The Flea Market returns: April 11 & 12, 2014

The United Methodist Children’s Home Auxiliary present the Spring 2014 Flea Market

 

Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

At our Decatur campus: 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30030

Join + Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/591924117550876/

 

Bargain hunters will find treasures including furniture, jewelry, sporting goods, crystal, china, shoes, new and vintage clothing, baby gear, toys, books and electronics. Plants from the DeKalb County Master Gardeners will also be available for purchase.

 

Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods will be available for shoppers.

 

The sale supports the mission of the United Methodist Children’s Home. Shoppers can feel good about finding a great bargain for themselves and helping our community’s children at the same time.

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED!

 

 

 

2013 Church Offering

 

Be An Agent Of God’s AMAZING GRACE

 

Every fall,  we ask every church in the North Georgia Conference to take an offering on behalf of the United Methodist Children’s Home. We count on the generous giving from each of you to meet our expenses and provide our services, and we thank you for your support. Keep reading for more information and resources that we have available for pastors and church leaders. If you are a member of a United Methodist Church, please check with your pastor to encourage participation – our children thank you!

 

This year, we are asking your church members to make the most generous offering you are able to make. Why? Because we have to turn away, on average, 15-20 children every single week due to lack of resources and lack of available foster families. Your generous donation allows us to recruit and train new foster parents; to feed, clothe, house, and educate the children and teens entrusted to our care; and to provide temporary housing for homeless families. We are loving and responsible stewards of your money and your confidence, and take that responsibility very seriously. Please join us as we share God’s Amazing Grace with the children and teens we serve by making your donation today.

 

At this link — www.umchildrenshome.org/offering — you will find copies of our 2013 brochures and posters, a powerpoint slide, sample bulletin announcements, prayers and more! If you would like to schedule a speaker for your church, please contact The Reverend Teresa Angle-Young (404-327-5837). If you need something special, please let us know. We expect the printed materials to ship a little later than usual this year. To request a specific amount of materials, please contact Scott Young.

 

Thank you again for all you do to make this offering a significant source of support to the Children’s Home every year. Your gifts make this ministry to hurting children and families possible! Together we agents of God’s Amazing Grace!

 

 

FREE parenting classes starting soon in Fayetteville

 

Children don’t come with instructions, but our parenting classes can help! Our next round of parenting classes is starting soon. Keep reading for details, and please invite others by posting our flyer and sharing with your church or community.

 

 

The classes are FREE* and will held be at National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 for six weeks August 14 – September 18.

 

Free childcare provided by the children’s ministry volunteers at National Heights Baptist Church.

 

Register with Bonita at 404.327.5860 or bhardwick@umchildrenshome.org.

 

 

 

Active Parenting Now

Location: National Heights Baptist Church
103 Old Norton Road, Fayetteville GA

Wednesdays

August 14 – September 18

6:30 pm — 8:30 pm

 

Please arrive at 6:00 for the first class to fill out paperwork.

A light snack is served, and a Certificate of Completion is provided to those who complete the class.

 

Email Bonita Hardwick, or call 404.327.5860 to register.

 

*Participants pay only $15 for class curriculum materials (Active Parenting Now).

 

A Hands-on Lesson in History, Politics and Making a Difference

 

Our GED and high school students acquired hands on history lessons and became their own advocates as they spoke out in support of Georgia House Bill 242. HB242 is a rewrite of the Juvenile Justice Code that would expand their DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) custody age to 23 and mandate certain individual rights such as legal counsel and unsupervised court-allowed family visits.

 

They began by writing letters, and many of them went to the state capitol on Feb. 12th to hand-deliver the letters to their state representative, Rep. Wendell Willard.

 

The students were able to see other bills being voted on.

A few days later, they each received (to their amazement), a letter from Rep. Willard in the mail, thanking them for their communication and concern. That response produced a fervor in them that could not be quenched.

 

Determined more than ever to see this bill through, they followed the progress of the bill as it passed the House and became slated for the Senate Judiciary Committee March 13.

 

The students asked to return to the capital on March 13, and began writing more letters and collecting signatures in support of the bill.

 

When they returned this week, they spoke with Senators Josh McKoon, who is endorsing the bill, and Jason Carter (their senator).  Then they were able to sit in the meeting and watch as the bill was passed through the committee!

 

After it passed Rep. Willard asked the students to stand up and be recognized for their advocacy.  Then Sen. Jason Carter boasted and said, “I just want everyone to know that these students are from my district!”  Our residents were glowing!

 

Then a week later, our tenacious and passionate students again traveled to the Georgia capital for the Senate vote. This was the final step, and our residents had front-row seats in the galley as the Senate passed the bill. They immediately sent a text message to Julie Rogers-Martin, our Education Coordinator who began this entire process with them.  Julie says “They are on cloud nine right now knowing that they helped to enact a positive change for youth in Georgia.”