Tucker First UMC in Missions
August 27, 2020
What is "Do Something September?"
"Do Something September" is an initiative from our mission committee that highlights activities and mission projects that you or your family can do on your own schedule throughout the month of September and by doing so, support local organizations and ministries. You can pick a mission project that interests you and volunteer. It is that simple.

This is a community-wide effort and there are suggestions for all types of people (persons who shelter-in-place, donate items at local drop off, or serve-in-person, etc.). You can do as much or as little as you like to your level of comfort.

Questions? Please send your questions to missions@tfumc.org.
Share the News With Your Friends
We will highlight some of mission projects in this email, but we encourage you to check out all the activities for "Do Something September" by going to the church website at


On the website, you can also download a flyer of all the activities to share with your friends, neighbors, and civic groups. There is also a great video about the "Do Something September" projects.
Just Bakery of Atlanta
Just Bakery of Atlanta
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
5140 Memorial Drive, Clarkston, GA
 
Just Bakery of Atlanta provides paid job training, professional certification, and living wage work in partnership with our neighbors who resettled as refugees.
Just Bakery Pop-Up Event
at Tucker First UMC
Thursday, September 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Order specifically for the pop-up event between August 31 - September 2.

Just Bakery will be at Tucker First in the parking lot on Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. They will take online orders in advance of the Neighborhood Pickup and Pop-up event and will also have a limited supply of baked goods for sale onsite.

Online orders for delivery to the Tucker First event can only be placed from noon August 31 through noon September 2. Please do not attempt to order outside this window of time for the pop-up event.  The link for online orders is

Place an Order For Baked Goods and
Have Them Delivered to Your Home
Place an order online anytime in September for baked goods and have them delivered to your home on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Order online at

Be a Delivery Driver For Just Bakery
on Tuesdays or Thursdays
Drivers are needed for Just Bakery to pick up from the kitchen and deliver baked products to customers. Baked goods are delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September from 4:15 – 7:00 pm.

American Red Cross
Donate or Volunteer at a Blood Drive
Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday, September 6
Tucker First UMC Wesley Center
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
Blood Donors Needed – Sign up at www.redcross.org and use site code Tucker1UMC
 
Volunteers Needed in two hour shifts from 7:45 am – 1:45 pm
Action Ministries
Deliver SuperPaks to Area Children
Action Ministries SuperPack Delivery
Tucker Mobile Homes | Stanford Oaks | Springdale Glen Apartments
 
Three teams of volunteers are needed every Friday between 4:30 and 5:30 pm in September to pick up, deliver, and distribute pre-made, “SuperPak” bags to three area distribution sites. These “SuperPaks” contain non-perishable food items and include assorted breakfast, snack, and lunch items.
 
You can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/SuperPaks.

Questions? Contact Robin Pounds, robinpounds631@gmail.com, 404-918-0069.
Street Grace
Participate in a Community Night of Awareness
No one person, congregation, or denomination can do everything. Each of us can do something to help in the fight! According to the CDC, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually exploited by age eighteen. Please join Tucker First UMC, along with Street Grace, for an online "Community Night of Awareness,” on Tuesday, September 29 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm.

This free program will focus on how you can help eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children in our communities. Local law enforcement will provide updates and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. Street Grace is a faith-driven organization collaborating with faith, business and community leaders as well as providing a comprehensive path to end the sexual exploitation of minors.

You can find out more about them at www.streetgrace.org.

To sign up for the “Community Night of Awareness,” please go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/streetgrace
Community Night of Awareness
Tuesday, September 29
5:30–6:30 pm

To sign up for the online event, please go to this link:

City of Tucker
Clean Up Henderson Park
Saturday, September 12
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
400 Henderson Park Road

Please wear masks and practice social distancing. Don’t forget to bring work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, and water bottles.

Sign up at

Peace of Thread
Peace of Thread
Clarkston, GA
 
For women looking to make a difference, Peace of Thread is a handbag company that makes high quality bags and employs unemployable women from vulnerable populations. The women are provided with a sustainable source of income, practice in English, and job skills. Wearing a Peace of Thread product is a fashion-forward choice that intentionally gives purpose.

Each bag is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, just like our artisan threaders, and serves as a statement piece for our customers to carry the stories of our artisans into the world. Be a part of our story. Sew Peace. Recently, their stock has expanded into facemasks, wallets, eyeglass cases, and key fobs as well as the handbags.
Plates of Peace Event -
Breaking Bread, Threading Peace
Plates of Peace, an annual fundraiser for Peace of Thread, is hosting three cooking events in September and they will focus on the countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sri Lanka.

Through a Zoom conference call with step by step instruction, learn how to make and host an international dinner in your own home. When you sign up, you will provided with the recipe ahead of time so you can purchase the ingredients.

You will join via Zoom on September 12 (Afghanistan), 19 (Iraq), and 26 (Sri Lanka) for a series of cross-cultural evenings with their artisan threaders. You will learn unique ethnic dishes straight from their kitchen to yours. During the cooking class, hear her story and learn about her culture from the comfort of your own kitchen. Tickets are available for purchase per individual event, or join for all three weeks to learn a variety of dishes and cultures.

Purchase your tickets online at www.peaceofthread.com. Each person participating must have purchased a ticket. Help sew peace, empower women, and break bread today!
Donate Old Belts to Peace of Thread
Piece of Thread specializes in making unique, one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories. They would love donations of old handbag handles, leather, belts, and costume jewelry. You may drop your items at the house of Vivian Nickelsen, 2110 Stoneleigh Drive, Stone Mountain. In September, a box will be on the front porch for the donations.
NETWorks Cooperative Ministry
Networks Logo
NETWorks Cooperative Ministry
2380 Fourth Street, Tucker, GA 30084
 
NETWorks Cooperative Ministry provides food and financial assistance to residents of Northlake-Embry Hills-Tucker & seeking to partner with them to find long term solutions to poverty. Here are the volunteer opportunities for September.
Pack Food Bags
Volunteer to pack food bags in the NETWorks offices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/networksinside
Help With Food Distribution
Be a database volunteer, intake/greeter, or a runner to help distribute bagged groceries on Wednesdays/ Fridays/ Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. See job descriptions on website.. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/networksoutside1
Purchase Items From Amazon for NETWorks
You may also purchase items for NETWorks through Amazon.com and have them delivered directly to Networks. Watch the NETWorks Facebook page or their website for items needed on a weekly basis. www.networkscoop.org
Health Kits for the Homeless
Assemble Health Kits
Pre-made health kits are needed for our local homeless population. These kits contain necessary items that many of us take for granted and we invite you to make some kits in September. Items in the kits should include: toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, wash rag, mask, hand sanitizer, and socks. Place all items in a gallon Ziploc bag. We would prefer that you create a minimum of ten health kits so that our volunteers are picking up at least ten kits (instead of just one kit).

When your kits are completed, please sign up for a pickup by using this signup sheet - https://tinyurl.com/healthkits2020. Someone will come and pick up your kits. The completed health kits will be delivered to the DeKalb Police Department, Tucker Precinct and also the Trinity Soup Kitchen in downtown Atlanta.
Corners Industries Lawn Services
Order Grass Cutting or Landscaping Services
Corners Industries Lawn Services employs the parents of students at Corners Academy, allowing the parents to be paid better wages and work less hours so they can take a bigger role in their children's lives. If you are interested in having your yard cut or have landscaping needs, you can request an online quote by going to 

Letter Writing
Write a Letter to a Home Bound Person
We know how we feel quarantined in our homes, but our shut-ins, whether in their personal home or some form of assisted living, are also quarantined and in many cases have very little contact with the outside world. Brighten their day with a heartfelt letter. Be a pen pal! If you would like to help in September, please sign up by going to

Trinity House
Help Supply a Meal to the Men at Trinity House
Trinity Community Ministries (Trinity House) is a 36-bed transitional recovery program that emphasizes on returning homeless men to their families and communities as mentors and leaders.

On Sunday, September 27, a group from Tucker First UMC will provide a T.E.A.M. meal and fellowship to the men of Trinity House in downtown Atlanta. T.E.A.M. stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.” 

Even during the Pandemic, the meals have been dropped off at Trinity House and the meal is shared through a Zoom conference call. If you are interested in helping with the T.E.A.M. meal, please send an email to missions@tfumc.org
Tucker First UMC
5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084
770-938-3030

Tucker First UMC in Missions is a publication of the Tucker First Missions Committee.