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We’re still giving thanks

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

—Melody Beattie

 

I read this quote today, just before I stepped into a meeting where much gratitude was expressed. First, we took time out to thank our Auxiliary. They put on three flea markets a year and spend hours-on-end collecting, repairing, cleaning and ticketing items to sell at those flea markets. And it’s all for our children. We are grateful.

 

 

Then our Foster Care Recruiter, Denise Peacock, shared her thankfulness with the group. In the last six weeks, we’ve added five new foster homes! (An interesting fact: in this group is the youngest foster family we’ve ever approved – they’re in their late 20s; a couple in their 60s; and a single woman who is a school teacher. Foster families come in all shapes and sizes!) Also in the last six weeks, three children were adopted – two 10-year old twin boys, and one eight-year-old who is medically fragile. We rejoice and give thanks for these three children who have found their forever families.

 

Thanksgiving may be over, but the gratitude keeps flowing at the Children’s Home. We continue to be thankful for all of you who make possible our work on behalf of these children and families. Thank you for turning countless houses into homes.

 

-Julie Tiemann

P.R. Coordinator

Save on taxes while helping our children!

Save on taxes AND help children at the United Methodist Children’s Home with the 2011 Charitable IRA Rollover Extension!

 

The 2010 tax act extended a benefit for certain IRA owners who are 70½ and older. Through December 31, 2011, tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 per taxpayer can be made from IRAs (traditional or Roth) to charities by individuals 70½ and older. These distributions can also be used to satisfy annual required minimum distributions (RMDs).

 

In lay-person’s terms, that means that you can give money from your IRA to the Children’s Home and you won’t have to pay taxes on those funds, even on funds that you were required to take as a distribution. If you’ve already been thinking about making a gift to the Children’s Home, giving through your IRA instead of writing a check can help you save on taxes.

 

Thank you for your gifts! Contact Richard Puckett (404.327.5838) with any questions.

 

Certain other requirements may apply.  Check with your attorney, accountant, or other professional consultant for details.

Celebrating adoption!

November is National Adoption Month, and the Children’s Home was honored to host an event celebrating adoptive families.*

 

The children enjoyed jumpy houses and a petting zoo outside:

Little girl and her daddy at the petting zoo

 

Toofpik the clown once again wowed children and adults alike with his balloon art:
Toofpik the clown makes a balloon animal

 

Sponge Bob balloon

 

We heard fun stories:
books

 

And had fun visitors:
George, the dog

 

little boy pets the dog from the library

 

Children could have their faces painted…
Face painting

 

Or get paintings of their faces:
Caricature artist

 

Everyone got a chance to make some music:
drummers

 

And even little ones got in on the action:
Little girls dance and sing

 

 

And, of course, there was food and time for fellowship with other adoptive families. We had a blast, and we hope all the families did too. Yay for adoption!

 

*The annual event is put on by GALAA (Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies), of which UMCH is a member.

Calling all State of Georgia employees

Are you an employee with the State of Georgia?

 

UMCH is now a part of the State Charitable Contributions Program. Use #101300 to donate easily and efficiently through payroll deductions.

 

Thank you for helping our children and families with your contribution!

Young children serve others at Agape Meals

Every Sunday evening, we eat dinner as a community while enjoying a worshipful experience. The families in Family Housing and the youth in our Independent Living and Transitional Living programs come together to share a meal and fellowship.

 

We are blessed to have had countless churches and other groups join us for these special times, called Agape Meals. From serving the meal, to cleaning up, to hosting a table by encouraging conversation and fellowship, our wonderful volunteers make the Agape Meals truly a time for feeding body and soul.

 

Many thanks to Lawrenceville Road UMC, who debuted their puppet team ministry at an Agape Meal…

 

Ben Hill Agape Meal

… and to this girls’ mission group from Ben Hill UMC, who also brought snacks for Jesse’s House and college care packages. Serving at Agape Meal was their first mission project.

 

We were delighted to have both churches participate! If you are interested in bringing your group to serve at an Agape Meal, contact Carol Younger or Jane Howland.

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