On March 31, 2021, Centertown United Methodist Church in McMinnville, TN hosted the first of two COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the site in partnership with a local pharmacy, Graves Family Pharmacy, and the Warren County Commissioners. The people of Centertown UMC regularly live into the gospel mandate to be the hands and feet of Jesus to and with their community. That ideal is a foundational part of their identity as disciples of Jesus the Christ, their involvement in the community, and their innovation as they seek to fulfill the mission of being a real presence in the lives of the people they serve.
The reputation and consistent history of the people of Centertown UMC as a people who are involved in and serve the community was a big factor in being selected as a vaccination site. The twenty-four elected Commissioners for Warren County, TN wanted to have at least one COVID-19 vaccination site in each of Warren County’s twelve districts. The leadership of Centertown UMC had previously contacted the local office of the TN Department of Health and offered to host vaccination events, so the District Commissioners contacted them to set up at least two events at their facility.
According to local officials, the COVID-19 vaccination event at Centertown UMC was the most well-attended of all the events held in Warren County with dozens of persons coming to receive their vaccinations. A second follow-up event was held at the church on April 28, 2021, with the vast majority of those persons returning to receive their second dose of the vaccine.
Overall, this is but one of the many ways the people of Centertown United Methodist Church are creatively engaging with and serving their community with excellence. The people of Centertown UMC understand the sacred trust that has been built over decades of consistent character, concern, and active involvement in the community has enabled them to serve in more and more different and exciting ways. They are looking forward to living into the next opportunity God puts in their path to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they share God’s mercy, love, and grace in both everything they say and everything they do! Thanks be to God!