TROUTMAN – Over the summer, church members at First UMC Troutman welcomed their neighbors in the best way they know how – with bluegrass, hot dogs and an extended hand of friendship.
Pastor Jeff Hamrick says Inside Out Church gatherings offer a spirit of hospitality to the people of Troutman. The initial results show great promise.
“We’re seeing life coming back to the church,” Rev. Hamrick said.
This is what Reynolds Ministries had in mind when devising a grants offering to help United Methodists embrace the mission of disciple-making while responding to needs in their local communities. Since last year, Reynolds Ministries has awarded more than $360,000 to 25+ ministries.
At a time when many feel disconnected, Inside Out Church can bridge the “we/they” divide and become a model for responding to God’s call to be faithful witnesses to our neighbors.
For many years, Caroline has been a friend and supporter of the Foundation, having served on the Board of Directors in an ex-officio capacity while on Conference staff.
In today’s world, financial accountability is probably more important than ever. People want to know their church is keeping track — and doing the best it can — with the gifts they’re giving.
Six months after a wall collapse left the sanctuary in ruins, the 100-year-old congregation finds itself in a most unlikely season of revival.