United Methodist Men

The General Commission on United Methodist Men (UMMen) involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and provides resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.

June 30, 2019

Center First United Methodist Church Methodist Men By Mary Lynn Tinkle

John 3:18 says “Dear children let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

            It is the actions of the Methodist Men and this congregation in its support of the children of the Methodist Children’s Home that has been a source of both pride and joy.

            The pride when our church consistently ranks in the top 10 giving churches to the Methodist Children’s Home. This year out of 700 Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference, Center First United Methodist Church ranked number four. Out of approximately 1,000 Methodist Churches in the Texas/New Mexico district that the Methodist Children’s Home serves, Center First United Methodist Church ranked number 5 in giving.

            We also were named to the Founder’s Club of the Methodist Children’s Home Circle of Friends Giving Levels.

            The joy comes from knowing that the MCH receives no apportionments and relies on caring people like you who love children. Your donations have real results.

            Because of your generosity, over 6,000 children that are served through the Methodist Children’s Home have a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, school supplies, all things we might take for granted but that these children would not have if it were not for your generous hearts.

            We felt pride when our Methodist Children’s Home representative Don McAvoy thanked us for honoring Methodist Children’s Home seniors when we honored our church seniors. He said how much that was appreciated and they offered other churches the challenge of doing this as well.

            The joy came when we head back how much it meant to the Methodist Children’s Home seniors to know they were being recognized and honored in our church. When Mr. McAvoy asked why we did this, Steve Tinkle replied “They are our kids, too!”

            Methodist Children’s Home staff is most impressed that instead of relying on a few generous big donors, our entire congregation gets involved. That’s when the joy of giving comes. From the child who puts a dollar in the basket at Men’s Breakfast to those who generously donate in memory or honor of a loved one, to the Methodist Men who pay for breakfast so all money donated goes to Methodist Children’s Home to those who recently answered a challenge by Joe Bill Mettauer to donate on the $300K giving day on Friday, June 28, 2019 that resulted in over $6,000 from Center First United Methodist Church to Methodist Children’s Home.

            Methodist Children’s Home staff always asks Methodist Men the same question each time they visit “What motivates you to do this?” The answer is always the same. “To take care of our kids because the children in the Methodist Children’s Home – they are our kids!”

            The Methodist Men are also quick to add the credit does not belong to them, it belongs to the members of this church who so generously support the important ministry of Methodist Children’s Home.

            We thank the Methodist Men too not only for cooking that wonderful breakfast that raises money for the Methodist Children’s Home, but also for the joy of Men’s Breakfast by giving us as a church something to look forward to – providing a time we can come together as a church family and share a meal, spend time with each other and just enjoy visiting. Steve calls the Methodist Men a well-oiled machine when everybody does their job.

            In closing, I would like to read the last sentence in a letter to our congregation from our own high school senior graduate, Scarlett Shires, offering some advice “May the Lord bless you and keep you, keep love in your heart and never take Men’s Breakfast for granted!”

            The Center First United Methodist Church members thank the Methodist Men for being men of action, for putting your money where your mouth is, and for being the hands and feet of Christ in your service to this church and to the children of Methodist Children’s Home.

            The Center First United Methodist Church Men are Joe Bill Mettauer, Kenneth Hardy, Jimmy Strong, Jerry Pinkston, David Haley, Will Lucas, Alec Lucas, Clayton Paul Windham, C.J. Goings, Roy Blackshear, Guy Griffin, Bill Holt, and Steve Tinkle.