Marti Lane

Class of '64

Place of service: Copperhill United Methodist Church

Why I Serve

I believe that when one sees a need, one should do whatever possible to help meet that need. I base this on two Bible passages that I use as life guides:

“Much will be required from everyone to whom much has been given.” Luke 12:48

“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6 (story of Peter).

I have been given many, many things all of my life, including the blessing of being able to attend Whitworth. I have also received good health from the lord. So how can I do anything but serve, as a way of saying thank you to God?

How I Serve

I live in Appalachia now. Our church is located in a very poor county of Tennessee. Copper mines ruined both the natural environment and many people’s health here. I grew up on a farm, so I am able to understand and also love rural areas.

I chose Copperhill United Methodist Church as the main place through which I serve because it is a congregation of loving servants. It is a small, rather poor congregation, yet it has the most sharing I have ever been involved in. For example, on Mondays they host a meal to the community and often more than 200 come (about 12 churches come together to make this possible). The churches take turns cooking and serving, and people pay only a dollar for the meal.

This year my work through the church has centered mainly on chairing the Missions Committee. We support missions overseas as well as at home. Areas of special concern we are addressing this year include: supplies for the local schools, helping people repair their homes (usually old mobile homes), and feeding hungry people. It’s a joy to be able to interpret needs to the congregation, suggest ways of meeting needs, and reporting back to the congregation how the Lord has blessed their giving and working.