Before we step into the new year, let's take a look back at 2022. 

In The Church

It’s been an exciting year within our church! From our regular Sunday morning services to special worship services including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve, we lifted up 387 songs of worship, and listened to 7,455 minutes of preaching.

Our children’s ministry offered several ways to support and educate the next generation of believers. We threw an Eggstravaganza Easter Bash, gave out bibles to 3rd graders, and had the No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant. At Vacation Bible School, we shared the love of Jesus with 205 participants while focusing on missions by helping others around us by making sandwiches, creating special gifts, donating our loved stuffed animals, and creating special cards to uplift spirits.  

Our youth ministry had a year of both new beginnings and reconnecting with pre-pandemic traditions. In the winter, several youth attended Resurrection. 9 students went through confirmation. Our former youth director, Troy Hamilton, retired and we welcomed recent Yale Divinity graduate, Tori Crook as the new director. The youth attended Camp Lookout, Fall Retreat, and Mission Week at Mustard Tree Farms. They also began packing lunches for those in need in partnership with Mustard Tree Ministries.

We offered 37 weeks of on-going spiritual enrichment for adults through Prime Time Wednesday classes ranging from parenting in a post-pandemic world, to a college class, to Methodism 101. This year saw the return of multiple pre-pandemic events including our 70s plus luncheon and our fall festival with hundreds of participants from across the community. We welcomed 40 new members to our church family!

If you would like to join in the financial support of these ministries please consider submitting a 2023 commitment card

If you would like to get more involved in the life and ministry of FCUMC please email Pastor Will at wlauderback@fcumc.org

In The Community 

One of our core values is that we believe that generous support of missions, service and outreach to our neighbors locally, regionally and globally allows us to serve the marginalized and provides opportunities to be in relationship with people who are different from ourselves. This year, we’ve worked in several ways to carry that out in the Chattanooga Community. 

Through Mustard Tree Ministries, we’ve given out 32,500 sack lunches, over 1,600 cases of bottled water, 18,720 fresh eggs, 25 bushels of squash, 1,800 ears of corn, and other fresh produce to those in need. 

Through our Cindy Ruff Hearts & Hands Fund, we’ve given out over $70,000 to people who need help covering emergency expenses including housing costs, utilities, groceries, and medical expenses. 

Through our partnership with Brown Academy, we provided volunteers for their new literacy initiative program which provides students in need with one-on-one tutoring. At the beginning of the school year, we sent out 475 backpacks full of school supplies to Brown Academy and other local elementary schools. 

Through The Centenary program, we continued to nurture the children in our community through tutoring, physical education programs, and avenues for spiritual expression. The Centenary touched the lives of 92 children in 2022. 

We also support JA Henry YMCA, Chattanooga Food Bank, The Bethlehem Center, Chattanooga Room in The Inn, Family Promise, Volunteers in Medicine, UTC Wesley Center, and Camp Lookout. 

None of this would be possible without the generosity of our First-Centenary family. We are so grateful for your commitment to being a good neighbor and a beacon of hope in our community.

If you would like to join in the financial support of these ministries please consider submitting a 2023 commitment card

If you would like to get more involved in the life and ministry of FCUMC please email Pastor Will at wlauderback@fcumc.org

In The World 

One of our core values is that we believe that generous support of missions, service and outreach to our neighbors locally, regionally and globally allows us to serve the marginalized and provides opportunities to be in relationship with people who are different from ourselves. This year, we’ve worked in several ways to carry that out around the world. 

Through our partnership with ACD Guatemala, we’ve given over $60,000 of support to complete a sports court, secure staff salaries, and offer care to dozens of children. We helped with their clean water initiative. In the fall, we sent a team of volunteers to offer support to their team. 

We sent $25,000 to our mission partners in Romania to support the pastors, completion of their church building, and their ongoing outreach to the Roma people. We also sent a team of volunteers to offer support to their ministry. 

Through our partnership with the Methodist Children’s Home of Costa Rica, we sent $11,000 to pay their staff and buy supplies. 

We sent $5,000 to Words of Issa to support the care of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 

We sent over $40,000 to support Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Poland, Czech Republic. This money was used to buy medical supplies, housing, and clean water for the refugees. 

None of this would be possible without the generosity of our First-Centenary family. We are so grateful for your commitment to being a good neighbor both in our community and around the globe.

If you would like to join in the financial support of these ministries please consider submitting a 2023 commitment card

If you would like to get more involved in the life and ministry of FCUMC please email Pastor Will at wlauderback@fcumc.org

None of this would be possible without the support of our church family. Thank you so much for your dedication to showing the love of Jesus with our church, community, and world.