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Mentoring: A Note From The Principal

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On Sunday, August 11, Buckhead Church will kick off our recruitment of mentors to elementary-aged students at Woodson Primary School. Their principal wanted to drop in and share with us how important our involvement at this school is to their students.

At Carter G. Woodson Primary Elementary School, our children are our greatest resource. Every student has the right to be academically successful. Every teacher has the capacity to meet the needs of every student in every classroom. In order for every child to achieve academic success at Woodson, there must be collaboration between all stakeholders: the students, the community, the parents, the teachers, and the administration.

During my tenure as principal at Woodson, we have benefitted greatly from our partnership with Buckhead Church. Because of your generosity, this past school year our students had the opportunity to expand their experiences by participating in at least two off-site, instructionally focused field trips. In addition, our leadership team was afforded the opportunity to engage in an overnight leadership retreat that produced our instructional focus for this upcoming academic year. But, it is the power of the mentoring program that is the change agent in our students’ lives.

Because we value volunteers from Buckhead Church, we created a video to invite you to return as mentors this upcoming school year. You can view it here.

Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon ::: Principal ::: Woodson Primary School

Be part of the change happening in the lives of students at Woodson! To find out more about mentoring at Woodson, visit: theintersectproject.org/mentoring.

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I’m Glad I Did!

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We love to hear stories of the impact our volunteers make both inside and outside of our church. Jen’s story below is one incredible example.

For me, the first day back after a mission trip is challenging. I’m tired, my heart is in another country, and I often have thoughts like, Is my work really meaningful? My mind was reeling my first day back to work after leading a group of college students to Haiti. Reality hit when I received a call from the assistant to the CEO of my company saying the CEO would like to speak with me. Now, I work for a large company, so it’s not every day—well, it’s never—that I receive a phone call from the CEO or even his assistant.

Over the phone, the CEO told me that he selected me to receive the CEO Award! In a company with over 5,000 employees, this award is a big deal. It’s given to an employee who is nominated by her peers, endorsed by her leadership team, and then selected by the CEO. The winner is someone who embraces our company values: valuing people and allowing their voices to be heard.

I was overwhelmed with joy and just couldn’t believe it! He talked to me about some work-related things he felt demonstrated going above and beyond the normal job expectations. Then, he began to tell me how my teammates and others in the company had recognized the activities I am a part of outside of my company. He mentioned my mission trips to Haiti and how I lead middle school girls in Transit. Later, I was able to see the emails from my peers supporting my nomination. I was so humbled to read how my service outside of my company had as big an impact on them as my work for the company.

I think about all the times we hear about volunteering on Sundays and how God calls us to love and serve one another. But I also think about how he can and will do so much more with our obedient acts of service. I’ve learned so many life and leadership lessons by leading small groups, hanging out with middle school girls, and going on mission trips. I’ve learned that leadership is not about a title; it’s about influence.

I can clearly see that because I decided to get involved at church, I have grown in my ability to demonstrate integrity and influence in the workplace. This can be such a powerful example to my co-workers of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. All the while, I get to do what I love doing most—serving. I’m so glad I did!

Jen Allen ::: Volunteer ::: Buckhead Church

Learn more about getting involved at Buckhead Church here.

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The “Why” Behind Our Summer Food Drive

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On Sunday, July 14, Buckhead Church will host a Food Drive benefiting our Intersect Partner, Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM). The excerpt below explains why summer is so critical for families in need.

What does summer mean to you? For me, as a child, it was early morning swim practices, family trips to faraway places, camp, time with friends, and freedom. I was blessed; summer was a gift.

As a teen, I was a counselor for middle school students in a downtown housing project. For four summers I shared the gift of summer with a group of boys. We were at camp during the week, and on weekends I would drive them to faraway places to bake cookies, swim in the lake, and eat. They would beg for the buffet at the Golden Corral. We would pile into my car and head for a distant strip mall where they would eat and eat and, you guessed it, eat.

Now I work for a nonprofit with a food pantry, and I am no longer that naïve girl driving to the suburbs for yeast rolls and roast beef. Now I know that it wasn’t just a special treat. Now I know that “my” boys were hungry. In Georgia, more than 700,000 children are food insecure (Feeding America), meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. In Atlanta Public Schools, 75 percent of students receive a free or reduced-price lunch (Georgia Department of Education).

For these families, summer is not a gift; it is a daily struggle to provide, complicated by the extra expenses of childcare, transportation, and more meals to put on the table. Summer is the great divide, when givers are distracted by the magic of these 76 days, and donations to Buckhead Christian Ministry’s food pantry are down. But families in need are struggling simply to keep afloat; they need BCM’s food pantry to survive the summer.

What does summer mean to you? I hope it means lifelong memories and as many meals as you can eat. And, I hope that as you and your family enjoy the gift of summer, you will give a little bit of it away by donating to the food pantry at BCM.

Dudley Franklin ::: Development Director ::: Buckhead Christian Ministry

You can help by bringing food on July 14 to Buckhead Church. Visit buckheadchurch.org/fooddrive to learn how to participate.

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do.justice 2013: Impacting Our City

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On Saturday, April 27, 2013, over 900 single adults from all five North Point Ministries’ Atlanta-area churches came together to participate in do.justice, the Singles Ministry’s annual day of service.

These singles put in over 30,000 service hours “being the church” and making an incredible and lasting impact on our city. Are you curious just how big their impact was? In just one afternoon, they were able to serve or deliver 770 meals, plant or cultivate 99 flower/vegetable gardens, paint 61 large and small items, construct 31 tables, mow or clear 12 yards, clean 7 parks, and build or maintain 4 nature trails. Amazing!

Moreover, it was not just the Singles community that impacted our city that day; it was the generosity of our whole church! We were able to gift the remaining funds of the Be Rich holiday giving campaign to a few deserving partner organizations during do.justice as well.

Watch this video to see for yourself how the generosity of our church continues to bless others, not just on one day, but throughout the year.

do.justice 2013 recap from NPM Singles on Vimeo.

The Singles Team ::: Buckhead Church ::: buckheadsingles.org

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Our Be Rich Opener

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In case you missed it or just want to watch it again, here’s last Sunday’s opener from our Be Rich launch. There are still plenty of opportunities to Do More. Give More. at howtoberich.org. Join us!

Be Rich 2012 Opener from North Point Media on Vimeo.

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