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Antebellum Assisted Living, The Place, & the Church of the Common Ground:  Setting Hearts Free To Change the World

2 May 2019


Outreach Team 

       Energy and momentum continue to build as we pull together the ideas, suggestions, and advice generated during our parish-wide Outreach Vision Dinner this past February.  A growing team of parishioners have gathered to distill and focus all the ideas that were generated during the dinner.  Parishioners Helen Chapple, Wil Smee, and Pat Weatherly have volunteered to serve as the conveners for the outreach team.  They will be assisted by the vestry ministry liaisons for Mission & Outreach, Ian Crassweller, Wendy Lambert, Ed Murphy, and Lauree Watkins. We have been very blessed that this newly forming “outreach team” continues to grow in number and we will continue to reach out to parishioners as we meet in the coming months.

       The Outreach Team’s goal is to identify one activity to roll out by the end of this school year and two new outreach ministry initiatives that can be launched this fall.  

Spring Outreach Ministry

       For the spring outreach initiative, the goal is to provide graduation gift cards that families coming to The Place of Forsyth can use for their graduating students.  The staff at The Place have identified 40 graduating seniors whose families are in need and who would be very grateful by our support.  We are soliciting donations of $25 gift cards from any of the following:

  • Visa
  • Target or Kohl’s
  • Belk, Old Navy, or American Eagle
  • Grocery:  Public, Kroger, Ingles, Wal-Mart
  • Other:  Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Zaxby’s, Stars & Strikes, Race Trac, QuickTrip

Looking Ahead

       A follow up presentation to our February Outreach Vision Dinner will take place on Youth Sunday, 19 May during the parish luncheon.  On the horizon is how we might solidify our relationship with Rainbow Village for specific needs they have during the year as well as ongoing support.  Parishioner Gregg Freeman will be leading this discussion over the summer and into the new school year.  In the fall we will be exploring reviving our support of the Backpacks of Love ministry that serves elementary schools in North Fulton and Forsyth.

Outreach Event Stories

(Pictures from these events are posted on the parish website:  click here)

  • Maundy Thursday Ian Crassweller joined Archdeacon Ed Fuller at the Church of the Common Ground for a foot washing service there and haning out the socks that were donated on Laetare (Rose) Sunday this past March.
  • Holy Saturday Beanie Baby Event Kristi Parkinson and Wendy Lambert led a group of adult and teen parishioners on a trip to Antebellum Assisted Living where they delivered to 40 residents the beanie babies that were donated on Laetare Sunday this past March.  The Easter Bunny was a huge hit with the residents and many wanted a picture with the costumed bunny (worn by a senior high teenager from our EYC).
  • Worship on the Road  Archdeacon Ed and Wendy Lambert began a first Sunday of the month worship service at Antebellum.  They lead a service with hymns, Scripture, and prayers that is welcoming to the many denominations represented among the residents.  The first two services had a large crowd of residents and their families in attendance.  They are all looking forward to this continuing each month.  Parishioners accompany Archdeacon Ed and Wendy and a group from St. Columba’s joining with the residents at Antebellum gave it a very “church family” feel.