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LOCAL MISSIONS

Our community ministries offer help to those nearby.  This includes, but is not limited to our food pantry, Second Harvest food distribution, coat giveaway, local school mentoring, and the "I Support the Girls" (which provides undergarments and personal hygiene items for homeless girls & women).
Beaver Ridge UMC is dedicated to missions. We celebrate all types of mission opportunities - from trips to collecting mittens to donating food, and more. You are invited to participate in any or all of these mission opportunities!

Contacts:
Food Pantry - Leslie Little, deanleslielittle@gmail.com
Second Harvest Food Drop - Mary Hunt, acumanager@comcast.net
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FOOD PANTRY

Mondays from 1 to 2 pm

Wednesdays 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

in the Education Bldg.

(bldg. closest to Weigel's)

Beaver Ridge Food Pantry serves anyone in the

community in need of help with groceries.

**A list of needed food items is listed in the church newsletter each month.**

We're All About Missions

As I write this, the sun is shining and it is in the low 80s...perfect weather for light gardening or hanging out the laundry. We've done both today. But it's time to come in and write the newsletter...Let's see what we have...

 

June is the month of our Hands-on mission trip to Project Crossroads in Marion, VA. We will carpool up to the Project house on the afternoon of  Wednesday, June 12. Randy Creswell is leading the trip, but will be coming directly from Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska. On Thursday, we'll begin work.  At the time of this writing, I don't know exactly what we'll be doing, but we typically have a combination of house repairs or porch/ramp construction.  If we run low on work, there is always wood to split and stack. We'll work Thursday through-Saturday afternoon. All meals are provided Thursday through lunch on Saturday. You'll need to bring your bedding and towel, plus personal items.  If you've never been on one of our trips, give us a try!  Questions?  Call either Randy ( 865-712-7414) or me at 865-804-6642.

 

The Food Pantry is fortunate to have a legion of volunteers to man both Monday afternoons and  Wednesday evenings.  In addition, we have three special volunteers who do the lion's share of stocking the Pantry with food from Second Harvest (located in  the Maryville/Alcoa area):  Teresa Gillenwaters, as well as Teresa and Bob Bryant. It's a lot of work to assess the Pantry stock, make the order, drive out to Second Harvest to pick up the order, and drive back to the Church to unload. Typically, we need 2-3 trips to Second Harvest each month to keep up with the demand. So, if you can help when there's a call out for unloading, please consider helping....it will be greatly appreciated!  

 

In addition to Second Harvest food, our Pantry is fortunate in that we are able to glean from the

Knoxville Market Square Farmer's market on the third Saturday (and sometimes the fifth as well!).  This gleaning is under the auspices of the Society of St Andrews....and costs nothing to our church (except time and gas to drive to/from).  I went on May 18, and was able to collect roughly 50 lbs of fresh greens to fill our Pantry refrigerator!   The Farmer's Market goes through October. If you are interested in

volunteering, or just need more information, call either me or Pastor Teresa.

  

Blessings to all,

Leslie Little, Missions Chair

Donation Boxes

Your Donations to KARM Help Others

Anytime is a great time to clean out clutter from your home and garage to donate to the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission. When you drop off your items be sure to tell them you want Beaver Ridge UMC to receive credit. KARM will then give us gift cards to distribute to folks in our community who are in need of clothing and household items.

Let your unwanted stuff assist others and our church ministries!
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I Support the Girls is a worldwide non-profit which provides feminine hygiene products, new and gently used bras, new underwear, and socks to those in need. Currently, we have over 60 affiliates worldwide. Since its inception in 2016, ISTG has distributed over 25 million items.

 

Erica Zuckerman is the director of the Knoxville affiliate.  Some of the organizations that have received your donations around Knoxville include Wesley House, BRUMC Food Pantry, Susannah's House, Community Coalition against Human Trafficking, Angelic Ministries, Ladies of Charity, Carecuts, and several schools in Knox, Anderson, and Hamblen Counties. These are just a few of the many organizations that have received your donations. 

If you have any donations, please place them in the labeled bin in the office hallway of the sanctuary building. If you have questions or would like to learn more about ISTG, feel free to contact Erica at 865-660-3687.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Dear Church Family, 

 

We had so much fun at our Blessing of the Wheels event in May! We collected so many hot wheel cars and will pass those on to our families and children in need. Thank you for your assistance with the donations! 

We hope to show our Prayer Walk Presentation to you in the next few weeks. Thank you for praying over our Community in Karns. In June, the Community Outreach team will be setting up a Beaver Ridge table at the Community Festival on June 22nd. We can't wait to see you there! We have also hired a local member from our Community to come and show her Facepainting skills.  We look forward to this event and many more opportunities to serve in the future!

 

Suzanne and Kerri

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