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Christmas Cheer for All to Hear

December 22, 2016
By Carmen Abernathy, Called to Care Volunteer

I don’t know whether it was the children’s delighted squeals when the pilots from Pilots for Kids opened their knapsacks full of stuffed animals and electronics or the animated conversations during the meal that created the most noise, but the Called to Care Ministry celebrated the season in a joyful way. About 80 people representing families with foster children, families with adoptive children, and those who volunteer in the ministry gathered to visit and share Christmas blessings at Mt. Bethel’s Community Center on December 11. 

After a delicious meal prepared by Sam’s BBQ-1, the children joined the pilots and later Outreach Sunday School class members for reindeer games while the adults took a few minutes to catch up with one another. Several parents reflected on their year and what had been going on in their families. Former Mt. Bethel minister Jon Ponders attended the luncheon with his wife Staci and their adopted children. The Ponders drive quite a distant from their home in Calhoun, Georgia, to participate in this group. He offered words of support to the families, emphasizing that being a foster or adoptive parent is a 24-7 mission. He went on to say that groups like Mt. Bethel’s Called to Care Ministry provide the love and support needed to help in this calling.

If you want to become a foster family or volunteer in the Called to Care Foster Ministry, there will be two informative Encounter sessions on Sunday, January 8, from 3 to 5pm and again on Wednesday, January 11, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in room B118. For more information, call Stephanie Watts at 770.853.8275. There are many ways in which you can serve our foster children and support our foster families.

Carmen Abernathy, Called to Care Volunteer