The Health & Wellness Ministry of Ben Hill UMC partners with Fulton County Board of Health and Kings Forest Neighborhood Association to host a FREE COVID-19 testing site at Ben Hill UMC on Thursday, August 27th from 8AM-2:30PM.  All individuals interested in testing are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment online prior to arriving at the testing site. Online scheduling will be available beginning Wednesday, August 19th through August 27th ending at 2pm.  Unscheduled walk-ups may be tested only after those with scheduled appointments have been served and if time permits. Your test results will be sent to you from Fulton County Board of Health laboratory.

Visit https://covid19.dph.ga.gov/ or call 404-613-8150 to schedule an appointment and complete registration.
2020 Fall Bible Study Registration
Whether you have never studied the Bible or have been reading it for years, you can join a Bible study class this fall. Please click the link below to view the Fall 2020 catalog and find out about our class offerings.


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.

FOOD DONATION LIST
  • Breakfast Food -- Cereal, Grits, Oatmeal 
  • Boxed or canned Milk 
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits 
  • Canned Meat
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Loafs of Bread 
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 resume Corporate Prayer every Wednesday, beginning August 12, 2020, 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.
Registration Closes Today at 5pm
Join us as we explore the historical and theological roots of one of the world's longest running conflicts- the Troubles of Northern Ireland- and how a community of faith helped build peace and pursue reconciliation. Together we will realize the key role religious leaders play in both conflict and peace building, develop practical skills for ministry that reconciles, and use theology to develop a narrative of human engagement in conflict.

Course Will Meet Virtually on Zoom
Saturdays, August 8 and 15 (10:00-12:00pm)
Wednesdays, August 12 and 19 (5:00-6:30pm)
About the Instructor
Rev. Dr. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Prior to this, he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process.
The Courses in Community program, hosted by the Candler Foundry, offers students in-depth learning opportunities situated at the intersection of the church and academy. Hosted in local congregations, these three-credit courses are open to both Candler students and community participants. For more information, visit our website: www.candlerfoundry.emory.edu
Upper Room Devotionals
During this time of social distancing it has been a challenge to distribute Upper Room Devotionals. At this time, we will not receive physical copies as a church however you can continue to read the devotionals online at www.upperroom.org.

There is also an option to call to hear the daily devotion at 877-600-7218 or 615-212-2013. Please join the Upper Room Ministries for live virtual prayer on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 12pm EST on Facebook live.
Sympathy
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Shanika and Rev. Brian Tillman (SM)
on the loss of her father and his father-in-law
Huston D. Miller (R)

Brahima Soumahoro (M)
on the loss of his father
Losseni Soumahoro (R)
Health Resources and Community Events
Be Ready for 2020
On Primary Election Day, several polling locations experienced technical difficulties and long wait times. Voter suppression is real and we must continue to be prepared for the 2020 election. Below is a suggested timeline to follow in preparation for November.
#BeReady2020.
August 2020
Make sure you have proper, up to date identification. Check expiration dates, name changes etc.

September 2020
Print a copy of what your voting ballot will look like from the BOE website. Study it, learn more about the candidates and their platforms

October 2020
Determine where your polling location will be and the hours it will be opened. Lines are going to be long and systems may "go down" plan for November 3rd 2020!
#BeReady2020
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.

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.
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