JCPC actively supports a number of missions in the Atlanta metro area by providing funding and volunteers throughout the year. In addition, JCPC also sponsors to missionary families who are spreading the Gospel in Albania and Russia and mission trips to provide aid to people in need across our country and around the world.
A Christian ministry that brings Christ's healing power to any person in crisis through programs of rescue, recovery and re-entry. The Mission serves as many as 950 men, women and children every day of the year with emergency shelter, residential recovery and transitional housing and job attainment. JCPC involvement includes having a "Turkey Drive" in November to collect turkeys for Atlanta Mission; encouraging members to volunteer at Atlanta Mission during Mission Week; providing sandwiches for Atlanta Mission.
JCPC Contact: Celia McCarty at 770-664-6671 or Ross Johnston
Beacon of Hope
A Beacon of Hope is a charitable organization whose mission is to save the lives of the unborn and promote healthy relationships while leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The services offered are life-affirming counsel and care for individuals dealing with an unplanned or untimely pregnancy, adverse diagnosis during pregnancy, abortion recovery and crisis care. This includes pregnancy verification, ultrasound and options education. These services are offered to teens, women and men in the Atlanta area. All services are confidential and extended through compassion and grace. JCPC provides volunteers, and also holds a "Baby Bottle Boomerang" each year, raising funds for A Beacon of Hope.
M/W/Th, 9:00AM-5:00PM Volunteers are needed to assist A Beacon of Hope with one of the following areas: patient care (training required), administrative assistance, Baby&Me Boutique organizing, front desk assistance (training required). Consistent shift times are very helpful. Contact Dana Demetriou to volunteer.
T, 12:00PM-8:00PM Volunteers are needed to assist A Beacon of Hope with the same needs as presented above. Contact Dana Demetriou to volunteer.
T, 6:00PMEvery Tuesday (Pregnancy Center of Johns Creek), assist the Beacon of Hope by providing a meal for The Bridge classes participants.
Please go to the community website (www.friendofbeacon.com) and click on the meal preparation link to view the details for the meal and the calendar. If volunteers are willing to provide one meal per quarter it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Pam Gricius (678-893-5280) if you have questions.
Beacon Contact: Dana Demetriou at 678-893-5281
Friends website: www.friendofbeacon.com
Patient website: www.pregnancycenterofjohnscreek.com
JCPC Contact: Ross Johnston
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood. From its beginning, Life South has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. Life South comes to JCPC approximately once a quarter.
JCPC Contacts: Tina Bradley, Tommy Assad, and Andy Williams
Central Presbyterian Night Shelter
The Central Night Shelter opened on January 14, 1981. It has evolved into a winter night shelter for approximately 90-100 men, located jointly in the gymnasium of Central Presbyterian Church (capacity of 65-70) and the Church Hall of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (capacity of 25-30). The shelter is governed by an ecumenical group of volunteers and supported by the staffs of Central and the Shrine. The shelter is open to men who have received a referral from one of several designated Atlanta homeless service agencies or from the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center.
JCPC is involved with the Night Shelter in multiple ways - volunteers cook dinner, serve, and/or stay the night several times each year.
In November, 2013, eight members of JCPC traveled to downtown Atlanta to serve a hearty meal to 64 guests. They met up with three other JCPC members who helped serve the meal and then spent the night as shelter "chaperones". Also in November, the Knit Wits knitting group distributed 82 knitted hats to the men at the Central Presbyterian Men's Night Shelter. (They also just delivered 25 sweaters this November to Northside Hospital. And will deliver more in Jan/Feb 2014.)
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Sponsoring children in need is breaking the cycle of poverty. Members of JCPC sponsor children, and our youth sponsors two children. Click here to meet the children we sponsor.
JCPC Contact: Nicole Strader at 678-546-1677
Grace Fellowship: Kampala, Uganda
Grace Fellowship was started 10 years ago by Pastor Nelson Kyasooka. In 2000 he journeyed to the streets of Kampala and began ministering to the local population in one of the poor slum areas. One of Pastor Nelson's first outreaches was to the street children of the area. There are thousands of vulnerable children that live on the streets due to either loss of parents or the inability of their parents to care for them due to disease, AIDS and wars. In 2003, after considerable prayer and by the provision of God through donations from the members of Grace Fellowship and support from other churches, Grace Fellowship was able to buy a piece of property in Makerere Kivulu slum area of Kampala. The foundation of a new church building is now mostly complete and the stone walls are starting to be constructed as funds become available.
As of today, Grace Fellowship Ministries not only has an active church body with 400-500 regular attendees, but also has established a primary school with over 400 children attending, a secondary (high school) with 100 students, two boys homes and one girls home for street children, an orphanage for orphans, outreach programs to the street children, and a health clinic. They are also starting an outreach to students of the local college (Makarere University).
JCPC Contact: Basil McKenzie
Hands of Christ
The purpose of Hands of Christ; a Duluth Cooperative Ministry is to utilize the resources of the community as a Christian Cooperative to glorify God and demonstrate Christ's love by ministering to the material and spiritual needs of those in crisis. JCPC members are involved in the mission of Hands of Christ in several different ways: serving on the Board of Directors, volunteering in the food pantry, picking up bread from local grocery stores and delivering it to Hands of Christ, and volunteering there during Mission Week.
JCPC Contact: Cathy Berggreen
Rivers of the World
Rivers of The World is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that targets remote river basins. Their goal is to serve with people who live in these river basins and those we serve help to define each project. ROW asks them what makes up their greatest challenges and covenants with them to meet and overcome those challenges together. ROW emphasizes that it is their country, their village, their culture, but our problem. The objective is to serve in an atmosphere of mutual concern and respect.
ROW projects run the gamut of human, physical and spiritual needs. Academics, research, education and medical/dental concerns go hand in hand with church planting, construction, evangelism and Bible distribution. Volunteers are welcomed to assist in the implementation of ROW mission projects.
JCPC has been involved with ROW for many years, going on mission trips to Belize, Brazil, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
JCPC Contact: Ellen Grand
The Stoscher Family
Under the leadership of Mark and Ruthie Stoscher, and a strong team of Albanian leaders, the Crossroads Christian Camp in Erseka welcomes for camp every summer nearly 1,000 children and youth from all over Albania. Additionally, a Bible School uses the same facilities September through March, providing solid Biblical and theological training to young leaders worldwide. The school has an average of 12-20 Albanian and international students each year.
Bible School website: www.torchbearers-albania.org
JCPC Contacts: Lydia Melin
Street GRACE is a non-denominational alliance of churches, community partners, and volunteers dedicated to supporting, enlarging, and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Street GRACE mobilizes the resources within the community - financial, human and material - toward those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated effectiveness in battling CSEC in the areas of advocacy, aftercare and mentoring.
JCPC Contact: Tommy Assad at 770-377-1822
The Thomas Family
Lyle and Diana Thomas mentor the family lives of key Russian leaders, build and train teams of Christian leaders who will cooperate for large-scale city impact, and work with orphans and street children. All of these ministries are merely means to the greater goal of making the name of Jesus renowned among the Russian people - as only 1 to 2% attends any kind of church.
JCPC Contacts: Imagine your name here as liaison to the Thomas family!