Cedartown E-News 3-12-18

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 Palm Sunday w/Processional by Children & Choir…Sunday, March 25th, 11am, Sanctuary

Holy Week … Sunday, March 25th – Sunday, April 1st

Maundy Thursday Service & Holy Communion … Thursday, March 29th, 7pm, Sanctuary

Good Friday … Friday, March 30th (Church Office & Preschool Closed)

Community Easter Egg Hunt … Saturday, March 31st, 12:30pm, Big Springs

                      Easter Sunrise Service … Sunday, April 1st, 7am Peek’s Park Pavilion
(followed with coffee, doughnuts, hot chocolate and fellowship)
Easter Sunday Worship Service … Sunday, April 1st, 11am, Sanctuary

Youth House Work Day
We will have a work-day for the Youth House on Saturday, March 17th, 10am.  For further information, please contact Joe Colquitt at 678.822.6260.

Guy’s Night Out
Monday, March 19th, 6:30pm, Zorba’s
Guys … Make plans to bring a guest & join us!

St. Patrick’s Day Fellowship Supper

Come join us Wednesday night at 6pm for supper.  Prices are $7 for Adults & $5 for Kids.  March 14th Menu:  Irish Beef Stew, Cabbage Slaw, Irish Biscuits, Chocolate Mint Cake, & Drink.

UMCOR Sunday will be on March 25th

For us at Cedartown First UMC, UMCOR Sunday will be celebrated on March 25th.  UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee oRelief.

UMCOR Sunday is a crucial Sunday for us because it is a day we come together to empower our disaster relief arm of Global Ministries, UMCOR, for an entire year. If you remember:

•  When hurricanes Harvey, Maria, & Irma slammed Texas, Louisiana, Florida, & Puerto Rico in 2017, UMCOR was there.

•  When wildfires ravaged thousands of homes in the West & Southeast, UMCOR was there.

•  When refugees & migrants around the world needed help, UMCOR was there.

•  When a mudslide in Sierra Leone killed more than 500 people & destroyed 2,000 homes, UMCOR was there.

They were there because of UMCOR Sunday.

This Special Sunday covers the operating costs of UMCOR, which allows the relief agency to be where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, for as long as it needs to be there. It allows UMCOR to funnel earmarked donations directly to the designated project.

Our donations on UMCOR Sunday will help make sure that UMCOR can go wherever people are in a critical need.  Please prayerfully consider how you will support the work of UMCOR on March 25th.

Grow Day Camp
The incredible Camp Glisson experience is coming to Cedartown and Cedartown First, along with Kresge UMC.  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/

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

We have a wonderfully dedicated group of ladies who meet 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) 324-5240 or email drthompson88@gmail.com.

United Methodist Women News …

Please note that the UMW Annual Banquet will be held at Rome First UMC on Monday, April 2nd.  Reservations need to be in by Wednesday, March 14th.  The charge is $15.  If interested, please contact Sara Anne Thomas at 770.748.4706 to reserve your spot.

The District UMW will be working on an Ubauntu Service Project on March 23rd – 24th, at the UMCOR Warehouse in Decatur, AL.  For further information, please visit the  Rome-Carrollton Women’s Group March 2018.

The District Mission Trip will be June 24th – 30th, Lumberton, North Carolina, for the Disaster Relief from Hurricane Matthew.  For further information, please contact Cindi Hicks at cindileehicks@gmail.com or 706-233-2286.

Who Am I … a Spotlight on Our Staff

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 Joe Colquitt who serves as our Director of Student Ministries.
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 My name is Joe Colquitt and I serve as the Director of Student Ministries (focusing on youth).  I started working at First Methodist April 1st of 2012 and also work full-time at the Cedartown Recreation Department as assistant director where I am over all Youth Sports for the City of Cedartown.  My wife is Hannah, daughter of Danny and Jane Brown.  In my spare time, I love to play with my son, Harrison Colquitt, who is everyone’s favorite “Buddy.”  I grew up in Cedartown and was very active in sports and drama throughout my school career.  I went on to play football for Shorter University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis on Sports Management.  I am driven to make a positive impact on young people’s lives and to do my best for the Lord.

Changes to our Nursery Ministry at Cedartown First
Wednesday Night has become a popular time for dinner and fellowship at Cedartown First.  It has also created the need for help with our Nursery.  Nursery is now offered from 6:30-8pm so that parents can participate in Bible Study and Choir.
Plans are underway for the decorating of our new Infant Nursery space next to the Sanctuary.  This space will allow our smallest ones to be close by while mom and dad are in worship.  A special thanks goes out to the Tots-n-Teens Team for their gracious donation of funds toward furnishing this space.  We are excited to see the place the Nursery Committee has for this space.

Improvements to our Wednesday Night Dinner Fellowship

As this ministry continues to grow and with the uptick in illnesses this past Winter, we are making several adjustments to keep you and your family healthy and safe while allowing for a wonderful dining experience.


Beginning this Wednesday, we will be serving from the long table located inside the kitchen, inviting our guests to enter thru one door and exit thru the other.  We are working to receive delivery of our prepared meals in a way that allows us to keep them properly heated and served.  We will continue to serve drinks and desserts at the outside tables.


We will be utilizing a team of servants for serving to limit the passing of possible germs via the serving utensils and to help control portions so that everyone gets a plate (we do ask that those who have been served once, wait until everyone has gone through the line before receiving seconds).


While this is meant to be a fellowship dinner in the church, we realize that some may need to take their meals as “to-go” due to other commitments.  We want to honor your time with us as well and ask that those desiring “to-go” meals wait until all who are dining in are served first and then we can meet your “to-go” needs.


It is our hope that these adjustments will continue to provide for a wonderful and tasty meal and fellowship experience with your church family.  If you are interested in assisting Mrs. Elaine with set-up, service, and/or clean-up, please contact her at reboring@att.net or  470.345.8889.

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A Special Thanks …
Megan, Clay, Savannah, Claire, Hailey, and J.C. with our very own Jen, Ryleigh, Robin, and Pastor Mike who all say thank you Cedartown First for hosting the student mission team from Appalachia State University who served at Murphy Harpst this past week.

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Mrs. Maryse James

125 Jule Peek Avenue, Cedartown, GA  30125, 770.748.3450


We are excited to welcome you home!

Murphy-Harpst Auxiliary

Just a reminder that it’s time for renewal of Murphy-Harpst Auxiliary memberships or a good time to join if not yet a member.  Dues are only $10 and donations are welcomed.  Membership forms are on the cabinet in the Gathering Room.  Meetings are on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Please come  join is.

Prayer List

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

Sandra Galloway; Spencer Willis; Keith Robinson; Gilda Morris; Kathy Carter; Rev. Harvey Palmer; Gregg Ledbetter; Ann Kilgo; Linda Galloway; Dawn Townsend; Katie Anderson;  Jan and Tom Nielson; Patty Miller; Ingrid Nissen; 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; 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 Todd Family in ministry to Brazil

This Week’s Prayer Church:  Cave Spring UMC & Rev. John Page

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.

Homebound/Shut-in Spotlight

Margaret Bowen, Creekside Pines Apt. 316, 1011 Merchants Dr., Dallas, GA 30132

(Each week, we will list the name and address for a specific individual and ask that you specifically pray for them and send a note or card of encouragement.  Thank you for letting them know we still care and have not forgotten them.)

Coming Up …
June Jewell Circle … Tuesday, March 13th, 10am, Fellowship Hall
Missions Committee … Wednesday, March 14th, 5pm, New Horizon’s Classroom
Worship Committee … Sunday, March 18th, 5pm, Loveless Classroom
Sarah Huff Circle … Monday, March 19th, 1pm, Parlor
Soup Kitchen … Monday, March 26th, 10am, Goodyear Civic Center
Administrative Council … Monday, March 26th, 6pm, Loveless Classroom

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.
Upcoming Available Dates:
March 18 & 25
April 8 & 15
May 13 & 27
July 15 & 29

New Staff Emails

We have set-up new ministry emails for all of our staff to ease in communication and for consistency.  Please note our new email addresses which are configured as “first initial last name @cedartownfumc.org.”

George Barton, Organist, gbarton@cedartownfumc.org

Elaine Boring, Church Hostess, eboring@cedartownfumc.org

Kendall Canter, Director of Children’s Ministry, kcanter@cedartownfumc.org

Joe Colquitt, Director of Student Ministries, jcolquitt@cedartownfumc.org

Alane Davis, Learning Center Director, adavis@cedartownfumc.org

Cam Lorys, Nursery, clorys@cedartownfumc.org

Reba Roberts, Church Secretary, rroberts@cedartownfumc.org

Don Robinson, Chancel Choir Director, drobinson@cedartownfumc.org

Rev. Michael S. Broome, Sr. Pastor, mbroome@cedartownfumc.org

Serving in Worship … Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ushers:  Hal Cottle – Captain, Gerald Roberds, Mike McRae, & Zack Freeman

Acolytes:  Sam Smith & Jillian Woods

Children’s Moment:  Rachel Graves

Children’s Church:  Kendall Canter & Rachel Graves


Cedartown E-News 3-12-18