“The outreach ministries of the church shall give attention to local and larger community ministries of compassion, justice, and advocacy.”
– United Methodist Church Book of Discipline 252.2.b
Mission Outreach Committee Updates
We love being an active church and want to share how we are serving and ways you can be involved. Our newsletters will give a snapshot of the work of Oconee St. UMC. You can talk with members of the Mission Committee at any time. Our second-Monday, 6:30PM meetings in 717 are always open!
Ongoing service opportunities:
- U-Lead Athens meets weekly to support un(der)documented high school students seeking access to higher education http://u-lead.wix.com/ulead. Contact JoBeth Allen at email@example.com
- Our Daily Bread (6 times/year, second Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November). Contact JoBeth Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: To volunteer with Our Daily Bread at other times, contact Action Ministries Program Administrator Solomon Smothers, email@example.com
- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (4 times/year with Young Harris Memorial UMC to provide meals, transportation, and other hospitality to families in transition)
Contact Robin Whetstone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Holiday Benevolence Market
See www.firstpresathens.org/benevolencemarket for details
- MLK Day of Service
- “Parking for God” (6-7 times/year during UGA home football games, collecting donations to support college scholarships for un(der)-documented students)
Contact Lew Allen at email@example.com
- Special events (proceeds support local and/or global areas of greatest need)
Members of Oconee Street UMC serve the community as individuals and cooperatively through:
- Ministries that provide food to people with limited resources: Our Daily Bread and Smart Kid, Smart Lunch/Seamless Summer
- Ministries that make shelter available to those in need: Interfaith Hospitality Network, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Athens Land Trust, Bigger Vision Shelter, Salvation Army Shelter, and Hands on Athens/Northeast Georgia
- Bicycle and other recycling programs and GROW, Generating Respect for Our World
- Efforts to make this a fairer and more just world, including participation in the Economic Justice Coalition; Living Wage Committee; Look, Listen and Learn; Freedom University; and raising money for kids who can’t afford to shop at school book fairs
- Local efforts to make this a happier world through the Salvation Army Project Angel Tree so more children can have Christmas presents and making personal care kits for guests of Our Daily Bread
- Meeting health care needs by working with Mercy Health Center and the Athens Nurses Clinic and serving as health educators , school nurses, physician assistants, and physicians
- Providing companionship to the elderly at Talmadge Terrace
- Unofficial chaplaincy to Athens Ben Epps Airport
- Teaching and tutoring adults through Action Ministries GED Program, volunteering and working at local schools and the Thomas Lay After School Program – teaching, tutoring, providing gardening and outdoor education – promoting education and serving as role models
For more information or to become involved contact Mission Outreach Committee chair Joel Siebentritt: firstname.lastname@example.org.