Epworth UMC Stores Up Treasures in Heaven
Since its founding in 1960, 15 pastors, including Rev. Dr. Donald Kea who is also featured in the Fall 2020 Faith & Money newsletter, have served at Epworth UMC in Columbus. Rev. Earnestine Campbell was appointed as pastor in June 2020.
“It is a joy to serve Epworth and this congregation. The Church and the parishioners continue to be the fruitful hands and feet of God during this COVID-19 pandemic,” Campbell said. “We have engaged in creative ways in worship, small group studies, mission work, and care for one another and our community–in our holistic stewardship unto God.”
By taking care of God’s people here on earth, the Church is storing up treasures in heaven. Each month, the Church partners with Rose Hill UMC’s Feeding Our Neighbors ministry to provide meals to people in need. Epworth raises and donates funds to support Open Door Community House. Through its partnership with the Wynnton Neighborhood Network, the Church impacts 1,000 lives annually by providing groceries and utility assistance.
Epworth UMC supports the Walk Out of Darkness event to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Our church has been present at this event over the last three years as a sign of God’s presence and hope in the midst of such heart-wrenching loss,” Campbell said.
In addition to investing in its community, Epworth UMC has developed a key connectional partnership with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.
“Investing through the Certificate Program allows us to help churches and organizations that may be underserved by banking institutions because of their financial situation,” Campbell said. “This is not only a great way to help people who are doing ministry, but the Church also receives a great rate and return on our investment.”