Our day-to-day living can be likened to footprints. Every decision, every action becomes a footprint left behind. The vast majority of these are footprints in sand where the winds of time and showers of new events fade the footprints into nothingness.
Occasionally we choose to take a step that is more permanent (like stepping into wet cement where the footprint dries and lasts).
What’s below is an invitation to step into some wet cement and leave a more lasting footprint.
The Athens Elberton District of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 90 congregations dotting the landscape from Loganville GA to Hartwell GA. This district office maintains the connection among all these churches, the 23,000 members that make it up.
Each congregation, and many are small membership congregations, seeks to offer helpful ministries that matter, those that make a difference. Also, together we support efforts that make a difference in people’s lives. Join us. You can help us make a lasting footprint by donating to one of these causes or adding one of these causes to a future bequest:
1. Poverty/Homelessness Relief Ministry through Action Ministries, Athens
Action Ministries, Inc. spans north Georgia. It seeks to fill in the gaps for a path that leads from homelessness and poverty to self-sufficiency. A major piece of that puzzle is Our Daily Bread here in Athens. Our Daily Bread offers healthy, balanced meals each day. Other services like G.E.D. training; interviewing skills, etc. are offered through the office of Action Ministries – Athens. Your donation can move a person away from poverty.
2. College Student Ministry through the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation
Life decisions are made on campuses. Will a future business executive, a future lawyer, and general contractor include a moral compass and Christian witness into the work force? The United Methodist Wesley Foundation on the University of Georgia campus helps put a “yes” to the question. Your donation will be added to the multiple-layered funding of a ministry that reaches more than 1,200 students across a given academic year. Life decisions are lasting decisions. They can be eternal.
3. Elder Care Ministry through Wesley Woods: Lanier Gardens/Talmage Terrace
Within the bounds of the Athens Elberton District can be located two elder care facilities (Lanier Gardens and Talmage Tererace) run by Wesley Woods, Inc. These facilities are able to assist the elderly in acquiring a safe and healthy environment to live. Lanier Gardens, in particular, offers affordable housing. But there are more costs than just rent. Your donation will be used to supplement an elder person’s living at Lanier Gardens with a healthy meal plan. With your help people will be able to age with grace and dignity, and that will leave a lasting impression for family and friends.
4. Bridge to El Salvador
Bridges are now an important part of our connectional ministry here in North Georgia.
The purpose of BRIDGES is to provide information and guidance to North Georgia Conference churches on how to get involved in United Methodist based mission experiences. BRIDGES offers a way for our churches and agencies to get connected to critical and meaningful mission experiences, a way to work together, and an opportunity to make a difference here in Georgia and around the globe. –
Whether you are one person, a small class, a group, church, business, or a gathering of long-time friends, you can help make a difference for the Body of Christ through the BRIDGES programs.
There are currently 8 Active Bridges in the NGUMC. It is the recommendation of the CMT that the Athens Elberton District connects with the El Salvador Bridge. Working directly with local churches, we have been inspired by the many energetic young adults with enthusiasm for missions in El Salvador. The areas of focus are: Purchasing Property, Supporting Pastoral Salaries and the Methodist Medical Clinic.
5. Deter/Abolish Human Trafficking through Interfaith Children’s Movement
Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Metro Atlanta area. In an effort to prevent further trafficking and educate the public the district is partnering with Interfaith Children’s Movement.
The Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM) is founded on the conviction that people of all faiths can, and must, work together — across boundaries of religious institutions and spiritual practices — to improve the lives and well-being of all children. ICM calls upon the thousands of faith communities to put their faith in action and bring their compassion and commitment to the fight against social inequities that threaten our children’s ability to realize their potential.
ICM has created a comprehensive, action-oriented, results approach to advocacy. Through its Faith in Action program, ICM focuses on eight work areas that affect the well-being of all children: Poverty, Education, Health Care, Juvenile Justice, Child Care/Child Protection, Parental Nurture, Child Advocacy (Public Policy) and Immigration. Out of these work areas, ICM advocates on behalf of Georgia’s children at the services level and at the policy level by engaging faith communities in servicing the needs of children and calling for justice. (from the ICM website).