Matthews United Methodist Church has a mission to extend their reach not only throughout the country but also throughout the world. And to make sure the members of their congregation – and the public – know about outreach opportunities, the church will host its third annual Global Impact Celebration.
The celebration, Saturday, Feb. 2, through Sunday, Feb. 10, will consist of 17 events focused on different missions the church and its members are involved in, as well as ministry options from other local churches and organizations.
“We just felt that there was a leading of the spirit that we needed to be much more intentional with our outreach outside of the church,” Matthews United Methodist Pastor Ken Lyon said. “It just seemed like we were being lead to broaden our global footprint of ministry.”
All events are free and open to the public but some require pre-registration. The events requiring registration are: the Men’s Breakfast, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 a.m.; Senior Adult Luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m.; Welcoming Reception, Friday, Feb. 8, at 5:15 p.m.; Women’s Brunch, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m.; and the International Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Matthews UMC involves their members in many ministries from local to national to international work, many of the projects being long-term with what Lyon calls “deep connections” with the communities they serve. To build these connections over time was the goal from the beginning, Lyon said.
“We felt like we needed to be able to link up long term with a specific under-resourced community so we could develop relationships over time,” he said.
For this celebration week the church will host two special Sunday worship services as part of the “Change the World” worship sermon series. The first service on Feb. 3 will focus on love and how it pushes people to get involved in ministries and the second on Feb. 10 will have a guest speaker, Joy Griffin, who will lead a faith commitment service.
“We believe everyone at Matthews United Methodist needs to be involved in serving beyond themselves,” Lyon said.
The church works locally with groups such as their Spanish-speaking congregation at the church, nationally with churches and organizations from Kentucky to New York and internationally with countries such as Belize, Haiti and Bolivia.
Church leaders and members of the congregation try to involve themselves in as many organizations as possible all around the world, Lyon said.
“We try to make our congregation aware of all of these opportunities, so they can see opportunities they have to engage,” he said. “We also make available to them presentations of other ministries.”
For a complete schedule of events and to register for the Global Impact Celebration visit www.matthewsumc.org/floating4.php.