Wesley Woods Celebrates 2018 Mother’s Day Offering & Honors Pastors of the NGUMC
The Foundation of Wesley Woods recently honored senior pastors and congregations of The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church (NGUMC) who have demonstrated a commitment to helping older adults. The recognition included the Malone Dodson Clergy Award, the Thanks-A-Million Award the Mother’s Day Offering Leader Award, and the What A Difference Award.
Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Clergy Award has been given annually by the Foundation of Wesley Woods to the clergy person of the North Georgia Conference who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults and their aging with grace, dignity and purpose. This year, Rev. Dr. Bill Burch, senior pastor of Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, was presented with the award by Bishop Sue-Haupert Johnson for his strong leader
ship and strategic approach to supporting the 1,800 older adults who call Wesley Woods their home.
“Dr. Burch and Northside UMC grew their annual giving to the Mother’s Day Offering by 130% this year, which helped provide critical benevolence care funds to the many beloved seniors we serve,” said Tracy Crump, president and CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “Dr. Burch has also cast a clear vision for mission opportunities that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable of our community – specifically alleviating poverty, hunger and homelessness – all of which our seniors would face if not for the generosity of churches and leaders like Dr. Burch and Northside UMC.”
“It’s a privilege to be a part of a vital ministry like Wesley Woods who cares for those who cannot care for themselves,” said Dr. Burch, senior pastor of Northside United Methodist Church. “With aging parents myself, we’re coming to the realization of how unimaginable it is for people to age and not have the resources to care for themselves. I’m honored and humbled to be counted among the prior recipients of this prestigious award.”
Thanks to members of The North Georgia Conference, $259,442 was raised through the annual Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering in 2018, which goes to the benevolence care needs of seniors at all 10 Wesley Woods residential communities. Roswell United Methodist Church has led the North Georgia Conference in giving to the offering for the past three years and raised the largest offering in our recent known history at $35,929 this year. “We have a generous church with a lot of great people,” said Rev. Dr. Tom Davis, senior minister at Roswell United Methodist Church. “The Mother’s Day Offering means an awful lot to us because it helps reach those seniors who have outlived their resources. My grandmother was one of those people and lived at Wesley Woods, so it’s been on my heart for a long time. I’m glad Roswell UMC recognizes this need as well.”
The Thanks-A-Million Award recognizes a pastor who through leadership, smart strategy and counsel, has led their church in achieving lifetime giving to the seniors at Wesley Woods of $1M. This year, Rev. Dr. Bill Britt of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church accepted the Award on behalf of his congregation. Not only did Dr. Britt achieve the pinnacle of lifetime giving, he also helped Wesley Woods in the largest single gift ever received in known history, helping thousands of cherished seniors throughout North Georgia.
The What a Difference Award, presented to Rev. Dr. Kevin Murriel, senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church, recognizes an outstanding first-time Mother’s Day Offering collection. Dr. Murriel gave a powerful message from the pulpit and called on his congregation to not only give, but serve at Wesley Woods, which resulted in raising over $6,200.
The annual Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering is collected each year by many of the 900 churches of the North Georgia Conference. Next year’s offering will be collected on Sunday, May 12, 2019 and materials will be available at www.foundationofwesleywoods.org by mid April 2019.
About the Foundation of Wesley Woods
The Foundation of Wesley Woods is where caring people give so everyone can age with dignity. It serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods. Through the philanthropic support of our generous community, older adults of all income levels have a caring community and live thriving lives full of independence and contribution. Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources in order that they may remain in their homes.
About Wesley Woods Senior Living
Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities. Founded in 1954 with the mission to assure all older adults age with grace, dignity and purpose, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia. It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan. More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and over 40% of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings. Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.
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