1120 Lockwood Avenue
P.O. Box 5811
Columbus, GA 31906

CVEM could not do its work without you! Great and small, we have no shortage of ways you can get involved. Give us a call or e-mail us if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

•Join the Co-Planners who design annual theme and activitites
•Coordinate celebration evening
•Plan for 2015’s 20th Anniversary 
•Monitor Unity Piece around town
•Coordinate and order t-shirts
•Help refurbish Peace Pylon on Broadway’s median
•Assist with Teen Mentor Training 
•Shop/donate supplies for week’s various activities
•Organize TAP memorabilia
•Recruit children/teens representing diversity

•Recruit for diversity in culture and religion
•Provide snacks at monthly meetings
•Join Advisory Council for 2014-2015
•Assist with Community service projects (soccer, Path to
 Shine, field trips, transportation)
•Serve on Spring service trip committee
•Assist director in organizing youth loft at CVEM

•Adobt a yard spot to maintain
•Promote use of CVEM House for parish events (study
 groups, vestry retreats, outreach committees, monthly 
 meetings, special events)
•Organize quarterly yard workdays with lunch

•Shadow a volunteer to increase your awareness of what we
•Retrieve messages from Direct Service answering machine
•Make appointments for Direct Service interviews
•Conduct Direct Service interviews
•Perform administrative tasks (filing, copying, updating 
 resource information, assisting with mass mailings)
•Hold Poor Box in Parish
•Volunteer to assist with Direct Service’s annual Christmas
 Party for CVEM families
•Adopt a CVEM family at Thanksgiving or Christmas

•Join team meetings monthly at CVEM
•Join a particular committee: education, marketing, fundraising
•Distribute rack cards to domestic violence agencies, 
 counseling centers, doctor’s offices, police station, etc.

•Promote CVEM within parish
•Assist with mailout of monthly newsletter
•Assist with mass mailouts for major fundraising events

BAND (Beallwood Area Neighborhood Development, Inc.)
•Attend monthly meetings representing CVEM
•Support computer lab (supervise scheduled openings, 
 monitor computers, assist with promotions, fundraisers)
•Attend and offer programs and prizes on Senior BINGO
 days (BAND Center every Tuesday at 10 a.m.)

Jazz event to honor Vicky Partin, CVEM

CVEM will host an Evening of New Orleans Jazz in honor of Lay Missioner Vicky Partin, who is retiring at the end of this year.
The event will take place on Sunday, December 7 in the evening at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The exact time hasn’t been set yet. Please save the date!
The Columbus Jazz Society will perform. The 6-piece band will play two one-hour sets with a break in the middle to honor Vicky. We will serve cheese, crackers and desserts and sell beer and wine. Debbie Anderson, Columbus TAP Director, will MC. 
Vicky co-founded CVEM in 1980 and has served as its leader for the last 34 years. 
“This event will be a way to honor Vicky, who has given so much of her life to forming a ministry that has served this community for so many years. We want to celebrate Vicky and CVEM—both its past and the long future we are sure it will have!” said Ginia McPhearson, Chair of CVEM’s External Affairs Committee. 
We are in search of pictures-any pictures-of CVEM events or CVEM at events around the community. Please send in anything you may have to P.O. Box 5811, Columbus, GA 31906 and we will return them to you! Or, you can e-mail
There will be a charge for admission. More  details will follow soon.
We are looking for pictures of CVEM events through the years. Any years! If you have any you’d like to share, please e-mail to If they are physical copies we need to scan, feel free to mail to: P.O. Box 5811, Columbus, GA 31906. We will make sure they make it back to you safe!


By: Vicky Partin

Lately I’ve been trying to contact parishes and organizations in the Diocese that are designated as Jubilee Centers in The Episcopal Church  (TEC).  This has not been so easy because almost all the “players” have moved on and current outreach coordinators and priests may only see the Jubilee certificate hanging on an obscure wall.
The fervor, the reason for caring about Jubilee years ago, has not diminished.  Most have expanded their activities to grow more deeply in faith and justice work.  St. Margaret’s in Carrolton makes food backpacks full of weekend food for children.  The Refugee Resettlement/Immigration Services of Atlanta works with TEC regularly and is filled with refugees and families hoping to become legal citizens.  St. Thomas in Columbus has developed soccer teams and a Path to Shine tutoring program in a low wealth 
neighborhood.  CVEM was the first Jubilee Center in the Diocese, having been designated by the Executive Council in l989.
The Jubilee Ministry mandate, resolved at the Church General Convention in l980, is to be a “ministry of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people, wherever they are found, to meet basic human needs and to build a just 
society.”  This is at the heart of the 
mission of the church.
We at CVEM have sought ways to 
advocate for those in need.  We call 
landlords and mortgage companies. We ask for favors at furniture stores.  We have co-led anti-racism awareness groups. Early on we co-founded Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity for more 
affordable, equitable housing.  We joined the Church’s Public Policy Network in solidarity with resolutions on human rights, living wages, food stamps, and health care issues both in the Georgia statehouse and US Congress.
Basically, becoming a Jubilee Center means that a ministry does charity work, empowers people toward self-sufficiency and advocates for people who seem to have no voice.  The mandate can keep us focused.
CVEM has received numerous grants from Jubilee over the years, from start-up funds for the Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union to Infusion teen-written grants for Beallwood READS and 
community gardening.
Being Jubilee will be a feature at the “Hearts to Serve” diocesan conference at St. Bede’s on September 13.  Clergy and outreach volunteers are encouraged 

Direct Service: Marsha's Story

It’s always good to hear great things. Marsha stopped by this month to tell us some pretty great things!
Her first visit to CVEM was in January 2014. She had moved to Columbus to care for her sister who had breast cancer. 
After she passed, Marsha, a single mom of two sons, decided to stay in 
Columbus because she felt the city offered a better quality of life and opportunity for them. She had no job and no car at the time. 
She applied at Rivertown Beauty School to continue cosmetology 
studies but was unable to enroll due to fees owed to her prior state of 
residency for financial aid. 
We were able to assist her with rent on two occassions, but the collection company policies for her loans required she make $50 payments to them for six consecutive months in order for them to show her default cleared and her be allowed to enroll at Rivertown. 
She stopped by last week to let us know she was able to reduce the amount of monthly payment for 
financial aid indebtedness; she has a few good job leads, and a relative is letting her use a care. 
She wanted to share those things with us and let us know we had made a 
difference in her life through our prayers, financial assistance and advocacy on her behalf. 


We assisted 28 families with rent, mortgage, scholorship, transportation, furtniture and household goods. 
Total given: $2, 302.52
Gifts to CVEM: $378.18
Poor Box: $ 806

In Focus: Monica Cobis has heart to serve

By: Holli Melancon

CVEM’s new Infusion Director is no stranger to service.
Monica Cobis started volunteering with Head Start when she was just 14 years old. Servant Leadership has been her mantra ever since. 
“(Infusion) is in alignment with my values and life’s purpose: to increase 
tolerance and to help people learn about themselves so they can be better leaders and 
community servants,” she said. 
Infusion is a nine-month servant leadership program for high school students; 
students are recruited from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and spend the year studying social justice topics and serving the community.
Monica brings to CVEM the perfect skill sets to lead this program. 
Not only does she have a passion for this work, but she has a diverse background. She is originally from Columbus but has also lived in Greece, Argentina, Ecquador and Atlanta. Her career experience is also broad, having worked in office administration, recreation management and teaching. In addition to working with Infusion, Monica is a Life Coach. 
“I help people live authentic lives, determine their goals and priorities and help them get on their path,” she said. 
Since she has been back in Columbus, she also taught English as a Second Language at Columbus State and later ran a business leading walking tours in the city. 
Monica found out about the Infusion job through a regular TAP volunteer, and her son has also attended TAP before. 
“I love working with students who want to make a difference on a personal level, community level and global level,” she said. “My goal is to inspire global citizenship and also to increase tolerance of other faiths and ethnic backgrounds through creating a dialogue.”
Monica is the mother of an 11-year-old son. She attends Christ Community Church in Columbus and is an active volunteer with Celebrate Recovery. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership from CSU. 
This year’s Infusion theme is Inequality in Education.  Their first guest speaker will be Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Muscogee County Schools. 


Eddie Bridgewater,  Brookstone
Brenetta Braddy,  Columbus High
Tommy Bridgewater,  Brookstone
Brett Coleman,  Hardaway
Zach Grantham,  Columbus High
Austin Lisbon, Columbus High
Madison Ogletree, Brookstone
Dylan Rice, Columbus High
Jacob Sholtis,  Columbus High
Tiarra Harris,  Smiths Station
Theyah (TK) Thomas,  Hardaway
Omar Webb,  Columbus High


Breaking the Cycle of Violence

By: Vicky Partin
I don’t know about you but I am distressed daily by the surge of violence making bold headlines in the paper.  It seems to be getting worse with sexual assault, domestic violence, hate crimes, burglaries, shootings, bullying.  Each year, an average 237,868 persons in the U.S. are victims of rape or sexual violence while over 3.2 million young people suffer from bullying. The statistics are overwhelming. We seem to have more here than our share.    It’s difficult to know how to address such a monumental 
When our son was five or six, we watched TV with him.  We had purposefully chosen not to have cable, so we only had three channels.  One day we were watching one of those hour-long westerns when a man was shot off his horse.  As the show moved on Shane asked, “Who’s going to take care of the hurt man?  He has a Mom and Dad, too”. At that moment I realized that this show was real to him.  It wasn’t a “play-like”.  At that moment teaching non-violence became a real effort for us.  Even the cartoons and Atari games were violent.  Guns were not toys.  Most movies were prohibited.
We concluded that if we feed violence into our souls and everyday lives, we might not distinguish it from peaceful behavior.  It becomes a natural recourse.  We accept it; eventually we expect it.
“Breaking the cycle of violence” must begin in our homes, churches, and 
communities.  We can monitor the movies, TV shows and video games.  Do these media lift up peaceful values or do they glorify the culture of violence?  We must recognize the violence and have that conversation even when we cannot protect our children and ourselves from all the violent acts we encounter.
We at CVEM have many opportunities to display peaceful values through TAP and Infusion.  There have been times in our meetings with parents needing financial 
assistance or at Christmas parties when we have invited non-violent responses to frisky children.
In our community we can build relationships and raise awareness and communicate very carefully with people who exhibit violent behavior.  They may be ex-offenders, battered, scared, homeless, bullied, or just used to it.  We can be that safe place.  I think of TAP,  Trinity’s community breakfast, Beallwood and Boxwood children, FOCUS, our Sunday schools, our food pantries, Shedding our Secrets, Circles, Phillips House. ….all places where we are “breaking the cycle of violence”, one relationship at a time.




Play golf?  You would enjoy the day – and raise funds for BRIDGE’s GED 
program on Tuesday, September 23, at the Columbus Country Club.  Call CVEM for registration forms.


St Nicholas’s annual Lobsterfest will happen at the Home Sweet Plantation in Harris County on Friday, September 26.  Whole Maine lobsters are flown in for this outside event.  Steak is an option, too.  The silent auction is huge!  Go to St. Nicholas Episcopal Church web site to reserve your spot.


Shedding our Secrets has a Facebook page managed by member Carol Hall.  Go to to Review and Rate the page.


It’s all about ending the cycle of homelessness in the Columbus and 
Russell County communities.  Recently over 60 local agency directors and 
volunteers filled a room at Mildred Terry Library to learn ways to collaborate and develop new strategies.  Many of us know homeless people personally, while others see them in the streets and on the bridges.  We all make assumptions.  All are welcome to the table.  Call Christie Bevis at Home for Good (706-327-3255) based at United Way to learn more and join a committee.  Diane Hinnant will represent CVEM on the Resource and Empowerment Committee.

Church's Domestic Poverty Missioner Visits CVEM

The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson will come to Columbus on Thursday, September 11, to visit our Jubilee Center.  CVEM will host a continental breakfast at 8:30 am on Friday, September 12, with Board members, volunteers and staff where we will tell stories of our various ministries.
Mark was appointed Domestic 
Poverty Missioner for The Episcopal Church (TEC) last August.  Based in Dallas, Texas, he is affiliated with the Office of Government Relations in DC, which includes Jubilee Ministries and TEC advocacy networks.
Mark has spent this past year touring Dioceses and Jubilee Centers and 
developing the DC relationships.  He is no stranger to the south, having lived in Savannah, Memphis, and New Orleans.  The Diocese of Louisiana is his home base, where he coordinated response to Hurricane Katrina.
Mark will be a guest speaker at the Hearts to Serve conference at St. Bede’s on September 13.
To join CVEM for breakfast with Mark on September 12, call the office 706-327-0400.
Lay Missioner Vicky Partin volunteers with members of St. Mark’s at the Interfaith Food Pantry in LaGrange, where various churches take a month to donate food and time for Troup County’s people in need. 
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