Three Reasons for Participating and Connecting with

Out Reach & Missions

1. It’s a Way to Love

“Through Christ, all the kindness of God has been poured out upon us….and now he is sending us out around the world to tell all people everywhere the great things God has done for them, so that they, too, will believe and obey him.” Romans 1:5

2. It’s a Way to Reach

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 (Mes)

3. It’s a Way to Reflect God

“The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus Gave me – to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 (NCV)

Local Outreach Ministries


Through volunteering in this area you have the opportunity to make a baby or young child’s attendance at church be a warm and loving experience. Weekday Preschool-ages 2-4 years old meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September thru May. Nursery ages birth – 4 years old. Sunday School 3-4 years old. Contact Deborah Goodrum, Preschool Director – 706-253-2109.

Good Samaritan Health & Wellness 

is a not-for-profit, volunteer-operated clinic that provides free and compassionate health services to the uninsured of Pickens County. The clinic provides basic medical care, dental care, vision services and social services. We are open weekday mornings. Over 250 volunteers are needed every month to operate Good Samaritan. Healthcare volunteers are needed but many of our valuable volunteers have no healthcare experience at all.

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary 

strives to be helpful and caring through assistance to patients, visitors and employees for the MMC Hospital. They engage in mutual support of the Hospital to assure this community a healthy and strong future through donations of their time, talents and resources. Contact Karen Fowler – 706-692-0338

Prevent Child Abuse 

Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect in all its forms through support and education. By educating and supporting parents at birth, a healthy parent-child bond can develop, enabling families to have improved abilities to meet the basic needs of their family. For the good of our children and our society as a whole, Abuse must be stopped before it starts. That is our goal. Contact Margy Lohman – 770-737-6484

North Georgia Pregnancy Center 

is a non-profit Christian organization ministering to young women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. We exist to bring compassionate help to women and teens who are unprepared for pregnancy; to present sexual abstinence as the only positive option for teens; to provide healing and restoration for those who have had abortions, and to present Christ as Savior and Lord. 706-253-6303 – Mon & Wed 2:00 to 5:00 pm Ralph Barker.

Community Thrift

Store accepts donations of reusable clothing and other items. It is totally operated by volunteers. all profits are returned to the community to help those in need. Clothing is donated to those that can not afford to pay and sold to others at great prices. Over 75 tons of excess clothes are shipped overseas each year. In the first four years of operations the store has provided local grants of over $400,000. Contact Don Russell – 706-253-7770.


serves God by providing food to residents of Pickens County. Anyone who is placed in a difficult situation due to illness, accident or any misfortune that places them in temporary need is welcome here. We distribute food on Monday & Fridays from 8:30-12:00 noon. We also offer emergency financial assistance for prescription medicine, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, or necessary transportation. We seek to share God’s love through gifts of food believing that those who receive these gifts will be encouraged to share God’s love with others in their daily lives. Contact JUMC at 706-253-4777

Joy House 

is a home for hurting teens. Our mission is to restore teens and families through Christ by providing a healing, loving environment that leads to reconciliation of child and parent for future success in life. Contact Steve Lowe – 706-253-7JOY

Bus Ministry 

Our mission is to bring unchurched children and youth to our church each Sunday to experience Jesus’ love and learn the word of God. We also provide transportation for adults who can’t drive themselves.  If you need a ride or want to help, call Scott Jackson at 404-754-5926.

Jasper United Methodist Women 

are the women of our congregation organized for Ministry and Mission focusing on the needs of women and children locally and around the world. Two UMW circles, the Seekers and Dorcas Circle, meet on the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 and 6:45 respectively. Their fundraisers include the “Cookie Walks” and the annual Marble Festival Road Race. They sponsor events like the Easter Egg Hunt, annual church picnic and UMW Christmas banquet. Anyone can join on any 2nd Thursday. All ladies are welcome. For more info contact Juanita Tatum 706-253-2100

First Mountain City Quilters 

The quilt group meets every Monday from 10 am to 2 pm in room 105 by the kitchen at the church. We usually bring our own lunch. Our group consists of every level of quilters, although we are humbled by experts. We have a lot of fun, fellowship, friendship and laughter. Some of us actually quilt, others knit or crochet. Some members are just there for the fellowship. Our group is comprised of all ages and we are always happy to have new members. If you are a beginner, we will help you, if you are an expert quilter, you can help us. Come and join the fun! Contact Jan Palmer – 706-253-3746

HOPE House 

is a temporary foster care home for abused children in the Pickens County area. Over 225 children have found refuge and love at Hope House since its opening in 1998. The home relies on donations to support its mission. Volunteers are needed periodically to assist with up-keep and remodeling. The Hope House board welcomes church and civic groups who are interested in sponsoring fund-raising projects. For more information contact Jim Milton @ 706-268-3623 or

Young Life Pickens 

is a fun, sometimes crazy, but always safe place for high school and middle school kids. They usually meet on a weeknight during the school year, and attend an awesome camp in the summer. Contact Bonnie Carlton – 678-451-2614

Regional Outreach Ministries

Goshen Valley Foundation Connie and John Blend of Atlanta, Georgia established the Goshen Valley Foundation in 1997.  By 1999, the Foundation had initiated and chartered the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, located on 400 acres in the Appalachian foothills of Northwest Cherokee County, Georgia. The purpose of the Ranch is to provide hope and a family-model home for boys who do not have either.

Boys and Girls Club of N. Georgia To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences as well as hope and opportunity.  Click here and enter your zip code to find the nearest club.

Habitat For Humanity is a Christian, non-denominational housing ministry that builds and sells houses (no profit-no interest) to God’s people in need. We are dedicated to the proposition that all people deserve safe, decent and affordable housing. Our goal is to try to change people’s lives for the better, one house and one family at a time. We see the Habitat mission as an opportunity for local volunteers to put faith in Jesus Christ to work right there in Pickens County. You can be part of this ministry of “doing it unto the least of these” by doing carpentry work, fund raising, painting, public relations, yard work or other task that make the organization grow and succeed.

World Outreach Ministries

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child delivers millions of gift filled shoeboxes around the world to boys and girls who are suffering because of war, disaster, poverty, illness, or neglect. The children who receive the boxes also learn about God’s greatest gift; His Son, Jesus Christ. You can participate in this existing project of Samaritan’s Purse by filling our own shoeboxes with a variety of small gifts. You can also donate money to be used in shipping the boxes and distributing Christian literature. In October brochures will be available giving specific instructions on packing your shoebox. Boxes are collected the week before Thanksgiving. You can begin now collecting small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, etc. to fill shoeboxes. With your help we can bring joy and hope to millions of children this Christmas. Contact Brandi Dean

United Methodist Committee on Relief UMCOR is the global humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering – whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster – with open minds and hearts to all people. They partner with people to rebuild their livelihoods, health, and homes. In times of acute crisis they mobilize aid to stricken area – emergency supplies, fresh water, and temporary shelter. They stay, as long as it takes, to implement long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

Missions Matters

As disciples of Christ, JUMC recognizes there are many unmet human needs in the world and see it as our charge to help alleviate these needs. The Missions Committee seeks to identify those needs and communicate them to the congregation. The wide variety of talents, resources, gifts, interests and skills in our congregation provides for a wide variety of outreach opportunities.

The variety of mission activities is demonstrative of the church’s commitment to serve in many different arenas.

Kenya: Obaga school lunches.

JUMC is blessed to continue the Obaga Primary School lunch program. With funds in the operating budget directed toward the lunches and matching funds from Serv Ministries International the Jewel’s can cook for the 450 students again this year. With the drought and famine in East Africa, our village of Obaga, along with many others has been severely affected. It is likely that the food that the students are getting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at school may be all that they have had to eat many times. The Jewels have been in charge of this food project. Therefore the community is looking to a group of widows to feed their children! These ladies that are generally treated with such disrespect have been a source of hope for an entire village thanks in great part to Jasper UMC! Now the Jewels are reaching out to their neighbors! There has not been enough rain for a growing season in over two years. The production of the SERV Ministries food depends on donations If this project is close to your heart, please consider a donation to SERV Ministries Int’l, either directly or through JUMC marked SERV food. To learn more visit their website at