Daniel's Chapel and Union United Methodist Churches in the Mountain Lakes District are considered small congregation churches, but their impact on the Weiss Lake area is anything but small.
These congregations faithfully join Cedar Bluff First UMC and others in several cooperative ministries to the community including the Fresh Food Pantry, the clothing pantry and the Dry-goods pantries located in Cedar Bluff First UMC. These ministries are known for volunteers including Methodists, Baptist, and non-denominational church members who served side by side with unchurched volunteers.
Rev. Tim Kendrick of Cedar Bluff First UMC says, "Some of our most dynamic and talented new members are coming through first volunteering to work in the Community Pantries. Many people begin as recipients of free food or clothing but, when their financial situation improves, become contributors and volunteers!”
Mrs. Ruth Hall, wife of Daniel's Chapel and Union UMC pastor Rev. Jimmy D. Hall says, "I was hesitant to volunteer at first at other churches as the wife of a Methodist pastor, but this is about community ministries and not any one church. The pantry congregation is a worship/prayer/service ministry within a community of many cooperative congregations!"
Rev. Jimmy D. Hall adds that his members are excited to be a part of ministry through missions. "Many were afraid we were too few to sustain a mission ministry on our own. These cooperative ministries allow us to be fully involved without losing our individuality.
The Brown Bag ministry collects food for children that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked as many children live in homes without running water, electricity or heat. Each week approximately 25 children who otherwise might have nothing to eat on weekends receive seven meals and snacks through this ministry.
For more information visit www.cedarbluffmethodist.com or email Rev. Hall or Rev. Tim Kendrick of Cedar Bluff First UMC for more details about how your congregation can find opportunities to embrace cooperative ministries.