Missions

See the Missions Calendar with upcoming opportunities to serve in missions.

Local Missions


Contact Jim Bass

During the school year

Backpacks of Love collects non-perishable food and needed items backpacks for homeless and at-risk children and their families in Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The ministry serves:

  • 17 area schools
  • Jesse’s House in Forsyth County
  • An emergency shelter for adolescent women in Forsyth County

Volunteers commit to filling a backpack and dropping the off at the church every other week during the school year. The focus is to deliver non-perishable food that is nutritional and packed with protein:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats, stews, rice and beans, etc.
  • Single-serve, microwaveable containers (macaroni and cheese, Beefaroni, and chicken and rice, etc.)

Contact Catharine Bowling

Make and delivery cupcakes to HomeStretch and Drake House.

Contact Jeff Jakubecy

Several times per year

Church-wide effort to do projects around the church campus and at several of our local ministry partners.

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

  • Provides affordable housing to single women and mothers.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: mentor a mom or child, clean and restock the apartment when a family moves out, bring a meal to the family in the apartment and sponsor a family at Christmas.

Contact Fred Moeller

  • DreamWeavers is dedicated to making the transition into foster care less stressful on for children.
  • Volunteer opportunities: Sort and organize the clothing closet and donations, make meals for foster families, volunteer at one of the annual respite days, assemble gift baskets for various holidays, participate in the Christmas Dreams Toy Drive and sponsor a child for Christmas, organize a toy drive, diaper drive or basic needs drive, help wrap Christmas presents, and tutor a child at the Kalen Center.

Contact Lynn Sickeler to arrange for tutoring or to volunteer as a tutor.

English as a Second Language classes are available for adults for whom English is not their native tongue. Tutors provide one-on-one help to students, helping them develop their skills at speaking, writing, reading and understanding the English language.

Contact Natalie Anderson

  • HomeStretch helps local homeless families by providing short-term transitional housing and an individualized support program of mentoring, money management and life skills development.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: administrative work, professional work (legal, tax, medical, etc.), repair, repaint or remodel apartment(s), landscaping and yard maintenance, move furniture, clean and prepare apartments for a new family move-in, financial or family mentor, academic tutor, LifeSkills education workshops, resources and job coaching.

Contact Justin McCarroll

  • InCommunity provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: Landscaping and yard maintenance, host parties at the homes on holidays, spend time at the day center with residents, and organize fun activities at the homes.

June 1-Aug. 3

Purchase and drop off grocery items to the Roswell UMC Fellowship Hall on Sundays and Mondays, 2-4 p.m., beginning Sunday, May 31. The drop-off will be drive-through and contactless. A masked volunteer will get them from the trunk or backseat of your car.

The Summer Lunch Program will look a lot different this year because of social distancing and the increased needs of families. Rather than delivering individual lunches to the kids in our community, we will partner with Roswell UMC, MUST Ministries and other churches and community groups in North Fulton to distribute bags of free groceries to families. 500 local families will receive a bag each week.

Each family will receive the following items:

1 lb. ground beef (frozen roll or package)
Spaghetti (1 package)
Pasta sauce (1 jar)
Macaroni and cheese (2 boxes)
Tortillas (1 package, corn or flour)
Canned beans (2 cans, refried or black)
Canned corn (2 cans)
Canned fruit (2 cans)
Hot dogs (1 package of 8)
Hot dog buns (1 package of 8)
Jelly (1 jar)
Block of cheese (8 oz.)
Box of crackers
Box of cereal

Fresh fruit donations will also be accepted and will be distributed until all the fruit is gone.

Each week, a “special,” item will also be included, alternating between:

Dish soap (liquid)
Toothpaste
Hand soap

Provided by RUMC: Milk, paper towels, toilet paper and bread
 
Provided by MUST Ministries: peanut butter

How can you help? Drop off groceries on the days and times listed above at Roswell UMC. You do not have to donate everything on the list. All food items are welcome.

Can you volunteer to pack and distribute? Not at this time. To maintain the safety of volunteers, packing and distribution will be done through a small volunteer group at Roswell UMC. If this changes, we will inform the congregation.

Can you donate money instead? Yes. To give monetarily, visit rumc.com/give and designate your donation for the “Summer Grocery Program.” For reference, everything on this list costs about $40 at Publix.

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer or Sharla Calloway

  • 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.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: work in the food pantry or thrift store, create various kits according to a pre-approved NFCC list, volunteer in the education program, pick up donated food items from local businesses and deliver to NFCC.

Regional Missions

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

  • Action Ministries provides services for homeless and needy families in Midtown Atlanta.
  • Volunteer opportunities in: housing, hunger alleviation, after school programs, family education and the adopt-a-family program at Christmas.

Contact Cindy Brill

  • Camp Grace is a Christian summer camp in Roberta, Ga., that provides opportunities for youth from at-risk communities.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: winter discipleship weekend, spring work weekend, volunteer work week and a fall festival.

Contact Mike Derrick

The Disaster Response Team not only helps following a disaster, but 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.

Many Disaster Response Team volunteers are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certified and active supporters during local emergency fire, tornado and other catastrophic events, dealing with injury and special immediate emergency needs. CERT training is available through the Alpharetta Fire Department.

Contact Jack Spicer

  • Habitat for Humanity works to build and renovate houses for people in need.
  • Builds are typically scheduled December through February.

Contact Faye Mullas

Tiny Stitches is a nonprofit ministry that sews, knits and crochets items for infants and preemies born into poverty in Georgia. The ministry provides basic layettes for disadvantaged families and burial ensembles for families who suffer the lost of an infant, regardless of financial status. Sewn items include gowns, sleepers, lap-front shirts, receiving blankets, crib quilts, creepers, washcloths, bibs, burp cloths and tote bags. Knitted and crocheted items include caps, bonnets, blankets, booties, sacques and sweaters.

Sewing supplies and yarn are available free of charge to volunteers at the workshops. Everyone who is able to sew, knit or crochet — or who would like to learn these skills — is welcome.

Contact Crisanne Triplett

Yarn Tales is a crochet and knit ministry that crochets and knits scarves, hats, blankets and other items for charities. All experience levels are welcome, beginner through advanced crocheters, knitters and loom knitters.

Yarn Tales provides a group where members to come together to share “yarns” and turn loose threads into tangible items of comfort for those in need. Come join us as we allow God to untangle and shape our lives into representations of his love to the world around us.

International Missions

Contact Lucas Pruett

A group of high school students and adult leaders from Alpharetta Methodist travel to Ecuador every summer to help with the Jungle Kids for Christ and Dunamis Foundation.

Contact Brian Wheeler

An Alpharetta Methodist mission team of adults and teens (with a parent) travel to Honduras every winter. Trips are coordinated through Honduras Outreach, Inc., and mission trip participants are housed at the HOI Ranch, also known as Rancho el Paraíso (Paradise Ranch), in the rural Agalta Valley.

Contact Tammy Allison

October 11-17

Ladies from Alpharetta Methodist travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica, through Mission Discovery, in the fall to work at a school for deaf children, leading children’s activities and assisting with light construction projects. Accommodations are at a family-owned hotel overlooking Montego Bay.

Cost of the Oct. 2020 trip is $800 plus air fare.

Contact Catharine Bowling

Operation Christmas Child is a project of international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. Each fall, church members fill shoeboxes with small gifts for children in need around the world.

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

A group of adults and teens (with a parent) from Alpharetta Methodist travel to Yrybucuá, Paraguay, to assist missionaries Christian and Angelica Dickson. Team members work on construction projects, have interpersonal ministry with area locals and camp staff, assist with worship services and facilitate camps for teens and young adults.

Collections and Drives

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

Church members collect back-to-school items for local ministries.

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

Church members collect toys and items for Christmas for local ministries.

Contact Suzanne Bennett

Church members collect food items for North Fulton Community Charities. See a list of most urgently needed items here.

Contact Deedee Muehlbauer

North Fulton Community Charities distributed coats to children and adults in the community last year. Church members bring the following items to church on a designated Sunday and place them on the Sanctuary altar rail or at the altar in Vinebranch Chapel: Coats or jackets (new or gently used and clean, infant through adult sizes), mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks.