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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.

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Hosting for
Family Promise

We are hosting for Family Promise again! Three families will stay overnight in our Student Center Oct. 31-Nov. 7. We need volunteers to help with move in and move out (moving bins, making beds, moving couches, setting up kitchen, etc.). We also need overnight hosts and volunteers to provide food. Click below for more information and to sign up.

Operation Christmas Child logo

October Mission Focus:
Operation Christmas Child

Send the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

During the month of October, we’re supporting Samaritan Purse’s annual Operation Christmas Child collection. Every year since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has sent shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children around the world. More than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. These shoeboxes are a tangible demonstration of the love of Christ to children who have not heard the Gospel. The children are then invited to attend a discipleship program where they hear more about Christ.

Church goal: 1,000 shoeboxes

Pack a shoebox

Pick up a shoebox and label at the church (or use your own) and fill it with items for a child abroad. Shoeboxes were distributed on Oct. 17, but there are some still available. Pick up boxes in the Resource Room outside the Sanctuary.

  • Shoebox return: Nov. 7 and 14 

OCC is requesting a $9 donation for each box to cover shipping and training of local leaders. With the $9 donation, you are able to track the destination of your box.

Operation Christmas Child - Build Through Our Goal Page

Build a shoebox online: Click the green box to fill a box on the Alpharetta Methodist goal page.

Track your shoebox: After Christmas, look for an opportunity to report your shoebox’s final destination to the church. Each person who reports their box’s destination will be entered to win tickets to Calloway Gardens. Stay tuned for more details.

Volunteer during OCC National Collection Week: Click the button below to volunteer to help receive shoeboxes from people and organizations in our community during National Collection Week, Nov. 15-22. The Alpharetta Methodist Student Center will serve as an official drop-off location.

Hurricane Ida Recover Trip

Louisiana Hurricane
Recovery Trips

The Disaster Response Team is planning to send a team to Louisiana to help with recovery from Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas.
  • Oct. 24-28

The team will most likely be working to de-muck houses or as chainsaw teams removing debris and trees.

Everyone (all skill levels) is welcome, but please note the living conditions will be spartan at best. If you’re interested in joining the team, please contact Mike Derrick.

Saturday Serve Days
with InCommunity

This fall we’ve already had a couple of workdays doing yardwork at InCommunity homes. Our last Serve Day is Nov. 20. This family-friendly service opportunity is great for all ages. Come prepared to paint, plant, mulch and do other yardwork tasks. More details will be sent to you after you register. Questions can be directed to Director of Outreach and Connections Allison Nye.

Saturday Serve Days will be held at InCommunity homes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Alpharetta Methodist, Backpacks of Love

Feeding Students and Families:
Backpacks of Love

Every other week, Backpacks of Love sends backpacks filled with food home with students whose families are at risk of hunger. The program has grown to serve more than 122 families.

You can help most efficiently by donating multiples of a single item (cases are great!), rather than filling a bag with one of each item on the shopping list. Drop off your donations in plastic recyclable grocery store bags.

Individual or microwaveable servings or cans with pop tops are most useable. Up to 50% of our recipients are homeless and don’t have access to a can opener or stovetop.

  • Protein: Large cans of tuna or chicken, small plastic jars of peanut butter
  • Fruit: Mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, peaches
  • Vegetables: Corn (green veggies aren’t their favorite)
  • Microwaveable items: Macaroni and cheese, single-serve dinners, soup (no creamed soups)
  • Pasta: Canned pasta with sauce, ramen noodles (no noodle cups)
  • Breakfast/snacks: Protein or granola bars, single-serve cereal boxes, pop tarts
  • Please do not include glass or perishable items

Drop off food donations in the red bins under the portico at the church’s Cumming St. entrance on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nov. 3
  • Nov. 17
  • Dec. 1

Fall Ministry Opportunities:
Serve Inside the Church

Fall programming kicks off in September, and that means there are plenty of area to volunteer for just a few hours at the church and make a huge difference. Pray about how you can serve.

Want to share your musical gift, but you’re not sure how? First, read about our choirs, ensembles and instrumental opportunities, as well as our Vinebranch Band. Then fill out our Music Survey, and we’ll get in touch with you about ways to match your skills with needs in our Music Ministry. Choirs are also available for teens and children.

We also need adults and teens to help support our Kids Choirs. Contact Music Ministry Coordinator Cindy Poelking if you can serve as an accompanist or director an elementary grade choir, or can help during rehearsals. Learn more about our Kids Choirs here.

Volunteer with the Flower Ministry: Each week, the Flower Ministry makes beautiful bouquets out of the flower arrangement that decorates the Sanctuary during Sunday services. The bouquets are delivered to people in our church family who could benefit from their cheerful beauty. The Flower Ministry delivers to shut-ins, people recovering from illness or suffering from loss or hard times, and, sometimes, to people who are celebrating good news. The flowers let them know that we are thinking of them and praying for them.

The Flower Ministry is looking for volunteers. How about you? Spreading comfort and cheer with flowers is a fun and easy way to make a difference in people’s lives. It’s also a perfect way for two friends to serve as a team once a month. No special skills are required. If you’re interested in serving with the Flower Ministry, please contact Suzanne Wagner.

Join a Communion Steward Team: Our Communion Teams serve a couple times a year and prepare worship services for Holy Communion. Serve with a friend or someone in your small group or Sunday School class. This is a very special ministry, and your help would be so appreciated. To volunteer, contact Rev. Terri Henkel.

More places where you can make a difference in the church. We have volunteer openings in these areas:

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Coffee Ministry
  • Student Confirmation

If you can help in any of these areas, please contact the specific ministry leader or email Director of Outreach and Connections Allison Nye.

Serve with a Funeral Guild Team. Our Funeral Guild Teams are called upon at times of loss to serve grieving families by offering a place at the church for them and their friends to gather after the funeral service. Teams turns helping families. Due to the nature of the ministry, there is not always a lot of notice, but whoever is available at that time steps up to help during this time of family need. For more information about helping with a Funeral Guild Team, contact Rev. Terri Henkel.

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.

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 and internationally.