Athens Holiday Benevolence Market Dec. 4


For more than 20 years, Athens-area faith organizations (including Oconee Street UMC) have hosted the Holiday Benevolence Market, offering a single location to select gifts – in the form of donations – that support local non-profit organizations. Kind-hearted shoppers can select symbolic gifts ranging from $5 to $150 and make a single payment at checkout (cash, check, or Square). All donations are tax-deductible.

This year’s market will be held in Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Hancock Street from noon-2 pm on December 4. A light lunch will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by participating congregations.

For more information, see Athens Holiday Benevolence Market Facebook page

Festival of Nativities

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oconee Street United Methodist Church
595 Oconee Street, Athens


Start your Christmas season by joining us in our Fellowship Hall for a display of nativities of all kinds!

Enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment as you view and learn the special stories behind these beautiful nativity sets collected by church members and friends over the years.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Food2Kids, a program of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia that aims to ensure that children who rely on meals at school don’t go hungry over the weekends. For more information:

Hosted by the Oconee Street United Methodist Women

Photo By Hans Olav Lien (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Download the festival_of_nativities_flier.

2015 Holiday Benevolence Market is Dec. 6

With Christmas decorations already on display at stores, it’s time for a reminder about  the Athens Holiday Benevolence Market, taking place this year on Dec. 6 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Athens.

The Benevolence Market is sponsored by a number of local congregations to support the work of local charities and non-profits.

Patrons are given a “shopping list” that includes all of the agencies represented and items that can be symbolically “purchased” in honor of a friend or family member. The list includes a range of prices. For example, a shopper might buy a box of nails for $10 that will be used in building a Habitat for Humanity house. Or, for $100, a child can be sent to the Extra Special People summer camp for a week.

Doesn’t that sound better than another scarf or tie?

For details and the shopping list, see

Benefit Concert & Dinner Nov. 6!

Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a benefit concert and dinner, featuring music by Incatepec, an amazing local band playing traditional Latin music with a jazz flavor, and homemade Honduran fare.

Suggested donation is $12 per person; no family pays more than $25.

Proceeds benefit the OSUMC mission trip to Honduras to conduct locally-led public health work including building latrines, pouring concrete floors in homes, and installing chimneys, eco-stoves in kitchens, and water tanks and showers in homes. See for more information about the work and its impact.

Download the flier here: OSUMC Honduras Mission Benefit

Oct. 5 Missions Fair

Please join us for our Missions Fair on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 12:15-1:30! We’ll go to 717 Oconee St. (the old parsonage) immediately after church, eat lunch, and learn about specific service and outreach opportunities in our church and community.We will have special mission activities for children.

Instead of our usual potluck fellowship meal, the Mission/Outreach Committee will provide box lunches from Jason’s Deli plus tea and lemonade.

In order to be sure we have enough lunches for everyone, please contact JoBeth Allen at and indicate what lunch option you and each member of your family would like. The choices are below. Don’t forget to select which type of bread you’d like (and in the case of the light lunch, whether your child would like milk or apple juice.)

Full sandwich on white or whole wheat with chips and cookie
_____ ham
_____ turkey breast
_____ veggie wrap

Half sandwich on croissant or wheat wrap with chips and cookie
_____ ham
_____ turkey breast
_____ spinach veggie wrap
_____ chicken salad with almonds and pineapple

Light lunch – sandwich on wheat bread with fresh fruit, graham crackers, apple juice or milk
_____ ham
_____ turkey breast
_____ peanut butter & jelly

Sept. 26: Extended Family Dinner & Coffee House Music Night

Have you been attending Oconee Street UMC as an “extended family” member (we like that better than “visitor”)? Are you starting to feel like this might be your church home? We hope you feel like a part of the extended family at Oconee Street, and that you might want to know more about us as you decide what role you want the church to play in your life, and what role you want to play in the life of Oconee Street UMC.

Everyone is invited to this Extended Family Dinner and Coffee House Music Night on Friday September 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 717 Oconee Street – right across from the church where we have our fellowship meals.

This will be our second Coffee House night, and everyone who was able to attend the first one loved it. There are lots of ways to participate: performing a song or two, reading a poem, telling a story–or being an attentive listener!

There will also be time, between entertainers, for people to chat at their tables. Extended family members can ask questions, members can share why they chose Oconee Street UMC, and Lisa will say a few words to the group.

If you would like to offer a song, poem, dance, story, etc. please contact Rebecca Simpson-Litke and let her know what you plan do and approximately how long you plan to do it:

If you are a member of Oconee Street, please let us know 1) if you can come, and 2) if you can help host by bringing a dish to share:

If you are a visitor/extended family member – no need to bring anything! Just let us know you can come and enjoy an evening of food, fellowship, and entertainment.


Special Guests at Sept. 7 Fellowship Meal

Community Connection Director Fenwick Broyard and Athens Area Community Foundation Director Delene Porter will be our guests at the Sept. 7 Fellowship meal. They will lead us in a discussion about community needs and ways we can help address them as part of our ongoing conversation about putting God’s love into action. All are invited to join us!

For more information about Fenwick, see: