People of Faith: Aug. 7, 2015

AUM PHOTO BY MARCIA DUNBAR

AUM PHOTO BY MARCIA DUNBAR

Christ of the Hills United Methodist Men receive national award

The United Methodist Men of Christ of the Hills UMC Hot Springs Village received the honor of Top United Methodist Men Unit in the Nation for 2015.

Dan Ramsey, president of the National Association of Conference Presidents of UM Men, announced the winner at a March 5-8 meeting of conference presidents and prayer advocates in Nashville, Tenn. Fred Gore, 2015 president of Christ of the Hills UM Men, and senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Walter L. “Bubba” Smith had planned to attend to receive the award, but were forced to cancel plans because of poor weather. Instead, Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on UM Men, presented the award to Gore and Smith during the Arkansas Annual Conference.

Men of Christ of the Hills UMC conduct an annual retreat, sponsor a sweetheart breakfast for wives and annually raise $14,000 for various mission efforts through an annual golf tournament, a church barbeque, recycling aluminum cans and printer cartridges and assisting the United Methodist Women with their garage sale. They provide food baskets and deliver Christmas gifts to 40 families, including 100 children; deliver food baskets provided by other groups in the church at Easter and Thanksgiving; serve monthly at two local food banks; work with the Oaklawn Race Track Chapel to provide support to the approximately one thousand “backside” race track workers and their families; and support the collective ministry of several churches to serve Sunday lunches to people in need.

Thirty-five members of the group have attended the Walk to Emmaus, and in 2014, Christ of the Hills UMC UM Men contributed over 6,000 volunteer hours.

—submitted by Kathy Bracke