Georgia Agape will host the live simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Renaissance congregation. This 2-day conference features practical teaching to parents, professionals, ministry leaders or anyone serving children. The cost for registration is $25 for both conference days. Register at: https://georgiaagapeetc2019.eventbrite.com. Contact LaQuisha White at LaQuisha@GeorgiaAgape.org for more information.
March 24th - Spartan Stadium on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus. Registration begins at 1:30pm.
Come join the fun at our annual 5K For Kids in either our 5K run or the 1 Mile Fun Run.
Held this year on Sunday, March 24, 2019, this event is for all ages and benefits Georgia Agape. Go directly to the registration site (https://runsignup.com/5KRace4Kids)
See you on the track!
Partnership in Practice. . .
2019 Empowered to Connect Conference Registration Available!
Georgia Agape is proud to present the Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast on Friday, April 26, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019. In partnership, the conference will be held at the Renaissance Church of Christ (formerly West End Church of Christ) at 3675 Butner Rd. Atlanta, GA 30349 each day from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The ETC Conference is a wonderful opportunity, working to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. Although designed for those parenting foster and adopted children, this conference is open to anyone parenting or working with children and is sure to provide valuable tools for all to use. For more information and to register, visit https://georgiaagapeetc2019.eventbrite.com or contact LaQuisha White at 770-452-9995 or LaQuisha@GeorgiaAgape.org
The most recognizable or celebrated holiday in February is Valentines’ Day. This day is usually celebrated by individuals buying gifts (chocolate, flowers, jewelry, handmade cards, etc.) or doing deeds to show someone that they love and care about them. I have gotten my fair share of these type gifts and I must admit that I appreciated and enjoyed every one of them. However, there were some gifts that were complete duds, but that is a subject for another day.
As a wife, mother, social worker and natural giver or helper, I often find myself expending a lot of time and energy into other people. And, although some duties come with the job, I do the extra things out of love for the people in my life and who I serve in my professional capacity. I often leave little time for myself and sometimes I am worn out at the end of the day. This year for Valentines’ Day, I aim to do something different. I’m sure that I’ll still receive gifts from my loves (husband and son) to help celebrate the day. But this year I am doing something for myself to remind me to love and appreciate me.
This month (and probably every month for the remainder of the year) I’m going to show myself some love. I’m going to buy those shoes that I’ve had my eye on but always talk myself out of buying. I’m going to take at least 20 minutes of time for myself each day, whether it is taking a nice quiet bubble bath, meditating or watching an episode of a TV show that I keep missing. I’m going to exercise more. If I don’t take care better care of my emotional and physical health, then all the other stuff is for naught.
This year, I encourage you to take time for yourself. As I take the journey of showing more love for myself, my goal is to not feel worn out or neglected. My goal is to be a better wife mother, social worker and natural giver.
Families in the church are answering the call to be foster parents and bring children from hard places into their home to be nurtured, cared for and loved. Being a foster parent is a beautiful and worthwhile calling. On a daily basis, foster families are giving hope to children and families who are living with constant struggles and are in need of a Jesus-centered place for refuge and healing. The work that foster families in our churches do is full of unbelievable difficulties and unspeakable joys. Have you ever thought “I admire what they are doing, however I know I am unable to care for a child right now. What can I do to help and support them?”
We at Agape know that not everyone is called to be a foster parent, however, there are other ways you can help those foster families in your congregation. Agape has developed the Agape Ambassador Program to partner with area churches to help the congregation practically serve foster and adoptive families within their body. This gives the church an opportunity to participate in serving children (God’s children) in foster care through serving and ministering to the foster families. Each church will have designated Ambassadors who will be a volunteer liaison between Agape and the congregation. Agape has a training class to equip the volunteers with unique and diverse ways that the congregation can practically serve foster and adoptive families.
The first training of Agape Ambassadors was held February 2, 2019. We are in the process of scheduling another training class. If you are interested in being that representative from your congregation or would like to learn more about this program please contact Sharalyn Donald, Georgia Agape’s Resource Development Coordinator at (770) 452-9995 or by email at Sharalyn@georgiaagape.org.