El Refugio Hospitality House at Stewart Detention Center

El Refugio is a hospitality house located at 655 Main Street in Lumpkin, GA – right outside the gates of Stewart Detention Center. Its purpose is to serve the family and friends of men detained and, thus, separated from their loved ones. Occasionally, Central members go down on a Saturday to visit the men detained. We also support El Refugio financially. In 2017, they were the recipient of special funds collected as part of our Easter Lillie Project. Email Rev. Lacey, [email protected] for details.

The Elsie Moe Soup Kitchen

Twice each month, we prepare and serve lunch for residents of the Women’s and Children’s Emergency Shelter at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. If you would like to grocery shop, prepare meals or serve the meals, please contact Liz Joyner ([email protected]). This month, our 6th-12th grade teens will be making soup on Sunday, July 30 from 9:45am-10:45am in the church kitchen. All are welcome.

Montclair Elementary School

Montclair Elementary is a Title 1 neighborhood school located less than 1 mile from our church. Over the last couple of years, we have committed ourselves to being good neighbors. Our relationship started off small with a drive for school supplies and backpacks. Eventually, through an endowment grant we were able to gift all 44 classrooms with a new set of age appropriate books. We also held a Day of Service in which we pressure-washed, mulched, weeded, and painted the outside of the school.

It is our goal to be in relationship with the students and teachers because we care about our community and the success of our public schools. We are always looking for new tutors in math and reading. The schedule is flexible and you can choose what grade you’d like to be with. If this sounds like something you might like to be involved with, please contact Rev. Lacey Brown ([email protected]). FYI, all tutors must submit to a background check in compliance with our Safe Church Policy.

Prison Visit Transportation Ministry (Two Saturdays a month)

On the first and third Saturdays of the month, we provide our short bus and a Central-member driver to caravan with other churches and bring Atlanta families to visit family members incarcerated in Milledgeville or Oglethorpe. For more information, please contact Debbie Spearman ([email protected])

Toco Hills Community Alliance

Central is one of eight area churches participating in THCA (tocohillsalliance.org) by making available emergency financial assistance to families. Central folk also bring non-perishable food to church for the THCA Food Pantry. THCA is looking for people to volunteer, one or two afternoons a month, from 12:15-4:00pm. If you would like to shop for THCA, they always need canned food products, cereal, pastas, rice and beans. You can place your donation in the bins just outside of the sanctuary. Thank you in advance! For more information, contact Mary Louise Wilson ([email protected])

The UCC Coffee Project (Every second and third Sunday of each month)

This is a partnership between our UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative founded over 25 years ago and dedicated to fair trade. Central has been participating in selling fair trade coffee products for 10 years. Central UCC brews Equal Exchange coffee, and volunteers staff a sales station in The Commons the second and third Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Cindy Hoover ([email protected]).

Alternative Gift Market (NOVEMBER 2017)

Central UCC’s Alternative Gift Market is a one-day event where you can purchase gifts that can make a difference. Proceeds go to support various church ministries and local non-profits such as Georgia Justice Project, South GA Farmworker Health Project, THCA, Church World Service, and Street Grace. Last year’s AGM raise $13, 000. We look forward to our next AGM in November 2017.

South GA Farmworker Health Project (June 2018)

Central has been in partnership with Emory School of Medicine’s South Georgia Farmworker Health Project for over 20 years. Each summer, Central’s youth travel south along with the Emory Physician Assistant (P.A.) Students to offer free health screenings to the men and women who work tirelessly to pick our fruits and vegetables. For two weeks, the Emory P.A. students provide care, in form of pop-up clinics on site at the farms. Most of this takes place in Valdosta and Bainbridge. Central provides free clothing, shoes, sunscreen, and hygiene products for the workers after they have received medical attention from the doctors. Our next trip is June 2018. Email Rev. Lacey ([email protected]) for details.

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