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Page 8C October 17, 2018 By Diane Glidewell a trusted Monroe County for a FREE estimate. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ROOFII%IG CO. Seth Hoover talked to Monroe County Family Connection on Oct. 9 about Momentum Christian Church, which hopes to launch in Monroe County in Januar)n Hoover said Mo- mentum Christian Church believes iri being involved with and serving the whole commtmity and reached out to Wlckie Nickel, executive director of Monroe County Family Connection, to learn more about the needs and resources in the county. In turn, Nickel asked Hoover to speak at the group's October meeting. "It was a good meeting, very insp'lrin ' said Nickel, noting that it unexpectedly continued for two-and-a- half hours. "This is a chance to meet one another and see how we can help: Hoover and four other members of his team attend- ed the Family Connection meeting. Family Connection exists in each of Georgi counties to coordinate the activities of various service groups within the county to meet as many needs as possible without duplicating services. Hoover said that in 2006 he; his wife, Melissa; and Lee and Debbie Swaggerty moved from Louisville, K3n to Henry County to start a church with the help of Stadia Stadia promotes new churches in areas where there are many unchurched people or where there is explosive growth, which induded Henry County in 2006. As they began Mo- mentum Christian Church in McDonough, the first thing they did was join the Chamber of Commerce to partner with the commu- nity. Under Stadia, three estab- lished churches partnered with Momentum Church for three years to get it started. They bought an old ice cream truck and started giving out ice cream in what in leave your Family Good Hands? Please join us for a Free Seminar Wills 8, Estate October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. Forsyth-Monroe Chamber of Commerce 10 West Chambers Street Forsyth, GA Guest Speaker: Bob Harris R.S.V.P. by calling Mrs. Elsia Antoine Seth Hoover, second from left, talks to Gwen Byrd after the Oct. 9 Monroe County Family Connection meeting. proved to be their best intro- duction into the community. In the last six months, they have given out over 4000 ice creams in Monroe County. "The truck builds trust with people and makes connections," said Hoover. "Everyone keeps calling. So many organizations want to partner with us." One of the first things they did was stuffbags for the over 700 new teachers who were coming into Henry County Schools in its induc- tion program that year. They worked in mentoring pro- grams at Luella Elementary, Middle and High School, which are located near each other in one complex. They made an impression when a principal reached out to them to help dean up the grounds the day before school started and they did. Hoover said that as they continued to work in the communi,Momentum Church experienced steady growth. Realizing that a substantial number of their members were driving 40 minutes, they opened a sec- ond campus in Stockbridge, known as the Eagles Land- hag campus. Hoover said that Momentuna Christian Church does not want to be a mega-church. Instead its goal is that there be a church available for families in each community. Finding that about 70 Continued from 7C to hear your secrets, an exercise companion and a fellow couch potato! If you're considering bringing a new dog into your home, there's no doubt that saving a rescue dog from your local shelter is the way to go. If you've never adopted from a shelter, here a few suggestions to acquaint you with the process: Spend some time at your local shelter to see the dogs available for adoption. Decide what specific traits you are looking for. Answer this question, "It's most important to me that my dog (fill in the blank). This information is very helpful to the shelter staff that will assist you in finding the right dog. It's also hdpful to have a people in their McDonough church are driving from BamesVille or Forsyth, Hoover and his family moved to Monroe County this year. He said his wife grew up in a small town and wants their children to have the small town experience. After attending a Mary Persons football game last year, they decided Monroe County fit what they were seeking. Their children are attending Monroe County schools, they joined the Chamber of Commerce, and now they have reached out to Family Connection. "It's not a turf war" said Hoover. "We want to see churches come together, unite. We already have about seven events planned? He said there are many young families with children in the church; so it has been natural for the members to be active in the schools. The church is full of adoptive and foster families. He said that seeing adoption mod- eled well, "it took offlike wildfire." As more families grew through adoption, they became aware of the need for more foster families in Georgia, and fostering has grown within the church as well. Momentum Christian Church partners with Faith- Bridge to provide space for its foster care work on the south side of Atlanta. They saw the need for list of questions about the dog you become inter- ested in: What do you know about the dog's history? What are the dog's personal- ity and behavior like? What do your volunteers think ofhim? Does he like other dogs? Does he get along with cats (if applicable)? Does he like kids (if ap- plicable)? When you walk through the shelter's kennel area, watch the dogs' reactions to you and look for friendly signs such as pawing, tail wagging, or eagerly ap- proaching the front of their kennel Keep in mind that a shelter can be a stressful environment for a dog - one who seems shy might be very friendly outside the kennel When you find that dog you know you are interested in, spend time interacting with him. The shelter will allow you visits with the dog allowing you mentoring in schools in Henry County but also saw how the programs lacked any unity between schools, which required them to overcome the same barri- ers repeatedly. Momentum Church partnered with the national organization Kids Hope USA to unify men- toring in Henry County and make it easy for those willing to mentor to do so. Mentors especially work to keep children on track with reading skills. The church found another good partnership working with the 19 social workers in the Henry County school system and the counselors who work with them. They realized that the social work- ers do not get the recogni- tion that teachers do, held a luncheon for them and gave them each $100 to use. They heard of the hoops the social workers sometimes have to jump through to get a child a pair of shoes, and they found the social work- ers are a unique source of information for needs in the community. Several years ago, they asked the Henry County version of Family Con- nections what the greatest unmet need was. They were told there were sources for food and clothing, but when a family lost its household items, such as in a fire, there was nowhere to go for beds and basic fumishings. Mo- mentum Christian Church partnered with a larger At- lanta organization to fill that need in Henry County. Momentum Church is sponsoring Monroe County's Jingle Fest to cel- ebrate the Christmas season. It will begin with the Annual Hometown Holidays Parade on Thursday, Nov. 29, continue on Saturday, Dec. 1 with a gift market and visit from Santa at Monroe County Convention Center and then an evening 5K on Dec. 8. "We want to serve you ' said Hoover. the opportunity to take him for walks and/or spend time outside the shelter with him. If you are ready to open your heart and home to a rescue dog in need, please consider adopting today. There are many adorable, adoptable dogs at rescue shelters waiting to meet you. Ifyou are not ready or cannot adopt a dog, choose to contribute your support (monetary or volunteer) to your local shelter. Your con- tribution will help support rescues, adoption programs and help get animals off the streets and out of harrn's way. The National ADOPT A SHELTER DOG MONTH is all about getting as many great dogs as possible into the loving homes they deserve! 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