The Clothes Closet is in the Little White House next to the church. The Clothes Closet is open the first four Thursdays of each month from 1 to 3 PM and on the first Tuesday of each month.
All clothes are given away and there is no charge. To make a donation, please place clothing donation in one of the containers on the front porch. Clothes should be clean and not soiled. To volunteer, please contact Jane Murray.
Food Collection happens 4 times during the year or each quarter. The average number of families coming each week is gradually increasing and the donations of food received are certainly appreciated. Items that are always in need are soups, especially chunky soups, canned fruit, canned milk and small packages of powdered milk. Thank you for your generous donations in the past and thank you in advance for future donations
- Gilmer County Food Bank: The Gilmer Community Food Pantry is located at 5273 Hwy 52E, Ellijay, GA 30540. It is open Wednesdays l0 am – 1 pm. Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays morning 9:30 – 1 pm to help stock shelves and fill orders for the clients. If anyone is interested they can call Katie Griffin for info (706-636-5839).
- Fannin County Food Bank and Feed Fannin: A group of individuals and organizations who came together to address the growing problem of hunger in Fannin County. While their primary goal is to help others help themselves through initiatives such as community gardening and sharing resources, their underlying aspiration was to tap into the unity that has long been a part of this small town, a reliance on each other that is missing in so many larger communities. For more information or to help, contact Barbara Ferer.
GARDEN FOR OTHERS
Cherry Log Christian Church has a half acre garden to grow and harvest fresh produce for both
Fannin and Gilmer Food Pantries. The garden has 8 raised beds and a large area for produce. We grow potatoes, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, pole beans, onions, and garlic as well as herbs. If you enjoy playing in the dirt, come join us. If you would like to volunteer contact Sharon Meek (404-217-2029).
ASHLEY’S WAY CAREGIVERS CLOSET MINISTRY
ASHLEY’S WAY Caregivers Closet Ministry is to assist individuals in our church and community who have emergency healthcare needs in caring for a family member or someone in the community. This Caregivers Closet can supply a wide variety of healthcare products. We are also partnering with Mountain Caring Closet in McCaysville in assisting them in the same endeavor. This allows us to have access to even more products should we need them. Already members of our church have donated products that they no longer need. If you would like to donate items, please be sure they are clean, in working order, and have all their parts.
For more information about this program, to donate clean working items, or to request items below, contact Malinda in the church office (706-632-1048).
LIFE FOR CHILDREN MINISTRIES – KENYA
Many of you heard Michael Agwande’s program about his Life for Children’s Ministries. Michael is an HIV/AIDS orphan from Kenya. His mission is to place orphan children with their extended families. The mission also builds houses for widows to keep them safe and dry during the rainy season. They are also building a school. One other project is to build wells for the area. Many of the people have to drink from ponds or lakes that are also used by the animals.
The Outreach Council members were very moved by Michael’s mission and want to be a part of this mission. As a church, we are very active in the local community but do not support an international mission outside of the donations we make to Week of Compassion and Blanket Sunday.
We have met several times and decided on three ways we would like to help the Life for Children’s Ministries.
- Building Widow’s Houses. The cost is $1,000. We collect donations on Mother’s Day.
- Drilling well(s). This is expensive. A well costs $15,000. One of the supporters of the ministry will donate $5,000 so we will have to raise $10,000.
- Mission trip to Kenya in the fall of 2017. This is a two week trip that includes work opportunities and a two day safari into one of the parks. The cost is $2,000 which includes room, board and transportation in Kenya. Anyone going must also pay for their plane ticket, about $2,000. We will have fund raisers for this but not until next year. If you are interested in going see any member of the Outreach Council. This mission trip will be planned with Michael and his ministry.
SAM STARR MINISTRY
This special outreach ministry of the church is named for the late Sam Starr who was a member of CLCC and worked tirelessly to help others who were in need. After his death, a trailer was purchased to house many of his tools as well as others so that there would be resources for local helping efforts among those needing home repairs. We are looking for opportunities to minister to not only church members but also the community. We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity’s Helping Hands project and Chris Hall who is Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Fannin and Gilmer counties. Volunteers from the community as well as our church will work side-by-side with homeowners that need some support. Not only will this partnership helps others in the community, but will also help some of our members who might need home repairs as well. If you would like to be a part of the significant ministry, please contact Malinda in the church office (706-632-1048) . We invited your participation as future opportunities to help one another in this church and in this community occur.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
Souper Bowl of Caring is dedicated to tackling all of the issues that exist in your communities, including poverty, hunger and homelessness. Did you know?
- 48 million Americans live in poverty?
- 1 in 7 Americans face hunger every day?
- More than 630,000 people in the United States are homeless?
- 23% of those struggling went to college?
- Or that 16 million children live in food insecure households?
Each year the Youth of Cherry Log Christian Church in connection with the Outreach Council collect cans of soup to share with the Gilmer and Fannin Food Banks.
The Craddock Center exists to enrich the lives of the people of Southern Appalachia through programs of education, cultural enhancement, and service, encouraging communities, families, and children to advance educationally, socially, and spiritually.For more information or to volunteer please contact the Craddock Center at 706-632-1772.
FAITH HOPE and CHARITY RECYCLE STORE, INC
449 Industrial Blvd, Suite 120, Ellijay, GA 30540
Volunteers Serving the Community with Compassion and Understanding while Providing Hope to those in Need. Click this link to learn more.
WEEK OF COMPASSION
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. They seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
The emphasis on “Week” in the name indicates the fund’s beginnings as a week-long effort to raise money for those in need. The first official collection under this name was made February 20 – 27, 1944, in conjunction with the annual Brotherhood Dinner, celebrated simultaneously by Disciples churches across the country. Decades later, WoC is still a week-long special offering season each February. WoC receives all of its funds from Disciples congregations and their members; it does not receive any funding from the Disciples Mission Fund. The important claim in the second word of our name, “Compassion,” indicates Disciples’ faithful belief that Jesus embodied and modeled for the Church how to love and care for all God’s people and Creation through faithful, life-giving love in the face of suffering.
Cherry Log Christian Church is a supporter of Week of Compassion and members are encouraged to support it initiatives.