Central United Methodist Church of Decatur AL
Serve in the Community

Help West Decatur Students

  -Kathy Littrell, Misson Chair
   Also on the local level, we will be helping West Decatur Elementary School’s Clothes Closet. Any new or gently used shoes, coats, socks, pants, sweaters, etc pre-school size and up to 5th grade size are needed to help students this winter. We will take all of the donated clothes to the school on Thursday, November 15 for Parent Literacy Night. That night parents will have an opportunity to come to the clothes closet and pick out shoes/clothing for their children. We will need a few volunteers that night to help us. What an awesome job it will be to see a child get a coat or a pair of shoes! Clothes items are needed by November 14.  
  West Decatur Elementary is quite thankful for the support we receive from CUMC.  Here are a few ways you can help us this year.  Please call (341-0796) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let her know when you are available and want to help.1.  Reading Buddy - Some of our students need someone to help them with letters, sounds and reading.  You can choose the age you would rather work with and commit to at least 30 minutes per week to come to West Decatur and work with a child.

 2. Mentoring - Many of our students need a positive adult mentor to meet with them weekly to encourage them, and just spend some time with them, maybe just eating lunch and visiting with them.

 3. Wonderful Wildcat Celebration sponsors - We will have four WW celebrations this year to honor children who have good behavior and use the 7 habits daily in leadership roles.  Each celebration costs $75 dollars.  Please decide if you, your Sunday school class, or small group can sponsor one of these.  
Salvation Army
-If you have ANY clothing or shoes to donate, the Salvation Army is in great need this year. They are especially appreciative of cash donations if you have been extra-blessed this year. They will take clothes, old bedding, towels, pillows and rags and sell them for scrap, so don't throw those away. Drop them off on 14th Street SW!
Thrift Store hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday 9:00-4:00PM.
Donations of usable items may be dropped off between 9:00 & 4:00PM. Donations of usable items may be dropped off between 9:00 & 4:00. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated!
Volunteer Center of Morgan Co.
-Contact: Kay Woller, 355-8628, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adopt a Teen for Christmas

   Volunteers are needed to adopt local underprivileged teens for Christmas. Average cost is $125.00 per teen. You may make a monetary donation and we will shop or you may shop for your teen.

Holiday HopeChests Helpers
   Volunteers are needed to help with our Holiday HopeChests Program. This shoe-box program is given to local agencies in Morgan County. You may make a monetary donation and we will shop or you may collect items for the shoe-boxes. This is for ages 1-17.

Additional Details:

              -  Is Family Friendly
              -  Is Not Outdoors

Warehouse Helper

   The CCC needs strong backs to unload donations. Any help between the hours of 8-12 and 1-3 during the week days would be appreciated.

Additional Details:

               -  16 and older
               -  Is Not Family Friendly
               -  Is Not Outdoors
               -  Is Not Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood Christian Center
-Contact: Pamela Bolding, 351-7633, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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What's needed:
-Client Days are on Monday & Wednesday from 9-11am. Our clients come to shop for food, clothes, household, and hygiene items. We always need volunteers to pray with and help shop with clients. After client days we can use help sorting, straightening and reorganizing rooms on Mondays & Wednesdays.
-We also go to the 3rd St Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday and can always use help tutoring, doing crafts, and visiting with the children.  Tuesday has quite a few volunteers at this time.  We have started going some on Monday & Thursday.
-We also own a home in the Sunset Housing Development Area where we have a family living.  We offer Backyard Bible Club where 30-40 children attend weekly (Wednesday 4-5pm), along with a women’s ministry and middle school girls’ ministry and day camps in the summer.  We always need snacks and meals for these ministries.
Seasonal Opportunities:
-NCC Summer Youth Program:  We hire teens from the community we serve to train them to be urban missionaries.  They go back into their neighborhoods sharing the Gospel with children through song, dance, crafts, drama, games and more.  These teens also take several of the classes we teach and are involved in daily Bible study.  We feed these teens Monday through Thursday for 7 weeks in the summer and can always use help with their lunches

-Thanksgiving: We along with over 20 churches work together to provide a community wide Thanksgiving meal to those who are in need of a meal on Thanksgiving Day (meals on wheels clients, NCC clients, and others who call in for a meal).  We can use help with prepping, delivering and serving these meals.

-Christmas:  We pair individuals, families, and groups up with families who are need of Christmas.  For families across our area who do not get sponsored we offer 7 Christmas Toy Stores where they can shop for free for their children.  At Christmas we need sponsors, workers for Christmas toy stores, refreshments and lots of gently used toy items, books, games, stuffed animals, new toys for ages birth to teens.  We accept these items year round.
Committee on Church Cooperation
-Contact Gayle Monk, 256-355-8893
What's needed:
* Clothing Needed!  Girls and Boys Underwear, Men's underwear, Women's bras
* Shoes: larger sizes for men, women sizes 8-11
* Shoes for children, all sizes needed
* Ladies dresses needed
  The CCC will pick up donations you can't bring by car. They are always in need of items made of metal which can be sold as scrap, (like washing machines). They will pick any of these items up for you.
  Support the CCC with food, clothing, household items, your time, your monetary donations. This is a local mission group we helped start, please keep supporting!

Thank you and may you know the love of God in your heart. 
-Of course volunteers can call and make it known they want to come on a certain day and help in some way and the staff will find something for the volunteer to help with. 

West Decatur Elementary School
What's needed:
      -Reading Buddy/Mentor
      -Lunch Buddy
      -Help shop for food for backpacks
Hospice of the Valley
-Contact: Debbie McGregor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mental Health Association
-Contact: Sue Brantley, 353-1160, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Community Action Partnership
-Contact: Cindy Anderson, 260-3108, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There are many opportunities to become involved in ministry. Don't be intimidated by the variety of choices. Contact the leaders of each ministry for more information.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded.
-Jesus, as accounted in Matthew 28


Sunday, 10 February 2019

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