Thursday, October 1

Parent Ministry:

  1. Wednesday and Sunday evening classes for Parents on the Theology of Racial Reconciliation with 35+ participants

  2. Over 150 individual and small group contact hours with and support of families in need or crisis- both Covid related and other issues

  3. Continued weekly or biweekly meetings for Moms of children with Mental Health Diagnosis and Moms Fellowship Group- both zoom and in person 

  4. Informational and support meeting for parents of children transitioning into Student Life Ministry

  5. Continued encouragement and support of two foster families, both transitioning and awaiting placements

  6. Donations of $500 in gift cards and cleaning supplies to foster families and teenagers at Wellroot Family Services (formerly United Methodist Children’s Home)

  7. Annual financial support of Wellroot and Live the Promise foster care advocacy

Nursery, Children's, & Special Needs:

  1. Nursery, Children’s and Special Needs Ministry kicked off in person on September 13. Each week we have seen increased attendance and we’re hopeful that in the coming weeks with schools reopening, that trajectory of increased attendance will continue.

  2. Children’s Ministry has hosted two outdoor events targeting young families as a way to connect safely as a church community. On August 23rd we hosted  A “Drive-In” Family Edition in the front parking lot.  We had approximately 20 families attend bringing the number of people to over 60. Pastor Steve welcomed families and then our team provided the worship, fun and games, and Biblical message.  Families loved it! Then on Friday evening September 18th, we hosted an outdoor family movie night.  We had approximately 20 families gather safely for fun and fellowship.  It was a multigenerational event and fun was had by all. Hebrews 10:25 was our inspiration “And let us not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

  3. On Wednesday, Oct 14 we will be back live in person and will kick this off with our Glow in the Dark Party in the underground amphitheater.  This night is intentionally created to share the light of Jesus with children, their friends, and families with the hope they will be moved to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. It’s a party atmosphere with lively worship, games and Biblical message, and plenty of neon.   We will gather safely with temperature checks and masks for all.

  4. We continue to offer an online weekly resource for our families that we will continue to provide through December for those families who are just not ready to return to the church in person. We are currently offering our Wednesday evening program, Collide( for K-5th graders) each week on line live on Zoom. Beginning October 21, we will begin offering Collide on Wednesday evenings in person and will offer nursery on Wednesday evenings beginning Oct 14th.

  5. Rita Felice is stepping down as our Director of Children's Ministry to follow her calling into mentoring disciple-making leaders at Narrow Gate. We are sad to see Rita go, but we celebrate all the Lord has done in and through her during her time here at Mount Pisgah. With that in mind, it is also our joy to announce Natalie Crabtree as the new Director of Children's Ministry. Natalie has been part of our Mount Pisgah family for many years and has served on our children's ministry team for the past several years. She is well equipped and ready to lead our ministry to kids. Join me in thanking Rita and welcoming Natalie! Rita's last day will be October 15 with Natalie starting October 16.

Men's Ministry:

  1. Tuesday Night Zoom meetings proceed - recent interaction with the men of St James UMC, Alpharetta on the racial divide and oppression being experienced in the US.

  2. Thursday "breakfast group" now both 'Live " in a socially distanced setting in church and via Zoom

  3. Tuesday/Thursday following the same teachings each week under Mark Danzey leadership

  4. Michael Jordan is the Men's Ministry pastoral lead now on behalf of Mt Pisgah's clergy.

Finance Committee:

  1. Tony Wagman will be serving as the new Finance Chairman for the class of 2022-2023.  We wish to thank Bob Daniels for his outstanding service the past three (3) years.

  2. With Covid-19 negatively impacting the finances of Mount Pisgah, we've had to revisit the 2020-2021 approved budget and make additional expense reductions.  Several staff positions have been eliminated and all other staff has been impacted by a reduction in pay or a reduction in hours.

  3. The Finance office is waiting for the opportunity to apply for loan forgiveness for the PPP loan provided by the SBA to pay our employees during the Covid-19 crisis.  As soon as we are granted access to the Renasant Bank portal, we can begin the application process.

Board of Trustees:

  1. The Board of Trustees continues to actively and effectively oversee property and equipment maintenance and improvements.  We are developing a life cycle capital reserve plan over the next 6 months for the funding and replacement of all capital assets.

  2. The Trustees finalized the July 1 renewal of the Church's property and commercial insurance program with USI Insurance Services.  Coverages include a $15 million umbrella policy in addition to a $1 million policy for Director and Officer's coverage.

  3. Trustee members are currently reviewing the lease agreements with the Summit Counseling Center and A Beacon of Hope for the renewals effective July 1, 2021.

Membership/Baptisms:

  1. We have had 9 baptisms and 18 new members added YTD.  This is much different from where we were over this same time last year.  The total baptisms for last year were 21 and new members were 43 for the same time period.  Covid-19 and our inability to be in person has certainly impacted these numbers.  However, God is still doing great things in the life of this church and the lives touched by God’s grace this season are certainly praiseworthy.

9:30 AM Worship Team:

  1. The 9:30 service has had a few additions to some familiar elements pre-COVID-19.  Billy Payne has worked very hard to help us experience the orchestra in small ensembles.  On September 27th he was able to bring together a much larger orchestra and used the choir loft and platform area to keep our musicians socially distanced while playing.  We have also brought back communion using self-contained communion sets.  These are available upon entering the building on the sanctuary floor level.  The majority of those in the room appear to be taking a communion set with them to worship and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to experience God’s grace in person and online.  The choir continues to practice as much as they can during this season and Billy is working with smaller groups to try and help us experience that “choir feeling” without having the full choir present.  He will have 30 members this Sunday spread out in the sanctuary doing a special song for this specific service.

Women's Ministry:

  1. With COVID, the Women’s Ministry has taken their gatherings to the park.  Faith and Fitness! We have walking meet-ups at Newtown, East Roswell, Webb Bridge Park, and the Greenway.  Ladies of all ages can share stories of encouragement while they walk.  It has been nice to hear about the new connections that have been formed. 

  2. Women’s Ministry is discerning what to do about the annual Mistletoe Brunch.  This is the 35th year of fellowship and inspiration to prepare our hearts for the season.  However, we need to consider COVID precautions in December. Please pray for wisdom and discernment in the decision and planning.

DiscipleLife:

  1. Discipleship groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and small groups are meeting in person and online.  It has been uplifting to hear about gatherings outside and through technology that continues to give community and transformation. 

  2. Worship to Discipleship Connect Series is rolling out this fall with a soft start and more opportunities in 2021.  This is part of the Church’s Strategic Initiatives to engage those online and in worship who have not connected to serve and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ (our mission). If you missed the training on 9/29, you can watch it to understand what the Connect Series is all about: https://vimeo.com/463099519. There was also a handout list of the classes included in the Connect Series with the Church Council documents from Beth Barnwell. 

Hospitality:

  1. Our congregation for in-person worship has smoothly transitioned into self-management, wearing required masks, seating themselves with little direction needed for appropriate 9-foot sanctuary layout, and limiting congregating before/after services.

  2. Increase in staff assisting on Sunday mornings to help manage new roles and responsibilities, including taking attendance.

  3. Staff at all entrances on Sunday morning to take attendance for each service, documenting everyone in the building.  

  4. New signage at all entrances – (1) masks required and (2) Senate Bill 359 sign, protecting organizations from civil liability related to the spread of COVID-19.

  5. Communion offered each Sunday using pre-packaged kits.

  6. Pared down welcome bags are again being offered to first-time visitors.

  7. Organized and collected 51 backpacks, FILLED with school supplies, for our Mount Pisgah in Spanish family - elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Caring Ministry:

  1. Stephen Ministers will resume meeting in person in October.  

  2. Caring Ministry has been ministering to people via phone prayers as one on one meetings have been challenging but this is now picking up.

  3. We have been actively involved in taking provisions to ATC since COVID.

  4. Hospital visits are still not allowed.

  5. The Prayer Ministry has remained active praying over the needs of the congregation.

  6. Loving Meals has delivered to several families.

  7. Martha Ministry has helped with a handful of funerals.

  8. Blanket Ministry is meeting again.

  9. GriefShare began three weeks ago and there are ten participants who can attend in person or via Zoom.

  10. Weekly prayer time for the staff is being held on Mondays at noon.

  11. Valorie is overseeing the requests for  COVID Relief Fund "Here" grants/assistance.  It is expected that there will be an increase further down the road as savings shrink, salaries decrease and concerns develop about the upcoming holidays.

Student Life:

  1. Virtual School @ MPUMC – We are currently opening the Underground every Tuesday and Thursday for students to come to ‘school’ virtually.  Since the second week we offered this opportunity, we have been at our capacity of 30 students each day.  We will continue to offer students the space to hang out with us twice a week through this semester.  We anticipate that our numbers will drop once schools are in session 5 days each week, but we have several parents who have indicated that their students will not return until January.

  2. It’s retreat season!  Our first retreat in over 6 months is happening THIS weekend.  We will host a one-day retreat for middle schoolers here at the church, Saturday, Oct 3.  We are anticipating an exciting day with everything the students expect from a retreat – food, worship, fellowship, games, Scripture, and fun. 

  3. Our high school retreat, “Lighthouse @ home” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 24.  It will also be here at the church.

  4. Finally, small groups have returned with approximately 100 students each week in 12 groups.  We are meeting in the parking lot, socially distanced, as long as we can – until the weather makes us come inside.

Mount Pisgah in Spanish:

  1. We started a new Discipleship group class by Zoom, on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays at 10:00 am  

  2. We started the Program: Pizza with Jesus for the Youth. We seek to Disciple the Youth through talks, dynamics and in a simple, youthful environment.

  3. We continue to broadcast the service on Sundays on Facebook Live, Instagram, YouTube, etc. With an average attendance of 500 people per service. The Church is growing and we are reaching different countries of the world

  4. The average attendance of face-to-face attendance on Sundays is 80 people since the Church was reopened

  5.  We continue to invite the Hispanic community to register and take advantage of the benefits provided by: North Fulton Charities (NFCC)

  6. We continue to carry out our services on Wednesdays at 7:30 in person and online. With a face-to-face attendance of 12 people and more than 80 people online.

  7. On Fridays, we perform a Prayer service at 7:30 pm on Zoom, with an attendance of 8 to 12 people

  8. Homes of light continue to gather by Zoom. 6 groups that meet biweekly and weekly. The average attendance of each group is 7 people

  9. The women's group meets virtually every other week (Tuesday 6:00 pm) by Zoom and in person. With an attendance of 10 women per meeting.

  10. The men's group meets virtually every other week  (Tuesday 6:00 pm) for Zoom. With an attendance of 8 people per meeting.

  11. We continue the prayer program 4 times a day. (5:00 am - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm). It is called: "the call of Jesus" and each one of us stops for a few minutes when the alarm sounds and makes a brief prayer remembering that God has accompanied us up to that moment and that God will continue to accompany us. We pray for the whole Church. We are more than 50 people who received the call of Jesus

  12. We continue with the connection ministry directed by Maurilio Gómez. We are calling the members of our church where we give them a Bible verse, pray, and attend to their needs. Weekly more than 20 people are called

  13. We have 2 Discipleship groups, where we are at levels one and two. The average attendance of 4 people per group. We use Zoom

  14. The Lunch Program for children in the summer we deliver more than 3400 lunches. Through Pastor Heather Jallad we were able to give 1000 lunches and with the support of an Anglo family and Mount Pisgah in Spanish, 2400 lunches were made.

  15. We deliver more than 950 bags of food to the community on Fridays

  16. We continue to inform the families of our community about the opportunities they have to find food every Monday at the Roswell Methodist Church with the *my Neighbor's pantry* program

  17. In these new times, we continue with our mission and vision of making disciples here, there, and everywhere, passionate and in love with Jesus Christ. Being a Church of life where Jesus heals, restores lives and we expand the Kingdom of God

  18. We will continue to motivate, encourage, and train people to follow the model of Jesus (Discipleship). For people to connect with God through prayer and have a new lifestyle that reflects the life of Christ

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

  20. We continue to make disciples here, there, and everywhere.

  21. We continue to provide counseling and spiritual guidance to couples, adults, couples, and the younger members of our Church.

Thanks to Mount Pisgah for supporting us with all the food, donations and above all thanks for your love and support to our community

Community Engagement:

  1. The Community Engagement team has continued to engage throughout the pandemic in some creative ways; from Acts of Kindness toward the NFCC staff and Drake and Homestretch families to Care-A-Van deliveries to those shut-in or unable to attend church or small groups in person. Additionally, we held our ALL Serve Sunday where the church came together to put together 300 care kits for folks at Atlanta Transitional Center and unable to get these items due to COVID restrictions. The team even delivered some supplies to families, not able to worship in person, to put kits together at home. We collected and delivered supplies to our Drake, Homestretch, and NFCC partners as well. Mount Pisgah has been able to provide $40,000 in COVID relief to NFCC during this time as well. NFCC is seeing a growing instability in food and housing and asks for assistance due to COVID has grown exponentially. 

  2. Common Ground Network (Fresh Expressions) Sunday Supper Launches this week. A core team of 10 was trained during July and August and has more than doubled since then in folks that are looking to serve on this team. Three additional expressions are in process, one at Haynes Market, one at 6 Bridges, and the other at Haynes Forest Park.