CONCRETE WAYS YOU CAN EASE SOMEONE’S BURDEN

CONCRETE WAYS YOU CAN EASE SOMEONE’S BURDEN:

From The Heart projects:

From the Heart is our wonderful annual event that draws us together in the Parish Hall on a Sunday morning in December to work on projects to serve those who need us. While we are not able to get together in person this year because of the pandemic, we can be together in spirit as we complete From the Heart projects from our homes. Please join us as we reach out to those who need us!

Jabez Program, needed by December 15.
There are 35 children who are part of the Jabez Program on Jonesboro Road. The Jabez Project is a community-based organization dedicated to the encouragement, enrichment, and empowerment of underserved inner-city youth. Instead of stuffing stockings at our From the Heart Advent service event, we are hoping that you can recreate the fun at home. Choose a child from this SignUp, fill a small bag with stocking treats, hat, gloves and socks, and we will stuff stockings to deliver in time for Christmas.

St. Anne’s will prepare and deliver Christmas dinner to Holy Comforter for 75 people in 18 group homes.

Three ways to help:
1) Lee Miller will be in the St. Anne’s parking lot Friday, December 18, from 10-11 am collecting food to be prepared for Holy Comforter Christmas dinner.
2) In addition, people are needed to cook at home and deliver behind the St. Anne’s kitchen on the morning of December 22nd between 11 am and 12 pm.
3) If you are unable to shop, please feel free to donate and support by cash or check. Checks should be made out to Lee Miller and marked “For Holy Comforter Christmas” and mailed to Lee at 1266 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, #457, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

The items we will need donated on the 18th are:
FRESH turkey breasts.(18 total), LARGE cans of Bruce’s sweet potatoes, SISTER SCHUBERT round pans of yeast rolls (need 24), 1/2 gallons of ALL NATURAL vanilla Mayfield Dairy limited edition, peppermint stick ice cream. Lee Miller will have coolers to transfer the ice cream and rolls to the freezer.

Items that can be cooked at home and delivered to St. Anne’s on the 22nd: sweet potatoes (Lee’s easy recipe put in 9″ square aluminum pans; use our Contact Form to ask Lee for that recipe), turkey breasts, Christmas sugar cookies (packaged 3 to a small ziploc baggie. We need a total of 70 bags of 3 cookies each). Anyone willing to cook can pick up items from Lee Miller or buy their own to prepare from the above list of items.

Please use our Contact Form to contact Lee Miller, or call her at 404.273.9090, to let her know what you can do, as she must solidify plans ASAP.

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From Episcopal Relief & Development: Friend in Christ, the COVID-19 crisis has touched all of us. One thing is clear: our sense of community and responsibility for one another will see us through. Please don’t miss this opportunity to share hope and gifts of empowerment with your neighbors around the world. Throughout the United States, we are working with our disaster-recovery partners. In the marginalized communities we reach, the pandemic is heightening existing challenges and leaving people, especially women and children, even more vulnerable. We’ve adapted our work in light of physical-distancing guidelines and are able to provide urgently needed assistance such as shelter, food and support for mental health. As we move forward globally with our development programs, we are also now providing emergency financial and technical support to our partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. In the rural communities we serve, the long-term socioeconomic impacts are expected to be as devastating as the pandemic itself. We must be prepared to respond to this crisis for as long as is needed. Your urgent help is especially appreciated. Please energize our work to empower families with the tools to stay safe right now, and to build resilient futures. To help click here.

Check out the October Agape Newsletter, updating you on how they continue to serve their students during the shutdown, plus ways you can help. In word format with links. Click here to download the newsletter.

Check out the Church Action eNewsletter. “God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.” Ways to help others plus webinars, studies, and other opportunities to learn and grow. In word format, with links. Click here to download the week of November 2 issue.

Holy Comforter.The Holy Comforter Friendship Center is closed, but the staff continues to prepare meals and deliver them to their community, for which food insecurity is a big problem. In order to continue to combat that insecurity, Holy Comforter is asking for our continued support through donations. There are several ways to donate, and Holy Comforter is taking steps to make sure you can do it safely. For details go to their Fb page (you might have to scroll down): https://www.facebook.com/holycomfortereca/

A card of cheer and support. Write a card to someone in our parish or send a note to Saint Anne’s Terrace to be shared with someone that might not have a lot of support right now. This is a great activity for both adults and children! You can send cards to Terri at the Terrace and she will make sure that your card gets to a resident that could most use a little extra care right now. Mail cards to:
Resident C/O Terri Monroe
St. Anne’s Terrace
3100 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta Ga 30327

Help and Grace Bags. The homeless community is struggling right now with fewer services and support than usual. If you are driving around town, keep a few Help and Grace bags in your car to distribute when you see someone that might need help. Fill a gallon Ziplock bag with supplies like a meal gift card (McDonalds, Publix, etc), small toiletries, socks, a water bottle, crackers and granola bars, a note of encouragement and any other items of comfort that you can fit in.

From Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL):
“It seems now more than ever we are invited to see how all of life is truly interconnected. A virus has brought the world to its knees. We have given up freedoms for the sake of the common good. We are seeing that the planet’s health is interwoven deeply into our shared public health. Though the GIPL team is working remotely, we continue to do the faithful work of eco-advocacy and environmental stewardship, and we need your support. Make a gift to GIPL today so that we can continue supporting faith communities across Georgia in their environmental stewardship efforts! Please click here to make a gift.

Ease the burden of toxicity in our water. From Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL):
“Did you know there’s another real and present threat to ecosystems across Georgia? Coal ash is toxic and it’s polluting Georgia’s water . . . We are asking you, as people of faith and moral commitment, to tell EPD that all coal ash ponds in Georgia should be excavated and moved to lined facilities and that you want public hearings before closure permits are granted.” Get all the details here: Keeping Hope Alive: Overcoming Toxic Legacies