Mission and Extended Ministries
A commitment and willingness to walk alongside our brothers and sisters-wherever they may be and who ever they may be - is what characterizes Christian ministry at its best. Outreach and mission work is our attempt to be God's hands and feet in the world.
The vestry sets priorities that guide Emmanuel's outreach efforts. The Vestry created the Mission and Extended Ministries Committee (MEMC) to coordinate mission and outreach efforts at Emmanuel. All outreach grants are given in the name of Emmanuel Church, and all work is done in the name of Emmanuel Church. The MEMC reports to the Rector and the Vestry and works in collaboration with them. The committee makes funding recommendations to the Vestry, but final approval for funding, as per Canon, rests with the Vestry.
You may click here to get a MEMC grant application in pdf format. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are also many areas to volunteer for hands on "work." Click here to see those opportunities.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted in the program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare,and transportation as needed. IHNA helps to create structure out of chaos by creating a goal-oriented plan so that those desperately in need can focus beyond daily survival, to a life of stability. Contact Weyman Johnson or Erin McQueen to volunteer.
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread is a community ministry organized and administered by Action Ministries Athens and the Oconee Street United Methodist Church. The simple purpose of the ministry is to feed the hungry. Emmanuel has participated by providing teams of volunteers for many years.
Our Daily Bread serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays, sack lunches on Saturday and sack suppers on Sundays.
Please contact Action Ministries for more information.
For the past 16 years, Parishioners at Emmanuel and friends from the community have provided Thanksgiving Dinner to thousands of guests, serving meals at the church and delivering them to the homebound. The dinner is a great opportunity for hands-on participation, service and the opportunity to thank God for all of his blessings-especially in the faces of the poor. If interested in helping please contact Dee Forester or Lindsey Payne.
The new Thrift House is open. To provide gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids, small appliances, housewares, books, CD's at affordable prices. All profits are awarded to charitable organizations in the community. Contact Leah Goodwin.