East Cobb UMC is devoted to, “Going into the world to serve and share Jesus.”
We do this through a variety of mission partnerships in our community. Below you will find information about our partnerships and how you can serve alongside us.
Our Mission Partners
A Chuch of Excellence
Since 2007, East Cobb UMC has been awarded the Church of Excellence in Mission award from the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
This award recognizes churches that support a variety of mission areas both locally and globally. Support comes through monetary offerings for Wesley Woods Senior Living, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Wellroot Family Services, and Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center.
The award also recognizes sustained mission partnerships. For East Cobb UMC, these include MUST Ministries, Powers Ferry Elementary School, Family Promise, Mountain TOP, and the Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor. The congregation also pledges to support a missionary and enter into a covenant relationship with that missionary.
Founded in 1971 by the Rev. Wayne Williams, MUST Ministries’ initial programs included a grocery bus ministry for the elderly, a youth tutoring program and outreach ministries to “alienated” young people. Since its inception, MUST has fulfilled Wayne’s vision of connecting people who have a desire to help with those who need help the most. Today, MUST encompasses more than 17,000 volunteers who are continually helping MUST Ministries achieve its goal of being Georgia’s most respected servant-leader.
ECUMC provides dinner once a month for the residents at the MUST Ministries HOPE House. Email Scott Shaver for more information on how you can serve!
ECUMC collects regular donations for the MUST Food Pantry.
Powers Ferry Elementary School
East Cobb UMC is a proud Partner in Education with Powers Ferry Elementary School. In an effort to support the teachers, staff, and students of our local elementary school, the church provides a number of events and resources including:
Reading is Fundamental: Providing 6 brand new books to every 1st and 2nd grade student
Homework Helpers: After school tutoring program
Back to School Store: School supplies at a reduced cost for all families
Reading Across America mystery readers
Thanksgiving Food Boxes
Rev. Jane Susan Eesley
The Rev. Jane Susan Eesley is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She serves as advocacy coordinator of the Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem.
Jane earned Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English literature at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theology Seminary, also in Evanston. She most recently served as senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, Rockford, Illinois. Previous appointments were Community UMC, Naperville, and First UMC, DeKalb. She is an elder in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.