Dahlonega United Methodist Church has a vibrant mission community that is connected locally and globally. Here's just a glimpse of some of the places we serve:
Community Helping Place -- CHP is a local community food bank which rovides assistance with medical bills, gas, utilities, and rent. CHP houses the Free Medical Clinic and a Thrift Store. We support CHP with money, volunteers, and fund raising. Visit the Community Helping Place at www.communityhelpingplace.org
Waypoint -- A Christ-based residential Drug and Alcohol Addiction treatment center for men located in Dahlonega. Many church members volunteer with this ministry, and we are the resident church for those in the program. For further info, visit www.waypointcenter.org.
Camp Glisson -- The youth retreat facility for the North Georgia Conference. We help with volunteer projects throughout the year. Glisson's website is: www.campglisson.org
First Monday Café -- First Monday Café has helped to fight hunger for over five years. On the first Monday of October through March, volunteers provide soup, cornbread, and desserts and for a $5 donation anyone can come eat all they can enjoy! Proceeds go to CHP, Family Connections, and other local agencies. If you would like more info, contact Steve Pierce - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jail Ministry - We along with several other area churches participates in a women’s jail ministry. We go into the women’s pod at the Lumpkin County Detention Center every Tuesday evening. We have Scripture-based Bible lessons, singing, prayers and lots of hugs for any of the women who would like to participate. We give out easy-to-read-and-understand Bibles that are written especially for individuals who are incarcerated. We talk about God’s plan for their lives “to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Mostly, though, we share the love of Jesus with them and the joy of living in His Word. Please pray for people who are incarcerated and their families.
El Salvador -- Since 2006, we have taken at least one annual trip to Santa Ana to work with the Iglesia Cristiana Oasis de Gracia and its daughter churches, especially in La Magdalena. We are helping them equip leaders, minister to children, and share the gospel. We have helped with construction projects and built amazing relationships. If you would like more info or are interested in being a part of the next trip, contact Steve Pierce - (email@example.com) or visit www.ducksonamission.org.
Guatemala -- We send teams to Guatemala to serve with Hearts for the Children Ministry. The team brings medical care and Vacation Bible School to rural villages; serves with the Mary Magdelene House street ministry in Guatemala City; offers care and ministry at the City Dump, where an entire community lives; helps with meal programs and construction and worship services at the Mission church; and leads the weekly children's program at the church. Contact Art Fowler for more info. To read about the June 2011 trip go to: http://dumc2011.blogspot.com.
Dahlonega UMC is also a part of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. A significant part of our annual mission giving goes to our Conference Apportionments. A tithe ( about 10% of our budget ) goes to help with mission and service projects around the United Methodist Church. Some of the money goes to local projects like our Wellington outreach and the Wesley Foundation - college ministry. Other monies flow to schools, orphanages, elderly homes, missionaries, disaster relief as well as helping with conference and national administrative costs. For more information about the North Georgia Conference, visit www.ngumc.org