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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!

Food Pantry - Leslie Little,
Second Harvest Food Drop - Mary Hunt,
Volunteers Packing Food
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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

Hello, Summer! The temperatures are rising, the humidity is climbing, and everything is green, Green, GREEN! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well and content. A lot is happening at Beaver Ridge these days: Teddy Bear Picnics, Camp in the Community, Youth events… I’ll just update you on what I know about. Read the rest of the newsletter for details on the myriad of other planned events and feel free to contact someone and get involved!


Fourteen hardy souls (7 adults, 5 youth, and 2 mature children) traveled to Marion, VA in June for our annual Hands-On Mission Trip to Project Crossroads under Joe Dooley’s leadership, June 7-10. Judy Graham was gracious (and muchly appreciated!) as our head cook and meal planner. This year’s project was centered around a primary task of rebuilding a donated house that had groundwater intrusion to the foundation (requiring a trench and drainage system to be created, as well as replacing a significant number of old floor joists) and a secondary task of splitting and stacking the remaining wood at the Project House in preparation for the winter firewood demand. Joe, Mark Graham, Randy Creswell, Tim Brown, Dean and Leslie Little were the other adults. A hard-working group of youth/young adults included Logan Housewright, Aiden Spencer, Emma Creswell, Ellyanna Davidson, and Haley Sherrod. Troy and Lily Graham were especially appreciated for their positive attitudes and hard work in pulling out nails and knocking down walls, as well as being willing to help in anything asked of them. A good time was had by all, and (as usual) more work was accomplished than anticipated. Great job, team! An interesting sidebar to the work performed happened when Joe went fishing in the creek near the Project House on two consecutive evenings. The first evening, he was treated to see a group of otters playing in the stream across the creek from him. The second evening, there was an adult beaver swimming upstream about 6 feet away! Now, how cool was that! The weekend before, the Hands-On Mission saw some of our same folks traveling to Marion, VA to participate in the primary fundraiser for Project Crossroads: their annual golf tournament. Led by Joe Dooley, Randy Creswell, Daniel Dooley, and David Ingram formed a team. Reports say that they played well and had a good time doing so. BRUMC Missions also sponsored a hole. Thanks, guys, for supporting Project Crossroads.


In other news, the Food Pantry has been so successful in providing food and toiletries to our neighbors in need that we had issues with keeping the shelves stocked adequately. Thankfully, Teresa Gillenwaters and Teresa Bryant have each volunteered to be the primary Second Harvest shoppers for the Pantry! We also updated our list of people who will shop the local stores to supplement those items that are not available at Second Harvest. In addition, gleaning at the Knoxville downtown Market Square has come back into season, and we have fresh produce coming in every month. It takes a village…and I am personally thankful to be a member of the Beaver Ridge village.


July needs for the Food Pantry are canned beans, spaghetti sauce, cake mixes and frosting. Other suggestions for donations: boxed cereals, pasta noodles (other than spaghetti).


Blessings to all,

Leslie Little, Missions Chair 865-804-6642

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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Beaver Ridge collects gently used bras, socks, and feminine hygiene items for the “Support the Girls” organization. This ministry provides support to homeless women and girls. Many of the homeless women are victims of domestic violence and often flee horrendous situations with little more than the clothes on their backs. The Knoxville Chapter of “Support the Girls” will provide Knox Area Rescue Mission’s Serenity House with our donations, so everything you contribute will help homeless in and around the Knoxville area.

Please leave items in the marked bin located in the church office hallway. 

Erica Zuckerman is our contact person for this ministry and may be reached at
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