January 17

Union works alongside several ministry partners in our community. With each of these, we try to step in whenever there is a need. These needs can range from providing food and clothing items or serving every two months at the ACTS ministry center; serving breakfast every fifth Saturday at Sparrow’s Nest; and, our newest partner, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, where we will be partnering with First Christian and Ashford Methodist in Watkinsville to provide week-long housing in our church building for up to three homeless families. It is exciting to see how our ministry arms are stretching out into the community.

There are several immediate needs where we can all step in to help. The extremely cold weather has been especially brutal this year. You are invited to bring coats, hats, gloves, and other warm weather wear of all sizes to the church THIS SUNDAY. They will be distributed to clients of Sparrows Nest – many who are living on the streets. Please take the time to look in your closets and share generously.

This Sunday you will also see a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. On it there will be “ornaments” of items that are needed before the start up of Interfaith hosting in March. These will range from specific items, to monetary needs, to gift cards. We are rushing quickly toward Valentine’s Day. Let this be your gift of love to those in need.

 Ministry and Mission – I am grateful to serve alongside you.

~Pastor Jane