Our Neighborhood, City, State, & World

Eastside has two congregational teams that help manage our justice, missions, and community opportunities.

The Eastside Community Engagement Team oversees our partnerships in East Atlanta Village, East Atlanta Kids Club, Branan Towers, Chris180, Wellroot, and East Atlanta community opportunities and events.

The Eastside Justice Team oversees our Racial Justice Fund, Reconciling Ministries Network partnership, Justice Education Library, Community Closet and Pantry, and education and advocacy opportunities and events.

If you would like to participate in leadership with either of these teams, please contact Katie.

 

 

 

 

It can be hard to know where to start in educating ourselves on becoming better allies and anti-racists. Here are some resources that may be helpful, and some organizations and businesses that we can support locally!

 

 

Eastside Community Closet and Pantry

Our Community Closet & Little Free Pantry are a creative re-imagination ministry opportunity for how we can serve our neighbors. Easily accessed from Moreland Ave & open 24/7, all of our community is welcome to join in on donating when you can, taking what you need, and spreading the word with others of this free resource.  Both the Community Closet and the Little Free Pantry are on our campus, just to the right of the sanctuary building. If you would like to help us maintain consistent stock throughout the week at our pantry and closet, please email Katie. To order items to support the pantry, visit our Amazon Wishlist!

 

 

Eastside Justice Education Library

Our Justice Education library is up and running. As we all continue our lifelong journeys of learning, we encourage you to check out the resources available in this library about racial justice, the history of injustice, and anti-racism. There are books here from history to novels, children’s books to poetry, and everything in between. Check out our social media where we’ll continue to highlight what we’ve got in the library.

Check out our library and request books here!

 

 

 

Eastside Racial Justice Fund

Beginning in the summer of 2020, Eastside increased our commitment to support local, often grassroots, organizations working to impact and amplify racial justice work in or city, state, and country. Each month, gifts made toward this fund will be donated to an organization that Eastside believes in. If you have an organization you'd like for us to consider for a future month, please email Katie!

June 2020: Atlanta Solidarity Fund
July 2020: UMC Black College Fund
August 2020: Women on the Rise

 

 

 

 

East Atlanta Kids Club

East Atlanta Kids Club is a nonprofit, out-of-school -time tutoring, mentoring and enrichment program for under-resourced girls and boys ages 7 to 17.  Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, after-school kid's club, Saturday kid's club and annual events like the Brownwood Bike Rally and Easter Egg Hunt. To find out what Eastside is doing with EAKC this season, please email Katie.

 

 

 

Branan Towers

For over 40 years, Branan Towers has served as a beacon over the East Atlanta community. They serve seniors aged 62 years and above. Most of the residents live below the poverty level on less than $10,000 a year, with the vast majority surviving on the area minimum which is $8,820.  Volunteer opportunities include visiting residents, leading an activity, delivering food and annual events like the Summer Cook-out and Christmas Party.

 

 

Wellroot Family Services

Wellroot Family Services (formerly United Methodist Children's Home) serves over 245 children and adults a day in 40 counties across North Georgia, and it delivered over 56,000 days of care in 2017. They envision a world where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home.  Volunteer opportunities include being a babysitter for foster families, becoming a foster or respite care family and collecting specific items needed for Eastside's Foster Family Closet.

 

 

Reconciling Ministries Network

Eastside Church is a member of Reconciling Ministries Network. We welcome, celebrate, and invite all to share in the life of our community through fellowship, worship, and leadership. As a Reconciling Congregation, we affirm that all people are of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We want all to know that you are loved by God and by your siblings in Christ here at Eastside Church. We are a diverse community and we embrace and value our diversity. We are all God’s children and Eastside welcomes and celebrates you, regardless of age, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family structure, economic status, or physical or mental ability. All are welcomed, celebrated, affirmed, supported, and included here. Eastside Church values our differences and variety of perspectives and we believe that these differences make our community stronger. No matter who you are, where you have come from, how you got here, or where you are going, you are loved and we are excited you are here. To learn more about Eastside's membership and activities with RMN, email Katie.

 

 

La Gonave Haiti Partnership

The La Gonave Haiti Partnership is a “ministry of presence” and a community development partnership between the people of La Gonave, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and the United States Partners, of which we are one. We have made multiple trips to La Gonave and continue to foster a relationship with the small community of Ticolette.

 

 

CHRIS 180

Eastside works to ensure that we are supporting organizations in our community that are focused on access to care and support for all. CHRIS 180 is a behavioral health organization that is committed to addressing the social determinants of health to better help individuals, children and adults heal and be able to change directions and change their lives.

 

Eastside has two congregational teams that help manage our justice, missions, and community opportunities.

The Eastside Community Engagement Team oversees our partnerships in East Atlanta Village, East Atlanta Kids Club, Branan Towers, Chris180, Wellroot, and East Atlanta community opportunities and events.

The Eastside Justice Team oversees our Racial Justice Fund, Reconciling Ministries Network partnership, Justice Education Library, Community Closet and Pantry, and education and advocacy opportunities and events.

If you would like to participate in leadership with either of these teams, please contact Katie.