Look for the Helpers

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

Find the Helpers

During this global pandemic, we have not had to look far to “find the helpers” in our church family. We invite you to visit this page whenever you need a reminder of the kindness and love of our community. Each day, you are finding new ways to “demonstrate that God’s spirit is alive and active,” even, and especially, in times of despair. Thank you for sharing your light and the light of God.

Feeding 300 People Every Month? It’s a Devoted Family Affair
    When then-newlyweds Tracy and Shawn Ryan met with their Bible study group and heard about an outreach organization one member had founded, the couple had no idea they were starting down a path that would evolve to define service not just for them but for their children yet to be born. Now, more than 15 years later and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracy, Shawn and their three oldest children have found a [...]
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    Focusing on Today and Bringing Joy
      Members of the 30-year-old Virgi Woo* book club (most of whom are also PRUMC members) have talked through a lot of personal challenges and successes over the years. Recently, all have been inspired and moved by the work of member Pat Meadors, who is a Piedmont Hospital emergency health physician battling COVID-19. So they resolved to help make at least one day of the week a little easier for Dr. Meadors and her team.
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      Love that Goes Back and Forth
        When Angie Howell volunteered to shop and deliver groceries to widows for PRUMC outreach partner HopeWorks, her initial thought was just to help. “I’m able-bodied and able to drive, and I thought it would also be a good way for my daughters to help and have a distraction from the isolation,” she says. What she hadn’t anticipated was the level of emotion they would all feel...
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        A Helping Hand Extends Even Further
          ou may remember that back in March, ASW Distillery switched its production over to hand sanitizer so they could supply Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other organizations struggling with shortages during the pandemic. ASW owners/PRUMC members Jim and Kelly Chasteen created “Give One/Get One”, a program through which corporate and individual purchases of sanitizer translate into an equal amount donated to organizations in need...
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          Friendships Bloom Amidst the Storm
            Sharing moments of togetherness, no matter the length of time, can be a balm for the spirit. Now more than ever, we are aware that even the briefest moment in friendly company is a blessing to be cherished.
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            Expressing the Gratitude We’re All Feeling
            All of us have watched with awe and humility as our healthcare workers resolutely walk into the fight with COVID-19 every day, putting their lives at risk to save ours. “Thank you” seems so small in such circumstances – yet we yearn to express it to these heroes. PRUMC member Becky Matherne decided to just do it, and as usual, more PRUMC volunteers jumped in to help. A note-writing brigade (focused on respecting careful quarantine [...]
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            PRUMC Members & ASW Distillery Owners Jim & Kelly Chasteen Help Atlanta Stay Well
              During this health crisis, we are all searching for ways to support one another and stay well. ASW Distillery Owners and PRUMC Members Jim and Kelly Chasteen found a powerful way to do just that - they switched ASW production to urgently needed hand sanitizer.
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              Making Lunches with Love: Nourishing the Youth of Covenant House
                In addition to safe shelter, the mission of Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) is to show unconditional love and comprehensive support to youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking.
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                Heartfelt Thanks from Crossroads Community Ministries
                  As many non-profit organizations have had to close their doors, Crossroads Community Ministries is one of the few places where those experiencing homelessness can receive a meal.
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                  When the Call for Action was Raised, PRUMC Responded
                    "I keep being amazed at the kindness and generosity of this amazing church. They love our widows and are willing to show it by these selfless acts of love" - Michael Kimsey, Executive Director of HopeWorks
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                    Prayers for PAL
                      Right now, our longstanding local outreach partners, the Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL), are delivering nearly 1000 meals a day to low-income families with children in some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city.
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                      PRUMC Continues Care for Our Homeless Neighbors
                        The campus of Peachtree Road is a haven for so many during troubled times.
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                        PRUMC Brings Easter Blessing to Metro Transitional Center
                          For many of us, a special lunch is part of our Easter celebration.
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                          We Are a Church That Serves!
                            Last month, we were overwhelmed by how you, our wonderful church family, came together to serve those who needed our help during this health crisis.
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                            Baking for our Healthcare Heroes
                              As of April 13, you have enabled Chef Bob Brinson and his team to deliver more than 1,700 baked goods to our healthcare heroes!
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