Outreach Ministries will include programs which reach out beyond the congregation to impact our community and the wider church by 1) participating in local community ministries; 2) participating in programs supported by Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in the local, state, region, national, or global communities; and 3) collaborating with other denominations of faith communities from local to global that allows each of us as a servant of Christ to fulfill his commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.
Coldest Nights/Hot Patrol
Central Christian will participate in the Coldest Nights Program sponsored by Journey Home and the Cold Patrol Division of the Murfreesboro City Police Department. First Baptist Church will house the men and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will house the women on nights the temperature reaches 32 degrees or lower. We will provide the meal on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. To sign up to assist or provide items for the meal please click here!
During the summer months, our congregation donates bottled water to the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission which distributes to the homeless in our community when the temperature is 90 degrees or above.
The Outreach Committee has start helping with providing meals for the homeless at Journey Home. We will be cooking and helping serve meals for their clients on the fourth Monday, every other month starting with the month of January. Our congregation can sign-up for various items and everyone will be able to view what is still needed. We will serve the fourth Monday of every other Month starting with the month of January.
To sign up and assist with this ministry click this link!
Backpack Program (summer and 2018-19 school year)
Central Christian provided 60 food bags that were delivered on the following dates to Kittrell Elementary School (20 each time) Our congregation provides food bags for identified students during the school year for Oakland High School, Oakland Middle School, and Daniel McKee Alernative School. We also provide food bags at Kittrell Elementary School during the summer months. If you are able to assist by donating funds or items, packing bags, or with delivery, please contact Nancy James.
This is our way of loving the people of the Murfreesboro city and county schools. Ellen Garrison is our Volunteer Coordinator, and calls folk asking for homemade cookies. We usually take a batch of four dozen cookies (no nuts: allergies) to a school office for the teachers and staff. A brochure is taped to the tray cover and the pastor (usually) delivers them as a thank you to those who do hard and important job for the people of Murfreesboro. You should see their faces light up!
Domestic Violence Support Group
Our church supports the local Domestic Violence shelter by providing a safe place for victims of abuse to meet in therapeutic groups. Our members assist this group by working with the children's group while their parents meet. We provide age appropriate activities that encourage discussion and growth in a safe environment. Activities include outdoor games when the weather permits, arts and crafts, movie nights and game nights. We provide nursery support for the youngest of these children. If you would like to join in this very rewarding ministry, please contact Myra Beasley or the church office for more information.
Nourish Food Bank
The Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank was organized in 1979 to meet the needs of the people of Rutherford County. It operates out of the McFadden Community Center at 211 Bridge Avenue. The Food Bank hours are 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, and is closed for Legal Holidays.
We will be collecting specific items during each First Sunday Potluck but all donations are welcome. If you are unable to attend the First Sunday Potluck, you can of course drop off your donations at anytime during the month. The following is the schedule for the year on what we will be collecting.
November - Vegetables and cornbread/stuffing for Thanksgiving
December - Baking goods (sugar, flour, pie shells, chocolate chips/squares, nuts, cocoa, cake mixes, brownie mixes, icing, etc.)
To purchase additional food for emergency use
For equipment to meet other special needs
For basic operation costs
We receive non perishable items here and deliver them but if you want to take refrigerated/frozen items, they're at 211 Bridge Avenue and open from 10 AM to 2:30 PM M-F. You can call (615) 895-1148 to confirm what they might need.
A Family Promise group has been formed for Rutherford County. Local churches and support agencies are currently assessing whether the Family Promise Network has enough support to begin the program in our community. Host congregations furnish clean, safe overnight lodging and nutritious meals for approximately five families (14 people) for one week (every two or three months). During host week, other congregations may provide additional volunteers to support the Host congregation. Our congregation is not large enough to be a host church but we may have the opportunity to serve as a host congregation.
Housing, Health, and Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC)
The Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC) is a 501(c)3 public charity committed to promoting and maintaining a safe community for the citizens of Rutherford County. H3ARC member organizations support low income, elderly, homeless, formerly incarcerated and recovery court citizens with services to address physical health, mental health, housing, educational opportunities and job skills as well as other wrap around services. We are the local HUD organization authorized as the Continuum of Care agency (CoC) with the City as the collaborative partner. Central Christian Church has a representative on the board and meets quarterly at the Murfreesboro City Hall Chambers. For more information and to access schedules for this group click here.
Nashville Cares is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. They provide education, advocacy and support for those at risk for or living with HIV. Central Christian picks up food bags from the Nashville Office and delivers the bags to Rutherford county clients qualifying for assistance from Nashville Cares.
CHRISTIAN CHURCH – DISCIPLES OF CHRIST – SPECIAL OFFERINGS
Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) brings the whole Church together, connecting us to the life-giving and life-saving work we have been called to do. It also simplifies giving for congregations and individuals, providing a way to support the entire Church at once. DMF-funded regional and general ministries offer opportunities for Disciples to serve as missionaries, attend college or seminary, advocate for the least of these, and so much more:
Easter Special Day Offering: The Easter Special Day Offering supports most of the General Ministries of the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ. These ministries operate across the United States and Canada as well as around the world. Through care, service and advocacy for others, sharing resources, stories and worship, general ministries partner with regions to strengthen congregations for the mission of the Church.
Pentecost: Gifts to the Pentecost Special Day offering supports the development and growth of new churches. Fifty percent of the gift is given to the region in which it is given, designated for new church ministries. The remainder supports Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation which is the general ministry leading the General Assembly’s new Church priority.
Thanksgiving: Fourteen colleges and universities, and seven theological institutions, receive direct support through the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering, furthering nurturing the relationship between our Church and educational institutions. This offering provides scholarships and pastoral care to Disciples students at Disciples schools.
Christmas: The Christmas Special Day Offering directly supports regions in their mission to extend the ministry of Christ. Regional ministries provide pastoral care and enrichment programs in 32 areas of the United States and Canada. Regions are often known for their camp and conference programs, as well as the development and ordination of ministry candidates. All gifts made to the Christmas Special Day Offering support the region in which they’re given.
Special Mission Funds have two special offerings during the year:
Week of Compassion: The Disciples witness in the face of natural or man-made disasters such as floods, hurricanes, fire, civil wars, poverty, and disease. The Week of Compassion Offering is the only church-wide effort to provide general funding for the ministry.
Reconciliation Offering: Through this offering the Disciples support programs and initiatives aimed at dismantling racism in our society.
Blanket Sunday: Donations given to Church World Service to transform communities around the globe in response to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.
Blessing Box: Women’s Ministries of the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ coordinate the Blessing Box program as a way to express gratitude for everyday blessings by giving to others. Donations are given to the general mission of the Church and half of the donations going directly to the ministries carried out by Disciples women through International Disciples Women’s Ministries.
(1080 Bethany Hills Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082/615-952-9184)
Central Christian Church has traditionally support the programs and maintenance of Bethany Hills. The Bethany Hills Camp and Conference Center is a 300-acre parcel located in the rolling hills of Cheatham and Dickson Counties. Not only does the magnificent landscape offer a beautiful picture of God’s creative genius in Middle Tennessee, but the spiritual atmosphere around the Chapel by the Lake, the Upper Room, campfire area and fellowship and student areas provides a beautiful view of God’s presence and love. Participants grow as Christians, returning to their daily lives renewed and responsive to the challenge of living faithfully. The camp has a recreation hall, a swimming pool, ball field, hiking trails, and a good ole fashioned fishing hole. At the heart of Bethany Hills is the Lodge with a wonderful meeting and gathering room and dorm-style sleeping rooms.
The congregation collects coats and accessories to keep warm (gloves, hats, scarves, socks, etc.) starting in November and runs through February. Please contact Karen Gerlach for more information.
Little Free Library
A small depository is located near the sidewalk in front of the church where people in our community can “take a book and share a book.” Members are encouraged to donate books in good condition to keep a supply to fill our “Little Library” when needed.
Our congregation encourages members and people in our community to participate in two programs that help those who have difficulty paying their electric and/or water bill:
Project Help: Individuals may contribute $1.00 per month, or more, to Project Help, and the contribution will be sent to an independent agency (such as Community Helpers) that will determine who should receive these special funds to help pay their electric bills. For more information, log on to www.mtemc.com.
Neighbor-4-Neighbor Bill Assistance Program: This program gives you the opportunity to assist your neighbors who are having financial difficulties in paying their monthly water bills. These needy recipients will be screened for eligibility by the Rutherford County Community Helpers agency. For more information about this program, call us at 615-893-7225 or visit www.cudrc.com.
Downtown Community Church Group
Churches, including Central Christian Church, located in the downtown area close to the Murfreesboro square meet throughout the year to share information concerning respective outreach programs and discuss how to coordinate efforts to have the most positive impact with individuals/families requiring assistance. Our goal is support each other as we develop ways to help those in need. Currently, there are 5 downtown churches that meet to reach that goal.
Christian Colleges in Tennessee
In an effort to help students get connected with Christian universities in Tennessee, the Christiancolleges.com team has created a publication: A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Colleges in Tennessee.
They've specifically tailored it to online students because one in four college students are enrolled in online classes. Out of the 5.8 million online students in the U.S., 75% choose a college within 100 miles of their hometown.
Check out the following links for more information
Christian Colleges in Tennessee: https://www.christiancolleges.com/online-degrees/tennessee/
Online Christian Degrees: https://www.christiancolleges.com/online-degrees/