Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Jan Feb07


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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Jan Feb07

  1. 1. Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Newsletter ~ January/February 2007 Serving Inner-City Youth and Families This & That... Hiding the Word in Our Heart • A HUGE thanks goes to everyone Justina pulled the van up to Staton that sponsored a child or a family Elementary School and the kids for Christmas. This year we had piled in. She heard the usual “Can our biggest response ever! We I sit in the front seat today?” They were able to help many children know they are not old enough, but have a Merry Christmas. are satisfied with the few minutes they sit to wait on the Connally bus stop kids. Justina chose Bianca today. One by one the kids start shouting things that happened in the school day. Bianca took a book out of her What a gift when God encourages us book bag, opened it and quietly with a glimpse of the His hand at leaned back into the seat and work in the hearts of those within our began to read. circles of influence. Stunned and touched, Justina tried Each day Justina, the after school not to act surprised asking, “Do staff and volunteers demonstrate the you carry your Bible to school friendship and love of Christ to these everyday”? Bianca responded yes kids in concrete, tangible ways such and asked about a scripture they as transportation to & from the talked about in devotion a few days program, snacks, devotions, loving Alexis, Ashley, ago. discipline, help with homework, Jasmine, Myleondre play, and enrichment activities. • Please pray for the students as “”Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds...Teach them to your children, talking they will be taking the CRCT about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and tests in April. when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19) • Justina Dix will be honored along with 6 other women for the Women's Leadership Award, at the Mercy Ministries Conference Enrichment Time in April. Justina will briefly speak What do you get when you and show a PowerPoint combine teenage boys, hard work presentation. She covets your and power tools? Fun, noise and prayers. accomplishment! Recently Norman • Thank you volunteers for ALL you Beck (volunteer from East Cobb do! The homework help spent PCA) helped the high school boys one-on-one with each child is install coat & book-bag racks in the really making an impact on the hallway. Some of the things they their academic progress. learned during this Enrichment Time included how to use a power • Our next issue will include Norman, Jeremy, James & John drill, a leveler and wall anchors. Basketball team updates. (Continued on page 2)
  2. 2. January/February 2007 ~ Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Honor Roll Students - Way to Go! "Summerhill is more than an after school program, it is a family. So many of the kids who come to the program have difficult family situations, but Summerhill gives each kid a place to feel special, included, and secure. Jeremy Hogan Joshua Wilkins Indashu Howard Honor Roll Students not pictured When my sister had to stop helping Kevin Payton at Summerhill, the kids asked "Did Alexis Harkness she cry?" That is what Summerhill Markeasha Arnold is to them. Everyday there is a devotional, and when I am there I Myleondre Jones We are SO proud of you! am amazed to hear some of the answers the kids give. It is funny that I go to Summerhill to serve, but I am so encouraged by Justina, the teachers and especially the kids." I've had situations with many of the kids that truly touched my heart. It Shelby Robinson was tough to choose one to write about. The most recent dealt with a young man named Jeremy. “… there’s something amazing in (Continued from page 1) each and every child.” They worked well together sharing the tools and taking turns. Now Jeremy would come to the after each day when they arrive, they school program everyday and give see what they accomplished. us a hard time. I tried and tried to understand him and why he acted Do you have a skill or enrichment out the way he did. It took at least activity that you would like to share two weeks, but I realized that all he with the after school kids needed was a one on one (elementary or high)? We have a 30 connection. minute time frame set aside for this activity. Some examples are He needed to feel close and dance, music, drama, arts-n-crafts, connected to the people he was cooking, sewing, wood works, sign surrounded by. He has made drastic progress. For a while we the right track. His transformation language, pottery, gardening, took the entire homework time taught me not to judge a book by etiquette, cosmetology, how to: tie talking to him and trying to get him it's cover and that there's something a tie, change a tire, etc.. please let to focus. Now, we may have to ask amazing in each and every child. Justina know. She can be reached at her phone or email listed in this him one or two times and he's on Khamirah Miller newsletter.
  3. 3. January/February 2007 ~ Page 3 Dress-Up time in the After School Program... Rebeccca leads devotions. Baby News Baby Kamirah Baby Zachary We featured Zae Judd in our No- This is Rebecca Neiderfringer’s vember 2006 newsletter. Zae was second year with SCM. She and her homeless, pregnant and the husband Steve, came to Atlanta in mother of three young children. 2005 as a part of Mission Year She decided to turn her life Atlanta. She has worked faithfully in around. Since then she has the ASP, summer camp and has moved into an apartment. assisted Justina with administrative projects. Steve and Rebecca made On February 11th she gave birth Atlanta their home after serving to little Kamirah. She weighed 4 with Mission Year Atlanta. pounds and 4 ounces. She has been in the Intensive Care Unit at Rebecca and Steve conceived their Dekalb Medical Center. A few child in 2006. The kids in the ASP days after her birth her lungs be- grew very close to Rebecca and gan to bleed. She soon had to loved asking questions and were have a blood transfusion. After fascinated watching her stomach much prayer and tears with Zae, grow bigger and bigger. Kamirah is doing much better. Finally, Zachary was born at 3:08 Some life support has been dis- am on February 4, 2007 and continued because Kamirah’s or- weighed in at 7 pounds 7 ounces gans are functioning on their own. and 20 inches long. Please pray that she takes a One recent afternoon, mom and bottle on her own and continues baby visited the ASP kids at the to gain weight so that she can park. The kids surrounded the car leave the hospital and join her pressing faces against windows family at home. trying to get a glimpse of little Zachary. P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •
  4. 4. January/February 2007 ~ Page 4 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Urgent We have two new after school students (girls ages 11 and 6 ) who Can You Lose and Win? recently moved here with their You can’t tell by their behavior other skilled players, but they mother from Philadelphia. They are living in an apartment with that our 15-and-under team has would not let this discourage NOTHING. No beds, no couches, not won a game this season. them. Coach Phillip did a great no cooking utensils, no When the gym we normally rent job of teaching them basic transportation, and no friends. was booked with other basketball skills and how to be First, please pray for them. The activities, this rookie team was supportive team players. He older daughter has been acting out so dedicated, that they told them to have fun, and they towards her mother lately. Pray for practiced out in the cold. We did! their relationship. They miss tried to find another gym, but to Philadelphia very much. Director Joel Moore noticed no avail. On warm days the their commendable, positive, If you have anything you can team could practice at Justina’s persevering attitudes. He donate, it would be greatly house. But these guys wanted to appreciated. Please contact called Justina and said he would practice no matter how cold it Justina to see if the need has like to give our 15- and-under was. They were eager to learn already been met and make team a trophy for having the the skills of basketball, and delivery arrangements. best attitudes and were excited to be a part of a sportsmanship in the league. team for the first time. Congratulations to the SCM 15- Ongoing SCM Needs Each game they played hard and proud. They played against and-under team! • Snacks for 30 ASP kids (4 days a week) • Paper Goods (paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, plates, silverware, cups) • Various grade/skill level worksheet books • Cleaning supplies (big garbage bags, table, bathroom, & floor cleaning “stuff”) • Copier paper (white and colored) • Stamps, envelopes • Kroger/Publix gift cards (lately many families have food needs) • Gift cards to Office Depot/Staples or Wal-Mart for office supplies • Boxed cards for birthdays, encouragement, illness, condolences • Basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls • Gatorade, bottle water Our 15-and-Under Basketball team (in red jerseys) along with Joel Moore, the director of • BP gas cards for vans the Atlanta Youth Project (AYP), and the rival team, pray before the game. • Van maintenance (clean, change oil, rotate tires …) • Ongoing monthly contributions and one-time gifts. P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •