Tucker First member, Don Andersen has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight for many years. The organization provides free air transportation for people with medical needs who can’t get where they need to be on their own.With the Coronavirus crisis, Angel Flight has taken on a new mission—transporting COVID-19 tests from communities without testing facilities to larger cities where the tests can be processed.

Don has picked up tests in Meridian, MS and taken them to Monroe, LA, where another pilot picked them up for delivery to Denton, TX. Most recently, he picked up tests in Asheville, NC that had been brought by another pilot from Cape Fear, NC and ferried them to Nashville, TN.Thanks for all you’re doing Don!
Tucker First UMC in Missions
August 6, 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. As you read this email, watch for the "Do Something" September areas in red. More information about "Do Something" September will be in future emails. .
Red Cross Blood Drive - August 20
Tucker First is hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, August 20 from 2:15 – 8:15 pm in the Wesley Center. Blood donors and volunteers are needed.

Volunteers can sign up for two hour shits at

Blood donors can register at www.redcross.org (code word Tuck1UMC).

"Do Something" September - Tucker First will host another Red Cross Blood Drive in September.
Our United Methodist Women will not be hosting a book bag drive this year, but they do encourage all Tucker First members to donate to the NETWorks School Supply Drive. They have plenty of empty book bags, but need the following items: 2" binders, loose leaf notebook paper, and 8-10 pack Crayola markers. Financial donations to NETWorks are also accepted.

You can also order online from Amazon and have them shipped directly to NETWorks. All school supplies are due to NETWorks (not the church), by August 15. NETWorks is located at 2380 4th Street, Tucker, GA 30084. Questions? Contact Evelyn Burkett at ehburkett@comcast.net.
NETWorks continues their all outdoor distribution with pre-packed bags of grocery items. Hours remain Wednesday/Friday/Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Many of their regular volunteers are self -isolating and volunteers from low risk groups are needed to help pack and distribute bags of groceries. No experience necessary; training will be provided. 

To Pack Bags of Groceries (indoors) (T/W/T/F): 

To Help Distribute Bagged Groceries (outdoors) (W/F/Sat):

"Do Something" September - Volunteering at NETWorks or donating to NETWorks will be a part of Tucker First's, "Do Something September."
Purchasing Bakery Items Benefits Refugees
Welcome Just Bakery as a Jerusalem mission group for Tucker First! They work out of the kitchen of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 5140 Memorial Drive Clarkston, GA. Find out more about them by clicking on the photo.

Drivers Needed

Just Bakery is in need of drivers to pickup and deliver products to their customers. For the deliveries, you would meet at the kitchen at 4:15 pm and deliveries are from 5-7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Please note: people considered in the "at risk" category in regard to COVID-19 should not be a driver at this time (but you can still purchase items and have them delivered).

If you are interested in being a driver, go to

If you would like to know more about the organization and possibly order some items (hint - here are the prices), you can go to the website by clicking on the logo.

"Do Something" September - Considering being a delivery driver or purchasing from this bakery in September as part of "Do Something" September. We might even have a food truck in Tucker for you to try their baked goods.
Youth Week Mission News
Our youth at Tucker First had a great week last week during Youth Week 2020. They had fun and fellowship together as well as doing mission work for our community.
Cleaning Up Three Parks
A team of youth set about to clean up the walking trails at Henderson Park, Mountain Park, and Kelly Cofer Park.
Playground Dismantling
A team of youth dismantled the oldest playground equipment that needed to be removed from the playground according to the preschool and the trustees.
Volunteering at NETWorks
Our youth put in many hours helping at NETWorks. They packed and handed out the bags to those in need. Additionally, general office needs, like breaking down boxes and moving pallets were accomplished that week.
Assembling Health Kits
Forty-two health kits were created by the youth and thirty of them were given to the DeKalb Police Department. Many of the police know the homeless in our area by name and will be handing the health kits to them. The remaining kits went down to the Trinity Soup Kitchen in downtown Atlanta to be handed out with their “to-go” bags. The kits contained a washcloth, soap, toothbrush, and other toiletries.
Officers Receive Health Kits
These two officers work tirelessly to help the homeless in Tucker. Officer Crego and Lt Sowell picked up health kits made by our youth. They work to get help and resources to our neighbors who are down.
Preparing Communion Bags
On Sunday, August 2, bags of supplies to make communion bread were handed out to the evening worshipers. Our youth helped measure out the ingredients for these bags during youth week.
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.
Tucker First UMC
5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084

Tucker First News is a publication of the Tucker First Missions Committee.