Long's Chapel is going 'glocal'

Apr 15, 2014
Greeters welcome those attending the Easter service at Stuart Auditorium in 2013.

Long’s Chapel’s United Methodist Church of Clyde is going “glocal” this Easter by emphasizing missions that are global and local.

To signify a commitment to serving others both at home and overseas, the entire offering at the church’s Easter Sunday service that begins at 10:25 a.m. at Stuart Auditorium, will be pledged toward this end.

Senior pastor Chuck Wilson said the church is hoping to raise $50,000 in 2014 and in 2015, half of which will be used in Nairobi and Kitalie, Kenya, to help children.

The rest will be put to work in Haywood to help individuals escape poverty through the Circles of Hope and Lifeworks programs.

This is the sixth year where all members of the 150-year old church will gather for a single service at Lake Junaluska on Easter Sunday. Coffee and fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m.

“On a given Sunday morning, people gather from all over the region to participate in this transforming fellowship where we grow to love God, love people and live sent,” said Wilson.

In addition to the special Easter service planned for April 20, those filling the largest auditorium in the county can know their contribution will exclusively support crucial ministries.

“This vision is a direct result of placing the last years of our life together as a church up against Jesus’ words to all of his current and future followers, including us, recorded in Acts 1:8  — 'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,'" Wilson said.

The "ends of the Earth" project is called Operation Outreach, while the local efforts will be called Helping Haywood.

“We will invest deeply in 2014 and 2015,” Wilson said, "Because God has placed his calling upon our hearts to be a "glocal" church. That means we invest locally and we invest globally (ends of the earth).”

By committing the entire Easter offering toward this effort will kick off the funding.

“It’s radical … it’s crazy. That means we are going to need to do in 51 weeks of giving what we normally do in 52 weeks of financial giving,” Wilson said, “but we sense God is in it.”

To participate in the Easter event, arrive at Lake Junaluska on Sunday an hour before the 10:25 a.m. service and learn more.