Carter County Men’s Fellowship stay true to their mission

Published 3:43 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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By Ron Marvel
Star Correspondent
For the last 60 plus years the Carter County Men’s Fellowship has met to encourage believers, connect churches and equip men for ministry and provide resources to other ministries and although times have changed they have stayed true to their mission. CCCMF primarily supports churches associated with the Restoration Movement, however, their monthly meeting is open to different denominations. In addition to their monthly meeting they support six different missions (including the Appalachian Christian Camp, ETCHA, ARM, Campus Student Fellowship at ETSU, Good Samaritan Ministries and Whitehead Hill CC). The Fellowship also provides scholarship opportunities to potential college students looking to continue their education and prepare for full ministry and provide resources to the community.
The CCCMF met Tuesday, Dec. 20, at First Christian Church Elizabethton to celebrate Christmas and confirm their officers for the coming year. Greg Odom, Hampton Christian Church, kicked off worship for the evening with congregational singing. Ken Overdorf, Range Community Christian Church, then confirmed and prayed over the incoming 2023 CCCMF officers. Serving in 2023 will be Greg Heaton, President, Dan Simerly, First Vice President, Scott Fisher, Second Vice-President, Ben Patton, Secretary, Scott Reynolds, Treasurer, and Don Brandon and Greg Odom, Worship Leaders.
Don Brandon performed several hand-bell songs including “O Come let us Adore Him,” “O Holy Night” and “Rudolph the Red Noses Reindeer.” Scott Reynolds then performed a rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” After the worship service Vice President Dan Simerly talked about the CCCMF and its plan for the New Year. “Our theme ‘Coming Back Better’ recognizes how COVID has affected us and how we would like to advance churches back to where they were before. We would like to see more churches participate and see some younger blood at the Fellowship meetings…they really don’t know what they’re missing.” Simerly also spoke about something he felt most people don’t know about the Fellowship. “We support a lot of young people — Camp ACC, the ETSU Campus Student Fellowship, and ETCHA. The Fellowship gives churches the opportunity to connect, share resources and to pray for each other.”

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