The Ben Hill Church family wishes to thank Rev. Elizabeth Colby Pollard for six years of service to our church and community. 

Rev. Pollard’s eloquent style of proclaiming the Word of God will truly be missed, and her steadfast leadership to the Wherever They Are and Generations vision areas has strengthened our fellowship. We appreciate her facilitation of the Women In Search of Excellence (WISE) Bible Study and the care and concern she has given to the sick, shut-in and less fortunate members of the church and community, even during this global pandemic. Lastly, we thank Rev. Pollard for the years of support and guidance provided to our Youth. Her mentorship has been felt from the walls of our church to the walls of the global world, and we are forever grateful.

On behalf of the entire Ben Hill Church Family, we wish Rev. Pollard abundant blessings in her new appointment as Associate Pastor of Northbrook UMC. 

We Love You!
SPRC and the Ben Hill UMC Family
Are you a graduating high school/college senior?
We want to celebrate you and your accomplishments. The submittal deadline is May 23, 2021, at 5 pm. We will celebrate your accomplishments during the June 13th, Baccalaureate Sunday Celebration. Submit the form below by 5 pm on May 23 to participate.

Join the Ben Hill United Methodist Women, Ben Hill Prison Ministry and Family Unification Network to secure enough funds to provide soap for each prison in the state of Georgia. Our goal is to donate 65,000 bars of soap! Due to COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations to help meet this goal. We are asking you to give as the Spirit leads you.

Ways to Give:
Ben Hill online portal. Type “Prison Ministry” in the optional memo field
Check: Made payable to Ben Hill UMC; specify for “Prison Ministry”
Mail to the Church: 2099 Fairburn Road / Atlanta GA 30331

For additional information or questions, please contact Alfreda Harris (404-312-5961). The deadline is May 30th. Thank you for all you do to share God’s love.
Calling all members! We want and need you to serve in ministry. If you are interested in applying for servant leadership as a chairperson of a ministry or committee or as a committee member, please:
Complete the interest form 

 Take the spiritual gifts assessment if you have not taken any type of spiritual gifts assessment in the last 3 years, or if you do not know your spiritual gifts.

Contact NLDC with questions at nld@benhillumc.org

If you are currently serving in an elected position and would like to continue serving in 2022, please also complete the above 3 steps. We are looking for nominations in all ministry areas. Thanks for your willingness to serve and live out the Vision of Ben Hill!  
Join us this summer for vacation bible school beginning July 12th through July 16th. We are excited to bring new activities geared toward families and children alike. Please e-mail Kristan Jones-Scales with questions at kjonesscales@benhillumc.org.

Registration will open soon! Stay tuned for more information.
This past year we have learned to worship, serve one another, and meet the needs of our community in all kinds of new ways. Many of us have felt the loss of being physically present together. Some of us may have found some unexpected benefits to our new ways of gathering. But we are reminded that the church has always been bigger than a building. 

Recently, we launched a new way to make our online worship and fellowship even better, more engaging! It’s easy to use -- if you’ve already mastered videoconferencing, you’ll find this about the same level. The platform is called Altar Live. If you are able, please try watching the service on Sunday here or join us after service for fellowship by using the link below and just take a look around. You may want to get dressed just in case you sit down with someone but feel free to let others know and let me know your experience. We'll be working to introduce the platform to our ministries and plan on how we use it for discipleship and fellowship for our members. 
In an effort to support the growing need for food assistance during this challenging 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.

The Food Bank is in URGENT need of canned goods and plastic bag donations.

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 Prison Ministry would like to send cards, words of encouragement, to those who are currently incarcerated. Perhaps you have a loved one or know of someone who would appreciate receiving a card. The Prison Ministry offers a safe nonjudgmental space to seek prayers and support. Please contact Gloria Parker, gloriaparker3790@comcast.net or Cynthia Holland at cythinam@msn.com with the name and mailing information of your loved one.
The Prayer Ministry will host Corporate Prayer every Wednesday from 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm. Weekly 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
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

E. Genell Bolton (M) on the loss of her uncle
Eddie Johnson (R)

Von and Beverly Logan (M) on the loss of his brother and her brother-in-law
Larry F. Logan (R) 

Carl Vincent and Ethel Hill (M) on the loss of his mother and her mother-in-law
Effie Hill (R) 

Barry Gooden (M) on the loss of his wife
Glenda Gooden (M) 

Jackie Stephen (M) on this loss of her brother and Nina Stephen (M) on the loss of her uncle
Bobby Bailey (R) 


Expression of Gratitude
The family of “Kenneth Nathan Moon” wishes to express with grateful appreciation the many kind expressions of sympathy and love extended to us during this special time. We shall forever remember and thank God for you. We offer you everlasting gratitude.

The Family,
Inez Oliver, June Tompkins, Adrienne Champion, Lisa Moon-Johnson, and Richard Winfrey
Community Events and Resources
FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, the mission is to help people before, during and after disasters and they are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, up to $7,000.00.

FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through our dedicated call center. More information will be available on their page soon.

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
What to Expect After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
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: