What is Outreach?

Jesus tells a story of a man who was robbed, stripped, beaten and left for dead.  After several people pass by this man, a Samaritan stops and cares for the beaten man.  Who was the neighbor to the beaten man?  The lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.”  Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  -Luke 10:29-37

At BUMC, we believe mercy comprises three areas, Compassion, Justice and Advocacy.  As we go about our daily lives, we are called to “Go and do likewise,” to show mercy to our neighbors.  What does mercy look like to you?  In what ways can you share the love of Christ through Compassion, Justice and Advocacy?  This is just a few ways members and visitors of BUMC are trying to be merciful by loving their neighbors.

Greenhouse Ministries, through local volunteers, provides relational services that are designed to inspire, give hope and change lives.  Greenhouse serves the underserved through the power of God’s love, nurturing them in a safe place and to offer a community-based place for volunteers to share their gifts for the glory of God.  Blackman United Methodist Church has been involved with Greenhouse by: Collecting money, food, toiletries and clothing.  Volunteering time, counseling, prayer and helping with community events.  www.greenhousemin.org

Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Association (MCHRA) Meals-on-Wheels program provides a hot, healthy, lunchtime meal to homebound seniors 60 years of age or older.  The meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday each week.  Volunteers normally deliver meals one day each week, must provide their own transportation, and undergo a background check.  In addition to the hot meal volunteers deliver, they offer homebound seniors increased opportunities for socialization and a general check on their well being.    www.mchra.com/meals-on-wheels

Several BUMC Choir members sing once a month at Sunnington Assisted Living in Murfreesboro (usually the last Friday night)  The choir quartet, Vision For Him, typically sings once or twice a year at other churches and/or Assisted Living facilities in addition to the songs scheduled at Blackman.  Two choir members (Phil and Wayne) are members of the Work In Progress quartet which typically sings at 12-15 different locations and over 25 times a year.

Scouts,  Blackman UMC is host to several Boy and Girl Scout troops that meet weekly.  These troops meet year round and utilize the church fellowship hall and several class rooms.  There are also scout administrative committee meetings held throughout the year.  Scout Sunday is the second Sunday in February of every year.  The scouts retire flags on Memorial and Veterans Day with a special flag burning ceremony outside the church.  If you look around the building you will see many projects that have been created by our own church member Eagle Scouts!

Prison Ministry, has a wide range of possibilities, such as registering as a friend to visit an inmate, which would involve a background check.  You could join Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP).  Form a team to lead Bible studies with inmates; or join with Doors of Hope and Braveheart to help former inmates adjust to life after serving time.  Our very own David Watson is a friend to a death row inmate. Contact David Watson (dvdlowes@bellsouth.net) for any information regarding this ministry.

Doors of Hope/Braveheart,  counselors go into the jail to mentor program participants and continue to walk with them once they are released.  Doors of Hope and Braveheart assists and empowers those struggling to build a new life after incarceration and beginning the journey toward wholeness in recovery. Counselors live life shoulder to shoulder with their clients as mentors and encouragers. www.opendoorsofhope.org

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), is a nine week course taught by Dave Ramsey through video lessons.  Learn how to live on a budget, become debt free, prepare for retirement, save for college and change your family tree!

Project Transformations mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support under-served children and families, and connect churches to communities in need.  This ministry has been addressing three unique challenges with one program: 1) how to meet the academic, physical, and spiritual needs of children from low-income communities; 2) how to provide meaningful ways for college-age young adults to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young principled leaders for the church and the world; and 3) how to help revitalize churches.  www.projecttransformation.org/tennessee

Tennessee Veterans Home,  every Sunday afternoon at 2pm, members of BUMC and Bethel UMC meet at the veterans home to help provide the residents an opportunity to worship.  Songs are sung, prayers are prayed and a meaningful message is given.

Blackman Emergency Response Team (BERT), was started in 2010 to assist our community members in times of disaster.  Since then BERT has also assisted many organizations in Rutherford county and beyond through service events and financial donations. www.bertministries.org

Danielle Skinner and Love Missions, Danielle Skinner is BUMC’s very own!  Danielle has chosen to follow Jesus and become a missionary.  Danielle currently works with an organnization called Love Missions based in Florida.  You can follow Danielle through her blog: http://danielleskinner.weebly.com

BUMC hosts a Blood Drive several times a year.  You can donate, help save lives, and attend church all in one day.