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The Great Day of Service is PRUMC’s annual community volunteer day.  At this favorite outreach event all ages put their faith in action as they serve those in need across Atlanta.  Each year during Lent nearly 1,000 church members and friends take this Saturday to make helping others a priority.  It is truly a great day of sharing our time and talents with the charitable agencies Peachtree Road supports.

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can…  As long as you ever can.

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The Great Day of Service
Saturday, March 25, 2017, Atlanta
8:00 am  Gathering and Breakfast
8:30 am  Holy Communion with Ron Greer
9:00 am  Small groups head out to service projects
11:00 am to 2:00 pm  Meet back at the church for an Old Fashioned BBQ

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What time does The Great Day of Service start?
8:00 am Breakfast in Harp Center
8:30 am  Holy Communion with Ron Greer,
9:00 am  Leave PRUMC to serve on Projects

What time does my project end?
Each project length is different.  They end anywhere from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Your project captain will confirm the length.

Do I need to bring anything to my project?
Your Project Captain will contact you with information a week before the Great Day.  Usually we provide all the necessary equipment.

Do I need to bring lunch or water?
Water is provided by the church and lunch will be provide your Project Captain if your project continues during lunchtime.

How do I know where my project is?
You will receive an email the week of the GDS with complete details and directions to your project.

Do I need to come to the church first?  Or can I go straight to my project?
You can meet either at the church, or at your project.  We recommend coming to the church so that you may experience communion with the large group.

What should I wear?
Wear casual clothes that can get dirty.

What if it rains?
If it rains, and you are on an outdoor project, you will receive instructions to your rain plan (indoor) project.

How do I get more information on who we are helping?
To learn more about the agencies we are helping, ask your project captain for information or link to their website from www.prumc.org.

How often is the Great Day?  Are there more throughout the year?
The Great Day of Service occurs once annually during Lent.

Can I count this toward school service hours?
To count The Great Day toward school service hours please email Beth Spencer at beths@prumc.org.

How do I register?
Register online or on a paper form located throughout the church.

What are the age breakdowns?  Is there a nursery for children too young for projects?
The registration form indicates approrpriate ages for each project.  Nursery is available at the church for 4 months to 4 years.  We have planned outreach activities for ages 4 to 7 at the church. Some off-campus projects take children as young as 4 years old.

Great Day of Service 2017 Project Summaries

1.    Action Ministries Atlanta
Volunteers will take children who live in low-income housing ice-skating.
Captain:  Mary Pillow Cornett  |  Ages 8+

2.    Agape Spring Festival
Volunteers will host a Family and Children Festival at the Central Mobile Village. They will have the chance to get to know all of the children and families in the Agape community.
Captain:  Jada O’Neill |  Youth Project  |  Ages 12+

3.    Covenant House Spring Festival
Volunteers will host a spring festival for homeless teenagers.
Captain:  Bonnie Copeland |  Ages 5+

4.    Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Urban Baseball
Volunteers will join youth in baseball games at Carver YMCA with one game in the morning and one game in the afternoon.
Captain:  Kirk Moss & Morgan Ulesich |  Ages 6+

5.    Jerusalem House – Family Program
Volunteers will take children and their families bowling.
Captain:  Gary Schneeberg |  Ages 8+

6.    Trinity Community Ministries/Big Bethel
Volunteers will play residents in an annual softball game, followed by cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for residents and volunteers.
Captain:  Earl Young & John Shingler |  Ages 8+

7.    Wilderness Works
Volunteers will take 20 homeless children on a field trip or enrichment experience.
Captain:  Bridget O’Donnell |  Ages 16 +

8.    Hollis Innovation Academy
Volunteers will work in sets for spring musical – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Captain:  Brittney Haynes |  Ages 13+

9.    Habitat for Humanity / Brush with Kindness
Volunteers will paint the exterior of an older Habitat house on the Westside.
Captain:  Jeff Hancock |  Ages 14+

10.     Habitat for Humanity / Brush with Kindness
Volunteers will paint the exterior of an older Habitat house on the Westside.
Captain:  Ben Campbell |  Ages 14+

11.     Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers will join building efforts on the 46th house in the church’s history with Habitat for Humanity.
Captain:  Bob Sansbury |  Ages 16+

12.    Hollis Innovation Academy
Volunteers will work in the school gardens.
Captain:  Jennifer Evans |  Ages 12+

13.    Hopeworks
Volunteers will do yard work and help with work inside the home, including cleaning windows and light housework.
Captain:  Julie Sellers |  Ages 8+

14.     Agape I – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  John Hudson |  Ages 13+

15.    Agape II – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  Chris Collier |  Ages 13+

16.    Agape III – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  Juliane McCaleb |  Ages 13+

17.    Agape IV – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  Tommy Brunson |  Ages 13+

18.    Agape V – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  Cran Upshaw & Tommy Powell |  Ages 13+

19.    Agape VI – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  David Ratliff |  Ages 13+

20.    Agape VII – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on a trailer in the Central Home Village.
Captain:  Boyd Johnson |  Ages 13+

21.     Feed My Lambs – Atlanta
Volunteers will paint a new classroom, add shelving, and deep clean the classrooms.
Captain:  Debby & David Eidson |  Ages  11+

22.  Atlanta Community Toolbank
Volunteers will help maintain the inventory of the ToolBank through light sanding of tool handles, scraping off labels, and painting with oil based blue paint.
Captain:  Kevin Culpepper |  Ages  14+

23.    Police Athletic League – A.D. Williams
Volunteers will install bike racks and tetherball court.
Captain:  Ed Hamlin |  Ages 10+

24.     Urban Recipe
Volunteers will work in the garden and paint the co-op gathering space.
Captain:  Jason Burg |  Ages 10+

25.    Campbelltown UMC
Volunteers will be doing needed yard work for the church.
Captain:  Deidra Harrell |  Ages 10+

26.    New Hope AME Church
Volunteers will clean the playground and cemetery and do planting on the grounds.
Captain:  Mike Ivey & Jack Cay |  Ages 10+

27.    St. Paul’s UMC
Volunteers will work on outdoor and indoor needs for the church.
Captain:  Art Brady |  Ages 12+

28.     Action Ministries/Feed the Hungry
Volunteers will pack food boxes and weekend snack bags for elementary school children.
Captain:  Kristin Murphy & Justin Terry |  Ages 5+

29.     Action Ministries/Metro Atlanta
Volunteers will clean and organize the Women’s Kitchen pantry and kitchen space.
Captain:  Beth Hudson |  Ages 5+

30.    Grady Baby Blankets
Volunteers will make baby blankets for Grady Memorial Hospital.
Captain:  Beth Culp |  Ages

31.    Family Projects
Church families will work together on six different projects: food sorting for Buckhead Christian Ministry, making snack bags for the Redemption Community UMC, making birthday kits for Action Ministries, making specialty cards for Moving in the Spirit, making weekend meal bags for Hollis Innovation Academy, and making boxes for Homeless at Heart Project.

32.    Hygiene Kits and Lunch Bags for Homeless
Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits and lunch bags for the homeless.

33.    Lutheran Services of Georgia
Volunteers will pack welcome food and make welcome cards for newly arrived refugee families.

34.    “Praying for Peanut Butter”
Volunteers will help make sandwiches for the homeless.

35.    GDS Check in

36.    GDS Picnic Workers

37.    GDS Set-up on Friday

Beth Spencer has been at the helm of GDS through her 20 years as director of Lay Volunteer Services and now Local Outreach for Peachtree Road. We talk with Beth about the heart, history and experience of GDS.

Q:    So how did GDS get started?
A:     GDS was the idea of Rev. Vickie Smith, then a PRUMC member and volunteer and now an ordained minister herself.  Her brother’s church in Alabama had tried a similar idea.  At the same time, the Disciple bible study was taking off and the members were acting on what they were learning – to go out into the world and do good.  PRUMC was a very financially generous church then, but not as generous with our time as we are today.  The combination of these factors led us to create the Great Day of Service, in the spirit of Lent, when members and friends would sacrifice what they would normally be doing that day and take on a day of service that could change their lives and the lives of others.  Rev. Smith pitched the idea to Rev. Don Harp and told him that she thought we could have 100 volunteers; he said we will have 500, and he was right!

Q:    How has it evolved over the years?
A:    It went from 500 volunteers the first year to almost 2,000 about 15 years ago.  We have settled on closer to 1,100 volunteers today due to the abundance of outreach opportunities that happen now on a weekly basis.

Q:    Is this a United Methodist program or unique to PRUMC?
A:    The Great Day is unique to PRUMC, but we have had the honor to help many churches throughout the country start their own.  The UMC Annual Conference now includes a day of service each year as well.

Q:    Tell us what the Great Day of Service means to you.
A:    It is the backbone of the Local Outreach Ministry at PRUMC. Many charitable agencies have become permanent PRUMC partner agencies after participating in GDS, and members have found great friendships working together on projects.  We have even had people meet and then get married after working on a project together!  It is one of the few times that we as a congregation come together in a relaxed setting to worship and then go out to serve others.  All ages come together and that’s a good thing!

Q:    How many agencies do we serve each year?
A:    We have had as few as 15 and as many as 90 depending on the number of projects each participating agency has for us to tackle.  This year we will have 36 projects serving 40 agencies.

Q:    What ages are the GDS volunteers?
A:    Newborn to 100 – there is truly a project for all ages and stages!  We even have volunteers who have been with us since the beginning.

Q:    What is your favorite part of GDS?
A:    I have two favorite parts: The communion service with the fabulous Ron Greer homily that kicks off the event, and then sharing stories when folks come back to the church after projects are complete.  All the hard work has paid off when the volunteers have had a good experience and want to come back and volunteer again.

Q:    Complete this sentence: GDS would not happen without…
A:    The wonderful volunteers of Peachtree Road!

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