pleasant-hill-logoVineville believes we are called to grow a Christ-like world, with a specific focus on the community surrounding the church (Pleasant Hill). We call this emphasis PleasantVille Neighbors, drawing on Jesus’ words from Matthew 22:39, “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Join us as we strive to be good neighbors.
If you have questions, please contact Gina Greenwood at ggreenwood@bakersonelson.com or Grant Greenwood at ggreenwood@jbpslaw.com) or see the contact people for each ministry listed below. For upcoming projects, please see the calendar below.  You can print a volunteer form off by clicking here:  PleasantVille Volunteer Form

 

•              Sponsor a Campus Clubs Kid’s Trip to Camp Grace

VUMC PleasantVille Committee is thankful to YOU to report that last year VUMC sponsored and sent  36 underprivileged Campus Clubs (Bibb County) children to Camp Grace, a weeklong Christian summer camp.  This was a once in a lifetime experience for these children, many of whom had never left the city limits of Macon, GA.  Fifteen (15) kids accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior as a result of their experience at Camp Grace.

VUMC PleasantVille Steering Committee has voted to raise money to send yet another group of Campus Clubs children to the 2013 Camp Grace in June.   The cost this year is $ 180 per child.   We would like to send as many children as funds allow.  Please consider this worthwhile project for your class, group and personal giving initiatives.   Tax deductible contributions should be made to VUMC (Camp Grace).  For more information, contact Julia Baldwin at jgbcab@yahoo.com or 478-477-1278 (PVN Steering Committee and Campus Clubs Board Member).   See below in italics for more info on Campus Clubs and Camp Grace.

o   What Is Campus Clubs?

Campus Clubs began in 1996 as an urban youth ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Macon, GA.   Campus Clubs primarily reaches out to the “at risk” children of the Pleasant Hill Community with the goal of “loving kids and families into God’s Kingdom.”  Presently, CC is concentrating on educational and spiritual development on over 100 kids while also ministering to the families connected to these kids. On a typical day, the children are picked up from school, supplied a nutritious snack, assisted with homework, provided with tutoring, taught the Bible, engaged in physical education, and encouraged through love and discipline. CC also reaches out to the parents with its new GED class accredited through Central Georgia Technical College.  CC staff are often invited by children and parents to school programs, to read or speak to their classes, judge programs, and even visit them at home. CC partners with schools to help assess student progress and discuss educational remediation plans. CC’s daily interaction with the children and parents builds a climate of trust and respect, opening the doors to impact the spiritual and educational life of the children.    For more information on Campus Clubs, seehttp://www.campusclubsmacon.org/ or contact CC Exec Director Robin Crosby at 478-747-4293 or rcrosbycc@gmail.com, and please let Robin know you are a member of VUMC.

o   What is Camp Grace?

Camp Grace is a nonprofit camp located in Roberta, GA.  Camp Grace partners with inner-city ministries with the goal of transforming the lives of impoverished youth. Camp Grace strengthens what its ministry partners do by providing a high capacity, high quality overnight camp experience coupled with three additional follow-up camp events throughout the year.  In 2011, the camp served over 2100 children. Here is a brief glimpse of a typical Camp Grace day:   The camp day begins and ends with the Word of God and prayer through morning devotion and evening team time.  Campers learn and memorize a theme verse that can give them hope and assurance in the year to come. In addition, camper engage in lots of classic camp-style physical activities and each game or activity inspires them to overcome fears, try something new, be a good team member or citizen or discover a new interest.  Swimming is a highlight of most days at camp.  Meals are served family style at camp to encourage conversation and good manners.  Breakfast is surrounded with laughter and cabin cheers.  Each cabin strives to get the most spirit points to win the overall award for the week.  Cleaning the cabin, working together, winning games, shooting a bulls eye, reaching the top of the climbing wall, reciting the verse, and making good choices are some of the ways that campers earn points throughout the day.  On the morning of departure, everyone is getting one more picture and one more hug before tears and goodbyes start –  a true realization of the life change that happens during the week.  For more information, see http://www.thecampgrace.com/.

VUMC Pleasantville Neighbors Committee (“PVN”) is proud to work with Campus Clubs and Camp Grace to support the Pleasant Hill community.   PNC would like to encourage VUMC members to support these and other important Pleasant Hill community service activities/events.    Visit the PVN calendar for more upcoming events at    https://vinevillemethodist.com/missions/pleasantville-neighbors/

Again, tax deductible contributions to CC can be made to VUMC (Camp Grace).

THANK YOU for your continued support of PVN  and for loving your neighbors so graciously.    Please keep this ministry in your prayers in 2013.

 Grant and Gina Greenwood

VUMC Pleasantville Neighbors Committee Co-Chair

There are Four Areas of Involvement in Pleasant Hill

Faith: Contact:  Richard and Allison Young at 478-972-3278

    • Pleasant Hill Thanksgiving Service was held at Vineville United Methodist church jointly sponsored with Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church on Sunday, November 18, 2012 ; Bishop James King  preached.  Click on the link to see the photos of the service.
    • Assist with Push to Start Children’s Program, a special day of games, activities, and turoring on the 1st and 3rd  Saturdays of each month from 10:30am-1:00pm.  Male & Female Volunteers are needed to help with this.  Push to Start is held at Strong Tower Fellowship (STF).
    • STF needs donations of books to sell online.  Books can be taken to STF or call 478-978-7191 for pick-up service. Also need volunteers to work from home or at STF to help sell donated books online.  The proceeds of these sales benefit STF outreach ministry.  Requirements: basic computer skills, attend a 30-minute training program, computer and internet service if working from home.
    • STF is also collecting clothes and shoes of all sizes for residents of Pleasant Hill.  Clothes can be taken to STF or call 478-978-7191 for pick-up service.
    • Attend Women’s Bible Study at STF with Connie Carey, leader, on Tuesdays from Noon-1:00pm, including lunch and opportunity to meet Pleasant Hill neighbors.
    • Attend Men’s Bible Study at STF with Rev. Tom Anderson, leader, on Thursdays from Noon-1:00pm, including lunch and opportunity to meet Pleasant Hill neighbors.
    • Individually, or in small groups, occasionally attend worship services at STF to meet and offer encouragement to Pleasant Hill neighbors – Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm with a lunch following in the Fellowship Hall.  Evening Service at 6:30pm.

Education:

    • Volunteers to review assignments and assist GED students attending computer labs at Campus Clubs.  Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-Noon.  Special Need: Language, Reading, & Math.  Contact Phyllis Dorn at Central Georgia Technical College for information and to schedule orientation and training as needed: pdorn@centralgatech.edu or (478) 757-2568.
    • “Morningstar” program at L.H. Williams Elementary School:  Volunteers needed to work with teachers and media specialist by reading to students and assist as otherwise needed.  Contact person: Paula Newman at pnewman8@cox.net or 743-4048.
    • Allen Academy Summer Reading Program. In 2012, Vineville partnered with Greater Allen Chapel AME and LH Williams Elementary School to work with children who have low reading levels. This was accomplished through activities, creating original stories, using the arts, and (of course) reading.  We look forward to next year.

Health:

    • Backpack Buddies Program:  Volunteers needed to help purchase, store, pack, and deliver non-perishable food items for 40 students at L.H. Williams Elementary School.  Monetary donations also needed to purchase food given to students each Friday during the school year for their week-end meals.  Contact persons:  Mimi Brown at mimibsn@bellsouth.net or 478-994-5275; Mary Catherine Leigh at mcleighrx@yahoo.com or 912-604-3114
    • Pleasant Hill Community Garden – Working in the Pleasant Hill Community Garden provides two avenues of health: exercise and healthy fruits and vegetables for the community.  Ongoing maintenance of the garden throughout the growing season is needed.  Contact Wimberly Treadwell at wtdesign@bellsouth.net or 478-808-0391.
    • “Power to Prevent” Health Fairs – Help set up, run, and clean up afterwards. These health fairs are sponsored by Community Partnerships and Pleasant Hill’s “Shalom Zone” several times throughout the year.  Contact Gina Greenwood at ggreenwood@bakerdonelson.com or 478-909-0665.

Services:

    • Rebuilding Macon (go here for more detailed information) – Our church is partnering with Rebuilding Macon to come alongside our neighbors in the Pleasant Hill Community to do home repair and painting.  Contact Person: Nathan Watson (nathan@inglesidedata.com or ntwatson@yahoo.com or 478-319-1978).