1120 Lockwood Avenue
P.O. Box 5811
Columbus, GA 31906
Due to recurring spamming issues with our e-mail account, we are changing out e-mail addresses. From now on, our main e-mail account will be Our staff e-mails have changed, too:
Vicky’s e-mail will stay the same. Please make changes in your address book so you can keep getting e-mail from us!

Infusion seeks director

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry seeks a part-time Director for the Infusion youth leadership program.  The Director develops the year-round program and service activities, interviews and selects fifteen diverse high school teens, and works with a team of advisors in focusing on the Servant Leadership model.
An ideal candidate will hold a college degree, have experience and a passion for working with teenagers, and have experience in community service and social justice issues.
For a complete profile of all the responsibilities and requirements of the position, click here.
Position is available August 1.
Send letter of interest and resume to CVEM Infusion, P. O. Box 5811, Columbus, GA 31906 OR call Vicky Partin at 706-327-0400.
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!


Ismael is everywhere

(The following is a meditation from Bishop Bob Wright published weekly, “For Faith.” Some stats from the Children’s Defense Fund (ranking goes from 1 as the best to 50th as the worst):
•Georgia: 45th for children who are poor; 46th for children lacking adequate resources to food; 48th in high school students graduating on time.
•Alabama: 46th for children who are poor; 38th for children lacking adequate resources to food; 44th in children graduating high school on time.

Isaac was Sarah’s son. He had a stepbrother named Ishmael. Sarah made a choice one day. She decided that Isaac should thrive but that his brother Ishmael should have substandard housing, food, wealth, health and education. She decided the slow demise of another mother’s child was acceptable. Even as a person of faith.
 This story is not so different from our reality. Some of our children have too much, while other people’s children languish in our midst. In our churches, we lament that there are no children, while opportunities to bless other people’s children abound.
 Ishmael is in Georgia. Nearly 54 percent of Georgia’s children are children of color and are disproportionately poor with the youngest children most at risk. Indeed, childhood poverty, poor health and substandard education make Georgia among the worst states for children in America. How does Ishmael’s story end? God sends an angel. How will our story end?                         -Genesis 21:8-21

Direct Service: Jimmy's Story

By: Diane Hinnant

During the month of June, we assisted 15 families with various financial needs, including rent, mortgage, medical and transportation expenses.  In particular, “Jimmy” stands out in our minds.  Jimmy has been a long distance truck driver for more than 20 years, but due to cataracts has been unable to be on the road for quite some time and came to us seeking assistance with a car payment.  He was referred to CVEM by Vocational Rehab, where he is receiving counseling for a new field of work as other health issues will most likely prevent him from being able to return to long distance driving.  They are also working with Jimmy in hopes of being able to assist with surgery for his cataracts.  Jimmy has worked long and hard all of his life.  His wife has not worked outside of the home, but is now also working with Vocational Rehab in hopes of learning a trade that will enable her to gain employment.  We were happy to be able to assist this family and wish them much success in their future career endeavors.

  • ASSISTANCE GIVEN: $1,143.81
  • DONATIONS: $873.70


Energizing Our Community Ministries

Did you know that The Episcopal Church can help us
‘Draw the Circle Wider’?

Saturday September 13, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2601 Henderson Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

Spend a day with our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, and The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Episcopal Church (TEC), who will share ideas and help empower us to serve effectively our communities through Advocacy, Funding and Reflection.

Bring a TREASURE for St.Bede’s “Bargains, Bangles, and Bedes” Fundraiser!

Presented by
The Community Ministry Collaborative for the Diocese of Atlanta 
Sponsored by
 The Episcopal Church with support from the Innovations in Ministry Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta 

RSVP –(Coming soon Diocesan website sign up)
Fee: $20.00 per person

In Focus: CVEM's new look

By: Holli Melancon

CVEM is excited to unveil a new look after more than 30 years.
Our new brand comes as part of the efforts of our Strategic Plan and with dedicated work by our External 
Affairs Committee, who is charged with 
“We were seeking a consistent voice for all of our programs,” said Ginia McPhearson, chair of CVEM’s External Affairs Committee. “We want a visual image that is recognizable on everything we send out.”
This new logo was designed by Tabitha Mixon, a student in Troy University’s graphic design program. (Visit our blog to read more about Tabitha!) It was part of a class project, where a senior-level design course took CVEM as a client and 
students competed with one another for the job. 
This look was chosen because it represents what CVEM is about in a fresh, contemporary way that will help our 
organization stand out.
Our brand was inspired by the symbol of the cross made into a three-
dimensional pyramid-like figure pointing toward heaven. The logo represents a shield protecting and empowering God’s children through our organization. It bridges the gap between our name and what we do.
The entire rebranding process has been a fruitful one for our organization. It gave us the opportunity to explore how we tell the CVEM story and how we can work to cast our vision to a wider audience. 
The opportunity to work with Troy University students was such a natural extension of who CVEM is and what we do. We were able to provide a college student sound portfolio pieces and the unique experience of creating a brand, and we were able to get an updated, quality look at an extremely affordable price.
“We were thrilled to work with the talented students at Troy University. They were easy to work with and we are happy with our final product,” Ginia said. 
Over the next several months, we will work to update our materials to reflect our new, consistent brand. We have decided the way to be the best stewards of our money is to update materials as they are needed, rather than all at once, so it may be some time before all our brand is completely brought up to date.
You can see our new logo on our Website ( and our Facebook page already. 
We would be remiss to move forward with our new logo without reflecting on the sentiments of the logo that has been a part of CVEM for so many years.
The Eagle is based on the scripture passage from Isaiah 40:31 that is part of CVEM’s mission: “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
This design, created by co-founder Barbara Danner’s sister Beth McKnight, has seen many alterations over the years. It originally contained the words of this scripture passage with a yellow sun behind it. Through the years, it became impractical to keep the entirety of the scripture passage in it, so the words were removed. 
“For me, the Eagle’s wings have been a sign of hope for people who trust in God’s presence in their lives and believe that they can fly through His love,” said Vicky Partin, Lay Missioner. “When I 
remember that in working for others, I can see more clearly the possibilities they are given through this hope and trust.”
The Eagle logo didn’t contain the name of our organization with it, though, so we hope this new image will be a very direct way of representing CVEM; our mission has not changed but only grows stronger as we work to empower, advocate and provide for God’s people in need.


Celebrating TAP in Columbus & LaGrange


By: Vicky Partin

When volunteer Leslie Sebaugh suggested “Groovy To Serve” as the TAP theme, I questioned whether 
today’s children know what “groovy” means.  After all, it comes from the Rascal’s “Grooving on a Sunday Afternoon” hit of the 70’s!!
By weekend, we all got it! Service is groovy when we hear the fabulous, fun ways we can help others.  For five days, the Focus Room, under the guidance of Joe Harris, hosted different speakers who came to share their passions and introduce a project for the TAPPERS.
Day One:  Steven Brown of Habitat for Humanity brought three 2 x 4 boards which the children decorated with happy messages for the new homeowners.
Day Two:  Dr. Amanda Plumlee of LaGrange College shared stories of people who have sacrificed to help African and American children in need.  They TAPPERS made blankets for the local Linus Project.
Day Three: Judy Price of St. Mark’s Meals on Wheels program told stories about the 100 elderly people given hot meals every Wednesday.  The classes wrote warm wishes and drew some favorite food pictures for the next deliveries.
Day Four:  Three young leaders from the LaGrange/Troup Humane Society demonstrated several toys appropriate for playing with dogs and cats.  They brought the friendly 3-legged dog mascot who really loved all the attention.
Day Five:  Henry Jacobs of the Chattahoochee River Keepers brought three rain barrels to explain how we can save rain water for gardens and flowers.  TAPPERS were given great paints and freedom to decorate the barrels to donate to families.  They are bright and beautiful!
In addition to these service projects, the TAPPERS and Teen Mentors created a big painting of a “groovy” guitar as a Unity Piece to donate to the Troup County community.  This year’s gift will hang in the cafeteria at Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia.  A plaque invites us to pursue service for all God’s children. 
 By Friday night’s celebration the TAPPERS, Teen Mentors and their families all got it.  It is “Groovy to Serve!”


What does it mean to “play fair”? This is what children gathered at the Rankin Arts Center spent a week exploring.
Through the program, the children work to create a Unity Piece of art. This year’s piece is a series of four paintings. Each canvas has an outline of a hand drawn on it.
The piece is based on a book called “Colors of Us,” where a girl uses paint to match the colors of skin on her friends and family so she can paint a picture of them.
The children mixed and matched paint to match their own skin and then filled up the giant hands with their own hand prints. They are also sponge-painted in the background blue, pink, green and orange to represent the different groups they were divided in. The hands all point toward each other to signify reaching toward a common goal, said April Jacobs, a TAP volunteer. 
Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures of Troup TAP and Columbus TAP!

Dismantling Racism: 'I Will, with God's Help'

By: Denny Clark
It began with the Eucharist. The Beloved Community, God’s diverse family, gathered together at the Lord’s Table … equally loved … equally valued … equally fed … equally empowered … equally sent.  That imagery – and that spirit – continued all day.
On June 14, fifteen people from six parishes participated in a day-long Dismantling Racism Training, hosted by CVEM and held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus. Dr. Catherine Meeks and Beth King from the Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission for Dismantling Racism led the group in a series of thought-provoking, non-threatening exercises – all easily usable within a parish setting for actually conversing about the dynamics of racism in both Church and society, as it impacts our life together. No blame. No guilt. Just speaking … listening … caring enough to try to understand. Those were the rules.
This training provided a natural culminating event of the 2014 CVEM Easter Meditations, “Raising the Beloved Community,” which provided multiple glimpses of, and perspectives on, the problem of racism. The Easter Meditations were distributed as a gift brochure from CVEM to worshipers at all Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal parishes on Easter Sunday, with each particular week’s meditation also sent out electronically the eve of every Sunday of the Easter Season, plus Pentecost Sunday.
Dr. Meeks, chair of the Commission, underscored that dismantling racism is an integral element of Christian spiritual formation, as we live out our baptismal covenant. Each time we renew that covenant we are asked these racism-subverting questions:
Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
When we respond, “I will, with God’s help,” we are opening ourselves to being the Beloved Community.
Similar spiritual formation events for individual parishes can be scheduled through the Diocese office, or by contacting CVEM.
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