Each year Cornerstone partners with the Coweta County Department of Children and Family Services to provide gifts to children and older adults that might otherwise have no gifts during this Christmas Season. Names from a local school are also put on the Angel tree for children that need jackets, shoes, and other special items.
The “Angel Tree” is set up in the Narthex each year during November and remains until all the tags are gone. The items are purchased, delivered back to the church, and later delivered to the people’s homes.
Children’s Evangelism Ministry
Cornerstone UMC’s Children’s Evangelism Ministry goes out into the community once a month to evangelize and serve. Children grades pre-K through 5th serve others and spread God’s Word through a different event at a different location each time. All our activities physically take place off the church grounds, so our children can see what it’s like to really be in the community doing God’s work. We are not only serving those in need in our community, but teaching our children to be the hands and feet of Christ. Click here to learn more.
Community Welcome House
Community Welcome House serves as a transitional facility which provides shelter for women, and women with children, in need of shelter due to domestic violence. While in their care, Community Welcome House provides the women supportive services and aids them in regaining their independence in hopes of realizing the future they desire. (www.communitywelcomehouse.org)
Cornerstone assists the Welcome House with any special needs they may have throughout the year and through financial support.
Congregational Care Ministry
Congregational Care Nursing is a ministry of Cornerstone that focuses on the well-being of individuals, families, our church congregation, and our community. The roles of the Congregational Care Nurses includes: Health Educator, Personal Health Counselor, Referral Agent and Liaison with Community Health Organizations, Coordinator of Volunteers, Developer of Support Groups, and Health Advocate. The Congregational Care Ministry Program is coordinated by Registered Nurses who have received specialized training in the area of Congregational / Faith Community Nursing. If you have any questions or would like to talk with a nurse, please call the church office at 770-304-9397.
The youth and college students from Cornerstone have been running a summer recreation program in the Eastgate Apartment Complex along with children from Newnan Housing Authority with children for over 10 years. When we started going, we only had a kickball and rocks for bases, because that was the cheapest activity we could come up with. Over the years, we have run art camps, served lunch, tutored, played water games, as well as kickball, football, basketball, run Vacation Bible School, opened a library for adults and children. Thanks to our generous church family, we have been able to provide school supplies for hundreds of children.
Now we have “Trunk or Treat” in the fall, “Breakfast with Santa” at Christmas, and will be providing an Easter Egg hunt in the spring. More than anything else, we have been able to reach out to others in our community and be the hands and feet of Christ.
This ministry is a network of workmen and women for God who have the spiritual gift of service and a willingness to help others. The vision of the Handyman Ministry is to assist others with small repairs, diagnosis and/or second opinions. Labor is provided free of charge. The type of projects envisioned for the Handyman Ministry includes: • Home maintenance (light bulbs, electrical, plumbing, carpentry repairs, etc.) • Storm damage/cleanup, yard projects • Projects that we have the skills and abilities to assist with • Replacement of air filters, batteries in smoke detectors Currently the Ministry is focusing on the needs of our church members. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for those who need to have work done.
Each year, members of Cornerstone travel to Rancho el Paraiso in central Honduras to participate in Honduras Outreach Incorporated Short Term Mission Program. This program interfaces specifically with the Community Development program and addresses needs in village infrastructure, education, health and hygiene, agriculture and entrepreneurial development. The work you do during your week in Honduras has been designed to address the assessed needs of the residents in the community where you will work. By the end of your mission week you will be a beloved member of these families and they will hold a special place in your heart.
Joey’s Toy Box
The mission of Joey’s Toy Box is to provide support for the Child Life programs at the AFLAC Children’s Cancer Centers and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Joey’s Toy Box donates directly to these programs at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital Atlanta, Egleston Children’s Hospital Atlanta, and Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Atlanta.
The Child Life programs that they support help children get through their medical treatments and procedures, which are often extremely intense for the kids. Child Life specialists walk the kids through medical procedures by utilizing puppets to show the child what he/she can expect to happen during a procedure. They provide board games, video games, movies, crayons, coloring books, reading books, puzzles, etc. for the kids while they are receiving chemotherapy or blood transfusions. If a child has a particularly rough experience, he/she can even go to the toy closet and pick out a special toy to take home.
The Child Life programs have a limited budget and rely on donations. This is where Joey wanted to step in. Being a lifelong cancer patient himself, he knew how important the toys were during his incredibly harsh treatments. He definitely did not want the cancer centers and hospitals to ever run out of toys for the other kids.
Joey’s Toy Box has recently stepped up their Family Support and “Joey Wishes” programs. Joey’s Toy Box accepts any and all monetary support. All monies donated and collected go directly to these brave kids and their families. Joey’s Toy Box operates as a 100% volunteer charity with an extremely LOW operational cost.
Go to www.joeystoybox.net to read Joey’s story, find out about upcoming events, and see how to make financial donations. Click here for information on recommended types of toys appropriate for donation. There is a toy box in the narthex at Cornerstone UMC for making toy donations.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Roof Ecumenical Outreach / Coweta Community Food Pantry
One Roof is an alliance of area churches, community organizations, and businesses. The goal of One Roof is to improve the benevolence system of our community. Through donations from churches, organizations and individuals, One Roof offers help in emergency financial situations for those in need. A family in our community can apply to receive help to pay a rent or mortgage payment, power bill, prescription or other basic necessity. One Roof also houses the Coweta Community Food Pantry which provides food for those in need. Cornerstone provides financial support through a budget commitment and monthly collections, food support through various collection drives, and a church member to serve on the board of directors.
Once a year, members of Cornerstone travel to Beverly, Kentucky to support Redbird’s ministry. This area of Appalachia suffers from chronic poverty, lack of jobs, and poor housing. Redbird Mission supports the area in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.
Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
Each year during the Christmas Season, church members pack shoeboxes with gifts for needy children all over the world. The boxes are then collected by Samaritan’s Purse and distributed to the children for Christmas.
The members of Cornerstone feed the hungry of Atlanta through the Trinity Community Ministries Soup Kitchen. Members of Cornerstone prepare the soup. The Boy Scouts from Troop 897 and our youth normally make 600 sandwiches the Saturday before. Then on Sunday, youth and adults from Cornerstone travel to Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta to serve soup to between 200 and 300 people and prepare 300 to-go bags with sandwiches, crackers, water and other items for each person to take with them to eat later. A prayer table offering prayers to those who would like them is also available.
During the month prior to the meal service, the children’s ministry at Cornerstone normally collects winter coats, sweaters, and socks for our church members to distribute after the meal.
Each year, the members of Cornerstone purchase the cleaning supplies needed and then assemble Flood Cleaning Buckets for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The buckets are distributed by UMCOR to locations, all over the world, where people may have suffered losses due to natural or human made disasters. Buckets are provided by the church and can be picked up in the Narthex prior to the scheduled collection period and should be returned there after they are filled.
Donations may be made to UMCOR online by going to http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Support or by putting a check in the offering plate with “UMCOR” written on the memo line. If you prefer to designate funds to a specific disaster, please write the name of the disaster on the memo line as well.
One hundred percent of all funds donated to UMCOR go to the people who need it.