Cedartown E-News Monday, July 9, 2018

Camp Meeting Style Worship in July

We are taking a bit more relaxed approach to worship this month as we are making slight changes to worship and encouraging the congregation to share favorite older hymns for singing in worship.  We will also be using the Cokesbury Hymnal which is one of the original song books of the United Methodist Church.  Our children will continue meeting for Children’s Church each Sunday, however; we will not have a Children’s Moment and will dismiss the children directly to Children’s Church right after the Morning Prayer.  This month is a great month to invite friends and neighbors.  It is also a great month if you have been considering church membership.  Please check with Pastor Mike if we can answer any questions you might have.

  • Sunday, July 15th, Rick Hall preaching and Bill Ellis serving as Worship Assistant
  • Sunday, July 22nd, we will be joined in worship by The Eighth Regiment Band and brass based out of Rome, GA
  • Sunday, July 29th is Invite-A-Neighbor Sunday.  We encourage you to reach out and invite neighbors and old friends to join us.  Before and after worship, we will have lemonade and cookies outside the Gathering Room door.

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4pm – 7pm
Upcoming Pre-K thru 5th Grade
Cedartown First United Methodist Church

Mark your calendars and join us this July for Vacation Bible School at Cedartown First.  Volunteers are welcomed and needed!  To register your child for VBS or for further information, please contact Kendall Canter, Director of Children’s Ministries, at kcanter@cedartownfumc.org or 706.290.4578.

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School Supply Project

If it is July then it is time to begin thinking about our school supply project.


This will be our 5th year of supplying basic school supplies for students at the four elementary schools in our area.  This year we are planning a change in our packing procedure based on suggestions that were made last year.  On Sunday, July 29th, will be the day that the school supply bags will be assembled and packed into boxes.  Different for this year is that the packing will take place in the Fellowship Hall where four assembly lines will be set up.  It is hoped that this will make everything easier and more efficient — from bringing in the school supplies through loading the assembled boxes for delivery to the four elementary schools that get these supplies.  This will mean that each of the Sunday school classes and our church family will need to meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 29th,  As you make your plans for this day, please know that your cooperation in making this church-wide project happen is most appreciated.

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United Methodist Youth Fellowship

Due to several cancellations, the youth’s Six Flags trip for this Wednesday has been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, July 18th.  If your youth would like to participate, please contact Joe Colquitt at 678.822.6260 or via email at buddy20110@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 11th.   

Health Screenings in Cedartown

Life Line Screenings is coming to Cedartown Friday, July 20th and will be offering several low cost screenings at the Oakwood Room.  For more information and to register, please see the informational flyers located in The Gathering Room.

Polk Haralson CASA Training offered in Cedartown

The counties of Polk and Haralson have some of the highest foster care numbers in the state and when combined, represent one of the largest concentrations of foster children.  These children need a voice within the courts and you have a chance to be that voice.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is responsible for working with the children and the court system to ensure that their needs are met and their voices heard.  You have a chance to make a very real difference in the life of a child and their families.

CASA will be offering training and certification beginning August 20th with sessions held each Monday and Wednesday from 10am-1pm at their Cedartown office located in One Door Polk (next to McDonalds on Main Street).  The training is free and once completed, you can agree to be sworn in as an advocate and be assigned one or more children.  If this sounds like something you would like to learn more about, please email your interest to contact@polkharalsoncasa.org.

Pardon Our Dust 

Our Trustees are diligently working to make repairs around the church facility including exterior drains, plaster walls, and exterior doors.  You will note that the Gathering Room door has been replaced with a temporary door which does not have a window.  Please take care in exiting as someone may be coming in.

College Students

Parents – if you have a child currently in college or soon to be going in that direction, please send his/her name to the church office along with the name of the school and a current mailing address.  We are beginning a new outreach to our students while they are away at school.

First Methodist Learning Center Registration

Plans are underway for our 2018/2019 school year registration.  For further information, please contact Alane Davis at adavis@cedartownfumc.org or by phone at 770.748.2203.

Prayer Ministry

Would you like to join our Cedartown First Prayer Ministry?  Each week, we share prayer needs as we become aware of them (usually no more than one or two emails).  If you would like to receive this ministry email, please contact the church office with a current email and request.

Prayer List

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

David Gilmore; Cedartown First Vacation Bible School; Lindsey Kendrick; Anna Wyatt Kircher; Jim Vincent; Lois Robinson; Megan Maryanski; Jo Camp; Bob & Polly McMurray; Nancy Woods; Kathy Carter; Ann Kilgo; Dawn Townsend; Ingrid Nissen; Danny Jackson; Rev. Susan Taylor; Rev. Clay Jacobs; Andy Banister; Margaret Bowen; Betty Ann Greenway; Dr. Richard Hays; Bernice Hopper; Pecolia Ann Hughes; Leon Morris; Sharon Riel; Jimmy Russell; Lois Tuck; Vicki York; Lyle Thomas Family in ministry to St. Petersburg, Russia; Beth Brown Todd Family in ministry to Brazil

Please join us in Ministry Prayer for our sister church this week … Kresge UMC & Rev. Ed Dickens

Homebound/Shut-in Spotlight

Lois Tuck
60 Massell Dr. SE, Apt. 25, Cartersville, GA  30121

(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.)

 Serving in Worship … Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ushers:  Hal Cottle – Captain, Gerald Roberds, Mike McRae, & Zack Freeman
Acolytes:  Elsa Quay Corbin & Adrienne Woods

Coming Up …

Men’s Fellowship … Tuesday, July 10th, 7am, Bogangles’
Fellowship Breakfast … Sunday, July 15th, 9:30am, Fellowship Hall
Sunday School … Sunday, July 15th, 10am, Educational Building
Worship … Sunday, July 15th, 11am, Sanctuary
UMYF …. Sunday, July 15th, 12pm, Lunch, Southern Flavor – Cave Spring
Girl Scouts … Sunday, July 15th, 2pm, Fellowship Hall

Church Safety

One of our goals is to provide a safe and clean environment for our children, youth, and congregation for worship and ministry.  We also realize that our world is in a changing climate and safety and awareness of our surroundings is vitally important.  We have undertaken several steps including including facility and grounds maintenance, lighting, and requiring Background Checks on all adults working with the nursery, children, and youth.  We have also taken the additional steps, in relation to recent acts of violence, to secure the church building once worship has begun.  Our Fellowship Hall door is secured once Sunday school begins at 10am and our Gathering Room door is secured at 11:15am and after worship has begun.  Should you arrive late, please enter through the Wissahickon Avenue main doors where a member of our Usher team will be present.  While we apologize for this inconvenience, we do appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Summer Giving

We realize the summer months are upon us and our families are on the go with vacations, trips, sports, etc.  Please remember that the needs of the church continue during this season as well and your financial support allows us to continue the ministry work with which we have been tasked.  If you are unable to be with us each Sunday, please make arrangements with our church office so that we can continue to count on your financial support.  If you would like to set-up automated giving, please contact Reba Roberts, Financial Secretary at 770.748.4731 extension 2, and she can help you take those important steps.

Our Presence & Gifts for July 8, 2018


Sunday School    42        11am Worship Service   116        This Sunday Last Year   124
Offerings                     $  6,254                     Budget Receipts to Date         $  155,464
Weekly Required       $  6,873                     Budget Required to Date       $  185,589
                                                                         Below Budget to Date             $    30,124

Cedartown E-News Monday, July 9, 2018