with a note to the person receiving the shawl for delivery. Recipients are not always in or from our congregation, they also make baby blankets for the new born babies of our church.  While they knit in their spare time at home, the Knit Wits are a group of women who meet during the Wednesday evening class time and knit together and pray together over their work.  It is a ministry of love and fellowship.  After a prayer shawl or baby blanket has been completed, it is placed on the rail of the Church Sanctuary where the members of the congregation add their prayers to the items lovingly knit for unknown recipients.

 

 

The Book Club

The FUMC Book Club meets the First Friday every other month. A group of readers meet and discuss a predetermined book. The group is very informal and share their thoughts and varying degrees of enjoyment or disappointment with the selection. The reading is usually light with authors such as Lori Copelant, Maeve Benchley, and Colleen Coble. Book titles such as Being Dead Is No Excuse (a fun read) to Magnificent Obession ( a heavy classic) have been fodder for our review.

One of the books, The Christmas Jar, led the group to start their own “Christmas Jar”. It is always amazing how our loose change from billfolds and the bottom of our purses builds up to make a nice donation to a charity of our choice.

Book costs are usually minimal and some of us donate the books to Soul Food Café, FUMC Library, or the Obion County Public Library. Of course, some of us keep them!

It is a lot of fun and laughs for those who attend. We welcome anyone who would like to join us.

 

 

Helping Hand Ministry

Helping Hand Mission Statement:  A 501c3 corporation that is founded through the Obion County Ministerial Association. All funds (except those unavoidable overhead expenses, rent, utilities and 1 full time staff person) are used to help people in need in our local area.  Do you remember back when, to save for a “rainy Day”?  Well, many residents of Union City and Obion County do not make enough in income or disability to even come close to saving for that day. For them, “rainy days”, thru no fault of their own, comes many times in one year.

Our family, friends, neighbors and people within our community are hit hard by circumstances sometimes out of their control.  With no hope or loss of faith they come to Helping Hand looking for a “Rainbow”.  We can make a difference.  Be that “Rainbow” and help us help you HELP OTHERS. With your caring and giving spirit, you can help others in many ways: Cash Donation, Fan/Heaters, Food, Diapers, Personal Hygiene items,  Toys/Clothes for Christmas  Dental/Medicine, Temporary Shelter, School Supplies, Furniture/appliances, Wheelchairs/Glasses, Volunteering, Budget Management Classes, GED Preparation, Classes and much more…. OR…Just being a customer at our Thrift Store where ALL your money goes to help others in need and you get to take home gently used items you need.With your support, we as a community of caring individuals can achieve many, many great things.

Join our Facebook page to keep up with how we are helping our local community! https://www.facebook.com/hopefaithcharity/

Helping Hand Ministry receives so very welcome donation from Cox Oil a local business in Union City.

 

Rainbow Bell Ministry

A New Children’s “Rainbow Bell” ministry has begun.  Our WNT Children will be practicing upstairs in the Education Building on Wednesday evenings following Children’s Gym Play Time.

We are currently in start-up mode and have learned one song.  We will be playing for our Church Thanksgiving Supper and we will also be playing for our Church Traditional Hanging of the Greens on December 1 in our Sanctuary.   Great Fun for all of our little ones.

Lifeline Bloodmobile

Check the calendar for our activity and event schedule.