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Mission Update

Do Good

During these unprecedented times, we have been able to “do good” beyond our church walls. We have continued serving as one church to support our mission partners and our community’s most vulnerable. As we prepare to serve our mission partners, we ask that you please respect the following guidelines.

COVID-19 Guidelines: 

When volunteering, be sure to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, washing hands frequently, and abiding by the social distancing of 6 feet apart. Be sure to review the COVID-19 safety procedures for the agency where you are serving. 

Serve Now:

  • Our Daily Bread (ODB)| ODB needs bottled water to give to our downtown neighbors. If you would like to donate, case(s) of bottled water can be dropped off at First Baptist Church in the back parking lot, Monday - Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Just a reminder to please wear a mask and respect social distancing while serving.

What Is Happening Now:

  • Back-To-School | Although the Children’s Consignment Sale is cancelled, we are able to assist our community clothing back to school due to a generous donation of clothing from Dapper Dawgs. Also, AFUMC Missions, along with Highland Trust, Lay Park and Bethel Midtown Village packed 200 book bags for students returning to school. Students received an age appropriate book bag, supplies, a gift card to Chick Fil A, and a mask accompanied with prayer for a happy, healthy and safe school year. 

  • Our Daily Bread | To accommodate Our Daily Bread’s COVID guidelines, AFUMC is purchasing lunches to be distributed by ODB staff on our dates for service. AFUMC has also stepped in to cover lunches on additional dates to fill in gaps of vacancy.  Beginning in August volunteers will return to the kitchen to prepare a box meal. Volunteers are asked to prepare the meal but will not serve it as this time. 

  • Sack Lunch Ministry (SLM) | To accommodate the COVID guidelines of our church, in lieu of our regular Sunday distribution of 40 sack lunches, we have provided over 200 Blessing Bags/hygiene Kits to our Mission Partner, Sparrow’s Nest. These bags are distributed to guests on Fridays to provide food for over the weekend. We will continue to meet the needs of our neighbors in this way until further notice.  

  • Benevolence | Our Missions team is continuing to serve the needs of individuals and families in our community by working with the Clarke County School District and our Congregational Care team.  

Above all, we continue to pray for our community at large during these uncertain times. Thank you for all of your support and prayers for Athens First UMC Missions.

Message from Director

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Athens First UMC Missions will continue to serve the community's most vulnerable. We are partnering with community agencies, ministry partners, and the Clarke County School District to respond to the immediate needs of our neighbors. Although we aren't serving together in person, we are still serving as one church supporting our mission partners and neighbors in need. 

I want to thank you all for your outpouring of love for our community. Because of your support, we have been able to serve beyond our church walls during these unprecedented times. We will notify you of any opportunities that arise to serve. In the meantime I will be praying for you all and our community at large. 

Love Builds Community, 
Kimberly Liebowitz



If you would like to make a contribution to help support our community above and beyond your tithe, OR if you are just visiting our website, here is how you can donate:

When giving online, designate "Special Missions" in the "Other" line. We will use contributions to support our Mission Partners and neighbors in need. 

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AFUMC attn: Kimberly Liebowitz/Missions
327 N. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30601 

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Contact: Kimberly Liebowitz | | 706-543-1442