The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these.
Mark 12:31

Helping Our Neighbors In Need

Hurricane Relief

As we watch the devastation from the recent hurricanes, we cannot help but to want to help however we can. As a United Methodist church, we go to UMCOR, United Methodist Committee On Relief, for guidance on the best way to help. UMCOR is a first response ministry organization who serves around the world, staying until we are no longer needed.. They make the following recommendations:

5 Things You Can Do

  1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist ChurchLouisiana Conference of The United Methodist ChurchRío Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
  2. Make relief kits, send complete kits to http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Network/Relief-Supply-Network, shipping label/packing list instructions 
  3. Give to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts: https://secure3.convio.net/…/SPageNaviga…/umcor_donate.html.
  4. Donate only those items requested.
  5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

What is Hillside doing?

  1. Accepting financial donations (be sure to note Hurricane Harvey on the for line of your check) for UMCOR. 100% of your donation will go to hurricane relief. 
  2. Making Cleaning Buckets and Health Kits. Donate the supplies to assemble kits or build your own complete kit/bucket.
  3. Hillside is an official drop off location for UMCOR buckets and health kits. We expect to take hundreds of buckets to the UMCOR warehouse. We will continue to accept donations until the end of 2017.
  4. Hillside is not accepting food, clothing, shoes and other personal items. We will only accept items included in the kits, completed kits and equipment needs listed below. 

COMPLETE CLEANING BUCKET KIT LIST

COMPLETE HEALTH KIT LIST

Other NEW Equipment UMCOR Needs:

  • Box Fans
  • 25' Heavy Duty Extension Cords
  • 2&3 Gallon Garden Sprayers
  • Flat Billed Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Wheel Barrows
  • White Kitchen 13-gallon trash can liners
  • Black Magic Markers
  • 40 or 50 gallon heavy duty (contractor) black trash can liners


Our Community

Reaching out in our local community starts right where you are. There are so many in need in our community, won’t you reach out and show God’s love.  As a child of Christ, we are called to live a life of servanthood. 

Seasonal - NOW

Christmas Angels - Adoptions begin November 5

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Year Round Ways To Serve

Prison Ministry

Hillside serves at two different prisons in the area.  Servants reach out to the incarcerated by partnering with KAIROS to minister and share God's love through the Gospel.  // more info

Habitat For Humanity

Hillside UMC partners with Habitat For Humanity's home building ministry in Cherokee County. When a new home build is going on, Hillside sends servants to work alongside the homeowners to make their dream of owning their own home come true.  // more info

Current Build completed.  Click here for more opportunities.  

Disaster Relief

This ministry goes out and helps those that have lost so much during a disaster such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake or fire. If you are interested in getting connected to go and serve on one of these teams, click here to receive information.

Forever Fed

This mobile food ministry reaches out to the hungry in our community.  Forever Fed receives food in several days throughout the week.  The food is sorted onto portable shelves, the loaded on the box truck.  This mobile food pantry then goes to areas where transportation is a known issue providing food where needed.  Visit the Forever Fed website to sign up to serve.

God's Garden

There are several gardens throughout Cherokee county that grow fruit and vegetable those in our community.  The gardens are year round gardens and provide much needed fresh fruit and vegetables for community food pantries, organizations and children's homes.  Visit God's Garden on Facebook for more information.

3:16 Pantry

This ministry directly touches the homeless and nearly homeless in our community. By being part of this ministry, you might provide a bible study, pick up or deliver food in the homeless community and spend time listening and offering prayers for their endless needs. For more info, email David.

Food Pantries

There are many food pantries in our area.  Hillside supports these pantries through providing them with food and servants.  MUST Ministry food collection barrels are located at each main Hillside entrance.  // more info  

Clothes Pantries 

There are many clothes pantries in our area.  Hillside supports these pantries through encouraging our congregation to give to these pantries.  All donations of clothing should go directly to the pantry and not to Hillside.  // more info

Cherokee County Senior Center

Reaching out to our elderly neighbors is easy at the Cherokee County Senior Center. There locations in both Canton and Woodstock. You can stop by and spend time visiting with the elderly at the senior center or work to provide for the needs as they arise.  // more info

Elizabeth Inn Homeless Shelter Laundry & Meals

Laundry: Throughout the month, Hillside servants take time to wash clothes for the homeless guests who are staying at the Elizabeth Inn Homeless Shelter.  Each guest places all their dirty clothing in a basket before they go to sleep.  They wake up to clean clothes to wear; what a blessing!  Hillside serves every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
 more info // sign up to serve

Meals:  Once a month Hillside servants prepare and serve dinner meals to the guests of Elizabeth Inn.  Meals are prepared in the downstairs Hillside kitchen and served at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen next the the Elizabeth Inn in Marietta.  
more info // sign up to serve

HUGS

This blanket making ministry provides a warm hug to orphans, sick, and elderly.  Each fleece blanket is made with loving care, gift wrapped with a poem to make sure each recipient knows they are loved and being prayed for.  HUGS meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The summer schedule differs slightly.  // more info

Helping Hands

As needs arise in our community, a team is formed to go out to answer the call.  These Helping Hands servants provide help such as yard work, light carpentry, repairs, cleaning and visitation. // more info

Hope Center

Hillside servants partner alongside the Hope Center pregnancy education ministry. Servants are needed from serving at the thrift store to mentoring young soon to be parents.  Mentors will be interviewed and trained. // more info

If you are being led to reach out and serve or have questions about how you can be involved in the missions and outreach of Hillside, contact us by email or phone at 770.924.4777.

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Seasonal Outreach Opportunities

HOMELESS IN THE WINTER

Do some Winter Cleaning and help those without a home stay warm through your generous donations.  Needs include: winter coats, blankets, sleeping bags, and other camping items such as flashlights with extra batteries, lanterns with extra propane.  Please drop off donations off in the church copy room across from the church office.  Questions?  Contact David Schuenemeyer.

SUMMER LUNCH MINISTRY

Join Hillside during the summer to assemble lunches or deliver to the children.  Lunches are assembled on Tuesday mornings 10:00 am - 11:00 am and Wednesday evening 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Assembly dates from May 30 - July 28, 2017.

Hillside is now delivering the lunches to the children Monday through Friday.  We need checkers to insure each lunch is complete. We also need drivers and riders to deliver the lunches to the kids. Each delivery route takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. Deliver begins at 10:30 a.m. 

Take time this summer to feed the hungry children in our community. // more info

GIVE A KID A CHANCE

Hillside partners alongside Give A Kid A Chance to provide a backpack and school supplies for the children in need in our community.  Each child receives a haircut, medical screenings, and much more.  This event take many servants as thousands of children and their families are welcomed into the Hillside campus to be served. // more info

Save the Date:  July 15, 2017 

 

MY HILLSIDE Serves!

This annual community wide service day gives the church an opportunity to serve together as a congregation.  Although serving is a lifestyle, not a yearly event, on this day, we serve as a whole church together.  // more info

Save the date:  March 2018

CHRISTMAS ANGEL MINISTRY

Hillside reaches out to the children in our community that would otherwise not receive gifts for Christmas. These children are carefully selected through several very dependable resources.  The Christmas Angel ministry also provides an opportunity for Hillsiders to give funds to pay for therapy for severely abused children at Murphy Harpst Children's Home and provide for programs at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. // more info

 

If you are being led to reach out and serve or have questions about how you can be involved in the missions and outreach of Hillside, contact us by email or phone at 770.924.4777.

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"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them."
1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer

Prayer is one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone. Even if you are not able to help someone in need physically, you can certainly make a difference in lives by praying. Take a moment to pray for the poor, the elderly, the lost, the broken and the hurting. God is always listening. Please continue to pray for Hillside, all the ministries of Hillside, and the leaders of this great church.

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