Each year our church provides a four-year scholarship to a graduating senior from each of our three Loudon County high schools as well as Sequoyah High School in Monroe County and a G.E.D. student. We are so proud of the students we have sponsored since this program began in 1992.
The Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District mission is “to heal the pain of child abuse.” Our mission is to help the center with financial assistance as well as volunteers. Every February is “Adopt-a-Valentine” month at our church. To volunteer, contact the Child Advocacy Center at 865-986-1505 or go to their website.
The Friendship Kitchen is a nonprofit, Christian, charitable organization established to provide nutritional aid to feed insecure children, families, and persons in the Loudon area. In partnership with other churches and the Piney Ruritan organization, we cook and deliver meals on the first and third Monday of each month. If you would like more information or would like to participate, contact our church office.
The Good Neighbors Shoppe, Inc. of Loudon County was founded as a community mission through our church which opened in 2002. Their mission is to fulfill the Christian mandate to “love neighbor as self.” The store receives and distributes donated goods by selling at low cost to families in the area. Located on Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City, the store is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Volunteer opportunities are available for cashiers, sales, and back room sorting and distributing goods throughout the store. Call 865-988-9925 for volunteer information as well as donating goods.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER OF LOUDON COUNTY AND GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER OF MONROE COUNTY
These two organizations provide assistance to families of the Loudon and Monroe County areas to meet emergency needs. Both agencies assist with food, utility bills, rents, prescriptions, as well as assisting fire victims. Volunteer positions include: receptionist, file clerk, pantry worker, and interviewer of clients. To volunteer at the Good Samaritan Center (Loudon) call 865-986-1777; for the Good Shepherd Center (Monroe) call 423-420-8888.
This organization builds homes alongside families of Loudon County. Our church family has completed several homes and we’re working toward our next one. In addition to raising the required $30,000 needed to start the home, hundreds of our church members have volunteered to help in its construction. Volunteers are always needed to work on the homes being built and to help with administrative needs. For further information, call the Habitat office at 865-458-0704. To volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Home store, call 865-988-7427.
The Mission of KPMI is to bring Christ’s message of love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them, and to assist the incarcerated in their transition to becoming productive citizens. Kairos is a lay-led Christian ministry which conducts a highly-structured program designed for use in correctional institutions. It starts with a 3-day weekend, in which participants witness Christ’s love through the servitude of Kairos volunteers. They are thereby given the opportunity to experience religious renewal to a life of Christian witness and service to one another during their stay in prison and beyond.
This Mission was founded in 1960 to provide services for the homeless and serve three meals a day to men, women, and children of the Knox County area. Our church volunteers help serve meals on the fourth Sunday and Tuesday of each month. For further information on volunteering, contact the church office.
This organization’s mission is to “foster personal achievement by providing therapeutic experiences using horse related activities for persons with disabilities or other special challenges.” The academy is located at 11800 Hwy. 11 E. in Lenoir City. For volunteer information, call 865-988-4711.
We have a wishing well/drop off area located underneath the grand staircase. As worshippers come in on Sunday mornings, or anytime during the week, they can find collection baskets for no longer needed eyeglasses, empty ink cartridges, aluminum can pull tabs, education box tops, and a number of other items that various non-profit organizations can use to benefit their particular needs. This also serves as the drop-off point for caps and mittens and other special collections. For more information click here.
OTHER PROJECTS/MINISTRIES WE SUPPORT
In addition to these ministries, our church also supports Church World Service, Toys for Tots, local Family Resource Centers, The Salvation Army, Young Life Ministries, and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Our church is a proud member of the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC), a movement that began in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois when the head of a large African-American community church fellowship walked across the platform at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago and joined hands with the head of a strong, mostly Caucasian community church fellowship. At a time in America when true integration was virtually impossible, the ICCC became the largest interracial Christian fellowship in North America. The churches comprising the ICCC are nearly equally represented by whites and blacks, making for a vibrant setting within which to labor for racial harmony and justice. The ICCC has been, since its inception, a recognized leader in working toward Christian unity both nationally and internationally. We are a relatively small fellowship of churches, but we are playing a unique and important role in trying to fulfill Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one.”
Literally hundreds of our members volunteer their time and talent to mission organizations of all sorts. We believe that every church member has a role to play in loving our neighbors as ourselves, and that one of the most wonderful reasons God led each of us to this area is to become a part of Christ’s mission of compassion. To get involved, contact our church office.