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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.

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.

Tornado Cleanup

The Alpharetta Methodist Disaster Response Team helps with recovery and clean up after disasters and assists in response to community and church member needs. The team works with the Disaster Response Ministry established by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church (NGUMC) to help churches minister to people in need after a disaster, whether local, regional or international.  

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are currently focusing on helping Griffin, Ga., recover from tornados that hit the area on Jan. 12. Teams have already served in the area, and more trips are being planned. The next trip is Feb. 7-8. Volunteers can work in Griffin for a single day or stay overnight and work both days. All skill levels are welcome.

Contact Mike Derrick if you are interested in joining either team. 

Early Response Team Training 

ERT Training Class
Saturday, Feb. 25
8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Student Center Chapel

This Early Response Team training will be led by Rev. Dr. Thom Shores and is for both beginning team members and renewal ERT team members. The class will cover the basic skills Early Response Teams encounter when they are deployed. At the conclusion of the class, each participant will be given a link to receive an ERT Badge — a requirement that allows Disaster Response Teams to gain access into many areas affected by the storms. 

The cost for the class is $15 and includes a workbook, lunch and snacks. 

NFCC Food Drive

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides support for persons living in the North Fulton area by supplying help with rent, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, medicine and other basic needs, during times of need. Alpharetta Methodist supports NFCC with volunteers and by holding periodic food drives for the NFCC Pantry. The next food drive is on Sunday, Feb. 12. Please bring your food donations from the list below to church on that date and place them in the labeled red bins in the main lobby and at the entrance to Vinebranch Chapel. The following items are needed by the NFCC Food Pantry:

High Need 

  • Peanut butter 
  • Jelly 
  • Canned fish 
  • Canned meats 
  • Canned tomato products 
  • Pasta 
  • Juice boxes 
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Full-size toiletries 
  • Dry beans (all types) 


  • Small milk boxes 
  • Hamburger Helper meals 
  • Canned stew, Manwich, hash, etc.  
  • Canned fruit 

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 have sufficient volunteers for Feb. 4, but we still have openings on Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25. Will you help? If you’d like more information, please contact Jack Spicer.

Two International Mission Trips

Ecuador Mission Trip to Work with Dunamis

July 7-15

This mission trip to Ecuador is a “PG-13” trip for adults and teens over age 13 due to the sensitive nature of the work we will be doing. We will partner with Dunamis in Ecuador and the work they are doing to help girls that are victims of sexual abuse or sex trafficking. This trip will focus on helping Dunamis with projects around the property and assisting the girls with whatever they need. We will also participate in outreach in the local communities that includes providing education to community members on what sexual abuse can look like and how to prevent it and intervene if it is happening to someone in their circle. The cost for this trip will be $1,500-$1,700, depending on airfare.

U.K. Mission Trip to Share Love & the Gospel with Refugees

September (Dates TBA)

This trip is a “vision trip” to the U.K. to work with our missionary partners, Chris and Becky. It will be a trip to support their family and what they are doing to bring about life change for refugees and Muslims in the U.K. This is an opportunity to see what it means to work with the unreached and to help fulfill God’s mission. The trip will be in September (exact dates to be determined). The cost will be $1,000-1,500, depending on airfare.

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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.

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.