Cedartown E-News 2/12/18

Welcome Margaux Jones
This past Sunday was an exciting day in the life of our church as we welcomed our newest Preparatory Member, Margaux Michelle Jones by Holy Baptism.  Margaux is the infant daughter of proud parents Ahren and Clint Jones, smiling little sister to Edy and Lindsey Lee and proud Grandparents Eddard and Mickey Graves.  Welcome home Margaux.
(If you would like to learn more about joining the church by transfer of letter from another church or by Profession of Faith, Pastor Mike welcomes your interest and is available to answer your questions.  He may be reached by email at revmike123@gmail.com or by cell/text at 678.640.5378.)

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, 40 reflective days leading up to Easter Sunday.  We will celebrate this time as a church family with an Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm that will include an imposition of ashes as a reminder of this season.  We invite you to come and be a part of this traditional celebration and invite your friends and neighbors to gather with you (A Nursery will be provided for childcare during the service from 6:45 till 8).


Family Valentine Wednesday Night Supper

Make plans to join us for a special Family Valentine Supper on Wednesday, February 14th, at 6pm, in the fellowship hall.  Our hostess, Elaine, will be preparing Beef Tenderloin, Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Dessert, & Drink.  Reservations are required and you may make yours by visiting the following link:


February Outreach

We hope to connect with Cedar Valley Nursing Home by having volunteers visit once a week.  Sign-up sheets are in the Fellowship Hall and Gathering Room.  Our kick-off will be on this Wednesday, February 14th, at 4:30pm.  We ask that anyone from the church please meet us and help pass out carnations and candy to the residents.

 Sunday Acolytes
We have begun a new schedule of Acolytes for our Sunday morning worship.  This is an important ministry of the church that seeks to involve our children and youth in areas of worship including lighting candles, assisting with the Sacraments (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion) and other duties as needed.  If you would like more information on how your child can participate, please contact the church office.  Children generally arrive by 1045 each Sunday and serve once every 6-8 weeks with another Acolyte.

New Nursery Space
We are excited to begin planning for the decoration and staffing of our new infant nursery, located next to the Sanctuary in the old Choir/Flower room.  Our Nursery Committee will be working on this space and getting it ready for our smallest ones.  The entrance to this space will be the main hallway, across from the Church Office and allow for a safe space for mom and dad to drop off and pick up little ones.  This new space will also allow us to freshen up and decorate our existing nursery space and continue using it for our toddlers.  Our appreciation to the Trustees, Finance Committee and Administrative Board in dreaming this and preparing for additional growth in our ministries to children and families.

Learning Center News
We are excited to be participating in the Georgia Department of Early Learning (DECAL) inclusive early learning week.  the mission of DECAL’s inclusive early learning week is to promote inclusive practices with early learning environments across Georgia.  Each day this week will be celebrated with a theme including art projects, games, songs, and books:
Marvelous Me Monday (promoting individuality); Teamwork Tuesday (working together to accomplish a goal); Wednesday Love One Another Day (promoting faith, love, peace, and hope); Totally Talented Thursday (special interest or what makes them unique); Super Friend Day (being a great friend to everyone)
Lots of good things are happening in the Learning Center.  Please feel free to visit anytime!

Church Entrance Keys
Many of you may have noticed that our main entrance located in the Gathering Room had posed some difficulties related to keys and the lock.  We have learned that over time, the lock had worn down and required a repair that may make it difficult for those who have keys to enter.  If you have a church key and it no longer works, we apologize and ask that you contact Reba to arrange for a trade-in of your old key for a new one.  Thank you for your patience as we seek to provide a safe and secure space.

Community Guests
A number of our local churches, along with Cedartown First, have noticed an increase in community traffic and those seeking financial assistance for food, housing and bills.  We have a process in place that allows us to meet with our guests on Thursdays, and other times should it be urgent/emergency, to evaluate their need and offer the best and most appropriate assistance either through indirect financial support from our Helping Hands Fund or through referral to more appropriate agencies in town.  We can also provide overnight hotel/motel stays, if needed due to inclement weather.
Along with this need, we are communicating with our other churches and houses of worship advising of those we have helped so that all of our churches can work together to meet the needs of our community while limiting abuses and inappropriate requests.  While we are all called to serve the needs of the needy, we ask for your assistance in directing our guests to the church office on Thursdays and limit the giving of direct funds when approached.  Homeless Ministry experts strongly caution against giving out cash as it presents many challenges and risks for both the giver and the church community.  This is especially important for our church family as we have many who participate in weekly activities and our preschool staff and students to care for.

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That’s right.
You heard correctly.
The incredible Camp Glisson experience is coming to Cedartown and Cedartown First, along with Kresge UMC and hopefully Marietta Street UMC hosting.  We will be working together to offer this week-long experience, July 2nd – 6th.  While not meant to replace the existing opportunity for our children and youth to attend Camp Glisson during the summer (our children and youth need to go ahead and register for Camp Glisson), the GROW Day Camp is hosted at the local church as a way to connect with the community and to allow children to participate in a camp experience similar to Camp Glisson (not including overnight accommodations) and who would otherwise not have the opportunity or means to do so.


When you think of GROW Day Camp in Cedartown, think of archery on the lawn, climbing trees, bible study, life groups, Big Springs outing, Peeks Park outing, hiking, games, worship, and so much more.  We simply have an opportunity to show off the best of Cedartown (and our churches) and Camp Glisson brings its best, in the way of staff and equipment, to make it happen (we will host this staff during their week here).  We know this will be a life changing event and one that we can invite children (rising 1st – 6th graders) from our church, our community, the schools and Murphy-Harpst to participate.  There will even be opportunities for us to scholarship a portion of the camp registration fee ($135) which covers all meals, activities and expenses.  The Cedartown GROW Day Camp will run Monday – Thursday9-5:30 and Friday 9-12:30 with a closing celebration and Holy Communion.


We truly will have a chance to impact our community in a powerful way.  Registration has not opened yet but we wanted to provide this link so that you could watch the video and read more about it.  Please join us in praying about this now as we prepare for an exciting summer in Cedartown.


G.R.O.W. Day Camp link … http://growdaycamps.org/

 Coming Up …
SPRC … Today at 5pm, Loveless Classroom
June Jewell Circle … Tuesday, February 13th, 10am, Fellowship Hall
Missions Committee … Wednesday, February 21st, 5pm, New Horizon’s Classroom
Trustees … Sunday, February 25th, 5pm, Loveless Classroom
 Administrative Council … Monday, February 26th, 6pm, Loveless Classroom

The Lenten Season and Easter Celebration
Mark you calendars now as we continue planning and preparation for the season of Lent and Easter Sunday celebration.
The 40 Days of Lent begins Wednesday, February 14th, and continues through Saturday, March 31st, except for Sundays from sunrise to sunset.
Wednesday, February 14th at 7pm – Ash Wednesday Service
Sunday, March 25th at 11am – Palm Sunday with Processional by our Children & Choir
Holy Week – Sunday, March 25th – Sunday, April 1st
Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday Service, Holy Communion & Footwashing
Friday, March 30th at Noon – Good Friday Service & Stripping of the Sanctuary            (Church Office & Preschool Closed)
Sunday, April 1st at 7am – Easter Sunrise Service – Peeks Park Pavillion – followed with coffee, doughnuts, hot chocolate and fellowship at the Pavillion
Easter Sunday Service at 11am with Choir Processional

Guy’s Night Out

Guys … Bring a guest and plan to join us on Monday, February 19th, at 6:30pm, Jefferson’s of Cedartown.

Student Ministries

The Youth Group is gearing up for another exciting year. We currently meet every Wednesday Night after the Church Supper at 6:30pm for United T.E.A.M. “Youth Bible Discussion”, 10am during Sunday School, and after the Worship Service on Sunday’s for MYF.  Exciting events/trips to look forward to this year include:  Return of Out Reach Sunday’s, Six Flags, White Water, Rafting, Camping, and Camp Glisson and Scholarship Opportunities.  For more information, please contact our Director of Student Ministries, Joe Colquitt at 678.822.6260 or email buddy20110@gmail.com.

Children’s Ministry

The children have been making Valentine’s Day cards for the nursing home. The children really enjoyed it.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

We have a wonderfully dedicated group of young ladies who have begun meeting on Wednesday evenings for learning, fellowship and serving while creating beautiful prayer shawls.   Once prayed over and consecrated, these shawls are carefully wrapped and delivered during pastoral visits with our Homebound and Sick.  If you would like to learn how you can support or become a part of this ministry, please contact Danette Thompson at  770.324.2581 or email drthompson88@gmail.com.

Heart Health Wednesday Night Dinner Program

February is Heart Health Month and we are a faith wellness partner with Floyd and Polk Medical Centers.  We will be hosting an informative session as part of our regular Wednesday Night Dinner Program on Wednesday, February 21st.  We will have a heart healthy dinner followed by a program entitled, “Early Heart Attack Awareness.”  Come learn more about the early warning signs of a heart attack, what you can do, and what you should expect.  Join us for dinner and learn more.

Who Am I … a Spotlight on Our Staff

Each of the next few weeks, we will spotlight a different staff member and let you know a little something about him or her.  We have a gifted and talented team that is passionate about what they do and desire to serve our congregation and community through the church.  Please take a moment and say “thank you” to our staff and pray for our staff each week.  This week, we would like to introduce you to George Barton who serves as our Church Organist.

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This short biography is about the music in my life,  I started studying piano when I was five years old at Shorter College. My teacher, Elizabeth Buday left Hungary after WWII when the Communists occupied the country.  She studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, one of her teachers was Zoltan Kodaly, who studied with C. M. Widor as a student in Paris.  Widor composed the toccata everyone loves, and I love to play at Christmas and Easter.  I’ve always felt a direct connection with this music.  I studied organ in my high school years with William R. Dixon, who was organist  and choir director at Trinity UMC. He may be the smartest man I ever met.  He had music degrees, and engineering degrees, he worked as a mechanical engineer at Celanese in Rome.   He taught me how to be a church organist.  He also conducted the Rome Boy Club Choir for many years which I accompanied in my high school years.  I started playing for church services and weddings, funerals in my high school years, mostly at Trinity UMC in Rome.  I was in the army for four years, 1966 to 1970. During my Vietnam tour 68/69, I also played for church services at the 184th Ordnance Battalion in the Phu Tai valley near Qui Nhon.  Every Sunday morning, the chaplain, his assistant, and I would load up a jeep with an army field organ, Bibles, hymn books, assault rifles, grenade launchers, M60 machine gun and ammo, steel pots and flak jackets and do five services for men in the field, one of the most surreal experiences in my life.  I also served as organist at the Ft. Hood chapel in Texas when I returned to the U.S.  (or the world as we called it then).  After the army, I returned to Rome and served as organist at 5th Ave. Baptist church for about a year.  Early in 1973, my cousin Marilyn Montgomery told me that  Cedartown 1st UMC needed an organist, Richard Jewell, the organist then had resigned to spend more time with his wife, June, who was terminally ill.  I was organist until about 1978 when I got too busy to make the trip.  In 1984, Bill Supon, invited me back, and I have been here ever since, been through ten preachers and three organs.  Mike has told me he wants to be my last preacher.  I want to thank all members for supporting me, through my good times, and my bad.  God bless you all.

Community Prayer Ministry

Each week, our community prayer ministry is a ministry in action.  You are invited to join us in prayer…

For a sister church – St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church and Father Tim Gallagher.

For our local school – Northside Elementary, administration, staff and students.

For our city and county elected officials.

For our church staff and leadership.

God has called us to prayer and is doing something wonderful.  Won’t you join the prayer team this week.

Prayer List

Jane Wyatt; Kathy Carter; Sandra Galloway Willis; Dawn Townsend; Rick Hall; Katie Anderson (college freshman admitted to ICU with flu and septic shock);  Jan and Tom Nielson (reoccurring cancer); Patty Miller; Ingrid Nissen; Kerith Thomas; Danny Jackson; Leslie McFall’s father; Rev. Floyd Tenney; Rev. Susan Taylor; Rev. Gene Sheffield; Rev. Clay Jacobs; Andy Banister; Margaret Bowen; Betty Ann Greenway; Bob Flournoy; Dr. Richard Hays; Bernice Hopper; Pecolia Ann Hughes; Leon Morris; Jimmy Russell; Lois Tuck; Vicki York; Lyle Thomas Family in ministry to St. Petersburg, Russia; Beth Brown

Altar Flower Calendar
The altar flower calendar is posted on the Church Office bulletin board for your convenience for those wishing to place flowers in the Sanctuary.  If interested, stop by and see if your date is available.  When signing up, please list your information accordingly.

Serving in Worship … Sunday, February 8, 2018

Ushers:  Edward Graves – Captain, Gerald Roberds, Mike McRae, & Zack Freeman

Acolytes:  Savannah Corbin & Eli Broome

Congratulations, Colton!
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The GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships concluded this past Saturday in Macon, GA.  Our very own Colton Woods won his third straight state championship for the Darlington Tiger in the Class A competition.  Colton is the son of Ken & Tanya Woods and the big brother to Adrienne and Jillian.  Congratulations and Best Wishes on your continued success, Colton!
Cedartown E-News 2/12/18