2021 Alternative Christmas Program

Here is a new opportunity to change the way we celebrate Christmas. Rather than engaging in the “consumerism” of the holidays, you can give the gift of a donation to a vetted nonprofit to the friends and family on your shopping list. At the same time, they are educated about outreach programs that serve the less fortunate.

All of the projects on our list have been chosen because they align with the passions and the values of our church members and because they are highly trusted, so your philanthropic decision-making is a little bit easier.

Choose a nonprofit that you know the person on your gift list would be proud of supporting. Give to one of the Alternative Christmas mission projects in the name of this person and send them one of the supplied cards that indicates how their gift is helping others. These gift cards are available at the display table.

Supporting the following missions and charities:


Murphy Shelter (aka Hurlburt Johnson Friendship House)
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Cherokee County Sharing Center
HAVEN Children’s Advocacy Center
Valley River Humane Society


Hinton Rural Life Center- Safe and Healthy Homes Program


ZOE Ministry
Project Agape

Our first Alternative Christmas program will be held December 5 and December 12, following worship. In Alternative Christmas gift giving, you remember the true meaning of Christ’s birth. For questions, contact Marji Hill at mt_bishir@yahoo.com


Our Theology of Mission

We are in mission to witness to what God has done and is doing, and to learn from what God is doing in every land where disciples gather in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our Four Mission Goals

  1. Make disciples of Jesus Christ;
  2. Strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities;
  3. Alleviate human suffering;
  4. Seek justice, freedom, and peace.

Local Programs We Support

  • Cherokee County Ministerial Association Relief Fund
  • United Way of Clay and Cherokee Counties
  • Hurlbut-Johnson Friendship House
  • R.E.A.C.H of Cherokee County
  • The Sharing Center – A ecumenical food pantry located in our church.

Regional and National Programs We Support

Cherokee County hosted the regional Special Olympics for 2018.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church (UMC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization operated under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries.

International Programs We Support

  • Project Agape Armenia –  ministry to Armenia and to some of our most desperate Christian brothers and sisters — is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church in a joint effort with the Armenian Apostolic Church.
  • ZOE Project–We are all excited about our new international mission opportunity. Our congregation has adopted a group of orphans from Liberia as they pursue a path to better lives.
    Faith Empowerment Group, Gibi District, Liberia, January 2019 – December 2021 In Shared Partnership with FUMC Murphy and an anonymous donor

    The red dot shows the district where our Zoe empowerment group lives.

For inquiries about our mission and outreach programs, please email or call us.