We had a great day last Sunday during Sip and Dip for our “Barnabas Ministry Reveal”. By now most of you know that over the past several years, Carol McDonough has developed this unique ministry for our college-aged students. It’s known as The Barnabas Ministry and is basically a “secret friend” effort in which one of us is “paired” with one of our college students. Throughout the year the Barnabas Minister sends notes of encouragement and little “goodies” to lift the spirits of these students. The relationship is kept secret until that Sunday in May when we invite the students to come and meet their “Barnabas”.
Come September, you will have a chance to become a Barnabas for one of next year’s college crop. I hope you’ll consider it. Remaining connected to their church home is important for these students—no matter how far away they go for school—and they are always appreciative of the thoughts.
While we’re at it, most of you also know that our church has been giving scholarships for years through the Jubilee Scholarship Fund. This Fund now resides within the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) and their Board of Directors is responsible for selecting the most worthy students.
This year a total of thirteen (13) students have been awarded a scholarship through the Jubilee Fund. They are:
Jacob Bumpus of Cheatham County H.S. to attend U.T. Chattanooga
Tahreem Fatima—a past recipient--of Martin Luther King H.S. attending David Lipscomb University
Gabriela Flores—a past recipient--of Maplewood H.S. attending Tennessee State University
Cheyenne Gavin of Hume Fogg H.S. to attend David Lipscomb University
Salvador Hernandez—a past recipient--of Glencliff H.S. attending Western Kentucky University
Jacob Hill of McGavock H.S. to attend Trevecca Nazarene College
Hang T. Nguyen—a past recipient--of Hillwood H.S. attending David Lipscomb University
Victoria Smith of Oakland H.S. to attend U.T. Knoxville
Jasmine Snell—a past recipient--of John Overton H.S. attending U.T. Chattanooga
Jacob Whitehair of Blackman H.S. to attend U.T. Chattanooga
Kevin Williams of Hume Fogg H.S. to attend U.T. Knoxville
Alex Wu—a past recipient--of Hume Fogg H.S. attending Notre Dame University
Corey Wu of John Overton H.S. to attend U.T. Knoxville
These scholarships are need-based and allow these young men and women to attend college to pursue their dreams. The Jubilee Scholarship is a vital ministry for young people.
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.