|Norcross First United Methodist Newsletter||Issue 2|
September 13, 2012
194 years ago, Norcross First United Methodist Church was established in this community. Since then, we have had a long history of sharing the love of Christ throughout this community, nation and world.
God has blessed this church richly because of our faithfulness to God.
During the month of October, we will celebrate Stewardship month and focus on three different areas of our church. Our theme for this year comes from Esther 4:14. Each church family will be provided a packet that includes three components.
First, we will CELEBRATE and give thanks to God for all Norcross First has been able to accomplish through the resources God has provided for us. You will receive composite reports, through which you will see how the ministries here at Norcross First have made a difference in our community and throughout the world because of your faithfulness.
Second, you will receive a comprehensive PLAN FOR THE GROWTH of Norcross First spiritually, physically and resource-wise for the next five years! This plan will include our mission statement, goals and the core values of our church.
Third, we will SHARE what will be needed in order for us to move forward with this vision. This will include information as to opportunities you can serve through your time and talents, as well as an opportunity to pledge financially. Your financial pledge will allow the Finance Committee to project our 2013 income for budgetary purposes.
God is at work here at Norcross First, changing the lives of people in this community and throughout the world. And, we believe the best is still to come as we commit to serve God through the giving and sharing of our time, talents and resources.
Our prayer is for the entire congregation here at Norcross to be revived during the month of October and that we together would commit to hold each other accountable to do all we can as individuals and as a congregation to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministries of Norcross First United Methodist Church.
God has blessed us for such a time as this!
Find Us Faithful,
Sunday, September 23
Reception to follow: Several individuals needed to donate 2-3 dozen baked goods per person. For more information or to donate, contact Sandra Hunter: email@example.com
- Stan Whitmire,
2012 Dove Award Winner
- Four His Glory,
- Ralph Freeman
- And more ...
| Travis & Lorna Curry |
Missionaries To Namibia
Travis & Lorna Curry are HOME on furlough from serving in Namibia and will be sharing about their missionary work on Sunday, September 23 at both the 9:25am & 11:00am hour in the Family Life Center.
The Currys are available to speak to small groups during their time at home. To schedule, please email Travis & Lorna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curry August Newsletter
There will also be a brief meeting Sunday, September 23 at 12:15pm in Room A209 to meet with the Currys and discuss a possible 2013 Mission Trip to Namibia.
For more info, please contact Pastor Brenda Westmoreland:
| LifeSouth Blood Drive |
& Bone Marrow Registry
NEXT Wednesday, September 193:30 - 7:30PM Fellowship Hall
Many of our church members and family have been affected by Leukemia and Norcross First wants to do our part in helping find bone marrow matches for patients in need.
The process for registering in the Bone Marrow Registry consists of the donor filling out a few pages of personal information and then giving a DNA sample on four q-tips, which are swabbed in each corner of the mouth.
There is no fee involved with entering the registry. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 may join the registry. For more info, visit: http://marrow.org
Sign-up for the Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Registry in the Welcome Center.
For more information, contact Peggy Hilliard:
The Tate Family
Please continue to lift up Elena and her entire family.
Send a note of encouragement:
ATTN: Elena Tate Room 3206
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Healing for all areas of your life
Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Upward Basketball will be offered in the Fall/Winter and we need LOTS of volunteers!
This is a HUGE opportunity for our church to show the love of Christ to the families living in our community. Click link below to see areas of ministry opportunity.
Upward Basketball Needs You
For more info or to volunteer, contact Pastor Joel Rodriguez:
Two options to earn funds for the youth choir trip! Each restaurant honors the fundraiser for lunch AND dinner!
- Sweet Tomatoes at Gwinnett Mall - must bring red flier!
- Lupita's Mexican Restaurant at the corner of Beaver Ruin and Indian Trail - must bring a bulletin!
Music For Teeny Tykes:
Ages 2 & Under Wednesdays 6:15 - 7:00 pm Room 11 (parent must accompany to participate)
This faith-based music & learning class, led by Jane Martin, gives early exposure to music, as well as parent and child bonding time as we sing, move to music, laugh and play. We look forward to experiencing the joy of music with you and your child!
First night of Teeny Tykes
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Dinner served 5:30-6:30 pm
Family Life Center
Dinner reservations must be in by NOON each Monday. email@example.com
770-448-4142, ext. 108
www.nfumc.org - Reservation Tab
SEPTEMBER 19 MENU:
COST: Adults $5, Children 4-10 $2, Kids under four eat for free.
- Chicken & Rice Casserole
- Green Beans
- Greek Salad
- Magic Brownies
- Chicken Tenders for kids
$15 cap per family. First-Time Guests, No Cost
Help Needed Prepping for Wednesday Night Dinners
11:00am - 2:00pm Tuesdays
Contact Melissa Gunderson:
Welcome New Member!
Juan Gonzalez joined our NFUMC church family on Sunday, September 9. Please join us in welcoming him!
| Volunteer Needed
Rev. Timothy Olonade, former President of Nigeria Evangelical Mission Association (NEMA) is traveling from Nigeria to the States to participate in a Mission Society event during the weekend of September 27-30.
Rev. Olonade will then need a ride to Chattanooga TN on Monday, October 1. Mileage reimbursable by The Mission Society.
If you can help, please contact Allison Wiggins at The Mission Society: Send An Email
Great opportunity to hear all God is up to across the globe!
Praise Report Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after three years. He was sentenced to death in 2010 for questioning the compulsory Islamic education of his children and for seeking to register a home-based church.
| Gulfport, MS
Next Team Meeting:
Sunday, September 23
12:15 - 12:45pm in A206/208
($75 fee and forms due)
10 openings remain - it's not too late to join this team!
Trip Dates: October 21 - 27
Stephanie Hodgin: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Walk To Emmaus / Chrysalis
Information about Walk To Emmaus is available on our website
King's Retreat Enrichment Day: Saturday, September 29 - 8:00am - 12:30pm
Projects will focus on both the outside of the retreat center, as well as portions of the inside of the center.
For more info: http://ngwte.org
|Operation Christmas Child
- Distribution of Operation Christmas Child Materials: Sunday, November 4 & Sunday, November 11
- Collection of Filled Shoeboxes: Sunday, November 11 & Sunday, November 18
- Volunteer Day at the Atlanta Operation Christmas Child Processing Center:
Monday, December 10, 9:00am - 1:00pm
(20 spaces available)
For more info, please contact Donna Blanton, Operation Christmas Child Coordinator:
Global Impact Celebration
January 25-27, 2013
2013 Theme: Go Fish
And He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19 (ESV)
To be involved, please contact Pastor Brenda Westmoreland:
Norcross First Faith Promise
Faith Promise Commitment
Received thru 9/9
Outstanding On Promise
| Christian Counseling|
Available by appointment here
This service is provided by a professional counselor who will help individuals, couples and families process the challenges of life in a safe and warm environment.
Contact Cameron Butler to set up an appointment.
Cameron Butler, M.A. MFT
Counselor - Individual, Marital & Family Therapy
LaGrange College Choir
Sunday, September 30
The LaGrange College Choir will be our special guests on Sunday, September 30.
Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown, the campus Chaplin of LaGrange College, will be our speaker for all services. The choir will lead us during the 11:00am worship hour, only.
We invite everyone to come and worship with us as we will be blessed by their presence and gifts.
Find Us Faithful,
Bright Lights Dance Class
Ages 4 & Up
September 26 - October 24
7 - 8pm - Fellowship Hall
Facilitated by Renee Ivy, this class will teach children how to worship the Lord through movement.
Contact Amy Hoyle to sign-up: email@example.com.
"Let them praise His name in the dance." Psalm 149:3
Benefits Norcross Cooperative
Donate New & Gently-Used Children's Books
Clean out those bookshelves & help put a book in the hand of each child who comes to the Norcross Co-op. Great lesson for children on the importance of sharing.
Collection Bins In Welcome Center Vending Area & Nursery Area THIS Sunday thru Sunday, October 7.
SAVE THE DATES
Wednesday Night, October 315:30PM
Trunk 'O Treats7:00PM
Regular WNF Programs
Contact Karen Findlay, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, November 3 Family Fall Festival 5:00 - 8:00PMJoin The Fun!
- Tailgaters Alley - Decorate and man your trunk with your favorite sports theme; we'll provide items to distribute
- Hot Dogs, Chili & other food from around the world
- Fall Photo Station
- Train Ride
- Inflatables and more ...
Volunteers & Pinecones Needed! Contact Karen Findlay to help, email@example.com or sign-up on the Children's Ministry Board. Pinecone Donation Bin in Welcome Center Vending Area.
Wednesday, November 28
Family Advent Event
7:00PM - Family Life Center
More info coming soon!
- ALL Students 6th-12th
- Meet in Fellowship Hall at 4:30PM; return at 7:30PM.
- COST: $10 for dinner
ATTENTION 9th - 12th Grades
Senior Girls Night Out at The Carrs:
NO COST | Bring Breakfast Food to Share
Senior Guys Night Out at The Dusslings
7:00pm - 11:00pm
NO COST | Bring Own Meat To Grill
Friday & Saturday
We will partner with Grayson UMC at Grayson UMC. THIS SUNDAY is the deadline to register!
Saturday, October 13
- must pay in advance
- money due by Sunday, September 30
Meet in Fellowship Hall at 4:30pm and return at 11:45pm. Bring a friend!
For more info, email:
College-Age Community Group
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Bridge meets on the Student Level: LL15 in a space designed by college-age people for college-age people. Check out what's going on in college-age ministry as we build a Bridge into the next phase of life. Chill, Catch up, Study and oh yeah ... EAT! Bring a friend!
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Click here for full schedule and descriptions.
Dinner (Family Life Center)
Nursery for Class Participants (B128, 129, 130)
Teeny Tykes (LL11)
Melody Makers (LL14)
Carol (Choir Room)
Connect Student Ministry
Bible Study (LL17)
Pastor Gary Dean's Bible Study (Chapel)
Hispanic - Genesis & Exodus Study (A206/208)
Children's Bible Club (B132)
Student Choir Rehearsal
Glory Ringers Rehearsal
Worship Team Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
Wednesdays October 10 - 31
10:00am - 12:00pm
Room A210/212 ~ NO COST
Taught by Julie Castle, this class is not just for beginners. Bring your project and get help, if needed, while enjoying time with friends!
A sewing machine can be provided if you don't have one.
(*Childcare provided if there are 2 families and at least 5 children)
To register, contact Amy Hoyle: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norcross First Weekday Preschool
Register Now For Fall 2012
- New school year has begun!
- 9:30am - 1:30pm
- $170 - $300 / month
Contact Martha McDermott to schedule tour or for information:
Family Life Center
- Saturday, September 15:
9:00 - 11:00am
We invite adults, youth & children to enjoy our Family Life Center. Great opportunity for fellowship and to invite your friends!
New York Trip Info Meeting
Sunday, September 23
There will be an informational meeting on Sunday afternoon, September 23 at 2:00PM in the Welden Fellowship Class room in the new wing. It's very important to attend this meeting if you're going on this trip.
Trip Dates: October 4 -10
For more information, contact Wilda Warren:
Monthly Luncheon & Meeting
Jet Set will meet NEXT Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a covered dish to share.
Special Musical Guest:
Timothy Jones, Pianist
Jet Set Day Trips
For more info/to sign-up, contact Wilda Warren:
Wednesday, October 24
Lunch: Amicalola Falls Lodge
- Depart church: 10:00am
- Will stop for apples on way back to Norcross.
Friday Evening, November 16 Gaither Concert
- Free Chapel, Gainesville
- COST: $26.50
- We will have dinner before the concert.
Summerour Middle School
Embroidery Class -
Summerour has instituted an initiative which gives adults an opportunity to build relationships with students.
Interest based homerooms will be conducted three Fridays a month from 9-9:50AM.
Ms. Veazey, one of the Science teachers, has a passion for embroidery and many girls are interested. Help is needed (at least four people) each Friday.Contact Dorothy Jarrett:
Fun Evangelism Opportunity
The annual outdoor festival, which will take place October 6 and 7 in downtown Norcross needs hundreds of volunteers to help with its 160-plus artists, food vendors, musical performers and more. Setting up artists' tents, traffic control, recycling and t-shirt sales are just a few of the opportunities available.
Online registration is available for easy sign-up. Site lays out specifics as to what time slots are available or filled, in addition to which duties.
Volunteers for Kids Zone activities not listed online. Those interested in assisting with children's activities should email Edie Riehm: email@example.com
All adult volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and a button, and they're invited to have pizza at Paizano's after the festival.
Additionally, volunteers will be placed in a weekly drawing to win $25 gift cards from the Norcross Station Cafe for the six weeks leading up to the Art Fest.
Worship With Us On Sunday!
| NOTE OF THANKS!
Thank you so much for the cards, phone calls, meals and, most important, PRAYERS during Elijah's recent surgery and recovery. It is truly a BLESSING to be surrounded by such a loving church family. How beautiful is the Body of Christ!
With a Grateful Heart,
Scott, Amy, Noah & Elijah Hoyle