United4Hope Coordinator Interview: Josie Hayes

Laura: Hello, Josie! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your background.  Josie: Hello Faithful Readers, before I introduce myself, I would like to give God all the Glory and Praise for His goodness, love, and provisions.   My name is Josie Smith Hayes. I grew up in Olivet Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized at…

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Advent Week 4: Love

The fourth candle in the season of Advent represents Love. I am pausing in this busy season to reflect on the love that Mary must have felt toward her precious baby boy. The love, respect, and protection Joseph felt toward Mary. God’s love for us in sending that baby to walk the earth for us.…

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Advent Week 3: Joy 

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good…

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Advent Week 2: Peace 

Christmas is a beautiful holiday filled with parties, great food, family, and friends. For some, however, Christmas can include grief and loss and can exacerbate the feeling that things are not as they are supposed to be. Christmas can point us to our ultimate hope in Jesus and intensify our longing for something more than…

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Advent Week 1: Hope

As we enter this season, I think back to my first experiences in observing Advent as I sat with my mom and brother at Christ Church in Rugby, Tn. I didn’t really understand what each candle represented and all the theology behind it. What I did know was that I had a palpable sense of…

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State of Nashville Booklet Launch Event || November 30, 2023

Operation Andrew Group and United4Pastors are so excited to launch the full results of The State of Nashville, a demographically representative study of Nashvillians and their attitudes towards church and spirituality. At the National Museum of African American Music on November 30th from 9-10:30 pastors from around the Middle Tennessee area will gather around tables…

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Partner Spotlight: Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and Robert Churchwell Elementary

Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and United4Hope were recently spotlighted at the Q2 Robert Churchwell Elementary School Partner Meeting. What a joy to hear Jefferson Street church coordinators, Fannie Holmes and Florence Woods, talk about their history and involvement in their church’s United4Hope partnership with Churchwell. It would be fair to ask what Ms. Fannie…

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Doors Are Opening In Franklin

In the first 3 months, we have partnered with 4 churches who are interested in helping 6 schools in the Franklin Special School District. We are also working hard to build relationships with organizations giving back to the Franklin Community.  Today, United4Hope Program Manager, Marian Campos, was invited by the Franklin Special School District to…

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The Gift of Giving

This year, United4Hope is partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to support Christmas gifts for families. MNPS has asked United4Hope to offer our church partners the opportunity to support families in this unique, tangible, and celebratory manner to ensure each family can celebrate the holidays together. While similar to the Angel Tree program, our initiative…

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