Impact News UPdates
Current Volunteer Needs:
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 .
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!
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
Justice Knox For the second year in a row, Cokesbury is partnering with other Knoxville congregations to tackle some big community problems. The Justice Knox Ministry was formed to identify injustice and then mobilize the God-inspired "people power" of faith communities to hold appropriate leaders accountable for solutions. We are hoping to grow our Cokesbury justice network participation this year. Contact Mary at or Larry at to find out more.
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:
2018 Global Mission Trips:
Jamaica Medical Trip - January 13 - 20, 2018 - this medical 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. Medical and non-medical personnel are welcome on this trip. Contact Georgette Suggs for more details:
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: Sample Agenda. Contact Brice for more details: .
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. More details coming soon.
By enrolling in the Kroger rewards program (www.krogercommunityrewards.com), 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.
Christmas Hope will launch on all campuses the weekend of Oct. 28-29. Christmas Hope is a Christmas party for the whole family, including games, crafts, music & message, a holiday meal and a chance to shop for deeply discounted Christmas gifts. Each guest is partnered one-on-one with a volunteer to experience personal attention and the love of Jesus! Guests include participants in Hope Initiative, Hope Connection, Susannah’s House, Recovery at Cokesbury, and more. We’ll need volunteers, gifts for the Christmas Store, and more. Stay tuned for more details on how you can be a part of this incredible Christmas outreach event. Christmas Hope will be Saturday, December 2.
Brian L. Russell: Hope Connection and Hope Trust Store
How/why did you get involved in your area of service?
I believe that if we all just did a little bit to help our society we could produce some lasting change in Knoxville & the surrounding areas.
What do you love about serving in this area?
Seeing the compassion & generosity of our volunteers as they faithfully attempt to listen & form relationships with people in need.
How have you seen God through your service?
God opens doors every day for us to help others, but we have to have our eyes open to see it. A few months ago a friend of mine's parents were down on their luck & lost their their wash machine. I was chatting w Katie & she suggested KARM. We were able to find them a replacement washer & they had $10 left on a KARM card. The following day, their microwave quit working & there just happened to be a microwave at the same KARM store. The cost.............$10.
God is good!
To learn more about Hope Connection, or to volunteer, please visit our Hope Connection web page.