Tucker First UMC in Missions
August 22, 2020
What is "Do Something September?"
Instead of Great Day of Service, the mission committee is working on a program called, "Do Something September." This program highlights activities and mission projects that you can do on your own schedule throughout the month of September.

There is neither a sign up nor a t-shirt. You will pick a mission project that interests you and volunteer. As with Great Day of Service, this is a church-wide effort and there will be suggestions for all types of people (shelter in place, donate items, serve in person, etc.). You can do as much or as little as you like to your level of comfort.

Watch For a Special Email Promoting "Do Something September!"

Some of the companies and ministries that will be highlighted during "Do Something September" include:

Street Grace
NETWorks Cooperative Ministry
American Red Cross
Peace of Thread
Just Bakery of Atlanta
Corners Industries
Trinity Kitchen & Trinity House
Action Ministries
City of Tucker Parks & Recreation
NETWorks Needs Volunteers and Donations
NETWorks Cooperative Ministry provides food and financial assistance to residents of Northlake-Embry Hills-Tucker seeksto partner with them to find long term solutions to poverty. There are many different volunteer positionsd at NETWorks.
 
Volunteer to pack food bags in the NETWorks offices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/networksinside
 
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 descriptions below. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/networksoutside1.
 
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
Forty-One Pints of Blood Collected
Tucker First was once again the host for a Red Cross blood drive this week. We collected 41 pints. Thanks to all the donors and volunteers that helped with the blood drive.


Next Blood Drive - September 6
We have another Red Cross Blood Drive right around the corner on Sunday, September 6 from 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
Lunch Buddys Served 4,250 Meals This Summer
Pairs of volunteers served lunches to children at Tucker Mobile Homes each weekday of summer for nine weeks - a total of 4,250 lunches! Connected Communities, Inc. delivered fresh pre-bagged meals plus milk cartons for volunteers to hand out each day to about 85 children from the office porch of Tucker Mobile Homes. A huge thanks to these volunteers for taking time to serve these children all summer:
Bike & Bibles - Meeting the Need in Africa
A recent article in the United Methodist News Service highlighedt the ministry, Bikes & Bibles. This program supplies bikes, motorbikes, and Bibles to pastors in Africa so that they are able to travel to the different communities that they serve.

Our own Joe Kilpatrick was mentioned in the article and two African Bishops in the article have connections to Tucker First. Bishop Kasap Owan’s son, was baptized at Tucker First and also became a member of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Guy Mande’s wife and children worship at Tucker First most every Sunday (when there are in person services). Before he was elected a Bishop, he worked for the United Methodist General Board of Global Missions (GBGM) in Atlanta.
 
Kasap Owan was hosted here in Atlanta by Tucker First member, Dr. Neil Nickelsen, while he was enrolled in the Atlanta English Institute learning English on a scholarship from GBGM. Several of our Tucker First men helped him with his daily transportation during those months.

Bikes and Bibles is a mission that is supported by our United Methodist Men's Fellowship and through their annual Pancake Breakfast, they have raised thousands of dollars for Bikes & Bibles.. You can read the article by clicking on the Bikes & Bibles logo.

To find out more about Bikes & Bibles, you can visit their website at https://www.bikesandbibles.org or email Joe Kilpatrick at jkcpa71@gmail.com.
Remembering Bishop Yambasu of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu, who died in a car accident on August 16, is being remembered for his courage, leadership and love of The United Methodist Church and Jesus Christ. Bishop Yambasu was not only a Bishop, but also the chancellor of Africa University and president of the Africa College of Bishops. Tucker First member, Joe Kilpatrick has fond memories of Bishop Yambasu. Here are his reflections.

Bishop Yambasu was a gracious host on a trip to Sierra Leone. He had invited me to Sierra Leone to teach a seminar to help some UMC leaders be more effective at the General Conference of the UMC. Bishop Yambasu, assigned me a car, a driver/guide and we visited several UMC ministry sites.
 
He introduced me to Rev. Francis Charlie, the Dean of his Cabinet of District Superintendents, who became the leader of the Bikes and Bible program in Sierra Leone. Bishop Yambasu endorsed the program, distributed the bicycles at Annual Conference to his “evangelists” working mostly in rural areas, and provided endorsements that appear on the Bikes and Bibles website. I taught a number of his leaders there about the General Conference process.
 
Prior to Yambasu, the North Georgia Conference provided funds for construction of a girl’s orphanage and school in the city of Bo in Sierra Leone. The Methodist roots in Sierra Leone began with the United Brethren Church long prior to the merger with The Methodist Church that created The United Methodist Church.
Pray For Our Missionaries
New videos for missionaries Kaying and Wurst!
Kabila Mukuni
Claude A Mujil

Kabilia is a seminary student in the Democratic Republic of the Congo attending Katanga Methodist University. He and his wife have two children.

The University is also one of many schools supported by the General Board of Global Ministries
Florence Kaying


Florence is a Global Ministries missionary in Mozambique working with women and children. Tucker First, through the UMC General Board of Global Missions, has established a covenant relationship with her.

Additionally, our United Methodist Women also support Florence Kaying.

New video available about Florence. Click on the photo to view. You can also read about her here.
Kathryn Wurst


Kathryn serves with the Globalscope campus ministry team Unterwegs in Tübingen, Germany. This is the same location and organization that Tyler and Shaynn Crawford have been serving for many years.

Tucker First Connection - Kathryn is the granddaughter of Tucker First members, Jim and Gail Cook!

Watch an interview of Kathryn by clicking on the photo.
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Tucker First News is a publication of the Tucker First Missions Committee.