At St. David’s, our closest neighbor, literally and figuratively, is Mimosa Elementary School. For the last 9 years, our parish has hosted Path to Shine, part of a statewide Episcopal Jubilee ministry with some 15 chapters in the Atlanta area. This one-day-a-week, after-school program helps develop precious minds and spirits with activities that include play time, food, homework, reading, crafts, and most importantly, fellowship.
We are looking for four more mentors for this Fall. We need volunteers who will serve as mentors, forming a one-on-one relationship that God uses to transform both mentor and mentee. We meet in the Jeffords Hall classrooms, Wednesdays, from 2:15 to 5 p.m. No experience needed. No financial commitment. Just a heart that’s open to God’s love.
The more mentors we have, the more children we can serve. So please, consider this call to be a better neighbor to the children next door. Also, as we enter a new school year and these children and families face enormous new pressures, please keep our children and mentors in your prayers.
To volunteer or get more information, contact Judith Windsor.
As part of St. David’s mission to Be A Better Neighbor, we are sponsoring a tent at the Drake House 18th annual Miss Mary’s Crankin' Ice Cream event on August 28th. We need to donate 12 gallons of HOMEMADE ice cream that will be handed out on the day of the event to attendees. All donations needed at St. David’s by August 14th. Tasting categories include Best Chocolate, Best Vanilla, Best Fruit, Best Other. Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius link below and be sure to read the instructions regarding: how, when & where it needs to be dropped off.
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Yes, kids just got out of school. They are not thinking about the fall. But we are. St. David's participation in the North Fulton Community Charities backpack drive has been a tremendous help. We're gearing up for July.
This year, our focus is on high school students. Our goal is to produce 18 fully stocked backpacks to deliver to NFCC. The items and quantities are very specific. The youth group at St. David's has volunteered to do the sorting. Essentially helping their peer group.
Recipe for Success:
Clean Start for the New Year
Most of us worry more about having time to do the laundry than about having detergent to use, but that is not true for everyone around us. One highly sought- but seldom donated item at the North Fulton Community Charities' Food Pantry is laundry detergent.
Let’s help! Please bring POWDERED laundry detergent to church and leave it in the mailbox hallway. Our young people will divide it all up into smaller, labelled baggies for the Pantry. We made 200 bags last time. Let’s outdo ourselves this year!
PLUS, Fruit for February
As fast as we put peaches, pears, and pineapple, etc. on shelves, they fly out the door to a family in need. Please consider adding a can or two of fruit to your grocery cart each time you shop in February. Drop your cans in the Blue Bin in the mailbox hallway and they will find their way to the Pantry!
General Food Pantry Word to the Wise: Please avoid glass containers. Too many opportunities for breakage.
Both items needed for February.
Join the St. David’s Hunger Walk Team!
March 6th is the 38th annual Hunger Walk/Run in Atlanta! This event is put on by the Atlanta Community Food bank and is aimed to raise awareness and funds for local hunger relief. Proceeds from this event benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as well as other nonprofit organizations that help fight food insecurity in the local community, including the Episcopal Community Foundation!
For many years, St. David’s has sent a team to participate in the Hunger Walk/Run, and this year we are excited to take part again! To register, please CLICK HERE and select “Join a Team”. Select the “St. David’s” team, and you can complete the registration process from there. The walk will start at The Home Depot Backyard (1 Backyard Way, Atlanta, GA 30313). If you chose to join the team, more information will be sent out to the team once it is created.
The hunger walk is a wonderful event and a great chance to make a difference in our greater Atlanta community, so please consider joining us! If you have any questions about the Hunger Walk/Run, or about how to register, please reach out to Grace Horn, Director of Youth Ministries.
St. David's was honored to partner with North Fulton Community Charities last week as we hosted their 2021 Thanksgiving Food Distribution Program. Donations of food were brought to St. David's from all over the area which were then sorted by volunteers from all over the Fulton County.
Over 500 households were able to have a Thanksgiving meal because of this program and St. David's was honored to support this effort by donating our facilities, collecting food, and providing volunteers to help direct traffic in the parking lot, sort food, pack bags, and more!
Almighty and gracious Father, make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, page 246
St. David's is collecting donations of 10- 12 lb. frozen Turkeys to help support our community outreach partner NFCC's Holiday Food Program.
Last year, St. David's donated 275 frozen turkeys and this year, the need is even greater.
You may drop off your frozen turkey donations in the front parking lot of St. David's Sunday, November 14th starting at 7:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.
We are also looking for donations of the following items:
St. David’s will host the annual NFCC Thanksgiving Meals distribution beginning Monday, November 15, through Sunday, November 21. During this week, St. David's will welcome 700 families and hundreds of volunteers from the Roswell area.
We need Parking Lot Ambassadors to direct cars into our main and back parking lots. We also need Snack Table Hosts to tend the snack table for the many hard working volunteers who are making sure families receive food for a Thanksgiving meal.
You may choose any day and shift you prefer, and please consider more than shift. The shifts are short, usually 3 to 4 hours. There will be tents set up in the main and back parking lots to keep you comfortable, rain or shine, and we will provide a chair.
Volunteering is easy. A Volunteer Table will be in the hallway at St. David’s on Sunday, October 31, and again on November 7, at all three services, or you may email Shelby Crain to choose a time that fits into your schedule. Click link to see Days/Times/Tasks.
Thank you and please come and be a part of this wonderful and joyful week!