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. Join our group from Central UCC as we visit the detained men inside Stewart and learn more about the complexities of immigration in this country. Email Rev. Lacey, [email protected] for details.
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]).
Montclair Elementary is a Title 1 neighborhood school located just a few miles 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.
Since then, we have provided Kroger and Walmart gift cards for families struggling to feed their children on the weekends and holiday breaks. We held a Day of Service- an effort on behalf of PTA and members of Central- in which we laid fresh mulch, pressure washed the front entrance, built and painted new picnic tables, scrubbed the cafeteria tables and chairs, organized classrooms, and applied fresh paint to benches and hallways. On a weekly basis we provide tutoring across all grades.
This fall (2017) we are gifting the school with hundreds of new uniforms for students who can’t afford them and/or who don’t have the means for an extra set. 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. Please contact Rev. Lacey Brown ([email protected]).
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])
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])
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]).
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.
Central is collecting gently used clothing and shoes for their partnership with Emory’s South Georgia Farmworker Health Project. Each summer, UCC 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 in the fruit and vegetable fields of Georgia. For two weeks, the Emory P.A. students provide care, in form of pop-up clinics on site at the farms. Central United Church of Christ provides free clothing, shoes, sunscreen, and hygiene products for the workers after they have received medical attention from the doctors. We are asking that you help contribute to this amazing effort by donating used clothing from your closet. We will accept donations from now until June 1, 2017. WHAT WE NEED for both men and women: Long pants, shorts, long sleeved t-shirts, short sleeved t-shirts, used tennis shoes or boots, and hats.