MISSION

Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Ishe Anesu, Zimbabwe, giving food or other aid to a stranger, housing the homeless, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, Green Meadow UMC is engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.  A sadhu begging bowl from India is passed on the last Sunday of the month, giving us another moment to share a blessing and support a variety of missions, the result of which not only helps to transform lives, but earns Green Meadow UMC the designation as a Five Star Church in the Holston Conference. Here is the Blessing Bucket list for 2019.

MISSION CONNECTIONS

Nancy Chinzuend is director of the Ishe Anesu Project in Zimbabwe. For many years, Green Meadow has sent Hands-on Mission Project supplies to Ishe Anesu.

SOUTH SUDAN MISSION

Fred and Libby Dearing are Holston Conference missionaries serving in South Sudan. Libby works with widows and orphan and Fred serves as the District Superintendent. The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church has maintained a presence in South Sudan since about 2006.

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THE BLESSING BUCKET

The last Sunday of each month, we pass the Blessing Bucket and share a blessing and offering. While this tradition has been disrupted by the COVID-19, we will at some point return! With that in mind, here are the Sundays and the ministries receiving that particular offering in 2021:

  • January 31: Human Relations Day (SSO) relates to Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observations by supporting community developers, United Methodist Voluntary Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation programs.

  • February 28: Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy (Holston Conference Missions).

  • March 28: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sunday, which provides major support of UMCOR as it aids refugees, responds to disasters, and assists hunger ministries.

  • April 25: Camp Wesley Woods (Holston Conference Camping Ministry located in the Smoky Mountain District)

  • May 30: Annual Conference Mission Appeal

  • June 27: Peace With Justice Sunday (SSO)

  • July 25: Missionary Support in Willow Alaska (The Rev. Joe-d DowlingSoka and Christina DowlingSoka co-pastor Willow (Alaska) United Methodist Church)

  • August 29: Native American Sunday (SSO)

  • September 26: Holston Home for Children, Greeneville, Tennessee, providing home, hope, and healing for hundreds of children since 1895.

  • October 31: World Communion Sunday is the first Sunday in October, but we take up our World Communion Offering as part of the Blessing Bucket campaign. World Communion Sunday (SSO) grants advance studies scholarships for international and national ethnic students preparing for leadership in church and society.

  • November 28: United Methodist Student Day (SSO) provides loans and scholarships for UM college, university, and graduate students.

  • December 26: The Blessing Bucket is normally taken on the last Sunday of the month. However, our tradition has been to give our Christmas Eve offering as a "blessing" to Heifer International (UMCOR). Since WWII, the organization has provided livestock and sustainable living assistance nationally and around world.