Join Us for Men's Day Weekend
Come join us for the 2020 Men’s Day. The theme for this year is “Keeping It 100” based on Psalm 100. This weekend is for the men so recruit brothers in your networks and register your husbands, sons, & significant others.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 
Men's Health Zoom Conference at 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday, October 11, 2020 
Men's Day Virtual Worship Service at 9:15am.

Proceeds from the C. L. Henderson Golf Classic, on Friday, October 9th, will support our Food For Families Initiative, where we will be donating monies and service to the Ben Hill United Methodist Church food bank. For more information or questions, please contact Dwayne Sullivan at dwaynesullivan@comcast.net.

Come join the men of Ben Hill UMC for a weekend of uplifting messages, reflection, relaxation and an opportunity to grow closer to our LORD and Savior.
Ben Hill UMC will participate in the Central North District 2 Virtual Cluster Charge Conference on Thurs., Nov. 12th at 7pm. The Cluster Charge Conference will be conducted via Zoom, and the meeting login information is forthcoming. 

For more information, please contact Beverly Register in the Annex Office at x2000.
We are so excited to welcome back all our Ben Hill children and youth for Sunday School. Classes will meet via Zoom at 10:30am. Register so you can join in on the fun! We will explore lively, age-appropriate activities—including games, crafts, and creative play—accommodating various ways kids learn. Please complete registration at the link below to sign up and receive the link. Invite a friend to join in the fun too!
The Food Bank is in URGENT need of canned goods and plastic bag donations.

In an effort to support the growing need for food assistance during this difficult and unprecedented time, the Ben Hill Food Bank is reaching out to our church ministries. If your ministry budget permits, please consider purchasing items in the food donation list below. The highlighted items are needed most

FOOD DONATION LIST
  • Breakfast Food - cereal, grits, oatmeal 
  • Boxed or canned milk 
  • Canned Vegetables/peas/beans/corn
  • Canned Fruits 
  • Canned Meat
  • Rice/mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Tomato sauce
  • Loaves of Bread 
  • Peanut butter and jelly
Ministries should bring the food items to the Food Bank Drive-Up on Wed. (10:30am-12:30pm) or Saturday (10:30am-12:30pm). Donating is simple: 1) Place the food in the trunk of your car.  2) When you arrive, call the Food Bank at (404) 344-0618 X 1115 or (404) 314-2241, and someone will meet you to take the food from your car. All donations are touchless--keeping our donors and volunteers safe.

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:

PLASTIC GROCERY STORE BAGS
Also, we need (lots of ) plastic bags, the type used at grocery stores. 

MONETARY DONATION
In lieu of donating food items, please consider making a monetary donation by check or online as follows:

CHECK
Make payable to Ben Hill UMC and specify "Food Bank" in note area. Mail to
Ben Hill UMC, ATTN: Food Bank, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

ONLINE
Make your contribution at benhillumc.org/giving. Click "Food Bank" under the Select a Fund options.


We are thankful and grateful to ALL BHUMC Ministries, Families and Friends for your support. Your generosity and steadfast support of the Food Bank and the families who depend on the essential services it provides are appreciated. Please let us know if you are able to help by contacting Vicki Callaway at (404) 314-2241 or vcallaway@aol.com.
The Prayer Ministry will host Corporate Prayer every Wednesday from 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm. Corporate Prayer will feature a prayer of thanksgiving, a reading from the Upper Room Daily Devotional, and intercessory prayer. We will be inviting Clergy and Laity to pray the intercessory prayer. 

To attend Corporate Prayer, please call: (712) 770- 4936, Access Code: 627746. When calling in, please mute your cell phones. If you call in on a landline please turn the volume down on televisions, radios, etc. We look forward to everyone calling in and praying together. To submit Prayer Requests, please visit: benhillumc.org.
During this season, we want to remind you of the benefits of Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is a collection of specially trained lay people who are trained to listen and provide Christian care for people during the most challenging parts of their lives. It is confidential, one on one, and gender specific. Stephen Ministers are assigned to an individual for about an hour a week. This is especially meaningful for individuals who may be alone during the pandemic, who are grieving, who have a challenging health diagnosis, and who are finding it hard to deal with the challenges in their life.

If this sounds like you, please contact us via email: annex@benhillumc.org and we will be happy to walk along side you. You can also call the church office and ask to speak with Beverly Register or Rev. Tillman.
Sympathy Announcements
Sympathy
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Sabrina Jeter (R) on the loss of her mother and Willie and Linda Brittain (R) on the loss of his mother and her mother-in-law
Dorothy Searcy (M)

Larry Spencer (M) on the loss of his mother
Evelyn Catherine Spencer (R)
Community Events and Resources
Get Involved as a Poll Observer
To be a poll observer you must: be a Georgia resident, have a valid driver’s license & access to a car for entirety of shift, be willing to sign a standard volunteer non-disclosure agreement & complete training w/FFA, have a smart phone to take photos & submit reports from polling locations, have access to internet to complete zoom trainings/receive information for assignment
Important dates/deadlines

Voter Registration: October 5th

Have you moved? Make sure your voter registration is up to date. The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election and Special Election is Oct. 5, 2020. Learn more about how to register to vote

Vote by Mail application deadline: October 30th

Your absentee ballot request must be received by October 30, 2020.

Vote by mail ballot is due: November 3rd

For voters within the country, all absentee ballots must arrive at your county election office by Election Day. Go to https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/ to learn more. Residents can also go to the Fulton County's Absentee Ballots page to download an application or go to the My Voter Page.

Can I vote early in Georgia?
State law requires early voting commencing October 12. Early voting ends on the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.

Local elections officials may allow early voting beyond regular weekday business hours, but it’s up to the county.
Senior Food Assistance Program
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms launched the City of Atlanta Senior Food Assistance Program to support seniors with food insecurity during COVID-19 by partnering with meal and grocery delivery organizations. Seniors who reside in the City of Atlanta and are struggling to receive access to food during this time may apply to be a part of this program by completing this survey found here. You may also contact ATL311 for information or help with filling out the survey by dialing 311 within the city limits or (404) 546-0311.

Specific program eligibility requirements are listed below:
  • Reside in the City of Atlanta;
  • Age 60 or older;
  • Low income (household income at or below 80% of the AMI);
  • Not participating in any other senior food assistance program and meet one of the following criteria:
  • Unable to leave home;
  • Unable to prepare meals for themselves; or
  • Unable to procure or utilize commercial home delivery services.
* Completion of the survey does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Health Resources
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, targeting one in eight women over a lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2020, it is expected there are nearly 270,000 new cases in the country with approximately 42,500 deaths.

Early detection is key for combating breast cancer. The American Cancer Society’s recommendations for early detection of breast cancer for women of average risk include:
  • Ages 40-44: Women should have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year
  • Ages 45-54: Women should get a mammogram every year
  • Women age 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year or choose to continue annual mammograms

Although there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are things you can do to lower your risk:
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight: Both increased body weight and weight gain as an adult are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. The American Cancer Society recommends you stay at a healthy weight throughout your life.
  • Be physically active: Moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk, so it’s important to get regular physical activity, including at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol: Alcohol increases risk of breast cancer. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked with an increase in risk.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables: Many studies have suggested that a diet high in vegetables and fruit, and low in red meat, can reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Other factors that might lower risk: Women who choose to breastfeed for at least several months may also get an added benefit of reducing their breast cancer risk.
  • Using hormone therapy after menopause can increase your risk of breast cancer. To avoid this, talk to your health care provider about non-hormonal options to treat menopausal symptoms.

For more information on breast cancer early detection, risk factors, treatment, recovery or free patient support, call the American Cancer Society anytime at 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Connect With Us
What to do if you cannot view the stream
Here are some helpful tips if you should encounter any issues with accessing Ben Hill's Live Stream:
  1. Try a different Web browser. Most browsers should work but if your web browser is not showing the stream, try a different one. 
  2. Try going to the Ben Hill UMC Facebook Page and view the Live Stream there.
  3. Try the phone app. If you do not have the Ben Hill app, download it from your app store and view the steam from there.
  4. Access StreamingFaith.com as another option to view the live stream.
On Sunday mornings, live chat is available on the Ben Hill website if you should encounter issues and need additional help.

New! Tune into the sermon by using Sermon by Phone.
The Sunday service will be made available at 9:15am on Sundays by dialing in at:

Links to Connect on Sunday Mornings: