Ministry in Action

GCC Pathfinders March at MLB Game as Fundraiser

Source:  General Conference YOuth Department Newsletter, September 2015


The Youth and Young Adult department of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of the North American Division saw a need to promote inter-generational ministry. In a round table brainstorming session one young adult suggested a Family Game Day at an Atlanta Braves Baseball game. They invited all members in the conference to create an environment where all ages would spend time together. Conference employees discovered that there is a pre-game show that features a parade anyone can join—even Pathfinder Clubs. Youth Director Rob Lang met with an Atlanta Braves Vice President and when he came back, not only did the conference have decent ticket prices, but the Braves decided to return $5 per ticket as a fundraiser, which allowed people to choose what cause the money they spent on their tickets was appropriated for: Pathfinders, the Campership fund for Cohutta Springs Youth Camp or Young Adult Ministries. A Pathfinder color guard led the parade, other Pathfinders (and anyone that wanted to) walked in the parade, and Conference President Ed Wright beat the enormous Atlanta Braves Drum as they did the Tomahawk cheer. 450 tickets were sold this first year, with a goal to sell 1,000 next year. Special thanks to Associate Director Don Keele, Jr. for contributing this story. Photos here.



Helping Oklahoma Tornado Victims

NEWS 5/20/2013 -- Yesterday Newcastle and Moore Oklahoma was struck by what is being called an F4 tornado. 30 square miles of land were torn apart and many lives have been lost. Hope Adventist Fellowship of Moore, which was spared by a mile and a half, has members who have experienced damage from minor to catastrophic. The church is now becoming a location for supplies and disaster relief and is up and running. It is located at 1426 NE 12th, Street, Moore, OK. 73160. I-35 remains closed to Moore. An easy way to access the church would be from I-240 and Sunnylane, east of I-35. Head south on Sunnylane, turn right on 119th Street. The Church is about a mile down. Pastor Michael Smith (Pastor of Hope Adventist Fellowship of Moore) is coordinating with Stan Buckmaster (Oklahoma Community Services and Disaster Relief) to accept and deliver the needed supplies. Please Do Not self-deploy to the Moore disaster. A security perimeter has been established around the impacted area and you need appropriate credentials to be allowed in. There is a need for nonperishable foods that can be eaten without preparation with electricity, Gatorade, gloves, drugs and supplies for wound treatment. Please DO NOT SEND CLOTHES.

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