Cedartown First E-News Monday, August 6, 2018

This past Sunday was our second Education Sunday where we recognized retired and current educators and prayed over, by name, all of our county administrators, school board members and principals.  We also invited all the children to bring their backpacks for a special blessing with Pastor Mike.  Each child received the following tag to attach to his/her backpack.  It was a special day in the life of the church.


We are finalizing plans for our 2018 Confirmation Class.  

United Methodist Churches vary in the way they offer Confirmation, when they offer it, what age it is offered, what length of time and the make-up of the curriculum.  Confirmation is meant to be a season in your child’s life that allows them to look carefully at their faith journey and to ask questions that are important to them.  We also use this time to discuss the beliefs of the United Methodist Church and ways the local and global church does ministry.  Confirmation is NOT intended to be a crash course for everything about Christianity nor is it intended to be a one and done experience.  Confirmation is meant to “confirm” what the Holy Spirit has already been doing in your child’s life along with regular attendance in worship, serving, Sunday school, and UMYF (youth).  Confirmation is intended to be a part of the overall faith journey of your child, moving alongside their experiences from Holy Baptism to now and encouraging them to be involved in the life of the local church.  Over the course of our time together, it is our hope your child will gain a greater clarity as to who they are and who they are in Christ.

Confirmation is slated to begin in September and last 6-8 weeks on Sunday mornings.  Following is a tentative schedule for the 2018 Confirmation Class at Cedartown First UMC.  We will meet in various places but, primarily, during part of the Sunday school hour/Sunday afternoons, at the church and in the community.  This experience requires intentional participation and will involve worship, a mission project, a team building outing and a possible overnight retreat.  We will also offer an online self-paced component that your child will need to complete BEFORE our initial session and bring the certificate of completion.  This will help us to integrate some technology into this experience (you can also register and do this segment as well and learn more about the UMC).  We will also need some parent participation, especially as it relates to possible chaperones for off-site activities.

Suggested Schedule…

Prior to Confirmation … your child’s expressed interest in participation (will need the week of Sunday, August 5th)

Your child’s registration/login/completion of the UMC online component

First Sunday of Confirmation … launch
Sunday, September 9th … 9:30am

Weekly Confirmation studies that will involve class time, service projects, visits to other places of worship, etc.  A detailed schedule will be available shortly

North Georgia Conference Confirmation Retreat – Camp Glisson, Dahlonega – Sept. 28th-30th (we may have late arrivals due to sports schedules)

Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, November 11th … 11am

Families and invited guests will have a seat front and center for this special worship experience while also standing alongside your child as they join the church.  We will have a short church-wide reception following worship.  

Following Confirmation, each confirmed youth will be added to the church roll as a full professing member of Cedartown First United Methodist Church and the larger world-wide UMC.  If your child has not already been baptized, Holy Baptism will be a part of their Confirmation Sunday experience.  For all others, we will celebrate a remembrance of his/her baptism.

If you have a child, 6th grade and older, who has not yet joined the church, please contact Pastor Mike and let him know as we do not want to miss your child for this opportunity. 

 Bagwell Food Pantry & Cedartown Boys & Girls Club

We have a ministry partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of Cedartown and the Bagwell Food Pantry located in Rome.  Each week, a team of volunteers serves as transportation to pick up boxed meal sacks from the pantry and deliver them to the children for the weekend.  Serving this week is Joan Hunt.  If you would like to find out more, contact Dean Nissen at 770.881.0226 or by email deanoniss@aol.com(If you or your group would like to serve at the Bagwell Food Pantry, contact Dawn Hayes at dhayes@actionministries.net.)

Prayer List

Gilda Morris; Mike Estes; Steve VanderVoet; Jerry & Jean Weaver; David Gilmore; Jamie Hughes; Ann Kilgo; Lindsey Kendrick; Anna Wyatt Kircher; Jim Vincent; Lois Robinson; Megan Maryanski; Jo Camp; Bob & Polly McMurray; Nancy Woods; Kathy Carter; 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

This Week’s Prayer Church:  Cedartown Presbyterian Church & Rev. Dave Grove

This Week’s Prayer School:  Cedartown High School

Homebound/Shut-in Spotlight

Dr. Richard Hays
Riverwood Retirement Senior Living, #107, 511 W 10th Street, Rome, GA  30161

(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.)

Flea Market Planning Meeting

Cedartown First United Methodist Church’s 44th United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Annual Flea Market will be held on Friday, September 7th, from 8am – 4pm and Saturday September 8th, from 8am – 3pm.  On Sunday, August 19th, after the worship service, we will need assistance clearing the Fellowship Hall and putting up tables.  A hot dog lunch will be provided for those volunteers who stay and help.  Starting the week of August 20th,  drop off hours will be from 8am – 12pm each morning.  Sign-up sheets for workers will be in Gathering Room . If you cannot help the entire time, we would appreciate any time you can spare!  If you have items that cannot be dropped off at between 8am – 12pm, please contact Carolyn Martin or Charlotte  Nelms at 678.901.0121, and they will meet you.  Also, there will be a sign-out sheet for yard signs.  I am sure with us all working together, this Flea Market will be the best one yet!!!

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

Preschool has only a few spots available.  For further information, please contact Alane Davis at adavis@cedartownfumc.org, phone at 770.748.2203, or cell at 678.988.1305.

Church Membership

When we join the United Methodist Church, we agree to support the United Methodist Church and our local congregation with our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, & Witness.  Over time, as the church grows and lives change, we have noticed that a number of our members (those we have on our Membership Roll) have either moved away, joined another congregation or simply become busy with other things.  We now keep a current Membership Book in the church office along with an electronic file that mirrors it.  This helps us with mailings and emails.  

Over the last year, we have worked very diligently to research our members and collect current contact information on each of them.  This has been more difficult for some members than others.  We have also assembled a membership task force to help in this endeavor as we reach out to locate our members.  A big Thank You to Sara Anne Thomas and her team.  

We are now entering phase three of this process which is to collect all of the information, create an updated membership directory (without pictures) and inquire of the church family as to the contact information and whereabouts of our remaining members so that we can reach out to them.  

Over the coming weeks, we will make a draft directory available to the church family.  We ask that you take a moment to verify your contact information but also take a look at the names of those we have lost track of.  If you can help us with addresses, phone numbers or email address, we will do the rest.  Thank you for helping us complete this important endeavor.

Serving in Worship … Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ushers:  William Woods – Captain, Gerald Roberds, Mike McRae, & Zack Freeman
Acolytes:  Savannah Corbin & Anna-Lauren Smith

Coming Up …

SPRC … Monday, August 6th, 5pm, Loveless Classroom
Men’s Fellowship … Tuesday, August 7th, 7am, Bogangles’
United Methodist Women … Tuesday, August 7th, 10am, Loveless Classroom
United Methodist Youth Fellowship … Wednesday, August 8th, 6:30pm, Youth Classroom
Fellowship Breakfast … Sunday, August 12th, 9:30am, Fellowship Hall
Sunday School … Sunday, August 12th, 10am, Fellowship Hall
Worship Service … Sunday, August 12th, 11am, Sanctuary

Here To Serve You … Our Staff

George Barton, Organist, gbarton@cedartownfumc.org
Elaine Boring, Church Hostess, eboring@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

Our Presence & Gifts for August 5, 2018

Sunday School    57             11am Worship Service   111           This Sunday Last Year   138

Offerings                     $  8,162                     Budget Receipts to Date          $  178,094
Weekly Required       $  6,873                     Budget Required to Date         $  213,083
                                                                         Below Budget to Date              $    34,989

 August Birthdays

  2        Floy Vice, Patsy Casey, & Edy Lee
  7        Bill Ellis & Ben Crochet
10        Joanna Mundy & JB Casey
11        Weesie Parker
12        Adrienne Woods
13        Rise’ Wood & Savannah Corbin
14        Rebecca Stewart
16        Gus Zuker
17        Colton Woods
19        Mike Broome
20        Clayton Tillery
21        Jacob Broome
23        Anna Gray & Mindy Fuhlman Cummings
25        Kay Brogdon
26        Sam Smith
27        Steve Wells, Joe Colquitt, & Diana Thomas
28        Starr Helton
31        Ron Casey

August Anniversaries

  2        Jim & Connie Price
  9        Don & Julie Robinson
19        Hil & Caroline McWhorter
21        Jim & Sharon Fuhlman
22        Roger & Ditsy Hajosy
31        Steve & Linda Wells
31        Greg & Kristie Bishop

Cedartown First E-News Monday, August 6, 2018