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This winter Decatur First will serve as an emergency warming shelter on nights when the temperature drops below freezing. Volunteers are needed to stay overnight at the church to serve as hosts for our guests. To be added to the volunteer list email Shelly at ahomeforeveryoneindekalb@gmail.com. Volunteers will need a basic background check and brief online training. Because the weather is unpredictable, volunteers will be needed on short notice. If you are a member or regular attender and want to move forward with your background check and training so you are ready when the need arises, reach out to Janice Yates at jyates@decaturfirst.org.

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Feed a Family

The Engage Team is coordinating food boxes for local kids and families during the holidays. We will assemble 110 boxes for families to take home over Thanksgiving and Christmas break. The boxes and grocery lists for Thanksgiving are available at the church and should be returned Sunday, November 17. To support this local mission email Matt Hicks at hicksm914@gmail.com, or pick up a box on November 3 in the back of the sanctuary. To help deliver the food boxes, email Amy Jackson at amycrowderjackson@gmail.com.

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FEED A NEIGHBOR IN NEED

Decatur Cooperative Ministries serves and empowers local families to stay in their homes through rental and utility assistance, and a food pantry. Currently their pantry is desperately low. They especially need peanut butter, canned fruits, hearty soups, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meats, and canned beans. Donations can be delivered to North Decatur United Methodist Church. For further information contact Cliff Richards at cliff@decaturcooperativeministry.org.

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SUPPORT FOSTER PARENTS

Wellroot Family Services has ongoing opportunities for groups and individuals to support foster families. Volunteers would come to Wellroot’s Tucker office and do crafts, games and activities with kids while foster parents are getting training and support. For more information, email sbrewer@wellroot.org.

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Honduras Mission Trip
February 15-22, 2020
$850 (meals, lodging) + airfare (fare varies)

Contact Barbara McCullough (DFUMC) at barbaramccullough@me.com or Daniel Kasbohm (NDUMC) at dkasbohm@gmail.com. You may also participate as a prayer partner, assist in craft preparation and send in monetary contributions to assist in trip costs. DFUMC was the first church to embark on a mission trip to the Agalta Valley in northeast Honduras in 1990. Our trip in 2020 will celebrate this remarkable mission. We will be recruiting Thirty for Thirty to share in the celebration.

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toy Team

Decatur First has a long tradition of providing Christmas gifts to local kids and senior adults who would otherwise not receive Christmas presents. Volunteers are needed to do wish list shopping (around $100 per person) and to sort and organize toys. You can pick up a wishlist after worship or at Café Decatur. Don’t have time to shop? You can also donate money designated for Roy’s Toys and volunteers will shop for you.

HAGAR'S HOUSE

Hagar’s House offers emergency night shelter and assessment to homeless families with children. The 5-room 30-bed shelter provides safe, comfortable accommodations for up to 90 days. Volunteers prepare and serve dinner for 15-25 people 365 nights a year. The following dates are available.

- November 26-30
- Week of Christmas

Volunteers prepare and serve dinner for 15-25 people 365 nights a year, including the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is a great service project for a small group, Sunday School class, or a family to take on together. If you would like to sign up to serve, contact Janice Yates at jyates@decaturfirst.org.

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M-F from 8am-4pm

Feed a hungry neighbor. Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers healthy meals throughout metro-Atlanta for those who might otherwise go without a meal. You can pick up meals for delivery from the Open Hand facility at Decatur First UMC. Volunteers are especially needed to deliver meals during the holidays! Call Annette Price at 770-365-6354 with any questions or visit openhandatlanta.org for more information.

Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry-DEAM

DEAM is a ministry supported primarily by 22 area churches who seek to meet the emergency needs of the less fortunate in the community.‍ Member churches refer needy cases to DEAM, thereby reducing the stress on their ministers and staff. DEAM serves more than 250 local families a month, providing critical assistance to ease hunger, prevent utility service disconnection, provide clothes and purchase life-sustaining prescriptions for qualified residents. For more information, visit www.deamdecatur.org.