Cedartown First E-News Blast Monday, January 7, 2019

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Join us this Wednesday night at 6pm for supper.  Prices are $7 for Adults & $5 for Kids.  Please make your reservations by Tuesday at noon by visiting the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545adae2fa3fa7-wednesday11

On the menu for January 9th:
Meatloaf, Macaroni & Cheese, 
Fried Okra,
Cornbread Muffins, Apple Crisp, & Drink

We offer ministries for children, youth, and adults.  Ministries for children and youth from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and choir at 7:00 p.m.


United Methodist Women

Due to the January holiday schedule, the United Methodist Women will hold their January meeting at 10 a.m. on January 8th, in the Keith Loveless Classroom.  Members are encouraged to turn in their annual mission pledges for 2019.  Additional pledge cards are located in the church office for your convenience.

The June Jewell Circle will hold its January meeting on Tuesday, January 15th, at 10 a.m., in the fellowship hall.


Help Needed
Cedartown United Fund and the Bagwell Food Pantry (Rome)

Last last Fall, we were approached to assist with a monthly delivery (every 2nd Wednesday) of non-perishable food from the Rome Bagwell Food Pantry to the Cedartown United Fund Center (about 2500-3000 lbs of food).  Our leadership thought we could undertake this outreach and we reached out to Kresge UMC and they agreed to split the months with us (they take the even months and we take the odd months).  Between our two UMCs, we are feeding Cedartown’s most vulnerable.  We have a delivery pickup this Wednesday at Noon and need two pickup trucks.  The food is loaded and unloaded for us.  It you have one hour and can be available with a truck and/or trailer to help, please contact Pastor Mike or the Church office.


Financial Update & Pledge Campaign
Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

We finished 2018 very strong and were able to meet our minimal budget requirements for 2018 including our Fair Share Missional Giving (Apportionments) and our District Work Fund.  Your faithfulness not only allowed us to finish strong for 2018 but enabled us to begin 2019 on strong financial footing.  Thank you!

We are currently working to set our 2019 Church Budget.  Your 2019 Pledge will help us plan for programs, ministries, staff and facilities as we move into the new year.  If you have not made your 2019 Pledge, please take a moment and complete a pledge card located in the Gathering Room and return it to the church office.  Your pledge will help us to build our program and ministry budget for 2019.  We offer several ways to give each week including the Offering Plate, Mail, Auto Debit, and Electronically.  For more information, please contact the Church Office.


STAFF EMAIL ALERT

Several weeks ago, we learned that emails were being sent that appeared to come from our Pastor and/or staff, asking for “a favor” or “assistance”.  While official church and personal emails were not hacked, it does appear that an outside individual created a fictitious email under the name Rev. Michael S. Broome and began making requests.  Please do not respond to an email request for assistance and should you receive an email, please confirm before responding.  Again, our church email has not been compromised but we wanted to make you aware of this situation and the invalid requests being made.


2019 Church Leadership

Attached is a PDF document for our 2019 Church Leadership (see attached PDF).  This list was presented and approved at our October Administrative Board Meeting and at our October Charge Conference at Rome First UMC.  Hard copies are also available from the church office if you are unable to print this report.

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Christmas Follow-up…

Thank you to all who made the Christmas Season at Cedartown First a huge success.  We were able to host four Christmas-week services with almost 500 in attendance (this included our Blue Christmas and two Christmas Eve Services).  This has been a great season in the life of our church and we want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it possible and uplifting.


Called General Conference UPDATE

Several have asked about news reports related to the United Methodist Church and a Special Called General Conference for February in St. Louis.  The worldwide United Methodist Church generally gathers every four years for General Conference.  This is part of the “Holy Conferencing” that John Wesley felt was so important for the Methodist movement.  Attending are elected lay and clergy delegates from all Annual Conferences around the world, Bishops and other special guests (we have an equal number of elected lay and clergy delegates from our North Georgia Conference that attend and represent us).  It is also during this same conference that our Book of Discipline is open for amendments and other legal procedures that occur within the life of the greater Church.  

During the 2016 General Conference, a Commission For A Way Forward was established with 32 lay and clergy delegates for the purposes of meeting and proposing a way for the United Methodist Church to understand and move forward related to our understanding and response to issues of human sexuality, specifically related to Clergy, ordination and marriage.  A Special Called General Conference has been scheduled for next month to hear reports related to the work of this commission.  Also, three plans have been proposed for a restructuring of the United Methodist Church along with related amendments to the Book of Discipline.  These will be brought to the floor of the Special Called General Conference in February for discussion, vote and amendment.  At this moment, it is unclear as to what, if any, impact this process and vote will have on the United Methodist Church and our Annual Conference/Church specifically.  Two resources are available should you desire to read more about the issues and plans.  The book by Dale McConkey entitled “United Methodists Divided…Understanding Our Differences Over Homosexuality or you may go to our Conference website at www.ngumc.org/gc2019 for more related materials. 

In the coming month, we hope to plan a time to gather and discuss the issues and share our thoughts related to this process and future steps.


Thank You

Many thanks to Todd and Bussey’s Florist and each of you that helped in decorating our sanctuary and church for Christmas- from pulling out boxes and hanging wreaths to “un-decorating”, and packing up until next year.  It could not happen without your help.  Thank you all for giving of your time.
                                                                                                                   Beverly McRae


Christian Sympathy

We express our Christian love and sympathy to Jeff, Stephanie, and Emmajean Clay on the death of Stephanie’s father, Dr. Jerry O. Weaver of Cedartown, GA.  May God’s comfort, strength, and courage be experienced by this family.


2019 Altar Flower Calendar

The altar flower calendar for is posted on the church office bulletin board for your convenience.  When reserving a date, please list how you would like your flowers listed in the Sunday bulletins.


Homebound/Shut-in Spotlight

Pecolia Ann Hughes
Big Springs Place, 131 Melissa Lane, Cedartown, GA  30125

(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.)


Deadlines for Bulletin and Monday Email Articles

Please email your articles to Reba at rroberts@cedartownfumc.org or you may bring them by the church office.  Deadlines are as follows:  Sunday bulletin – Tuesdays by 2 p.m.; Monday email – Thursdays by 2 p.m.  We ask for your patience as we create these communication tools.  The church office reserves the right to edit articles for length and content and every effort will be made to include all submissions but this may not always be possible.


Serving in Worship … Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ushers:  Allen Hunt – Captain
Norman Smith, Brad McFall, Leonard Brogdon, & Bob Worthington
Acolytes:  TBA


Coming Up …

Staff Parish Relations Committee … Monday, January 7th, 5 p.m., Loveless
Men’s Fellowship … Tuesday, January 8th, 7:30 a.m., Bojangles’
United Methodist Women … Tuesday, January 8th, 10 a.m., Loveless
Staff Mtg … Wednesday, January 9th, 4 p.m., The Border
Fellowship Supper … Wednesday, January 9th, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Children Bible Study … Wednesday, January 9th, 6:30 p.m., Children’s Room
Youth Activities … Wednesday, January 9th, 6:30 p.m., Youth Room
Chancel Choir Practice … Wednesday, January 9th, 7 p.m., Choir Room
Fellowship Breakfast … Sunday, January 13th, 9:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Sunday School … Sunday, January 13th, 10 a.m., Educational Bldg
Worship Service  … Sunday, January 13th, 11 a.m., 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
Danette Thompson, Director of Children’s Ministry, drthompson@cedartownfumc.org
Rev. Michael S. Broome, Sr. Pastor, mbroome@cedartownfumc.org


Prayer List

The Family of Dr. Jerry Weaver; Emma Tuck; Dale Allison; Hal Cottle; Abby Burris; Catherine Chunn; Jeanie Watts; Emma Tuck; Bishop Sharma Lewis; Mattie Lou Peal; Nila Winn; Lydia Burgess; Gus Zuker; Lee Ann Dempsey; Lauren Woods; Linda Allison; Linda Bishop; Elizabeth Schroeder; Jim Vincent; Brittany Cape; Jill Fortner; Debra Hoffmann; Alex Fiedorczyk; Brenda Madden; Lindsey Kendrick; Kim Williams; Ann Kilgo; Rev. Susan Taylor; 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; Cedartown First Literacy Program at Northside Elementary

This Week’s Prayer Church:  St. James Episcopal & Father Kemper Anderson

This Week’s Prayer School: Cedartown High & Principal Scott Hendrix

Cedartown First E-News Blast Monday, January 7, 2019