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Third Place Ministries

Third Place Ministries is a local outreach program sponsored by the Purchase District. This ministry exists from the support of the Purchase District and its member churches. The goal of Third Place Ministries is to ”enable the nurture, outreach and witness of our cooperative connection in order to strengthen and enrich the life of the communities of Marshall County.” Through a number of programs, Third Place Ministries has supported Marshall County residents through support and outreach since 1971, and still does to this day. Keep reading to learn more about some of the mission work of this ministry or check out their website at thirdplaceministries.com.

New To You Shop

The New To You Shop is a resale shop located in Marshall County at 176 Beechwood Lane, Benton, Kentucky. The shop serves as an outreach ministry in western Kentucky by providing a large variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and shoes for a fraction of the cost of other local resale shops.

All of the items available for resale in the store are items that are donated by a very generous community. Donations are sorted by season, put on hangers and then sized in the store for the convenience of shoppers. The shop’s workers and volunteers strive to offer the best quality clothing and merchandise available. Donations are tax-deductible (donation receipts are available).

People from a variety of churches all around the county volunteer to work on a rotating basis at New to You. Without volunteers, the mission and ministry of New to You Shop’s cooperative ministry would not be possible.

Hours to Receive Donations
Wednesday thru Friday, 8am-3pm
Saturday, 8am until noon
NOTE: Please do not leave donations outside after hours due to potential damage from the weather.

Store Hours
Tuesday thru Friday, 8am-4pm
Saturday, 8am-2pm

For more information call (270) 527-5147.

Crisis Ministry

The objective of the 3rd Place Ministries Crisis Fund is to provide local residents with emergency assistance to help get them back on their feet. We offer assistance to victims of housefires, flooding, and other natural disasters, including Recovery Kits of clothing, toiletries, and linens. They offer assistance with utility bills (gas, electric, water), non-narcotic prescription medication, emergency automobile gas, and similar urgent needs. And through our New to You Shop we are able to provide vouchers for children’s school clothing or appropriate outfits for a job interview.

Despite a great need in the Marshall County area, funds are not unlimited. The Crisis Fund is supported solely by private donations, therefore requiring to be good stewards of what’s given and place fair and consistent limits on the amount of assistance provided. Third Place Ministries works in cooperation with Needline and the Marshall Co. Sheriff to maintain updated records and information on those seeking assistance. To prevent abuse of the system, information is shared with other agencies through Charity Tracker.

Adult Computer Classes

Held at the Marshall County Public Library, Third Place Ministries offers hands-on basic computer literacy classes to the public. For more information about upcoming classes times and schedules, check out the computer classes page on thirdplaceministries.com.

Day1 Follow Up

Day1 is a weekly radio program aired on WCBL 99.1 FM each Sunday morning at 9:30am followed by the Day1 Follow Up program at 10:00am. Day1 is hosted by Rev. Peter Wallace, Host of the Day1 program. Executive Producer Rev. Peter Wallace and features some of the country’s finest preachers. Day1 is the voice of the mainline Protestant churches, presenting outstanding preachers from a variety of denominations. The Day1 website features an extensive library of lectionary-based sermons in text and audio, and other helpful information for lay persons and pastors.

Currently on more than 200 stations, Day1 began broadcasting in 1945 as “The Protestant Hour” and has been on the air every week since then. Day1 is a ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media, a nonprofit mainline media ministry based in Atlanta, GA. The Alliance was created after the merger of The Protestant Hour, Inc. and the Episcopal Media Center, which was founded in 1945 and originally called The Episcopal Radio and TV Foundation.

Third Place Ministries sponsors this hour-long program on WCBL, and produces the last thirty minutes of the one hour time-slot. The Day1 Follow Up program with host commentator Lois Cunningham features a discussion panel of local pastors and laypersons. This local panel discusses the sermon and how the message applies to the listeners. You may listen to recent session by clicking here.

For more information, call (270) 527-5147.