Churches partner with hunger program
One local church is contributing in a variety of ways to those in need in the area and across the nation. “We’re definitely a congregation reaching out, living our faith in a very powerful way in the community,” said Corinth First Methodist Church Pastor Roger Shock. The church is currently involved in several different projects to help others. First Methodist has partnered with Christ United Methodist Church to put together 10,000 Stop Hunger Now meals. Volunteers are welcome to help church members package these meals on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries. The organization operates meal packing programs in 20 cities in the U.S. and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines. Another First Methodist program has been the assembly of 50 flood buckets which will go to aid hurricane cleanup efforts on the east coast. First Methodist is also donating a total of $20,000 to a variety of mission outreach programs across the state. These organizations include The Lighthouse Foundation, Living Free and Sharing Hearts. The church continues to press forward in the aftermath of a fire which destroyed many of its facilities on March 13. While the church sanctuary is safe, the adjoining building with many of the church’s offices and classrooms is currently unusable. “We’re still in fire recovery mode, still have a long way from being back in our building,” said Shock. The pastor said he and members of the church are grateful to the local organizations that have taken them in after the fire, including Farmers & Merchants Bank, which has provided the church with office space; City Hall, which is supplying room for Sunday School classes; and Christ United Methodist Church, the current home for First Methodist’s preschool program. “We’re very grateful for the people allowing us to use their buildings despite all the struggles we’ve had,” said Shock.