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On this page, you’ll find our mission focus of the month, along with ongoing ways that you can support our partners in mission. For more information about ways to serve, contact Director of Outreach and Connections Allison Nye.

Disaster Response Team helps with tree removal after a tornado strikes Newnan, Ga., in March 2021.

Help homeowners in tornado-damaged Newnan, Ga.

After Newnan, Ga., was struck by a tornado in late March, our Disaster Response Team mobilized to help. Four DRT teams traveled to the region on the weekends of March 27 and April 3 to help with debris clean up. However, hundreds of homeowners continue to deal with the storm’s aftermath. The DRT is planning to send more teams to Newnan on upcoming weekends to clear trees, remove debris and help homeowners with storm-damaged houses.

The DRT work dates are April 16, April 17, April 30 and May 1. These will be single-day, down-and-back trips. Volunteers will meet at Alpharetta Methodist in the morning, drive down to Newnan, work and return in the late afternoon. All skill levels are welcome. The teams will have a tractor to help with the heavy lifting and moving of large pieces of debris.

If you can volunteer for any or all of these dates, please contact Mike Derrick.

Thank you to those who have already answered the call to volunteer and those who are receiving and responding to this call.

April Mission Focus: Vulnerable Children

Support for vulnerable children

The church’s mission focus during April is vulnerable children and our mission partners who serve them. Here are some ways that you can help.

Collect crayons for Buddy Bags: Join the Children’s Ministry in collecting 24-count boxes of Crayola Crayons for the Buddy Bag Ministry. Buddy Bags provide comfort to children in crises such as fires, weather events, accidents, hospitalizations, deaths and family tragedies. Each Buddy Bag consists of a canvas tote filled with a handmade Teddy bear, a blanket hand crafted by the Blanket Ministry, an activity/coloring book and crayons, a reading book, and a paper-filled folder. Drop off your donations on Sunday mornings in April near the Children’s Check-in Area. Look for the big bear and a red collection bin.

Collect clothes or household items for Dream Weavers: To raise money to match a grant Dream Weavers received, the organization is partnering with another local non-profit to collect used clothes and other household items, including furniture. Drop off your donations in the collection bin and trailer located in our main parking lot (parallel to Cumming St.) this month. If you are donating oversized items, please do so Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., so we can assist you.

Note: Dream Weavers gets $500 each time we fill the collection bins!

Pray: Will you join us in lifting up our partners in prayer every day this month? Join us by downloading the April Missions Prayer Calendar via the AM app or by clicking the Prayer Calendar button above.

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Help Create Spring Clean Baskets for NFCC

North Fulton Community Charities wants to bring some sunshine to local seniors in need by providing them with Spring Clean Baskets. To help, fill a small trash can, bucket or flowerpot with the following items to create a “basket” for a senior. Sign up here to donate one or more baskets.

  • Dish towel
  • Hand soap
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Box of tissues
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Small laundry detergent (36 oz. or smaller)
  • Cookies (no chocolate, please)
  • $25 gift card to Walmart, Publix or Kroger
  • Puzzles or a puzzle book
  • Handwritten note
  • Toilet paper (4-roll package)
  • Roll of paper towels

Drop off your Spring Clean Basket(s) at NFCC’s Barbara Duffy Center (11275 Elkins Road in Roswell) on:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 1-4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17, 9-11 a.m.

NFCC also has ongoing needs as the organization strives to serve those in our community who are struggling. Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate food: Drop off food donations Monday-Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the NFCC Food Pantry, 11270 Elkins Road in Roswell. When you drop off food, enter the gate to the right of the building, then go behind the building and look for the food pantry door. See a list of urgently-needed items.
  • Donate items: Each year, the NFCC Thrift Shop helps clothe struggling families in our community. Learn how you can donate clothing and other items.
  • Make a financial gift: You can make a financial donation by clicking the button below.

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Complete a Personal Marathon
to Raise Funds for Toccoa Life

The United Methodist Women present UMW 26.2 as an opportunity for church members to walk, run, bicycle or swim their own personal marathon during the month of May. The goal is to provide financial support for Toccoa Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Eastanollee, Ga. 

Participation is easy! Just obtain a few sponsors and register. You’ll receive an email with a participation form so you can record your miles and sponsors. You’ll have the whole month of May to complete your marathon, so walk, run or move at your own pace to support this special social action project. Registration is $10. A UMW 26.2 T-shirt is an additional $10. Registration and T-shirt fees can be made online or by dropping of a check at the church. Once you’ve completed your marathon and collected your sponsorship funds, please turn them in to the United Methodist Women through the church or through the United Methodist Women Circles. 

Help Habitat for Humanity build a home

We’re joining with other churches for Habitat for Humanity’s Ecumenical build. All of the volunteer positions on the following dates have been filled! Thank you Alpharetta Methodist Family!

  • Saturday, Feb. 13: Pre-builds II

  • Saturday, Feb. 20: First nail

  • Saturday, March 6: 2nd floor walls

  • Saturday, April 10: Siding/exterior paint

  • Saturday, May 8: Pre-landscape

The build site is on Shady Trail in Canton. If you’re volunteering, please bring your own lunch and water. Parking on-site is available. Please contact Jack Spicer with any questions.

Feed the hungry with Backpacks of Love

Every other week, Backpacks of Love sends backpacks filled with food home with students whose families are at risk of hunger. Drop off food donations in the red collection bins under the portico at our Cumming Street entrance.

See a list of needed items and drop-off dates.

Help stock My Neighbor’s Pantry

My Neighbor’s Pantry, a ministry of Roswell UMC, feeds people in our community. You can support this mission by making a donation to RUMC here (select “My Neighbor’s Pantry” from the grey drop-down menu). You may also drop off food and cleaning supplies on Mondays from 12 to 2 p.m. at RUMC.

See a list of needs and read drop-off instructions.

Support Military Veterans

Alpharetta Methodist’s Veterans Ministry is working with the Veterans Empowerment Organization in downtown Atlanta to support military veterans who find themselves in need. VEO strives to help veterans achieve success by providing them with a safety net that includes housing; meals; health care; substance abuse and mental health treatment; and job assessment, training and placement assistance.

To make a financial donation to VEO, text “AFUMC HERO” to 77977.

Help Missions when you shop online

Your gifts to Missions, above and beyond your regular giving, ensure that we can continue to support the important work of our mission partners. One easy way to help is by enrolling in AmazonSmile and selecting Alpharetta United Methodist Church as your charity of choice. Then shop online at smile.amazon.com. A portion of every eligible purchase you make will go to Missions.

Support Missions when you grocery shop

Your donations to Missions, above and beyond your regular giving, will ensure ongoing and increased support for organizations that are helping our neighbors through the crisis.

The Kroger Community Rewards program is an easy way to help. Sign up for a Kroger Plus card and select Alpharetta First United Methodist Church Missions from the list of participating organizations. Once you’re enrolled, use your card every time you shop, and a donation will be made through the Community Rewards program to support Missions. Learn more about the Kroger Community Rewards Program.

Donate blood

The American Red Cross has expanded its safety procedures to protect people who give blood, so if you’re healthy, please donate. Donations are accepted by appointment — to ensure compliance with recommended social-distancing guidelines.

Support Wesley Woods

With an average age of 80, residents of Wesley Woods Senior Living Communities are in the highest-risk population for contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. To keep them safe, Wesley Woods has implemented stringent new procedures, and those measures come with new financial challenges. Please continue to lift up the residents and staff in your prayers and, if you are able, help financially.

Visit our Missions page to see all the ways we’re serving locally, regionally & internationally.