We have a direct responsibility to the people around our church, the community, and the world. There are people with many hurts, doubts, and questions. There are some who are new in the community and feel a little lost, some who are proudly self-sufficient, and others who are in desperate circumstances. Our mission is to reach out to them, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, invite them into the family of faith, and joyfully receive all who will respond.
The Appalachia Service Project is a home repair / home building ministry through which volunteers and ASP staff repair and build homes for low-income families in rural central Appalachia. Anyone (ages 15 and older) who wants to put faith and love into action by serving the people of central Appalachia can volunteer.
Nashville United Methodist Church is an active sponsor of ASP through offerings and volunteers. In fulfilling God’s calling, our church sends youth and adults each summer to central Appalachia. We are excited about the opportunity God has for us through ASP.
Everyone can support our ASP teams through tax deductible sponsorships. Gifts can be made through the church offering, online, or mailed to NUMC, PO Box 86, Nashville, NC 27856. If you have any questions about ASP contact Lewis Smith, at 252-903-9848 or email@example.com. Visit the ASP website to learn more about the organization.
*The world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986 at nearby Chernobyl, Ukraine, continues to plague the people — 23 percent of Belarus and thousands of people were contaminated by radiation from the accident. Belarus, a small country which was part of the former Soviet Union received approximately 70% of the radiation damage from the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant incident. The southern third received the most radiation in Belarus. The explosion released 90 times as much radiation as the Hiroshima Bomb.
This has effected the health of the people, especially the children due to its effect on the immune system. This has resulted in thyroid disease and thyroid cancer, an increase of leukemia and birth defects, and vitamin deficiencies. In 1991, members of the Connecticut River Valley Fellowship, a Baptist Church in South Windsor, Connecticut, welcomed 13 children and two adults from the mobile region of Belarus. They housed the children for a period of six weeks, giving their bodies a rest from the physical and emotional stress of living in a contaminated environment.
When the children are removed from the area for that approximate period of time, the level of radiation in their bodies is lowered. There was a desire from others involved with this project to offer a similar opportunity to other children from Belarus. From this vision - the American Belarussian Relief Organization (ABRO) was formed.
Several families at Nashville UMC are very involved in ABRO and serve as host families to children from Belarus. They create bonds with these children, and often host the same child for several years. If you would like to become involved in this wonderful ministry, please contact our church office at 252-459-7178
* Taken in part from the ABRO website.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith
but has no deeds?
Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs,
what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,
and I will show you my faith by what I do."
Compassion Cafe is a ministry supported by approximately twenty churches in the Nashville area. Volunteers at these churches create teams who prepare a meal once a month to serve at the cafe, which is located on the corner of Church and Collins Streets, behind the main Nashville UMC building. The purpose of this ministry is not only to feed the body of those in need, but to feed the soul by offering fellowship and a daily devotion.
Compassion Cafe is open from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves approximately 50 guests each day. This is a wonderful outreach ministry to our community and also highlights unity and collaboration among churches in our area.
Compassion Cafe is a shining example of how God works through those who pursue his purpose. Below is a our current schedule. We often have '5th week' days available for those who are called to serve. If your church or organization would like to become involved, please call Nashville UMC at 459-7178 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our Costa Rica Missions Team has a team of missionaries who travel to Liberia, Costa Rica each year. Liberia is the Capital city of the Northwest Providence of Guanacaste, a town larger than Nashville, but smaller than Rocky Mount. The church our team serves is Fuente de Gracia (Source of Grace) Evangelical Methodist Church.
The team has received spiritual and financial support from several groups and individuals within the churches represented on the team, as well as a grant from the N.C. Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Missions Fund.
If you are interested to traveling to Costa Rica and assisting with the project to help Fuente de Gracia Methodist church, contact our church office at the number below. Read journal entries from the previous years mission trip and see photos at the Costa Rica mission Blog.
In coordination with the Nash County Senior Center and other area churches, several members of our congregation faithfully deliver meals to homebound residents in our community. If you would like to help deliver meals, you can contact the Church Office If you are in need of meal delivery, please contact the Nash County Senior Center at (252) 459-1367.
The goal of La Estrella is "To show God's love by academically empowering students and providing a safe, fun environment in which they can realize their potential". There are many volunteer opportunities to serve at La Estrella, such as tutoring, serving meals and providing supplies.
Because many of the students already speak some English, you do not need to be proficient in Spanish to tutor at La Estrella. You only need a desire to meet the children where they are and provide a safe, fun environment in which they learn and ask questions. Visit the La Estrella Volunteer Sign-up Site to see available volunteer times and to sign-up.
The Mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Every fall, the congregation at Nashville UMC work together creating shoe boxes to be delivered to needy children around the world. Our children are very active in this ministry, often creating personalized cards for the boxes.
Learn more about this ministry, visit the Samaritan Purse Website.