Impact News

Impact News UPdates

Current Volunteer Needs:

56 Ministry needs help on Sunday mornings during the 10:00 am worship service on the North Campus. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate games and lead guided small group discussions. Contact Manna to volunteer. We especially need male volunteers! 

56 Ministry also needs help on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm, leading games, joining students in worship, and supervising students. Contact Manna to volunteer

Free Tax Preparation Cokesbury will again this year be offering free tax preparation services through a partnership with CAC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the IRS for families with an income under $62k beginning late January 2018.  Volunteers are needed to assist with greeting and tax preparation. Training will be provided.  Contact Bob Hutcheson for more information:

Hope Connection volunteers needed Serve once a month on either Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings walking alongside families in a difficult financial spot. Training and ongoing coaching will be provided.  Visit to find out more or contact Katie at

Mission Trip: Jamaica Family-friendly Trip - March 3-10, 2018 - this family-friendly trip continues a long partnership with a Christian nonprofit called ACE ( which serves the local community through strategic initiatives in education, enterprise, healthcare, and discipleship.  ACE trips are tailored to the specific gifts of the team, but usually consist of a version of the following:  Contact Brice ASAP for more details: .  Just a couple spots remain!

Volunteer Musicians Needed - If you play an instrument and would like to employ your talents for the glory of God, please let us know. Our South Campus has plenty of opportunities for you to engage in worship playing your instrument.Violin, flute, trumpet, saxophone, etc – all are welcome! A three-year level of proficiency is required.Please contact Marcelo Urias, our Traditional Worship Director at (865) 246-0434 or 



400 volunteers served 186 guests from 60 families at Christmas Hope 2017! Thank you for your hard work and generosity to help us share the hope of Christmas this season. 

Thank you for collecting more than 325 Thanksgiving boxes! Many families in need in our community will be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal thanks to your generosity! 

To date, KARM Stores have distributed more than 5,400 coats to people in need! Thank you for your generosity in giving to Coats for the Cold

During the third quarter, KARM Stores received 848 donations of goods and time from those connected to Cokesbury. Because of these donations and others, KARM was able to provide almost 70,000 meals and over 26,500 nights in a bed over the past three months. We’re sharing $3,680 in gift cards for you to help others in your community.

By enrolling in the Kroger rewards program (, you can raise money for Manna House every time you shop!  From June-August, 2017, Manna House supporters raised $924.95 for Manna House. Click here to find out more and enroll. Please remember to re-enroll annually! 

Thanks to your generosity and quick response, staff & volunteers delivered 2,574 hygiene kits & 94 cleaning kits to the UMCOR Diaster Warehouse in Decatur Alabama. The warehouse will then distribute the kits to areas of greatest need including Texas and Florida. In addition to donating kits, our Cokesbury family contributed $37,828.15 directly to UMCOR for disaster relieft! UMCOR responds to disasters all over the world, so some of our kits may even make their way to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other areas impacted by natural disasters in recent weeks. You can still give to UMCOR. Just select "Hurricane Relief" on our Give page

Volunteer Spotlight

Kristyn McMahan, Cokesbury Students Volunteer

How and why did you get involved in your area of service?
I decided a few years ago that I wanted to work with students who were a little older than the ones I was teaching. I was teaching 4th grade and I started working with 6th graders. I have very fond memories of my youth group growing up and I instantly fell in love with the girls in my small group. I
am a believer that kids at this age have questions that they want answered about the Lord, and I knew I wanted to help them navigate through their questions. I love all the aspects of what Cokesbury Students stands for and I can’t wait until my son, Knox can join in the future.

What do you love about serving in this area?
I have been with my group of sophomore girls and I have enjoyed watching them grow up. Not only are they turning out to be great kids but their love for the Lord amazes me. I thought I was there to help them grow closer to God but they have helped me grow closer to the Lord. I really enjoy seeing
the kids take their Next Steps and give their time to other groups like the 56 program and Christmas Hope.

How have you seen God through your service?
One of the things that I truly love about Cokesbury Students are the retreats. During these retreats I have gotten to see friendships grow and I have really gotten to see the Lord move through these girls. Whether it’s praising God through the praise and worship during a retreat or building wheelchair ramps, these kids never stop amazing me. They are blessing in my life and I
am so lucky to be a part of theirs.