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Features stories on East Cobb residents doing good and giving back to the community. A place for East Cobbers to recognize random acts of kindness and announce volunteer opportunities.

Deliver meals to seniors on Christmas Day

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This year, as for over 25 years, the East Cobb Lions and the Marietta Lions Club along with community volunteers will be preparing and delivering hot Meals on Wheels to Cobb County residents on Christmas Day to support the independence and well being of needy seniors.

Participants will meet at Powers Ferry UMC at 245 Powers Ferry Rd Marietta 30067 on Christmas morning to prepare, cook, and deliver approximately 125 Meals on Wheels. Come at 10am to help deliver the meals.

Each year the Lions in club return from delivering the meals with many heart warming memories about the appreciation and thankfulness expressed by those who received the meals. On this special day it helps to reduce the isolation experienced by some elderly residents living around us.

If you can help with the Meals on Wheels project on Christmas Day, call Ray Moore at 770-425-7881 for more information.

 

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Donate to Toys for Tots at Red Sky this Thursday

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On Thursday, December 18th, starting at 5pm, Red Sky Tapas and Bar is hosting their Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive. A few members of the United States Marines will be on hand to collect donated new, unwrapped toys, in order to support families in need this holiday season. Red Sky’s goal is to provide 150 new, unwrapped toys, so that we can support the nationwide efforts of the United States Marines.

As a benefit to people who donate toys, for every new, unwrapped toy of any value donated, guests will receive a $5 coupon good towards Red Sky’s new Weekday Lunch Menu.

During Thursday evening’s Toys for Tots Drive, Red Sky will offer food and drink specials and an acoustic guitar performance by Chip Jones.

Red Sky is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16 in Marietta. For reservations and more information please call 770.973.0100.

 

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Metro-Marietta Kiwanis collecting Coats for Kids throughout December

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Heather Crane and Gara Drumm of United Community Bank

Metro-Marietta Kiwanis is collecting gently used coats in children and adult sizes all month for the students, parents and siblings of Park Street Elementary. Coats can be dropped off at any of the following businesses: Williamson Brothers BBQ, Elite Beach Tanning Salon (Kennesaw), Marietta Diner, Cherokee Cattle Company, Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital, United Community Bank (Cherokee Street), East Marietta Drugs (Roswell Rd), Red Hare Brewing Company, West Cobb Diner or Solterra Landscaping.

For an updated list of drop-off points contact Joanne Thurston, joanne@jmthurston.com.  One coat can make a difference this winter.

 

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A chance to honor those who help diversity

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Creating Community Awards, which will be presented by the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the Cobb Community Relations Council. The purpose of the awards is not only to recognize good works in the county but also to provide a model and inspiration for the rest of the community.

Nominees may be an individual, team or organization that has made possible the inclusion of Cobb’s diverse communities. Diversity could be identified as race or ethnicity, age, religious, disable or gender. An independent committee will be formed to choose one recipient from each commission district. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17, and nominees from previous years may be re-nominated.

To download the nomination form, click here or visit the Community Relations Council Web page by clicking here. Nominations should be emailed to ccrc393@gmail.com.

 

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MUST Ministries Planning Toy Shops for Families in Need

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Every Christmas, MUST Ministries sets up two locations, one in Cobb County and one in Cherokee County, to provide a retail store environment for  parents to shop for free items. The MUST Toy Shops are a special treat for families who often have little to nothing for their children to open on Christmas morning, but it’s more than something “extra”. It’s an essential.

“Our shops offer throw blankets, pajamas, underwear, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, school supplies and other necessary items,” according to Paula Rigsby, Seasonal Coordinator at MUST. “We’ve had parents come in who just want the blankets because they have no heat.”

This year, there is a new twist to the dilemma of collecting enough items for more than 3,000 children.

“We’ve been told we will be the only agency in Cobb offering gifts for babies and for teens age 16-18. Any family with a child those ages will have to  come to MUST for help, so that means they will probably register their whole family with us,” Rigsby explained. “We always have a challenge to collect teen items, so we expect more teens this year and will need additional donations.”

Another challenge is getting dolls of all ethnicities.

“A little girl usually prefers a doll that looks like her,” said Paula Rigsby. The Toy Shop can also use books and games in Spanish. MUST is hoping the community will remember the teens with gifts like jewelry, cologne/perfume, curling irons, blow dryers, jeans, boots, vests, jackets, books, wallets, sports equipment, bikes, belts, purses, watches and handheld games. All items for the Cobb shop can be taken to the MUST Donation Center at 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

In addition, MUST will distribute dolls, trucks, stuffed animals and other toys. For babies, MUST is requesting an open box covered in Christmas wrapping paper and filled with at least 7 baby items like bibs, burp clothes, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups and other necessities.

“It’s the perfect group project,” Rigsby pointed out. “Get together with your neighbors, Sunday School class, scout troop or civic organization and create baby boxes!”

Open for 14 days in December, the shops provide personal shoppers to assist parents in making their selections and volunteers who stock the shelves, provide check in and check out, help load cars and unload donations. This year, the Cobb Toy Shop will again be at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta/East Cobb. For more information about ways to help, email toyshop@mustministries.org. The Toy Shops open December 9.

 

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Little River UMC of Woodstock and St. Andrew UMC of Marietta Partner with Mountain View UMC to Support 20th Annual Bethlehem Walk

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Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta has announced that Little River UMC of Woodstock and St. Andrew UMC of Marietta will support Mountain View’s 20th Annual Bethlehem Walk on December 6 – 7, and December 12 – 13, 2014.
“We thank Little River and St. Andrew for helping us make our 20th Bethlehem Walk the best ever,” said Rev. Bill Burch, senior pastor at Mountain View UMC. “For 20 years now, Mountain View has recreated the shops, the townspeople, the census takers, the Roman soldiers, all going about their business while an unnoticed miracle takes place in a small corner of the city. Of course, undertaking this requires a great deal of time and effort by a large number of volunteers.”
 
“Each night, more than 150 volunteers help us bring Bethlehem to life,” said Roger Patterson, longtime Mountain View member and “mayor” of Bethlehem Walk 2014. “That’s a tall order for a congregation that has an average attendance of 180 people at our Sunday worship services.”
According to Patterson, nearby Little River United Methodist church has committed its church van to help shuttle hundreds of visitors to Bethlehem Walk from the parking area at Davis Elementary School on Jamerson Road. Volunteers form St. Andrew will assist in setting up Bethlehem Walk, portraying townspeople, greeting guests, and helping out in a variety of other ways
“We’re very glad we can help bring people to this annual birthday celebration for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” said Bill Coady pastor of Little River UMC.
“St. Andrew is a very mission minded church, so our congregation members are delighted that we can help our Mountain View neighbors pull everything together for this wonderful ministry that they’ve been doing for so long,” said Rev. Mack Riley, senior pastor of St. Andrew UMC.
Bethlehem Walk 2014 will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 6- 7 and Dec. 12 – 13, 2014. The preschool morning performance is Friday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Preschool morning reservations may be made at https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwalkatmvumc/.
Admission is free, but contributions to the missions of Mountain View are encouraged.
 
“Bethlehem Walk is a signature Christmas event that is free of charge and open to everyone,” Rev. Burch said.“The purpose of Bethlehem Walk is to focus our community’s attention on Christ as the center of celebration during the Christmas season,” said John Watkins, a Mountain View UMC member who has served as the Scribe at Bethlehem Walk for the last 10 years.
 
“We accomplish our goal by recreating the entire city of Bethlehem on our church grounds. Each night of Bethlehem Walk is a 2-acre interactive play where visitors can walk through the city’s streets and talk with the potter or the baker. People can see Roman soldiers open the city and watch the changing of the tower guards at the city gates. Visitors can listen as the storyteller weaves tales of the heroes of old and sign the census to show they were there.”
For more information or to volunteer or participate, please email mvumcbw@gmail.com.
Mountain View United Methodist Church originated with a group of 12 people attending services at the La Petit Academy in Marietta, Georgia. Their goal was to start a community church that would become a larger home for people in north Cobb County and south Cherokee County. The vision caught fire in the community, and the group eventually purchased land at Jamerson Road and Trickum Road. The church’s construction was started in 1986. Today, the church continues to grow and welcomes all persons to visit our church. Mountain View United Methodist Church is a friendly church whose members share open hearts, open minds and open doors.

 
 

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Who’s that on our December cover?

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This month’s front cover features this year’s East Cobb Citizens of the Year, Mary and Ed Ettel. Sponsored by the East Cobb division of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, East Cobb Kiwanis, Civitans, Rotary, and Lions Clubs, the award usually recognizes one outstanding citizen who has contributed to the quality of life in East Cobb. This year, the selection committee selected husband and wife Mary and Ed Ettel. Together, they spearhead Project Mail Call.

Project Mail Call started as a Sunday school project at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in East Cobb. When the Ettels took over the mission, the church was sending a box every other month to a soldier. Now they organize 10 packing sessions a month  in their basement. Unlike other organizations that send care packages to troops, the Ettels make the experience completely personal and custom for both the troops and the volunteers who pack. The sessions are limited to 30 volunteers, the maximum
number of people who can fit into the Ettels’ basement. That space, which was previously Ed’s work room and a storage area, is now lined with shelves full of supplies to be packed into a care package for a soldier. Every volunteer writes a letter to the intended recipient to include in the box, along with a group picture of the session. Mary hears from many soldiers that those letters,  especially from children, are the best part of receiving a box. More information about Project Mail Call is on page 19.

“Considering the many things the wonderful people of Cobb County do, it is humbling for us to be presented with such an award,” says Ed. East Cobbers since 1986, Mary and Ed live in the Sibley Forest subdivision and have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.

They will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year.

Front cover photograph taken by Michael Drewitz of Michael’s Photography.

 

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Help the Fragile Kids Foundation this holiday season

If you’re looking for a way to give back this year, too, consider a gift to the Fragile Kids Foundation. Many of the families they serve are struggling for basic necessities. If you can donate to this cause, every penny raised will be used to buy gift cards for groceries, gas and household items. Whether you can contribute $25, $100 or more or less, know that your donation will make a meaningful difference to a deserving family. It’s a magical time of year. Click here and help make it special for the wonderful families served by the Fragile Kids Foundation.

For over 25 years the consistent mission of the Fragile Kids Foundation has been to enhance the quality of life and well being of children with support, supplies and prescribed medical equipment not covered by Georgia Medicaid or private insurance for Georgia’s medically fragile children living with chronic illnesses, genetic and traumatic disorders and orthopedic and neuro-muscular challenges.

Assistance offered to families includes: wheelchair lifts, stair-lifts, and overhead lifting systems to safely transport children in wheelchairs, ramping for homes and vans, specialized car seats, toileting and bathing systems, gait trainers, standers, pediatric strollers and more through grant and loaned equipment initiatives.

 

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Life University Community Outreach Clinic has new home

Construction is nearing completion on a brand new 3,200 square foot facility off Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia across from Whole Foods, which will house Life University’s (LIFE’s) new Community Outreach Chiropractic Clinic. LIFE’s current facility, which is near WellStar Kennestone Hospital, has had difficulty in meeting size demands because of its booming patient base and more interested Doctor of Chiropractic students at LIFE who want to complete their Level III Clinic Experience at the Outreach clinic. Thirteenth and Fourteenth Quarter chiropractic students at LIFE have three choices for fulfilling their program requirements – the International program, P.E.A.K. program or the Outreach program.

The Director of the Community Outreach Clinic, Dr. Steve Mirtschink, notes that the new location and facility will be a welcome sight when it opens at the beginning of LIFE’s Winter Quarter in January 2015. “We see over 1,000 patient visits per month at the current clinic,” says Dr. Mirtschink. “The issue is that we have actually outgrown the facility and cannot take care of all the patients that want to utilize our services or supply enough openings for our students to be involved in the program.”

LIFE’s Outreach program dates back to 2003, having some clinics in downtown Atlanta and working with some shelters in the downtown area as well. However, a little over five years ago, it was decided that the Outreach clinic needed to be moved to a location that was closer to campus, and the new facility on Roswell Road will be just a short, four-minute drive for LIFE’s students.

“What’s nice about the Outreach Clinic is that we give our students the opportunity to see critical care patients who have a lot more health issues than patients they would normally see at the on-campus clinic,” explains Dr. Mirtschink. “This gives students more opportunities to see exactly what the power of Chiropractic can do for patients that have visceral conditions.”

LIFE’s Community Outreach Clinic provides care to those in the community who cannot afford regular chiropractic care. Patients may have to provide documentation that shows that they meet the income designated for free service. The clinic also accepts walk-in patients, and the same requirements stated above apply to them as well. The Outreach clinic also works with outside organizations.

“Not only do we have the Outreach clinic, but we work with the Family Promise organization that caters to families that are virtually homeless to give them temporary shelter by giving care to those families,” notes Dr. Mirtschink. “We also work with Back on Your Feet, an organization in Atlanta that works with struggling men to get new employment possibilities and living opportunities.”

 

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Honor those who foster diversity by nominating for award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Creating Community Awards, which will be presented by the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the Cobb Community Relations Council. The purpose of the awards is not only to recognize good works in the county but also to provide a model and inspiration for the rest of the community.

Nominees may be an individual, team or organization that has made possible the inclusion of Cobb’s diverse communities. Diversity could be identified as race or ethnicity, age, religious, disable or gender. An independent committee will be formed to choose one recipient from each commission district. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17, and nominees from previous years may be re-nominated. To download the nomination form, click here or visit the Community Relations Council Web page by clicking here. Nominations should be emailed to ccrc393@gmail.com.

 

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