Copy of Sunday, March 22 Rev. John Purrington will walk the Congregation through a presentation about _the protocall_ Q&A session will be held after both services

In uncertain times it is essential to remember fear does not get the last word, only God does.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
-1 John 4:18

At Simpsonwood, our mission is to know Christ and to make Him known. So that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. In the coming weeks and months more people in our community will experience needs, and each of those needs is an opportunity to share God’s love. As a church, let us respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, not with panic or fear, but by loving and serving those in need.

If you need help, we see you and we care about you! Keeping yourself at home is the most important thing you can do. You’re making a sacrifice to protect yourself, protect your community, and help flatten the curve. Let us help make it a little easier. We have volunteers and resources ready to serve. Click “Get Help” below to get in touch with our CareTeam and let us lend a hand.

All available services may be requested for yourself or others:
– Prayers
– Phone/Video Calls
– Prescription Pick-Up & Delivery (Local Only)
– Grocery Pick-Up & Delivery (Local Only)

If you want to help, there are multiple ways you can serve our community whether you are practicing social distancing or you are self isolating at home. Click “Give Help” below to learn about ways you can help.

Other Ways to Help

Support Simpsonwood via AmazonSmile
Help support Simpsonwood while you shop! AmazonSmile is a operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Learn how to set up AmazonSmile here and search for Simpsonwood United Methodist Church for your charitable organization.

Find Other Volunteer & Care Opportunities in Gwinnett will serve at go-to webpage offering real-time information about the most critical needs and how people can help. It will also offer reliable ways for people in need to find the resources they seek.

Donate Items for Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s Kid Packs
NCM is distributing Kid Packs made up of these items to kids who no longer get their meals at school. Our volunteers will put the packs together, but we need your help finding all of the items. Items can be left at the front door of the education building or dropped off at Wednesday Night’s new Drive-Thru Dinner.

Support Local Businesses
Support local restaurants and businesses where you can. Consider purchasing gift cards to restaurants you can use in the future while giving support during economic hardship. If you can afford to, tip more than you usually do to delivery drivers and service workers. They are putting themselves at risk so that we can stay home. If you can afford to, consider doing some Christmas shopping early by shopping online at local and small businesses.

Volunteer with Open Hand Atlanta (Meals on Wheels)
Open Hand Atlanta is ramping up their meal preparation and delivery efforts. They are looking for volunteers to help pack meals (if you are well), and for drivers if you want to volunteer from a safe social distance in your car.

Donate to Norcross Cooperative Ministry via Amazon
NCM’s Amazon Wishlist can be found here. Items can be purchased from wherever you are and shipped directly to NCM.

Donate Blood
Many Blood Drives have been canceled and America is now facing a severe blood shortage. The Red Cross has put additional procedures in place to protect donors and staff in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. Those who are healthy and eligible to give blood or platelets, are encouraged to make an appointment to donate through the Red Cross

Consider Fostering a Furry Friend
One of the reasons people typically can’t adopt a pets is because they aren’t home enough. But with coronavirus keeping us home, you don’t have to quarantine alone! Fostering allows you to benefit the companionship of an animal without the long-term commitment of adoption. Plus, it’s great for the pets to get time out of the shelter!
Angels Among Us
Fur Kids
Gwinnett County Animal Shelter

Stay Healthy & Stay Informed

In times like this, it’s common for misinformation to spread. It can be difficult to figure out who and what to trust. Here are some reliable resources that can connect you with accurate and helpful info

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Others

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public-health organization in the U.S. and has up-to-date info on COVID-19 (coronavirus).

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the United Nations’ agency for global public health.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Uncertainty and confusion can have a harmful effect on your mental health. This article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives you five ways to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.