Since 1995, the church has held an annual missions celebration to connect the community with opportunities to serve. This year’s celebration is coming up next weekend and will feature keynote speakers, vendors, a meal packaging event and more.
“It kind of serves two purposes,” said Danny Howe, missions director. “One is it helps us a congregation and community celebrate God’s faithfulness through our efforts and our resources. … And then also it helps us kind of envision where God’s leading our congregation in the days, weeks and years ahead.”
What to expect
The celebration will be held March 6-8 at the church, located at 100 E. Church Circle. This year’s theme, “God Hugs the World,” was inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:19 in the Cotton Patch version of the New Testament, which reads, “God was in Christ, hugging the world to Himself.”
“The emphasis is that we’re to embrace those with the least, the lowest and the last,” Lead Pastor Randy Frye said.
The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman of World Methodist Evangelism and Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida UMC Conference will be the keynote speakers at the celebration.
Educational displays highlighting mission opportunities will be set up in the church, along with vendors selling crafts from around the world. New this year, a silent auction will be held throughout the weekend to raise funds for an upcoming church mission trip to Szekszard, Hungary.
On the second day of the celebration, the church will partner with Rise Against Hunger to hold two meal packaging sessions. Frye said the goal is to package 45,000 meals, which will feed 200 children three meals a day for a year. To register, visit events.riseagainsthunger.org/firstbroad2020.
Reservations are required for all meals and must be made by March 2. Aside from a free dinner on March 6, all meals are $7 per person for ages 12 and up, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger than 5. Families can eat for a maximum price of $20. Call (423) 224-1502 for reservations, or register online at www.fbsumc.org.
The nursery will be available for children 4 years and younger upon request. Reservations must be made by March 2 by calling Brandy Robinson at (423) 483-2980. Callers should indicate the date(s) and time(s) they need child care, as well as the number of children and their ages.
“We like to think here at First Broad Street that we’re enabling people to adopt missions as a lifestyle, not an event — not just a week mission trip somewhere or providing resources for a mission setting in a foreign land,” Howe said. “It’s how we live our lives daily.”
To view the complete schedule for the celebration, visit www.fbsumc.org/special-events.