Serve Now

Our community needs our help now more than ever. Many of our neighbors are facing financial hardships, and local businesses are struggling under the economic burden of Covid-19 social-distancing restrictions. Thank you for your outpouring of concern and offers to help. Here are some of the ways that we can work together to be a beacon of a light to those who are suffering in this uncertain time:

Support Family Promise

Family Promise works with homeless families to tailor individualized plans to help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence. Alpharetta Methodist will become one of the churches providing overnight hosting for 3-4 families, one week at a time, after the pandemic has passed. Families will stay overnight in designated rooms at the church, and we will host these families a maximum of once a quarter. Until then, families are being hosted at various locations for a month at a time. Even though we won’t be able to actually host overnight in March, we WILL support this effort by providing meals and volunteers to stay at the hosting site overnight during the week of March 21-28.

How can you volunteer in the future? Watch for information in February about assisting with the week of March 21-28.

Once we become a hosting site, there will be many exciting volunteer opportunities for everyone (including families and children). Here’s a preview of some of the possibilities: cook/serve dinners, play with children, help with homework, stay overnight, set up/take down rooms, wash bedding/towels for the next time.

We are so excited about this present opportunity to help and look forward to all the ways we’ll be able to help in the future. If you have questions, or if you’d like to put your name on the list of interested volunteers, email familypromise@afumc.org. Thank you for all you will do to help these families!

You can also learn more about Family Promise in our area here.

Habitat for Humanity Build

Alpharetta Methodist will participate in the Habitat Ecumenical build this year, as we have for the past 20 years. Volunteer slots are limited due to COVID. We have four slots for each of the following days except Feb. 20 which has only 2 slots.

  • Saturday, Feb. 13: Pre-builds II
  • Saturday, Feb. 20: First nail (2 spots)
  • Saturday, March 6: 2nd floor walls
  • Saturday, April 10: Siding/exterior paint
  • Saturday, May 8: Pre-landscape

Slots will fill up quickly, so please sign up early. The build site will be on Shady Trail in Canton. You will need to bring your own lunch and water. Parking on-site is available. Please contact Jack Spicer (678-409-1245) with any questions.

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, rather than filling a bag with one of each item on the shopping list. The following items are needed:

  • Large cans of tuna or chicken
  • Small plastic jars of peanut butter
  • Fruit, especially small containers of mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail and peaches
  • Vegetables
  • Microwaveable items, such as macaroni and cheese, single serve dinners, soup (No creamed soups please.)
  • Canned pasta with sauce
  • Ramen noodles
  • Protein or granola bars
  • Single serve cereal boxes
  • Pop tarts

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

Please drop off your food donations at under the portico at our Cumming Street entrance between 6 and 6:45 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 3
  • Feb. 17
  • March 3
  • March 17
  • March 31
  • April 14
  • April 28
  • May 12

For more information about the Backpacks of Love program, please contact Jim Bass.

Help Feed Our Neighbors

My Neighbor’s Pantry feeds people in our community. Weekly expenses run around $5,000 to feed 300 families. This is a ministry of Roswell UMC, and donations should be made to RUMC by clicking here and then selecting “My Neighbor’s Pantry” from the grey drop-down menu.

You may also drop off the following items on Mondays from 12 to 2 p.m. Just drive up to the RUMC Fellowship Hall double doors, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.

    • Laundry detergent
    • Feminine hygiene products (Pads more popular than tampons.)
    • Household cleaning products
    • Black or pinto beans (dry preferred)
    • Flour
    • Vegetable oil

Send a Note of Appreciation to InCommunity Staff & Residents

InCommunity provides care and support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. COVID-19 has required adjustments to the routines of residents of InCommunity homes, where the consistency of seeing their friends, interacting with the community and arts, and practicing daily living skills has been challenged. Will you send a thoughtful note to the staff who are working hard to support the InCommunity residents and to those who are being cared for and long for a sense of normalcy? Taking a moment to say thank you or sending a note to say we appreciate you can go a long way! For letter-writing tips and mailing instructions, please click here.

Support Military Veterans

Alpharetta Methodist’s Veterans Ministry is coordinating a new mission effort by our church to support military veterans in the Atlanta area who find themselves in need. The mission, Operation Veteran Support, will focus on providing support in a variety of ways for the Veterans Empowerment Organization in downtown Atlanta. VEO strives to help veterans achieve success by providing them with safety net that includes housing; meals; health care; substance abuse and mental health treatment; and job assessment, training and placement assistance.

In July, we kicked off our relationship with VEO by holding a collection drive for intake kits items that are given to new VEO residents. Watch our social media for new ways to support this deserving organization.

Text to Give. If you’d like to make a financial donation to VEO, text “AFUMC HERO” to 77977.

North Fulton Community Charities Logo

Support North Fulton Community Charities

North Fulton Community Charities serves individuals and families by providing financial assistance, education and a food pantry. NFCC is one of our primary mission partners, and they have been instrumental in helping people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some current needs:

Donate Food

NFCC is now accepting food donations, Monday-Thursday, 1-3 p.m. See a list of urgently-needed items here.  Drop off food donations 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.

Make a Financial Gift

In normal times, NFCC operates a thrift store to supplement its costs. Covid-19 has forced the thrift store, which generates $25,000 per week, to close, so NFCC needs our help more than ever. Our Missions Committee, supported by your donations, is contributing an additional $5,000 to NFCC so they can continue their work. You can make a financial donation by clicking the button below.

Meals for those serving on the front lines

Healthcare workers and first responders are literally placing themselves in harm’s way to save people during the Covid-19 crisis. If you’re looking for a way to express your appreciation and love for them, why not provide them with a meal? Alpharetta Methodist members Andy and Jennifer King and their Sunday School class have coordinated the delivery of fresh, handmade pot pies to workers at Northside Forsyth Hospital — feeding them AND providing business for a local restaurant owner. Consider gathering your own group of people and reaching out in a similar way to one of our local hospitals, fire departments or police departments. If you’d like to help in this way, please email Jennifer, and she’ll share the steps to get started.

Pray for & support Dunamis Foundation

Our church has helped numerous organizations in the last month that are on the front lines helping people. Most recently, our Missions Committee donated $1,400 to Dunamis Foundation to help feed families in Ecuador where Covid-19 is having devastating effects. Without work, many families are without food. Your gifts are being used to help feed 300 families.

Support our Drake House family

Our church sponsors an apartment at Drake House, where a homeless mother and her children live while the mom works, completes life-skills courses and takes enrichment classes. All of those activities are taking place online during the Covid-19 crisis, and Drake House staff are providing one-on-one tutoring for children via Skype. Please contact Deedee Muehlbauer to learn how you can help this family.

A great way to help the Drake House is by providing $25 Kroger gift cards, which can be dropped off directly to the Drake House management office, 10500 Clara Drive in Roswell. The organization will distribute the cards to specific residents as their needs dictate.

Help Missions when you shop online

Our local mission partners need our support now more than ever. Your gifts to Missions, above and beyond your regular giving, ensure that we can continue to support their important work. 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 Missions.

Help Manning Oaks Elementary School families

Here are three easy things you can do from your living room or kitchen table to help us meet the needs of families whose children attend Manning Oaks Elementary School, just down the road from our church.

  1. Purchase a Walmart card for a Manning Oaks family. Click here to make your purchase. Enter jonesm20@fultonschools.org in the “recipient’s email” field. The card will be sent to Monica Jones, a Manning Oaks staff member, who will forward it to a family in need.
  2. Purchase an Amazon card for a Manning Oaks family. Click here to make your purchase. Enter jonesm20@fultonschools.org in the “recipient’s email” field when you check out. The card will be delivered to Monica Jones, who will forward it to a family in need.
  3. Download the Purposity app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sign up and select Atlanta as your community. Then select “Organizations” (at the bottom of your screen) and choose Fulton County Schools. Click follow. Needs for various schools will be posted as they become available.

Support Missions when you grocery shop

We are continuing to support our local mission partners financially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Your donations to Missions, above and beyond your regular giving, will ensure ongoing and increased support for those 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.

Donate blood

The U.S. Surgeon General is urging healthy Americans to consider donating blood to counter what could be a nationwide shortage if the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to intensify. The American Red Cross has expanded its safety procedures to protect people who give blood, so if you’re healthy, please donate. Donations will be accepted by appointment — to ensure compliance with recommended social-distancing guidelines.

Support Wesley Woods Senior Living Communities

With an average age of 80, Wesley Woods residents are in the highest-risk population for contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus. To keep them safe, Wesley Woods has implement stringent new procedures, like banning group activities, community meals and worship gatherings. These measures also come with new financial challenges, including the cost of personal protection equipment for staff and additional disinfecting supplies. Please continue to lift up the residents and staff in your prayers, and if you are able to help financially.