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March 28, 2023

Reminder:  No Congregational Midweek tomorrow, March 29, due to new carpet installation.  
We will meet in house churches tomorrow and  on Wednesday, April 5.


 Joseph & Lisa Washington are excited to share their kidney transplant story on The Portia Show. It is airing on Fox 5 this Thursday, March 30, at 1:00 PM. Please tune in if you can!

 Family Promise Opportunity
Good day brothers and sisters!  We have the opportunity to help three currently unhoused families in our community through Family Promise of Athens.  (The next opportunity as a church will be in mid September.)  We’ve been asked to help from this Sunday March 26 @ 5PM through next Sunday April 2nd @ 5PM.  The 1st family is a single mom with a young toddler, the 2nd family is a mom and dad with 2 elementary school age children, and the 3rd family is coming into the program this Friday.  It is a single mom with two children.  Please visit the Signup Genius to see the various ways to help out.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Thank you SO much for your desire to partner with God in bringing His Kingdom.
Steve Gibson

 Help needed in the Family!
Dear Church Family,
     Through an unfortunate chain of events, Crystal Gangelhoff and her teenage son Dane recently found themselves in an uninhabitable living situation. To add to this difficult time, Crystal has been dealing with challenges related to her traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. This has forced her to re-evaluate being a special-needs teacher. She decided that she needed to switch to a paraprofessional position that would allow her to focus on her health. 
     With Crystal’s reduced income and health challenges, we knew it would be difficult for them to live independently, so we invited them into our home. With all six of us living in our 3-bedroom 1200 sqare foot house, we are needing more room for this to work long-term.
     We reached out to Steve Gooch and his organization Ground Zero Grace to help us convert our garage into a living space for Crystal and Dane. We are so grateful that Steve and his team are willing to take on this project!
     They are ready to start the work but need some financial assistance to make all of this come true. If you are able and willing to help, please follow the link Donate — GZG (groundzerograce.com) All contributions are tax deductible. You can also donate by check made payable to Ground Zero Grace and sent to: Steve Gooch, Ground Zero Grace, 211 Saint Martin Drive, Suwanee, GA 30024, 770-367-4061
With love,
John & Rachel Konomos 


 Would you like to win a free tour of Israel (value $2350)? 
Hello Athens church!
Our two (back-to-back) Israel Biblical Study Tours are slated for February 2024. New website subscribers have the chance to be entered into a draw for a free tour. There are two ways win:(1) Become a new website member (see below) or (2) Ask a friend to sign up. Then email confirmation of the subscription(s) to dj@douglasjacoby.com. There’s no limit to the number of entries. (Sign up 5 friends, be entered 5 times.) The winner will be announced on June 14th. All you or your friend has to do is click on this link, fill out the short form, and then drop me an email. Good luck – and thank you!
Douglas Jacoby

 Looking for a summer job?
A friend of Freda Sims needs a nanny beginning in June. Contact Freda at (706) 621-1800 if interested.

Tuesday, March 28 – The ACOC softball team is playing at Herman C. Michael Park tonight at 6:30 PM. Address is 1051 Elder Road, Bishop.  


Special Events

 Saturday, April 15 – Teen Prom “Masquerade” at Cornerstone Church in Duluth 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Tickets are $30 per person online and $33 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here: 2023 Teen Prom

 Sunday, April 23 – Children’s Ministry Volunteer Appreciation/Training Luncheon. Everyone who is signed up to work in the Children’s Ministry in 2023 is invited! We want to show our appreciation for your service to the children and also go over some important information regarding the children’s ministry. The luncheon will take place after church in the courtyard. 

Meetings of the Church
Sunday, April 2 – Congregational Worship; Guest Speaker: Fenton Gardner, Cornerstore Church
Wednesday, April 5 – House Church Midweek
Sunday, April 9 Easter  – Corrie McClary will be preaching
Wednesday, April 12 – Congregational Midweek (Corrie/Stefanie McClary)
Sunday, April 16 – Tentative Campus Worship Sunday/2023 Budget Presentation
Wednesday, April 19 – House Church Midweek
Sunday, April 23 – Congregational Worship- Corrie McClary will be preaching
Wednesday, April 26 – Congregational Midweek (Corrie/Stefanie McClary)
Sunday, April 30 – Meet in House Churches

(Wednesdays in May will be men/women’s midweeks that will meet every other week-see below)
Wednesday, May 3 – Women’s Midweek
Sunday, May 7 – Congregational Worship
Wednesday, May 10 – Men’s Midweek
Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day; Congregational Worship (Teen Sunday)
Wednesday, May 17 – Women’s Midweek
Sunday, May 21 – “Spring Bring a Friend Day”- Outdoor worship  and cookout on the church lawn 
Wednesday, May 24 – Men’s Midweek
Sunday, May 28 – Meet in House Churches


Sunday, June 4 –  Generosity Sunday (More information to come on this in the coming weeks)

 Summer Events  

 Youth & Family Summer Camps
Family Camp I (May 31-June3) & Family Camp II (July 26-29)
Summer Camp Weeks 1-6 (June 4-17 & June 25-July 22)
Shining Stars Camp (June 18-24)
Registration is OPEN for all Summer Camps (including Family Camp)! This also includes applications for paid full-time counselors and volunteers (counselors, kitchen workers, teen workers, and nurses). Please see the website for more information/details:

If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact Steve Gibson at 706-351-3092 or steve@campswamp.com.  We can’t wait to see you at Camp!

Campus Ministry: ICMC July 6 – 9   Norman, OK 
This conference is an annual highlight for college students across North America to come together to be unified, trained, and inspired. We are anticipating over 1500 college students and campus ministers to gather for a life-changing time. To register, click on the picture:

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