News & Events

The 2011 Christmas Wish List is here!

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about Christmas already, but we know many of you are making plans already for how you, your family or your church will help others during the upcoming holiday season. So we’re releasing this year’s Christmas Wish List a bit early for our website followers!


Click here for the printable Christmas Wish List


As always, the list will also be printed in our upcoming Signposts issue. If you do not already subscribe to our free magazine, click here to get on our mailing list, or to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.


Thank you for all you do every year to make sure that our children and families have a special Christmas!

New UMCH t-shirts for sale

We have new t-shirts for sale with our beautiful new logo imprinted on the left chest.


UMCH t-shirt


The shirts are $15.00 a piece, which includes shipping and handling. If you would like to purchase a shirt, please mail your check with a memo subject of “t-shirt” to the attention of Scott Young at UMCH, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30030. Please include a note with the name and address where you would like the t-shirt mailed.


If you have any questions, email Scott Young.


All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to support our programs for children and families in need.


Party time!

Members from Silver Leaf Lodge Number 457 came out this weekend to throw a fabulous Back-to-School Party for our campus. Families from our Family Housing Program and students from Independent Living all came out to enjoy the hamburgers and hot dogs and just enjoy a great time together.


Child from Family Housing


Silver Leaf Lodge brought everything for the party – the food, the grill, and all the supplies!


Volunteers serve the food


They even brought enough school supplies to give a bag-full to every family who came, as well as stocking UMCH’s supply closet for future families.


Silver Leaf Lodge's donation of school supplies


But the best part of the party in the eyes of our children was the BOUNCY HOUSE!


jumpy house


Not only did the group bring the party, but midway through the event, they surprised us with a $500 check from CF Property Management, as well as cash donations of over $100 they had collected from members in addition to all the school supplies. Wow!


Giant check from CF Property Management


We are grateful to Silver Leaf Lodge and all their friends and family who made the party a memorable day for our children and families!


more jumpy house


Little boy from Family Housing

First “Family Night” a big hit!

With the summer camp portion of Jesse’s House coming to a close, our staff invited the children and their families from Jesse’s House to our first Family Night. Jesse’s House families came to celebrate what their children have done this summer in the program, while having an opportunity to play and interact together as well.


JH family


Little boy from Jesse's House


JH boy plays basketball


The goal for the night was for the parents and children to play together and encourage each other as a family. They played several “Minute to Win It” games together, and all of the families won gift cards for categories like “spirit award” and “encouragement.”


girl plays minute to win it


woman plays minute to win it


minute to win it game


Children and families play "Minute to Win It"


The Program Manager for Jesse’s House, Joy Claybrook, shared about the night of encouragement for the children and families: “We gave each child a tote bag with a stuffed animal, crayons and a book. Each child’s leader picked out a special book for them and wrote a note inside the cover. We then brought each of the children up one by one and told their parents how we have seen them grow and all of the wonderful things we have noticed in their child this summer. We then prayed a blessing over all of the children.”


What a special night for both the children in Jesse’s House and their parents. We are hopeful that Family Night will be an ongoing event to encourage our families!

A creative creation: made with a purpose

Recently in one of our chapel services on Sunday night, the Rev. Ellen Shepard shared with our children, youth and families how each of them was made with a purpose. She spoke of how none of us are created by accident and that we each play a role in this world. She used the creation story as an example of this, and everyone created a part of the creation story with clay. Then one of our residents retold the creation story using the molded clay.


One of our youth demonstrated his own uniqueness with his re-creation of “Day Seven” in the creation story – when God rested. We were all impressed with how he thought out of the box with his art.


day seven


The next time you take a “Sabbath,” or even just kick back on your sofa or couch, remember how you are uniquely and wonderfully made!

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