First Broad Street UMC gears up for annual missions celebration

Holly Viers • Mar 3, 2019 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — For more than two decades, First Broad Street United Methodist Church has been connecting the community with mission opportunities in this region and across the country and the world.

That tradition will continue next weekend with the church’s 24th annual missions celebration. Themed “Offering Hope,” the event will feature workshops, craft and resource vendors and educational displays about a number of mission groups.

“It has a dual purpose, both to celebrate where God’s faithfulness has been lived out through the congregation in the past year or past years … but also visioning where God’s leading us in the future,” said Danny Howe, missions director.

What to expect

Two keynote speakers — the Rev. Peter Pereira, of Hope for Today Ministries, and the Rev. Jerry Russell, of Samaritan’s Hands — and 10 workshop leaders will give presentations during the three-day event, held March 8-10 at the church. In addition, 25 to 30 ministries will set up displays, and children’s programming will be offered to coincide with the adult programs.

A few vendors will also be on hand selling crafts from different parts of the world, with proceeds benefiting the communities where the crafts were created, Howe said.

On Saturday afternoon, community members are invited to participate in a food packing activity with Rise against Hunger. The goal is to pack 20,000 meals for malnourished children around the world. To register for the event, visit Rise2019.fbsumc.org.


Reservations are required for all meals and must be made by Monday, March 4. Aside from a free dinner on Friday, all meals are $7 per person for ages 12 and up, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger than 5. Families can eat for a maximum price of $20.

The nursery will be available for children 4 years and younger upon request, and reservations must be made by Monday by calling Brandy Robinson at (423) 483-2980. Callers should indicate the date(s) and time(s) they need child care, as well as the number of children and their ages.

The goal

Randy Frye, senior pastor, said he hopes the celebration will touch people’s hearts and inspire them to get more involved with mission work.

“Over the last 24 years, this weekend has become probably the most important single weekend of the year in the life of First Broad Street,” Frye said. “It’s a time to celebrate what God is doing in the missions we support in this community and around the world. It’s a time of inspiration and a time of challenge to step up and be a part of this.”

To view the complete schedule or to register for meals, visit www.fbsumc.org/special-events.