Ministry update from United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, an agency of the Memphis Conference

6/18/2018



“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31
    
By Rev. Chuck Pittman, Grimes Memorial United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN
 
Changes are taking place at United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC). The Memphis Conference agency in Memphis, Tennessee, is in the process of divesting itself of expensive properties so it might be able to concentrate on services that will minister to people in need.
 
These services include:
    
~THE MIRIAM CENTER with its mission is to provide child care, spiritual development, social services and education through Christian love, to preschool age children and their families. To improve facilities and have more room, the Miriam Center will be moving to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Summer Avenue in Memphis.
    
~MASON INITIATIVE IN MISSION continues to grow and serve children and underserved families of Tipton and Fayette Counties.
    
~A NEW FOOD PANTRY is being planned for the Binghampton community in Memphis.
    
~UMNC has formed a new alliance with SERVING IN CHRIST OUTREACH MINISTRIES (SICOM), located in the Jackson Avenue area of Memphis.  SICOM is a community-based organization that helps low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs as well as provides recreational and social programs for children in north Memphis. It also operates a food pantry, clothes closet and back-to-school program providing school supplies to underserved children.
 
~UMNC also has formed an alliance with VOICES FOR JUSTICE IN THE MID-SOUTH to sponsor events and activities that lift voices in support of the poor and needy.
    
~Discussions are also being held with Longstreet and St. Matthew’s United Methodist Churches about ministries in the communities they serve.”
    
Under the direction of Rev. Dr. Mark Matheny, president of the UMNC board; Ilethea Washington, program director; and others; along with support from United Methodists throughout the Memphis Conference, the future is a little brighter for UMNC and we give thanks to God! 
    
But they still need our help. There is a financial cost to moving the Miriam Center as well as developing new ministries. The “Lydia Fund” has been established by UNMC to cover these expenses. 
 
Please keep the ministries of the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers in your thoughts and prayers.

For more information, contact Rev. Mark Matheny at memtheny@gmail.com.