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Episcopalians Caring for the Community

Ms. C came to us this month in need of rental assistance because she had suffered a seizure in February and had to be out of work for a while. She has recently moved to Columbus from Florida and works for the local school systems as a bus monitor. 
During her appointment with CVEM, we found out she used to be a Parapro while living in Florida. To get certified here, she simply needs to take a basic skills test that costs $50. She's even been offered a job locally if she can pass the test.
Ms. C is a single mother of two boys--one in high school and one in 4th grade--and because she has been recently struggling to make ends meet, she just doesn't have the $50 to spare. 
CVEM helped her with her rent this month, and we've asked her to come back in May to register her for the test. We are hopeful this hard-working mother will pass her test and be once again using her great skills.

Remember that Strategic Plan we've been talking about? We're wrapping up the listening campaign portion and are ready to tell our parishes more about what we've heard and start the conversation about how we can best stand and serve beside our neighbors in the Chattahoochee Valley moving forward.  Everyone is welcome! See more info below and then register HERE.
Ways to participate in CHAIRity for CVEM

CHAIRity for CVEM is an event held at Arts in the Park in Lakebottom Park. It features unique, one-of-a-kind chairs created and donated by friends of CVEM. The proceeds go to support the work of our mission in serving and standing beside our neighbors in need. 

This is our second time holding this event and as one of the ministry's major fundraisers of the year, there are plenty of ways we could use your help! 

1. ATTEND THE EVENT. Sunday, May 21 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Lakebottom Park. Come shop for chairs of all kinds--there are unique statement chairs for your home or office; practical seating to decorate with; chairs for kids--there's literally something for everyone!

2. CRAFT A CHAIR. That doesn't necessarily mean build one from scratch, but you certainly can! Or paint. Stain. Illustrate. Decorate. Upholster. Repurpose. Really anything you want! We even have chairs you can use, which you can view HERE. AND, we can help provide supplies for chair renovations if needed. Just let us know HERE if you want one of these chairs or if you have one of your own you'll be donating to the cause. 

3. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS. Help us get the word out! You can invite them on Facebook HERE. You can send them a flyer by downloading this HERE. Or you can just tell them the old-fashioned way. 

4. VOLUNTEER. We need help with several things the day of--again, that's Sunday, May 21 from Noon to 6 p.m.: Help setting up at the park before noon; help running the booth during Arts in the Park; and help tearing down when it's all over. If you are interested in helping or have more questions e-mail us HERE or call us at 706.327.0400.

5. DONATE. If you are unable to attend the event or perhaps just don't need a chair but would still like to support the ministry, you can donate online HERE. You can also send a check to P.O. Box 5811 Columbus, GA 31906. Your donations are tax deductible. 


Join the CVEM team in serving at Trinity's weekly Community Prayer Breakfast. We convene at Trinity at 7:30 a.m. If our team is big enough we are also able to assist in the Clothing Closet, which provides clothing to those who need it in our community. 

Let Martha know if you are able to assist by emailing her martha@cvemjubilee.org or call 706.327.0400. 

We also will serve on July 23, Oct. 8 and Dec. 24. 

It's time to apply for TAP (Thompson-Pound Art Program)! 

TAP, a five-day arts program for children from diverse cultures and faiths, uses music, drama, dance, art and stories to help foster the value of self and diversity in community. Find out more about TAP HERE.
This year's program takes place on June 26-30 and is open to children ages 6-11. There is no charge for TAP. We're taking applications now. Apply HERE!

We're also taking applications for teens who are rising 7th graders through seniors in high school. Teens serve as Mentors/Interns guiding the children through the program the week of TAP. There is a training the week before. It's an awesome service opportunity! Learn more & apply HERE. 

Adults, you can help too! Want to volunteer at TAP or even to help plan it? Our next Co-Planner meeting is Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at CVEM (1120 Lockwood Ave.). Come! Or e-mail us HERE for more ways to help with TAP.

And of course, you can always make a donation to help offset the cost of TAP. Checks can be sent to CVEM at P.O. Box 5811 Columbus, GA 31906 or donate online at the bottom of this e-mail!

There are SO many wonderful opportunities coming up in our communities! Check out some great chances for worship, fellowship and fun happening Around the CV! And find more of them HERE.

Have something that needs to be included? Email us HERE.

Attend a worship service at Historic Zion in Talbotton, Georgia at 4 p.m. More details HERE.

+YET EVEN AT THE GRAVE, Sundays in Easter
St. Thomas has a wonderful series on Sunday mornings during the Easter season dealing with end-of-life issues. Visit HERE for more info. 

St. Nicholas will hold its annual Bluegrass Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Visit HERE for more details.

St. Nicholas is piloting a new program in response to need in Harris County. SFFC is a national movement partnering with the Church to temporarily care for at-risk children and youth, while strengthening families in crisis. Find out more HERE.

+FISH FRY, Saturday May 20
The fabulous cooks at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church will hold a Fish Fry Fundraiser for ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Ministries on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $8. Go HERE for more info.

"I glimpsed the face of God in Mr. G when serving at Trinity’s Sunday Community Breakfast recently. He asked with tears in his eyes if CVEM could help pay the funeral costs of his wife who had died the day before."

"Our Direct Services Coordinator Diane Hinnant remembered Ms. F immediately when I told her about the call and upcoming visit. When Ms. F came through the door, she and Diane immediately hugged, both with tear-filled eyes. Not tears of joy exactly; something more."

These are just glimpses of the stories that Martha is sharing in her weekly blog series through the Easter season. If you missed the first one, it's HERE and the second one is HERE.

We are sharing these stories with you for two reasons: to express our gratitude for the work you are making happen and to invite you to join in in a new way. Perhaps one of these stories will inspire you to get more involved with the CVEM Ministry--through prayer, time or by pledging financial support. 
Please consider making a donation to support the work of CVEM—a one-time gift or a recurring one. 

CVEM is funded solely by the donations of generous individuals, the Episcopal parishes of the Chattahoochee Valley, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. 

For secure online giving, click below
Or mail your check to CVEM P. O. Box 5811 Columbus GA 31906

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