UM Men's Ministries

United Methodist Men

The Chestnut Challenge

By Tim Knapp

As Chestnut wraps up the first 6 months of 2019 I'm amazed at what we have done. We say we are rooted in faith, reaching out with love and our actions show it. We help the homeless with PORT. We help the hungry locally with the food pantry and assisting at the Peninsula Food Bank. We help the hungry of the world by making 22,000 meals through Rise Against Hunger and helping our youth sponsor a child in Asia. We help those affected by hurricanes and floods by traveling to North Carolina to help rebuild homes. We have helped send our high school graduates off to college with scholarships. We have helped people of Chestnut in their homes and yards. We have opened our doors to people of other churches and in the local community to share a meal with us. We help the sick by sending cards and blankets.

There are countless other ways that I'm sure I have missed here that Chestnut reaches out to people in need. For some churches this would be enough for the whole year but not at Chestnut! We still have six more months of the year to share the love of Chestnut with the world. There are many events left on the calendar for 2019 but the UMM would like to challenge each group to think of one more way they could reach out in faith to help someone in need.

We have many groups around Chestnut to include scouts, Sunday school classes, youth, small groups, men and women that could rise to this challenge. Often in our world we get stuck looking at our individual problems, which often can be diminished by taking our eyes off ourselves and focusing on somebody else. What can we do to help another child of God fix their problem? How can we give hope to someone who is hurting? We do many great things for our neighbors here at Chestnut but I think we have the opportunity to step up a little more and increase our positive influence on the world outside our doors.

UMM Upcoming Events

Friday, Jul. 12: UMM Pancake Dinner Cancelled - Movie Still a Go
The Pancake Dinner has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. The free movie, however is still a go and will start at 7 p.m. The movie, "The Greatest Showman," stars Hugh Jackman and is about the birth of show business. It has a strong positive message and an abundance of music. If you have never seen it you are missing out on a great movie. And it's free! We hope to see you there.

Friday, Aug. 9: Fish Fry
Dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

Tommy Jobe Scholarship to be Awarded to Two Seniors

The UMM grants scholarships to graduating seniors to help them with the expenses of going to college. We have done this in honor of Tommy Jobe for the last five years. Many of us don’t know anything about Tommy Jobe so we would like to share his story to remind us why we have this scholarship.

Dr. Tommy Jobe was an active member of Chestnut Memorial UMC all of his life. A 1950 graduate of Randolph Macon College and a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, Dr Jobe dedicated his life to the betterment of local youth and community. He was actively involved in numerous sports clubs and served as a board member of the Newport News School Board.

He was also the president of the Peninsula Unit of the Boys Club of America. In 1981, Dr. Jobe received a national award for his continued involvement in and selfless dedication to the local chapter. The local Boys and Girls Clubs present an award each year to their most outstanding member in memory of Dr. Jobe.

This year we have two recipients, Cody Keene and Tressa Meier who are beginning the next step of their life journey by starting college in the fall. Both students have been active in their church and community during their young lives. Cody is a senior at Grafton, who plans on becoming an aerospace engineer after studying at Virginia Tech. He is very happy to be the newest Hokie at Chestnut! Tessa is homeschooled and plans on studying at Thomas Nelson with the plan of working with children as a school counselor or a pediatric therapist. I think the bonus for Chestnut is Tressa may still be gracing our halls as she studies locally! We wish Cody and Tressa the best of luck as they start their journey to change the world.