Ministry updates:
  • We had 26 baptisms from August to the first Sunday of February.

  • We had 71 people join the church from August to the first Sunday of February.

    • 46 people joined via a profession of faith

    • 13 joined as a transfer from another UMC

    • 12 joined as a transfer from another denomination.

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Connect
  • An updated Hospitality Council/Team was established in November 2019

  • We revamped the council with a new strategy and 20 new members (a diverse group of church members and a few staff) in addition to the original 7 members.  The Hospitality Team looked at current best practices, developed new initiatives, and moved into the new year with some additional strategy around Hospitality in all areas on Sunday mornings (welcome, parking lot, greeting, ushers, etc).  Of the 5 initiatives to reverse trends and build up Mount Pisgah to that which God has called us to be, this Hospitality Team is specifically working on – Attract and Welcome New Visitors.  

  • Two meetings in the 4th quarter of 2019

  • Three growth opportunities were defined with enhanced serving opportunities within each area, effective 12/24/2019:

    • Outside/Parking Lot – Parking Directors and Parking Greeters

    • Gathering Area – Greeters, Ushers, and Coffee Team

    • Sanctuary – Sanctuary hosts

  • Recruited and engaged the church congregation to join Hospitality on Sunday mornings.  Increased monthly, scheduled volunteers in all areas of Hospitality.

    • Greeters – +9*

    • Parking Lot Greeters - +10

    • Ushers – +11*

    • Coffee Team – +4

    • Sanctuary Hosts – +12

*These numbers do not include all youth because they are on a rotating schedule to volunteer under Student Ministry.

Within two main areas, additional signage developed to welcome our church community and assist with directing people on the campus:

  • Mount Pisgah en Espanol

  • Seniors and Guests

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Hospitality
  • New Ministry Initiatives:

  • A new GriefShare group started in January offering hope and help to others as they journey grief.

  • God and Girlfriends Women’s Day Retreat is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Mount Pisgah.  This will be a day that offers refreshing for women who very often do not take the time to enjoy God and friendships in a relaxed way.

  • Shield-A-Badge prayer ministry will start up late February offering our community the opportunity to pray over a Johns Creek police officer.  They will pray for them for one year and send cards of encouragement which will be collected and delivered to the Johns Creek Police Dept. every other week.

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caring
  • We completed our 27th Habitat for Humanity home for Shayla Croft.  The house was dedicated to her on November 9th and as a church, we were able to gift her with some baskets of “goodies” to help get her started in her new home.

  • For our outreach of the month, we collected the following items:

    • In August we collected books for use with the Christian Library Institute.  These books are sent into the prison system in the US to help share the good news of the gospel with those who are incarcerated.

    • In September we collected clothing items and toys/games for Winters Chapel UMC for them to use in their Kids Closet store.  This was a connectional opportunity for two United Methodist Churches to work together while helping the Winters Chapel Preschool reach into their community to scholarship children into their Pre-K program.

    • In October we partnered with Children’s Ministry to help collect supplies to fill Operation Christmas Child boxes.

    • In November we collected supplies to send to the Men’s Atlanta Transitional Center.  These supplies will be used by those who are no longer incarcerated and are entering into transitional housing.

  • In the month of December we collected gifts for our own Mount Pisgah in Spanish community as well as gift cards for use with Every Woman Works, The Drake House and Homestretch.  Your gifts continued to support families in need in our own community.

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outreach

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • Working with Heather on plans to initiate fresh expressions via VBS for adult seniors at local senior living facilities

  • Discussion with Jason Zemke regarding a “Senior Sunday” whereby we bring recognition to our adult seniors. The purpose of this is to recognize them as having an integral part in our congregation, dismissing the common fears that aging = lack of purpose

 

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • Cornerstone Christmas Dinner welcomed over 50 seniors (our largest event so far).  Everyone enjoyed dinner followed by a Christian comedian, Lisa Mills

  • Cornerstone put out a “Words of Wisdom” devotional booklet for all of the 2019 confirmands with about 25 submissions.  Alan referenced it at both services that Sunday which led to other seniors wanting to take part in it in 2020

  • Lunch & Learn in January w/ Attorney Lawrence Domenico who spoke about estate planning.  15 seniors joined us

 

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • Cornerstone continues to put out a monthly newsletter and receives positive feedback from seniors

  • A request for volunteer participation to grow Cornerstone is finally being answered.  4 seniors have answered that request; continuing to pray for more

  • Upcoming events include a Valentine’s Day Potluck lunch/service project, a FIVE WISHES seminar March 1 (this is a combined Caring Ministry event), a day trip to Gibbs Gardens March 21, another Lunch & Learn in April, a Braves Game June 6

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Senior Adults

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • The 2020 Ministry Plan will be distributed throughout this month hightlighting the Church's ministries and investments here, there and everywhere.

 

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • December 31 financial results were favorable.  Net income exceeded budget by $183k.

 

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • The 2020 - 2021 budget process will begin March 2020 when each ministry will determine their new inititatives and funding requirements for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.

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finance

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and Hope.

  • The 2020 North Fulton Ecumenical Build* is scheduled to begin in July.  It will be on Upper Hembree Road in Roswell Ga on a lot donated by the City of Roswell.  Due to lot size, this will be a single home build only as opposed to previous years were multiple units were constructed. This will likely reduce the number of available volunteer slots.  Mt Pisgah’s commitment for this build is $10k vs the 2019 commitment of $20k.  

  • An Ecumenical breakfast is scheduled at Mt Pisgah on May 21 @7am to introduce the family (if work permits) and to schedule volunteer slots by date for each participating church.  Following this, volunteer sign up can begin for Mt Pisgah volunteers to fill our available slots.

  • If you or someone you know wants to volunteer they can contact Jim Wilson at jwduluth1@bellsouthnet

 

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • In November nearly 80 Mt. Pisgah Habitat volunteers completed our 27th Habitat for Humanity house for our homeowner partner Shayla Croft.  Shayla is a paraplegic and this was our first ADA build. This build was part of the North Fulton Ecumenical Build.  The house was constructed at Evans Trail in Woodstock, approximately 25 minutes from Mt. Pisgah.  Other churches participating in this Ecumenical Build were St. Brigid, St. James UMC, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Northbrook UMC. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was also a sponsor.

 

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • Buddy Lollis has stepped down as Mt Pisgah Lead Coordinator with Jim Wilson assuming the role. Michael Lehmann and Cindi Smith remain on the team.  Cindi and Michael will help with volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts.  This will include help with the following: 1. recruitment of volunteers to work on scheduled Saturday to build days, 2. staffing the volunteer sign-up table for 2 to 3 Sundays prior to the build, 3. assisting with weekly follow-up calls and emails once the build begins, 4. Managing volunteer contact and communications.

*The North Fulton Ecumenical Build is sponsored annually by a group of North Fulton Churches who have been coming together for many years to support Habitat’s Christian Housing Ministry in our community.

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Habitat for Humanity

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • A new activity bus purchase has been approved by the Board of Trustees utilizing the balance of the Jubilee funds. The bus will be delivered late February.  The current fleet consists of two (2) buses that are 22 years old and are in extremely poor condition.

  • The Beacon/Summit building has experienced a new flood in the basement.  The building was just restored from a flood in July 2019 where all three (3) floors were damaged.  The Church is waiting on Selective Insurance Company to assess the damage, examine the cause and make a determination of coverage of the claim.  Tebarco, our plumbing vendor has made the repair to the sprinkler system pipe located outside that building that apparently severed causing the damage and water to flow around and then into the terrace level of the building.

 

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • The Board of Trustees recently approved a new lease with the School to rent four (4) classrooms at $1/year effective July 1, 2021, for a one year term expiring June 30, 2022.  The School currently leases nine (9) classrooms and that lease ends June 30, 2021.  They will be moving five (5) of those classrooms to South Campus but need to maintain the four (4) classrooms for infants and toddlers on North Campus due to the sprinkler system requirements of Bright from the Start for this age group.

 

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • The Board of Trustees continues to actively and effectively oversee property and equipment maintenance and improvements.  Bids for a new landscaper and property improvements are underway.

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board of trustees

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • Continue to open homes of light, where the Bible is studied.

  • We continue to send food and clothing to 4 cities in Venezuela. 2 medium boxes per month.

  • We moved to the Underground in the North Campus building, with no problems at all.

  • We consolidated and started the agendas of the new internal work team of Mount Pisgah in Spanish

 

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • The Sunday service and other activities have been moved to the Underground at the North Campus building, where we have been received with much love and we are happy to be part of the Mount Pisgah UMC family

  • Sunday services on average have had an attendance of 190 people, not counting children who are receiving classes with Rita

  • We have 8 Bible study groups in different homes (light homes). The assistance of more than 80 people every 15 days.

  • In the Birth of Jesus  Nativity service, we had the assistance of 259 people and distributed more than 130 gifts donated by our Anglo brothers from our Monte Pisgah family with the great support of Pastor Jason Zemke

  • We received the year 2020 with a service on December 31 with the assistance of more than 60 people

  • Christmas lunch was held with the leaders of Mount Pisgah in Spanish, with the assistance of 40 people

  • We had the Couples Ministry Christmas Dinner, where more than 20 couples attended

  • The Nominating Board met with the purpose of forming the leaders of each Mount Pisgah work team in Spanish

  • We have the service on Wednesdays, where we give the opportunity to preach to adult and young leaders. Assist 40 people

  • We have prayer meetings every Friday with an attendance of 9 to 15 people per week.

  • We continue having the Fridays of Glory, the last Friday of each month, where we pray, worship God and give words, where around 50 people attend. Every two months they are led by the youth team.

  • We awarded the Art and Painting contest with 30 paintings made by children from 5 to 13 years old
     

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • Our Mission - Vision is to make disciples passionate and in love with Jesus Christ. Constantly giving spiritual nourishment

  • We will continue to motivate, encourage and empower people to follow the model of Jesus. For people to connect with God through prayer and have a new lifestyle reflecting the life of Christ

  • We will continue to have our Bible studies on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the different houses (Light Homes)

  • We will continue to focus on giving spiritual food to the members of Mount Pisgah UMC in Spanish so that they can mature and develop a good and solid relationship with God.

  • We continue to make disciples here, there and everywhere

  • We continue to provide counseling and spiritual guidance to couples, adults, marriages and the youngest members of our church.

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mount Pisgah in spanish
  • 196 women attended Mistletoe Brunch 2019 on Saturday, December 7th.  This annual event is the longest-running ministry at Mount Pisgah at 34 years.  The women fellowshipped and prepared their hearts for the Christmas season.  Next year will be 35 years!  

  • Over 20 people have found financial freedom from the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class that teaches how to get out of debt and started living generously. 

2019 Emmaus, Chrysalis and Face to Face from MP particpants: 

  • 12 pilgrams/catapillers

  • 74 servants at the retreats

 

One more piece of interesting information:

  • To date (all years), Mount Pisgah has sent 652 members on the Walk to Emmaus.  That is the most of any church in the conference.  The number two church is coming in at 512.

 

Save the date:

  • 4:19 Disciple Makers Conference with guest speaker, Greg Ogden, August 21-22, 2020.  Greg is the authorDiscipleship Essentials which is a very popular book at Mount Pisgah.  Come learn more about how to join Jesus in his mission and make the next generation of disciples. 

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Disciple Life
  • This fall we had 39 students attend Confirmation classes – 35 were confirmed in the 10:30 service on November 24, 2019.  Wednesday nights continue to grow steadily from an average attendance of 55 students to 75 students currently. 

  • In January we moved upstairs for worship and Bible Study.  The 930 Bible Study classes continue to grow as well, from an average attendance of 25 in the fall to 38 currently.  6th grade small groups kicked off January 5, adding 30 students and 6 adults to our small group participants.

  • We added Tyler Johnson to our Ministry team as a full-time Student Life Pastor and Caroline Freemyer to the team as a part-time Student Life Pastor.  Caroline will move into a full-time role in July 2020.

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Student Life

2019 Emmaus, Chrysalis and Face to Face from MP participants:  

  • 12 pilgrims/caterpillars

  • 74 servants at the retreats

One more piece of interesting information:

  • To date (all years), Mount Pisgah has sent 652 members on the Walk to Emmaus.  That is the most of any church in the conference.  The number two church is coming in at 512.

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Walk to Emmaus

New Ministry Initiatives:

  • As of Jan 1, we have been encouraging kids to bring their Bibles with them to church each Sunday. We're excited that almost 2/3  of our kids are bringing them. Our intention is to help them really begin to understand the importance of reading, knowing, hearing and learning what the Bible says. God's love story to us all is so beautiful and compelling.   In addition, each month kids are now receiving a bookmark with a monthly memory verse that they can use to mark the Bible story in their Bibles each week and use it as a take-home tool.

  •  VBS 2020 Changes

    •  VBS June 14-18 9am-1pm

    • Expanded VBS programming to 4 hours.

    • Integrating the use of south campus to expand the number of kids served at VBS

    • Collaborating with MPCS to incorporate kids participating in their all-day summer camps into VBS.

  • Adopted a revised mission statement for Children’s Ministry as of Jan 6, 2020

  • “Guiding children to grow in unwavering faith in Jesus and a deeper love for God and people.”


Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • Feb 2nd we hosted Sunday Morning Live Family Edition (9:30 am Studio A) and had the highest attendance ever with 140 kids/parents.

  • 8 first time families were in attendance. All have been contacted and we are working to connect

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • A great partnership and opportunity to serve alongside our Mount Pisgah in Spanish Ministry onto North Campus into children’s and nursery programming.  Approximately 20-25 children are now attending Sundays and Wednesdays.

  • Gearing up for 2020 EE Hunt on March 28th  at the Pisgah Athletic Campus. We are partnering with Mount Pisgah Christian School.

  • We’re excited to announce Christen Clark, our Children’s Ministry Large Group Director has entered Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a degree in Christian Leadership. Christen will continue working full time while pursuing her degree online.

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Children

Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • Confirmation Classes, averaging 40+ parents weekly, were provided for the parents whose middle school students who are going through confirmation. These classes offer a parent perspective on the 8 basics of the faith and equip parents to have meaningful conversations about their faith at home.   

  • Technology classes and workshops were provided for 50+  parents of children and students and their leaders to increase awareness and foster open communication about the trends, challenges, and opportunities found in our ever-changing technology so families could begin to reclaim their real lives in a world of devices. 

  • Launched a  weekly support group to provide spiritual encouragement and prayer for parents of children with challenging mental health issues and diagnoses. 

General Ministry Progress Update:

  • Currently have 20+ plus parents of students in a weekly “Sticky Faith” class as follow up and continuation of the Confirmation Parent experience where they are learning practical ideas and strategies to encourage the type of spiritual growth that will “stick” into adulthood. 

  • Offer classes using the book  “The Gospel in Color” to better equip parents on how to have helpful, honest conversations with their children about Race and Racism and how the Good News of Jesus Christ can bring about reconciliation and greater understanding.  

  • Continue to equip new parents and parents of young children with resources and ongoing support through one-on-one meetings, the sharing of resources and Moms Fellowship Group which provides support, encouragement, and opportunities for service and spiritual growth for moms in the stages of parenting.   

  • Offer summer and fall workshops to parents of children and students on the topics of life skills, money management, distracted driving and the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. 

  • Continue availability for one-on-one listening, encouragement and support for parents with a Master's trained social worker who has experienced the grace of God in her many mistakes and failures in her own parenting journey.

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Recently Completed Events and Stats:

  • Served and supported 2 foster families, 1 respite family and 1 kinship (relative placement) family

  • Congregation-wide awareness event and service project in January: 125 “first day bags” filled with hand-made blankets, decorated pillowcases, t-shirts, art (made by congregation families, VBS children, and students) as well as donated new pajamas, games, and movie coupons given to foster children and teens in the care of ministry partner, Wellroot Family Services.

  • Hosted Live the Promise Advocate clinic with over 80 participants from 30+ churches from 9 states who were trained on how to begin or grow foster care ministries

  • 100 VBS children and 60 students donated over 500 hours of service hours at the Foster Care Support Foundation in our community

  • Hosted and conducted two pieces of training for 10 new ministry volunteers

  • partnered with Grace Midtown Church in October to help renovate the Fulton County Courthouse family visitation room

  • Hosted our first-ever Parents Day Out in November for 24 foster children with the help of 75 volunteers and staff members

  • Made nearly 100 frozen meals to distribute to foster families in need

General Ministry Progress Update (2020 Plans):

  • Continue to support our 3 current foster families with care teams of 8-10 members

  • Recruit at least two new foster families and launch care teams with the needed trained volunteers to support those families

  • Host another Live the Promise Advocate Clinic on 2/8/20 

  • Host at least two more Parents Day Out events for foster families on June 27th and again in the Fall (date TBA)

  • Make and deliver at least 50 new frozen meals to foster families in the community

  • Continue to collaborate and partner with other church and community-based foster care ministries, agencies and organizations in order to “place (more) lonely (children) in families”

One of our Care Communities is made up of 12 volunteers that serve a foster family with a teen foster son (age 15).  This team has worked together for the last 2 years supporting the family with weekly meals, tutoring, transportation, and forming mentoring relationships.  One team member tutors him 2-3 times a week and has worked tirelessly to help him bring his failing grades up and he successfully passed all of his classes first semester!  This would not have been possible without the volunteer’s efforts and coaching.  In fact, she has made a promise that she will continue to tutor him until he graduates from high school (he is only a freshman at this time)!  The entire team has formed a rich mentoring relationship with him as there are many opportunities to support him and spend time together.  The foster parents have endured serious surgeries and death in the family and the need to travel out of state this year.  In each of these circumstances, the entire team has come together in order to support the foster teen and care for him in the foster parents’ absence.  At Christmas time, the team joined together to purchase Christmas gifts in all of his interests.  The most exciting being VIP tickets to a Hawks game for the family to enjoy.  They have witnessed first- hand his love for basketball and his foster mom says basketball is the one thing that keeps him grounded.  This team is very invested in the lives of this teen and his foster family and will continue to serve him in 2020. 

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Pisgah fosters

Pray-Give-Go:

  • Fall Campaign Final - $226,718 from 153 households

 

4 Summer Missions Trips Scheduled:

  • Student Ministry – Dominican Republic 

    • Over 30 registered and team meetings have begun

    • Spiritual Lead – Tyler Johnson

  • Kenya – Mully Children’s Family

    • Around 10 commitments 

    • Spiritual Lead: Beth Laury

  • Costa Rica – Abraham Project

    • Between 15-20 commitments

    • Spiritual Lead: Mark Danzey

  • Ukraine – resurrection Church

    • The current level of commitment is low

 

Investments in Global Missions Ministry Partners - $35,250 (Last 3 Months):

  • International Leadership Institute (ILI - Eurasia)

  • Elam Ministries (Iran/Middle East) 

  • Venezuela Now – (Doctors and Nurses)

  • Mully Children’s Family (Kenya)

  • Receiving His Life Ministries (Discipleship – Nepal, India)

 

Mount Pisgah Global Missionaries:

  • Hernando and Katherine Montana – relocating to Budapest, Hungary

  • Hangoul Choi – serving in Thessalonica, Greece

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