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Peachtree Corners Baptist Church 2021 VBS, traveling to neighborhoods around the area

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Peachtree Corners Baptist Church’s’ construction-themed VBS,“Concretes & Cranes” is coming to a neighborhood near you June 14-16. They will be hosting Neighborhood VBS gatherings in various local neighborhoods for kids who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.

We are so excited to let you know that VBS is going to take place this summer! Our mission of reaching kids for Christ is the same, but our method is changing! This year we are going to bring VBS to Peachtree Corners neighborhoods from June 14-16th! So, mark your calendars and join in for PCBC’s Neighborhood VBS this summer! 

Calling all 5th graders! The church is going to have a 5th grade VBS Party on June 17 from 10am-1pm in the Student Center! Come join us for water games, Bible study, slushees, and pizza!

Kids who will be completing Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to don their hard hats and head out to the construction site to discover that skyscrapers aren’t the only things that need a rock-solid foundation!

Site 1 – Blueprints | Peachtree Station | Jessica Campbell | 10:30am-12:30pm

Site 2 – Hard Hats | Amberfield | Suzanna Trice | 10:15am-12:15pm

Site 3 – Cranes | Green Leaf | Michelle Reuter |10:15am-12:15pm

Site 4 – Cement Trucks | North Manor | Sara Kroening | 2pm-4pm

Site 5 – Forklifts | Neely Farms | Susan Kearns | 10am-12pm (June 14, 15, & 17th)

Site 6 – Tool Belts | Peachtree Station | Erin Seitz | 10:30am-12:30pm

Site 7 – Jackhammers | Peachtree Station | Marlyn El-Sayegh | 6pm-8pm

Site 8 – Bull Dozers | PCBC | Olivia Morales | 6pm-8pm

Site 9 – Dump Trucks | PCBC | Rachel Weinberg | 10am-12pm

Site 10 – Construction Cones | River Station | Michelle Minor | 6pm-8pm

Register your child at this link.

If you are interested in volunteering with this year’s unique VBS and bringing VBS to your neighborhood, it isn’t too late to sign up. Connect with the families in your neighborhood. Positions include teaching, being a site host, leading crafts, music or recreation, and more.

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Changes at Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries Help Further Community Mission

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Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries vegetable truck

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries has been battling poverty, food insecurity and homelessness, among other crisis events, in southwest Gwinnett, for 27 years. In total, NCM served more than 25,000 individuals in 2023, through direct support and personal empowerment programs.

Over time, the county’s demographics have changed, meaning the organization has needed to adapt to serve the community.

Families now face long-term needs due to fixed incomes, homelessness, abuse, language barriers, single-parent homes and many other circumstances, according to the NCM website.

NCM now serves 50 to 70 families each day from a 12,000-square-foot facility. In addition to a food pantry, NCM offers job readiness classes, on-site hiring events, money management courses and regular health fairs.

A new course of leadership

Perhaps one of the biggest changes took effect this January. After almost 30 years of service to NCM, Executive Director Shirley Cabe will now give her primary focus to what she loves the most, the organization’s clients.

Cabe has been with NCM since its inception and has helped grow the organization tremendously as needs in this service area have drastically changed.

NCM’s Board of Directors supported Cabe’s request and developed a new role specifically for her. She will now serve as Director of Client Operations, allowing her to use her exceptional gifts and talents to serve those in need.

Additionally, Cabe will lead the expansion of the food program as refrigerated products will be added to client food offerings. Healthier food options such as protein, produce, reclaimed food and more will also be added.

“Healthier intake directly correlates to improved health and more productivity,” said Cabe in a news release. “This new initiative is huge for the clients we serve. We want to positively contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty. I am excited about the opportunities ahead for NCM and grateful to transition into this new role, focusing on more impactful service to our clients.”

With Cabe’s new role, former Director of Community Relations Ryan Jones will take over as Executive Director.

Jones has been with NCM for three years. Under Jones’ leadership, the organization held its most successful fundraising event to date, bringing in over $519,000 to continue its mission of making a difference one family at a time.

“Building out our team and people is the next step in the process,” said Jones. The big thing with the staffing change is just honoring Shirley and her years at this organization and allowing her to serve people, which is the heartbeat of our organization; that’s how she best serves–interacting with our clients in our community.”

Cabe’s larger role in the food program will help keep it running smoothly, he added.

There is already an established pickup schedule from Publix and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Jones explained that about 40% of food in the United States is wasted.

With new resources in place to access surpluses from supermarkets, restaurants, distributors, farmers and more, NCM can put a sizeable dent in southwest Gwinnett county’s share of the waste.

“We hope to use food as a resource, as we have more touch points with families that we see. So, as things come up in their lives, they’re seeing us more often, and we can step in when unexpected emergencies happen and try to address kind of the issues that have brought them to us in the first place,” Jones explained. “And with that comes just a lot more work.”

Dedicated board members

Les Harper, who succeeded Elizabeth Gross, has taken over as chairman of the board of directors to help with the vision for that work.

“My wife and I have been involved with Neighborhood Coop for a long time, volunteered through the church, and supported financially through the church over the years,” said Harper.

When I retired from working a couple of years ago and was looking for opportunities to give back to the community … one thing led to another, and I had the opportunity to join the board,” he added. “I started on the board a couple of years ago, and then last year, I was asked if I would consider stepping into the board chair role [this year], which I was excited to do.”

Harper’s experience on the board and working closely with Gross for an entire year allowed him to step in almost seamlessly into the new position.

“Elizabeth and I had a chance to work together in some leadership roles at church over the years. So, we have chaired and co-chaired a number of things over the years,” he said.

“For the past 12 months, she’s been great at including me in everything and making sure that I was up to speed on everything, fully involved, and ready to go,” he said.

Anyone involved in large-scale non-profit activities appreciates the time, energy, and resources that go into community organizing. To be good stewards of community trust, funds and well-being, NCM has focused on making operations run smoothly.

“NCM is definitely a feet-washing ministry, especially with the food. … A lot of times it’s heavy, and it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth it,” Jones said. “I’m moving from strictly fundraising to overseeing all aspects of the organization and strategic oversight of all the initiatives that we have going on. … I was born in Gwinnett County. “So, really, the big reasons that I left my corporate job to come to NCM is how impressed I was with the board and the staff when I met them before coming on and the fact that it serves an area where I grew up that has a lot of need,” he commented.

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries
500 Pinnacle Ct
Norcross, GA 30071
www.ourncm.org
770-263-8268

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Rev. Fr. Edgar Otero Joins Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross

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Rev. Fr. Edgar Otero was born in Puerto Rico and relocated to the mainland 23 years ago.  He is married to Marycelis and has two children.
Rev. Fr. Edgar Otero

Christ Church Episcopal, off Holcomb Bridge Rd in Norcross, is pleased to announce that Rev. Fr. Edgar Otero will be joining the parish beginning January 3, 2024.

Father Edgar was born in Puerto Rico and relocated to the mainland 23 years ago.  He is married to Marycelis and has two children, Eliam Manuel, age 17 and Edgar Ezekiel, age 14.

Father Edgar has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He also attended Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and St. Vincent College and Seminary in Latrobe, PA, where he studied at a master’s level in Roman Catholic theology. 

Father Edgar graduated with honors, acquiring a master’s in divinity with a certificate in Anglican/Episcopal Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. 

Father Edgar served on the Vestry of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, his home parish, as a seminarian at Grace Episcopal Church for four years, as a teacher and Chaplain at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School and as a Priest-In-Charge of St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church in Winder, GA.

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MOQ Invites Community to Celebration of Saint John the Baptist’s Birthday

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Photographs from last year’s Saint John the Baptist birthday celebration, taken by members of Mary Our Queen Parish in Peachtree Corners.

Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners invites everyone in the community to attend a special evening Mass and outdoor festivities on Friday, June 23 in celebration of the eve of Saint John the Baptist’s birthday.

Saint John the Baptist, one of the most important figures in Christianity, is the cousin of Jesus and is known for preparing the way for Jesus’s public ministry.

Mary Our Queen will honor the saint with a Mass at 7 p.m. Following that, there will be a blessing of Saint John’s bonfire in his memory.

Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and beverages to enjoy outside while listening to live music on our church plaza. Other festivities include outdoor games for children and teens, like the dunking booth — Saint John was known for baptism, after all — and eating crickets — Saint John actually ate locusts. 

Mary Our Queen’s Knights of Columbus will serve watermelon, and there will be some fireworks towards the end of the evening. 

For more information on this event, visit maryourqueen.com or call 770-416-0002.

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