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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Aug05


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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Aug05

  1. 1. Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Serving Inner-City Youth and Families A Night to Remember The night of our ending camp presence had program was a night to remember for come in the a few reasons. First of all, it was one room. of the hottest weeks we’d had in After the kids Atlanta. The central air conditioning final musical held all summer, until the week of selection our program. We had about 45 urban Girls lift their hands to “Awesome God” which was a missionaries from different parts of song the U.S., parents, grand parents, Afterward, as we all gathered dedicated to their family members siblings, cousins and friends of the downstairs for good food and and friends, the children went out to camp kids, who had come to see fellowship, people were still greet their families. Hugs, kisses and them perform. testifying of how hearts were touched the tears continued to flow. Parents Little did they know that the kids held their children as we ended this through the program. would not be putting on a “show” that special time with prayer for family To God Be the Glory for all the night, but would sending out unity and forgiveness. wonderful things He has done!! messages of love, hope and forgiveness. All of the classes individually expressed their versions of what it means to be obedient, to Special Camp Moments have patience, to care for others, to be humble, to be faithful, and to give forgiveness. The entire camp then came together to present a presentation we called “Things We Seem To Forget” with the concept being that we seem to forget that we should not be so consumed with ourselves and our wants that we forget about caring for others. We Adria paints her nails on “Girls Day Out” Pastor Mike Higgins hanging out with the boys. forget how important family and friends are in our lives. We need to support each other and hold each other accountable as we build each other up. Children need to see and feel the love of their parents, family members, and others. We seem to forget that we MUST forgive those that have wronged us. This one, “unforgivness”, seemed to have hit a Erika at Stone Mountain Water Park 9-11 yr old boys perform on the congas & bongos. sore spot. Each subject was dramatized through small skits with songs and solos from the children and staff members as well as validated by the word of God. As we dealt with different issues, tears began to flow from some of the family members. You soon forgot about the heat because God’s Redemption Fellowship is in the kitchen cooking. 6-8 yr old boys enjoy East Cobb PCA’s taco salad.
  2. 2. Page 2 ~Newsletter ~ August 2005 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Reflections “If your church, Sunday School, or small group needs a speaker who will exhort others on to love Recently, I was asked to speak to a learning to trust God in all things. & good deeds, please consider group of teen and college aged It was refreshing to see people who inviting Justina to share her missionaries from Ohio. I was a had left all, if even for a short time, testimony and ministry with you. little nervous about what to talk to be a blessing to us in the city. about. How should I say it? Would it be interesting or helpful? Should I I am so thankful for all of you who go casual or dressed up? If I shared have supported us and volunteered certain things, would I take too long by giving so much of yourselves explaining them? I needed to pray. and your possessions to serve the needs of others. After spending some time in prayer, I decided to go and be Justina comfortable old me. Nancy Lindsey accompanied me for support. The missionaries were housed at P.S. (From Nancy) I am honored to accompany Justina Central Presbyterian Church in on her speaking engagements. I downtown Atlanta. I walked into love to hear Justina share and Beverly Black - food coordinator from Redemption this big beautiful church and was always come away knowing that led to the room that I would be God’s Word was spoken into the speaking in, by Jeff Delp, the lives of others. I leave feeling Director of DOOR Inc. Feeling a uplifted, humbled, and motivated little nervous inside, I stepped into a very quiet room. I looked around to continue serving others and to Ministry Needs walk by faith. Although she gets and saw tired, sun-burned people • 15 passenger van nervous about speaking before a laying around on mats and crowd, God has given her a gift and • BP gas cards couches, resting from a long day’s message which needs to be shared. work. They all slowly rose up and I • Snacks and drinks for the If your church, Sunday School, or began to see smiles. All of the After School Program small group needs a speaker who nervousness and tension I’d felt left will exhort others on to love & good and I thanked God for the informal • Coaches for the sports deeds, please consider inviting setting I was in. Nancy and I sat programs Justina to share her testimony and down with them and I felt the ministry with you. Please feel free • Prayers freedom to share my heart. to contact me at 404.688.6556 or Sometimes we can pre-think our email me at to • Volunteers way out of a blessing. I am still make arrangements. • Contributions Getting Ready for School Test scores came in over the through out the year and passing test grade students take a test focusing on summer. The children that scores. math and reading that will determine participated in our after school whether or not they will be promoted This upcoming school year we will program passed the CRCT test. to the next grade. We have have these kids returning and our Parents and some teachers were opportunities open for you to tutor goal is to help keep them on track. pleasantly surprised at the results of and to support the After School We will also be receiving new the test. Most of children in our Program. We cannot accomplish our students who are below grade level program who had been attending goal to help our students without you. and will need the one on one summer school for most of their little Please pray for us and consider attention to improve their academic lives did not have to attend this becoming involved in our outreach to skills. This year the Atlanta Public summer because of improvement the young people in Atlanta. Schools will have the 5th and 8th P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •