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Disciplemaking in the Heart of Appalachia
Ministry Opportunity in Central Appalachia
Central Appalchian Missionary Conference is seeking clergy and/or seminary students who want to fulfill their calling within a local church of the United Methodist Church and within the Red Bird Missionary Conference. The right candidate shall be willing to lead a church toward becoming a healthy, revitalized church that is missionally effective. To do this, pastors should grow personally, and to lead a congregation to have more vitality within the local church and community, that make disciples who transform their community. Both Part-Time and Full-Time positions are available. If this sounds like the type of ministry you would like to be a part of, please contact the Conference Superintendent, Rev. Karen Stigall at (606) 658 – 6039 or via email at email@example.com
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THE CENTRAL APPALACHIAN TRANSFORMER
Cranks United Methodist Church's Community Outreach near the Kentucky/Virginia line has seen firsthand the hardships of food insecurity in Harlan County. The outreach serves over 116 families monthly and is the only food pantry in the county's southeastern section. Food insecurity knows no age, and we provide nourishing food for the youngest under one year to the oldest at 94. As a child who grew up in this area and whose single mother relied on the help of food boxes to provide for her family, I understand what a blessing an outreach can be. Our goal is to feed not only the belly but also the soul. We minister to individuals in our community not only with food but also by witnessing the love of Christ and praying with and for our neighbors. Each individual who helps in this mission will tell you that we receive the blessing each month by being the vessel for Christ to reach our neighbors, and although, with the economy, it is hard to obtain donations, God always provides.
Bringing Joy To Their Communities
Every year Evarts Congregational UMC collects toys new and gently used all year long. They have 2 members that work hard on this project throughout the year. Right before Christmas the local fire department collects the toys. During Christmas week Santa rides the fire engine and passes out the toys to children in their area. They put cards in the toys inviting them to church and pray over the gifts. We are so thankful for the work that Evarts and Wallins UMC do to care for the kids in their community.
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Disaffiliation statement from Bishop Leonard Fairley
I share this statement as a shepherd who loves the people of the church and not so much as a biblical scholar, parliamentary expert, or expert interpreter of the Book of Discipline. I am restating that in no way should my kindness or the Annual Conference’s posture of graciousness be an encouragement for churches to disaffiliate.