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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 Maggie Brannon.

Help Build a House for a Local Family

Alpharetta Methodist will join Habitat for Humanity this fall and winter to assist with a local build. Helping to build a home is a very tangible way to show God’s love to families in our community who might not otherwise have the opportunity for safe, affordable housing. We will be providing volunteers for the local build on Dec. 3 and Feb. 4, 18 and 25. Will you help? If you’d like more information, please contact Jack Spicer.

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Family Promise: Help Our Guests Feel Welcome on Our Next Hosting Dates

We’re excited to be hosting Family Promise the first week of October. Family Promise provides housing and assistance to families experiencing housing insecurity. Three families will stay in our Student Center from Sunday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 9. Will you help us make their stay comfortable as we care for these families? Needs include:

  • Serve as an overnight host
  • Serve as an afternoon host
  • Provide Kroger gift cards (for gas and groceries)
  • Be on call for last-minute needs
  • Deliver dinner for 10 people, including children
  • Provide breakfast foods
  • Provide drinks (individual sizes)
  • Provide snacks items
  • Provide paper goods
  • Donate bottled water
  • Help with move in
  • Help with move out
Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up to help!

We still need volunteers for move in and move out. Move in takes place on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Move in includes:

  • Removing some of the couches from the Student Center classrooms and rolling beds from a moving truck into the rooms to set up bedrooms.
  • Putting sheets, blankets and pillows on the beds along with some gifts for our guests to help them feel welcome. Guests who are children will get Buddy Bags, and everyone will receive a handmade blankets from our Blanket Ministry.
  • Setting up the Student Center chapel so there is an area for watching television and an area with toys for the children. Another area will be prepared as a homework station with a table and chairs. The kitchen will be laid out so the families can easily find their food. The set up is easy with the exception of moving some pretty heavy couches. Therefore, we need some of the volunteers to be able to lift 40 or more pounds.

Move out takes place Sunday, Oct. 9 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and includes:

  • Rolling the beds and personal item bins back on the moving truck and taking the truck to the next location.
  • Moving the couches back into the classrooms, resetting the chapel, and returning the kitchen to its regular setup.

If you can help with move in or move out, please sign up below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our church’s volunteer coordinators,  Lisa Derrick and Annie Von Hillebrandt.

Please consider serving in some capacity to make our guest families feel welcome and supported.

Buddy Bag Ministry: Donate, Pray, Volunteer

A Buddy Bag is a canvas bag containing a handmade Teddy bear, a blanket sewn by our Blanket Ministry, a book, crayons, drawing paper in a pocket folder and an activity/coloring book. The Buddy Bag Ministry shares the love of Christ with children (infant-teens), by providing the bags to comfort them in the midst of a crisis, like family distress, a fire or hospitalization. 

How to Get Involved: 

Donate: The Buddy Bag Ministry is in need of the following items. You can drop them in the red bin in the Main Lobby on through Sept. 11.

    • Crayons (24 count) 
    • Pocket Folders (no metal prongs) 
    • Coloring Books 
    • Construction Paper (8.5 x 11) 
    • Children’s Books- infant to teen (new and gently used) 

Pray: Pray for the children receiving the Buddy Bags and that they would feel the comfort and peace of Christ.

Volunteer: The Buddy Bag Ministry meets on Tuesday mornings and there are a variety of skills needed, such as assembling, folding, labeling, and sewing.

Contact Pam Schiftic for more information.

Disaster Response Team

Disaster Response Team
Recovery Trips

When natural disasters hit the southeast United States, our Disaster Response Team coordinates trips to help with recovery and debris removal. All skill levels are welcome on DRT trips. As trips are planned, we’ll post the details here. If you’re interested in volunteering on a DRT trip, please contact Mike Derrick.

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Room Friends at Vickery Mill Elementary

We partner with Roswell United Methodist Church to help serve Room Friends program at Vickery Mill Elementary School in Roswell. Volunteers to do various classroom tasks (to whatever level you feel comfortable) such as laminating, copying, filing, organizing the classroom library, reading with kids, helping with flash cards, assisting with parties, or even chaperoning field trips. Participation is flexible. Volunteers serve once or twice a month. If you’re interested serving as a Room Friend during the 2022-23 school year, please call Michele Bryan at 770-712-8527 for more information.

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Supporting the Drake House

The Drake House is a transitional housing organization that houses, assists, and educates single mothers and their children. We have sponsored an apartment with the Drake House for over 15 years.

Two Opportunities to Serve:

  1. When a new family moves into our apartment, we pair them with an advocate who acts as an encourager, mentor, and friend. This advocate is trained and supports the family so that they are better equipped to reach their goals. The advocate role time commitment is approximately 2 hours a week. If you are interested in learning more, please email Director of Discipleship and Connections Allison Nye.
  2. We are in need of a volunteer to act as a liaison between the Drake House and the church. This volunteer would be the primary contact for any needs the Drake House has and would be in charge of communicating these needs to the congregation, such as our annual support of the families at Christmas. The liaison would also be informed when the families move in/out of our apartment and would help facilitate this transition. The time commitment for this volunteer role is approximately 3 hours a month. If you are interested in learning more, please email Allison Nye.
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Help with Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals, Monday-Friday, to the homes of older adults who have trouble preparing, accessing or affording food for themselves. Meals on Wheels partners with local churches, like Alpharetta Methodist, to provide meals on the following holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Click here to learn more and sign up to help.

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

Wesley Woods Senior Living is one of Alpharetta Methodist’s mission partners. Wesley Woods has been providing accessible, independent senior living since 1953 and now has a family of communities throughout Atlanta and across North Georgia (Athens, Augusta, Blairsville, Newnan). Your gifts to the church support Wesley Woods’ efforts to serve seniors, regardless of income, with communities that provide connection, well-being and promise.

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