Impact News UPdates
Manna House Item of the Month: You can help us feed the almost 700 families who visit the Manna House Food Pantry each month. Drop off food in a Manna House donation bin on any campus. This month, we’re collecting whole grain cereal in 12-15 oz boxes. Looking for more ways to support Manna House? Email to sign up to volunteer, or consider a financial donation. Thank you for your continued support of this vital community ministry!
Mother’s Day Cards: We’ll be collecting a special offering on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12 & 13 to benefit Susannah’s House as our Love Knoxville project. We’ll have special cards available at the Information Desk if you wish to give to Susannah’s House in honor of special mothers in your lives. Susannah’s House is an intensive outpatient recovery program for mothers.
Did you know...In Knoxville, a person earning minimum wage must work 95 hours per week in order to afford an average-priced 2-bedroom rental. Justice Knox is researching Knoxville's affordable housing crisis in order to identify and seek action that will increase and stabilize the number of housing units available to low-income members of the community. Join others from Cokesbury at the Justice Knox Rally on April 9 or at the Nehemiah Action Assembly on April 30. Go to Justiceknox.org for more details; contact to connect with Cokesbury's Justice Knox ministry team.
Current Volunteer Needs:
Mission Trip: Prague, Czech Republic - September, 7-16 2018 - this adult trip partners with a local English speaking United Methodist Church as it seeks to reach the local community. This team likely will serve in the following ways: children's ministry, English as a second language instruction, sharing meals with locals, cultural learning and orientation, and serving with a local family shelter. Contact Renee for more details:
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!
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 cokesbury.tv/HopeConnection to find out more or contact Katie at
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
During the fourth quarter of 2017, KARM Stores received 992 donations of goods and time from those connected to Cokesbury. KARM has shared $3,320 in gift cards for Cokesbury to help others in our community.
By enrolling in the Kroger rewards program (www.krogercommunityrewards.com), you can raise money for Manna House every time you shop! From December 2017 - February 2018, Manna House supporters raised $871.34 for Manna House. Click here to find out more and enroll. Please remember to re-enroll annually!
Bob Hutcheson, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Volunteer
What is VITA?
Our program focuses on low income workers and families. Cokesbury's vision, when we started the VITA program in-house, was to offer the service to some of the groups that we currently serve. The single moms group, Hope Initiative, Celebrate Recovery, and the Seniors in our congregation are just few of the groups we serve.
How and why did you get involved in your area of service?
After I retired from the "corporate world" I was in for over 35 years, I started to volunteer with Manna House a few days a week. I found a flyer at Second Harvest looking for Tax Preparers for the upcoming tax season. Although I had never done tax work before, except my own, I made a call that day and have been volunteering with VITA for the past 7 years. I was asked to help start a VITA program at Cokesbury in 2017.
What do you love about serving in this area?
I enjoy the interaction with the clients and knowing that we as volunteers are doing this from the heart and saving our clients hundreds of dollars in preparing their return at no charge. We all learn something new every day.
How have you seen God through your service?
We do get to interact with the same families year after year. It is good to see many work their way out of poverty into good jobs. These are the same people that may serve us as witnesses, teachers, child and adult care givers, laborers, and city workers. All are working hard and may be holding down several jobs to keep families together. We see many grandparents or family members that have taken custody of relatives' children that have suffered abused or come from opioid addiction homes. My heart goes out to these families and it gives me hope that good people have stepped out of their own lives to take care of children and give them a loving home.
Who else serves in this area with you?
Our first year of VITA at Cokesbury, I was the only preparer and had the help of Ginny Ferraris as my Intake coordinator. Ginny helped the clients fill out forms and prepare for time with me. This tax season, we how have 2 more tax volunteers. Don Hohman and Gary Wolfe, both Cokesbury members, have taken the time and energy to become certified with the IRS, learn the software, and are qualified to do advance returns. They are both doing an outstanding job.