Check out what's happening at the Hill.
Continuing to Connect as a Church
It has been a couple of weeks since we began practicing physical distancing. During these challenging times, we continue to follow the recommendations and directives of public health experts and public officials. We continue to find ways to stay connected as a church family in a variety of ways. We pray you are remaining hopeful during these times. God is in control and we trust Him to get us through everything we go through!
Food Bank Opens on Saturday
Our Food Bank will reopen on Saturday, March 28 from 10am-1pm . In an effort to protect our volunteers and the families we serve, food will be distributed from the senior parking lot, at the corner of Fairburn Rd and Camp Ground Road, in a "drive thru"fashion. Bags will be prepacked with a variety of foods needed for families.
Thank You to Our Clergy
This week, our clergy has been busy making phone calls to check in with ,   and pray for​, many of our members . We thank you for your prayers and dedication to the members of Ben Hill UMC. Continued efforts are being made to reach out to our home bound sick and shut in and seniors as a means of wellness/welfare checking. Please call the Clergy on Call line at 404-626-9957 to make known needs.
Sunday School Resumes
During this extraordinary time of quarantine, the Church is bursting with energy and ideas for you and your families. We are excited to announce that Sunday School will resume virtually on Sunday, March 29th. Please reach out to your class point of contact or Gloria Parker at gloriaparker3790@comcast.net for additional details.
Sign Up to Pray During Holy Week
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

We urge everyone to unite in seeking the face of God through prayer and fasting, persistently asking our Father to send revival to the Church and spiritual awakening to our nation so that Christ’s Great Commission might be fulfilled worldwide in our generation.

Our prayer slots are 10 minutes each and run 24 hours a day for 7 days starting from  Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11 . Some of you may say you can do a few slots a week, some half an hour or an hour or more daily. Whatever it is, we want to encourage you to let it be a sacred time. Getting up in the early hours won’t be easy but it will be a blessing.

We are hoping to see every slot covered! We want there to be prayer going on all over the city. To sign up for a slot go to the day and time you want to pray and enter your name & your email. You will then get an email to confirm your prayer time.

Holy Week Daily Prayer
Each day during Holy Week, April 5th through April 11th, we will gather for daily prayer at 12pm until 12:15pm. Prayer will be led by our Prayer Ministry.
The number to call in is (712)770-4932
Access Code 627746.
A Prayer for Our Leaders
Know the Signs
Ben Hill's Health and Wellness Ministry wants everyone to stay informed on the signs and symptoms of Covid-19. Follow the link below to learn more about protecting yourself in this season.
Know Your Status for 2020:
Diabetes Mellitus (commonly known as Diabetes)
Diabetes is a (metabolic) disease caused by some defect in the chemical reactions of the cells of the body. As a result, the glucose levels tend to stay higher because of an inadequate amount of insulin delivered to the pancreas that causes:
1) Frequent urination
2) Expanded thirst
3) Expanded cravings

There are three (3) noteworthy types of Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.

It has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that on an average of 1 out of every 13 people are diagnosed globally with Diabetes each year. It is projected that Diabetes will be the seventh (7th) leading cause of death by the year 2030.

Make an appointment with your doctor!!! Your doctor will determine if your A1C (blood sugar / glucose) level is Normal, or if you are Prediabetic or Diabetic.
Normal - A1C range is 4.8 – 5.6
Prediabetic - A1C range is 5.7 – 6.4
Diabetic – A1C range is 6.5 and higher

The #1 goal for managing your A1C level and will depend on your age and medical history. Also know that Diabetes can be diagnosed as early as childhood so knowing your family history is of absolute importance.
. . . Remember . . .
“Know your numbers” to protect you and your family’s health!

Authored by: BHUMC Health & Wellness Ministry
Sympathy
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Leroy Miller (M) on the loss of his mother
Elouise Miller (R)

Cynthia Dumas (M) on the loss of her brother-in-law
Jeffrey Rountree (R)

Diane Harden (M) on the loss of her husband
Farris Harden (M)

Resources
On March 17, 2020, The Atlanta city Council approved a $7 million emergency package that Mayor Bottoms' administration put together which includes the following:
 
  • Allocated $1 million for small businesses up to $30,000 in emergency assistance. You can go to InvestAtlanta.com for more information
  • Allocated $1 million for emergency food distribution for families with children ages 5 to 18 years old. 18 city of Atlanta recreation centers are currently open from 4 PM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. Residents that live in city of Atlanta Dist. 4 can pick up bagged meals at one of three following Recreation Centers:
  • C A Scott Recreation Center at 1565 Martin Luther King Junior Drive
  • Oakland City Recreation Center at Rev. James Orange Park at 1305 Oakland Dr., SW
  • Dunbar recreation Center at 477 Windsor St., SW
  • Allocated $1 million for care packages for senior citizens. Details still being worked out on this but deliveries will be made within the next 4 to 5 days.

Learn more about the resources available to assist small businesses severely impacted by COVID-19. We will update this list as new information comes out:
Disaster Assistance   from the SBA
Resilience in a Box , a business toolkit from the U.S. Chamber

Do you have additional resources you would like to share with your Ben Hill family? Send them to KJonesScales@benhillumc.org.