United Methodists are 'People Being Awesome'

Chris Cummings, youth pastor at The Village Nashville, hosts the People Being Awesome good news YouTube series.
Chris Cummings, youth pastor at The Village Nashville, hosts the People Being Awesome good news YouTube series.

When folks at The Village Church Nashville heard about the awesome work that a couple of their members were doing, they took a cue from popular actor John Krasinski, creator of SomeGoodNews.

People Being Awesome, or PBA, launched its first episode on its YouTube channel during a recent online worship service. The episode features members from the United Methodist congregation who are, well, people being awesome.

Jeff Younginer works at a Nissan manufacturing facility in Middle Tennessee which quickly shifted from building cars to making medical-grade masks when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread. In his social media postings, Younginer shared about a Canadian youngster who was using his 3D printer to make ear guards, which make the masks more comfortable.

Through social media connections, Sam Walker, a middle schooler who attends The Village, decided to begin creating the ear guards with his own 3D printer and invited others to do the same. To-date, Walker has made more than 500 ear guards.

“This has been a lot of fun and a chance to tell about something cool,” says Chris Cummings, PBA host and youth pastor at The Village Nashville.

Local media outlets also have helped spread the word, with Nashville’s NewsChannel5 (WTVF) telling Walker’s story on a recent newscast.

More PBA episodes are coming, Cummings says, and he invites people to share their stories of “people being awesome” by emailing ideas to him at [email protected].

Information compiled from various sources by United Methodist Communications.

This article was published April 23, 2020.