Pell City First United Methodist Church is holding its first Mission Impossible — a weekend to both preach and practice missions.

“We wanted to have an emphasis on missions, and it is a good time to focus on the responsibility all Christians have for compassionate ministry,” said Dr. Eric Hicks, chairman of the Missions Committee for Pell City First United Methodist Church.

Hicks said Mission Impossible is Friday through Sunday, Jan. 10-12. The focus is on local ministries and everyone is invited to attend.

“On Friday, we will start with a chili supper in The Beacon at 6 p.m.,” he said. “The chili supper is free but donations will be accepted. It will be a time of fellowship. Following the chili supper, the Rev. Nathan Carden, former associate pastor at Pell City First United Methodist Church, will speak on what we can do as a church and as individuals to follow Christ’s message to minister to the ‘least of these.’”

Hicks said Carden started the Worship Without Walls ministry at Pell City First United Methodist Church, which continues on.

“We go out and do different service projects in the community when we do Worship Without Walls twice a year,” he said.

Hicks said on Saturday, Jan. 11, volunteers will work on community projects from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

“Anyone can help,” he said. “We have three different projects. One is helping prepare a playground at the YWCA shelter. Another is helping with repair work for a couple of individuals in the community. The third is delivering refreshments to public servants in the community such as firefighters and police officers.”

Hicks said volunteers may show up at the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and for more information can email him at

“On Sunday, Jan. 12, the church will have its regular worship times but the speakers will focus on a mission emphasis,” he said.

Hicks said the guest speaker for the traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. is retired Methodist minister the Rev. Ray Crump, who directs the volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur. For the Wide Open Worship service in The Beacon at 10:30 a.m. the guest speaker is the Rev. Matt Lacey, North Alabama United Methodist Conference Missions Director.

“This is our first time to hold a missions event,” Hicks said. “We didn’t want to have just speakers, but wanted hands-on missions as well. This gives us an opportunity to practice what is preached. And we will continue with our Worship Without Walls and other mission opportunities throughout the year.”

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