We are thrilled to announce that one of our supporting churches is rasing additional funds for us! The best part is that all of our supporters and volunteers can help out! First Christian Church here in downtown Carrollton is hosting a dinner theatre that will be presented two nights only, Saturday and Sunday- August 15th and 16th. Tickets are available at Open Hands, at the church, and soon online (details to follow). They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 5 and under can enjoy time with the kids ministry volunteers at no charge. The show is set in the 70’s, has a patriotic theme, and of course expresses the love and redemption of Jesus. You are guaranteed to laugh and have a great meal! Make sure to get enough tickets for your own family, but it would also be an opportunity to sponsor those who need this message, need a meal, or need a fun night out but otherwise wouldn’t be able to do so. If you are a local business owner, ask about being mentioned in the program as a sponsor.
We look forward to seeing you there as we raise money to continue carrying out the vision God has given us for Carroll County!


Nita Moore, who was very instrumental in establishing Open Hands when it was begun as a ministry of the First Baptist Church and provided leadership as the Director of Open Hands United Christian Ministry (OHUCM) as other churches joined in the ministry, has retired. Under Nita’s leadership, OHUCM grew to fifteen participating churches assisting over 300 families each month with food, financial assistance and in many other ways. In addition to helping to provide services for the guests of Open Hands, Nita also has modeled a caring and loving attitude for all of those that labor in the ministry.

Assuming the role as Director of OHUCM is Sue McGukin. Sue has been very active in the ministry serving initially as the coordinator of the Tabernacle Baptist Church volunteers to Open Hands and more recently as the Tuesday coordinator. Sue is married to local contractor, Phil McGukin and is co-owner of their construction business. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Sue, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton for 45 years, is very active in mission work. She has participated in or led 20 medical and teaching mission trips with youth in the USA, Mexico, Haiti, Mozambique, Botswana and Liberia. She has served as a volunteer in youth ministry for over 20 years and currently teaches an adult women’s Bible Study class.

While Nita will surely be missed, Open Hands is blessed to have Sue, who has a passion for ministry and missions, assuming the role of Director.