Local Missions Ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church
The Local Missions Ministry was started in 1983, when Harold Tucker was pastor at Trinity. Arthur Papadeas was Chairman of the Committee and felt a need to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis.
Money needed for the administration of the program is supplied from offerings left at the altar on Communion Sunday, Sunday School and contributions and pledges and offerings from individual church members. All money received is put into a special bank account marked for Local Missions.
Each client is asked to fill out a form with information needed to help assess their need. Food, which is purchased from the fund, is provided to families, usually to help carry out the work. Financial aid is given , only after the need has been assessed, and the service provider is contacted. The check for this aid is only made out to the service provider such as the Gas Company, Georgia Power, or the Water Company. A record of each client's need, aid given, and any other pertinent information is kept, because there is a limit of how often a client can receive aid.
Not only is physical help given, but also spiritual needs may be met. They are provided with Christian literature, Bibles, and all who come are prayed with. In one year, over 800 people were served.