Check In: Murphy-Harpst Has Met the Challenges of 2020 Thanks to You

8/27/2020

Murphy-Harpst has been in the business of providing Georgia’s most vulnerable children with a safe, stable environment since 1924. Over the decades we have grown and changed to meet the needs of our kids, as well as to stay relevant to the changing times. Sound familiar? Our NGUMC churches have long histories of serving the needs of our communities and evolving over time. When we are unable or unwilling to adapt to changing circumstances we miss the mark on our core mission – to provide life and hope. Never has our ability to adapt been more important or urgent than in 2020!

Thanks to our covenant relationship with the North Georgia Conference, Murphy-Harpst has met the challenges of 2020 feeling supported. At the close of our fiscal year in June, we look back at our successes and opportunities for improvement as we compile our annual Impact Report. One thing is certain in this season of uncertainty – we could not do the lifechanging work that we do without the support of the United Methodist Church!

Here are a few highlights of your support from this fiscal year:

  • Nearly 400 NGUMC churches and their members provided over $950,000 in financial and physical gifts
  • A record-breaking 146 kids received Christmas Presents, wrapped by our friends from Due West United Methodist Church
  • Wesley Woods residents provided our residents and staff with 250 handmade masks
  • 299 youth received services across our residential, foster care, and community programs
  • 24 foster children adopted or reunified with family of origin
  • 19 animals assisted in therapy:  9 horses, 1 dog, 1 snake, 2 ducks, 2 chickens, 3 hermit crabs, and 1 crested gecko!
  • 83,093 meals served (and that doesn’t include any snacks!)
Many of your churches participated in our conference-designated Special Offering Sunday while navigating your own fundraising challenges. Several churches have chosen alternative dates to support Murphy-Harpst with a Special Offering. Our children feel your love surrounding them even while volunteers can’t be on campus. Traditions such as birthday parties and Fun Fridays have been creatively re-imagined by congregations, UMW circles, and Sunday School classes. Support has come from a distance in the form of pizza parties, inflatable games, pool toys, cards, and hygiene kits.

We want your church to feel as supported by Murphy-Harpst as we feel supported by you. In this time of at-home worship and virtual gathering; we invite you to engage with us in new ways! Visit our Church Partners page: www.murphyharpst.org/churchpartners to incorporate Murphy-Harpst into your prayer life, family time (we have coloring sheets and virtual volunteer opportunities!), worship planning, and more. Our Advancement Staff would love to speak to your virtual Sunday School class, small group, UMW circle, or UMM ministry. While we cannot gather to say thank you in person, we want to continue to grow relationships with our NGUMC churches.

As we prepare to renew and refresh our Covenant Relationship at Annual Conference, we want to say THANK YOU. Since our founding by the Women’s Division (now the United Methodist Women) nearly 100 years ago, the Methodist connection has sustained Murphy-Harpst’s mission. The needs of our children have changed alongside the needs of your churches. When we look back at the obstacles we have overcome, it is amazing the journey we have taken together. 2020 feels endless now; but we are confident that one day we will look back – together – and see how we walked together down this path. Thank you, North Georgia Conference, for all the ways you have, you do, and you will support Murphy-Harpst. Thank you for being in a Covenant Relationship with us, and with our children!


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