MERCY AND DEEDS
Opportunities to Serve...
Summerhill Camp Lunches
East Cobb Presbyterian Church, for many years, has supported the ministry of Summerhill Community Ministries that reaches children in this area of inner-city Atlanta. Summerhill supports the children and youth in their community with an After School Program for elementary and middle school aged students, youth night, sports programs, and job training, under the direction of Justina Dix.
Help Serve Dinner to the Homeless
ECPC actively participates in serving meals at the Elizabeth Inn on the 10th of each month. The Inn is a homeless shelter managed and located at MUST Ministries in Marietta. This service in our community benefits many and requires so little time and effort. This is a great ministry for the entire family - children can help in many ways. If you have never participated, you can partner with someone who will show you the process.
Why is Mercy Ministry important?
- Mercy is part of the nature of God
(Ps. 140:12; Hosea 6:6; Luke 6:36)
- Mercy was an important aspect of the earthly ministry of Christ
(Mt. 15:32; Mt 23:23)
- Mercy is a mark of the believer
(Micah 6:8; I John 3:16)
- Mercy is a calling of the church
(Ps. 82:3; Mt. 25:31-46; Gal. 6:1
East Cobb Presbyterian is committed to both Word and deed ministry. Because God Himself is full of mercy and shows each of us mercy in countless ways, we believe every Christian is called to show love and mercy to others. We also believe the most effective and biblical form of mercy ministry is spontaneous, everyday mercy shown by Jesus’ followers (Luke 10:25-37). The best forms of mercy ministry are those that “bubble up” as people respond to God’s call in their lives – not those that are organized from the leadership of the church. However, the church should evaluate needs in the congregation and community that are not being addressed and seek the Lord to determine if there is a way we should be involved.
ECPC Kingdom Builders is a service ministry of East Cobb Presbyterian Church. Our goals are to:
Care for ECPC members, especially those who are widows, single moms/women, the elderly, or dealing with illness.
Support Christian ministries such as Summerhill Community Ministries and MUST Ministries.
Demonstrate the love of Christ in the community.
We invite men and women of all skill levels to join us in this ministry.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:9-10
The following table highlights some of the ministries in which ECPC members participate. Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get involved in these mercy opportunities.
Cobb Pregnancy Services
Help minister to those considering abortion at Cobb Pregnancy Services. Help is needed in the following areas: counseling, clothes ministry, ultrasound, abstinence education and more.
Operation Christmas Child
Help collect Christmas gifts to send to needy children in other countries. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief ministry.
Provide meals to those in our congregation who are ill, homebound or recovering from childbirth/surgery.
Elizabeth Inn Once a month, ECPC provides a meal to clients at the Elizabeth Inn, part of MUST Ministries. The clients are homeless, poor or financially struggling. The meal must be picked up from Folks Restaurant, taken to the Inn and served. Volunteers are needed to serve in the clothes closet and in many other capacities.
Many opportunities for inner-city service are available in the Summerhill Community, located near downtown and Turner Field. ECPC’s involvement each summer includes preparing and serving hot meals and assisting with arts and crafts, music and drama classes. The after-school program desperately needs volunteers to tutor young people.
Joy House, a ministry in Cobb County primarily to abused women and children. Opportunities for service are countless, but include cleaning, gardening, tutoring, leading Bible studies, donating goods and services.