December 6,

Christmas Eve Sunday Morning and New Year's Eve Sunday Morning worship services will be held as regularly scheduled at both 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Discovery Weekend 2018 is coming quickly! 
This is the biggest Mid High Weekend of the year. February 2-4 and the price is $115.  Contact  
for more information. (Mike Smith, ext. 808)
Children's Power 45
Sunday December 22, 2-10 p.m. Dinner fellowship and a live nativity in Bethlehem, Ga.To register, visit (Kelly Duncan, ext. 812) 
Altar Guild Service Opportunities .  Altar Guild is seeking new members to assist with candles, communion, and pew readiness. Contact Beth Dawson at ext. 829 or to learn more.
Parents Day Out serves the church and the community by caring for children ages 2 months through 5 years old.  The program features special activities such as art, music, sensory/science play as well as free and outdoor play daily. E-mail for additional information and reservations. (Jenna Scanling, ext. 865)
You may now access wi-fi throughout the church.
 Look for the network FUMCGuest.  The password is openhearts.
Registration for the Senior High Spring Break Mission Trip is open. Cost is $1,200. There are only 20 spots. Make sure to mark your calendars. E-mail Jessica Ferguson at  for additional information. (Jessica Ferguson, ext. 822)
Worship Services Live Streaming. For those unable to join us on Sunday mornings, our 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services will be live streamed each week.  On any electronic device-computer, tablet, or smart phone-simply go to our church website: 
Congregational Care volunteers needed! Are you willing to visit a homebound member of our congregation once a month? We provide flowers and you provide friendly conversation. Our list of members needing care keeps growing. Join us in this important ministry. (Erin Kimbrel, ext. 813)
Cornerstone, a gathering of Young Adults in their mid-20s to mid-30s, meets Sundays at 10:10 a.m. in room 255 in the Discipleship Building. (Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840)

Support Groups are available here at the church for a variety of concerns: grief, caring for a loved one with dementia, addiction, or other needs. Visit for meeting times and details.

Serve with our Parking Ministry on Sunday mornings in half-hour and one-hour shifts from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Help members who have difficulty walking to and from worship and Sunday School. Training is provided. Sign up here. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)   
The Hospitality Ministry is looking for friendly, creative, and energetic volunteers to help greet on Sundays, provide special event setup and décor, and be helpers at Church Family Supper on Wednesdays. (Beth Dawson, ext. 829)

This Week at MFUMC

  A Service of Lessons and Carols is this Sunday, December 10 during both Worship services. Join our choirs and musicians as we sing carols of the season. (Mark Ridings, ext. 815)
Join the Men of the Church for an Advent Small Group Study in December. The group will meet on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. in the Family Life Hall. Meet some men of the church and to add to the discussion of Advent through the eyes of Jesus' earthly father, Joseph. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)
Christmas Angels sign up continues at  . The deadline to drop off gifts is Saturday, December 16. This is an opportunity to sponsor a family or child-identified by the City of Marietta Schools-who would not otherwise be able to afford gifts this Christmas. (Forrest Cate, ext.806)
Advent Devotional Books written by church members, clergy and staff will be available this Sunday around the church and from the ushers. Click here to receive these devotions by e-mail every day of Advent.
Poinsettias: Remember or honor a loved one! The Open Door Sunday School Class is hosting its annual poinsettia sale. Plants are $15 and will decorate the church during advent. Proceeds from the Open Door Sunday School's poinsettia sales go to Murphy Harpst Children's Home in Cedartown, Ga. Murphy Harpst is a ministry of the United Methodist Church. It is an independent, not for profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected children. This faith based program provides a life and hope for children. Look for the table on the Bridge and for a bulletin insert this Sunday. For more information, contact Diana Waldrop at
Children's Power 45 is this Sunday, December 10  from 4-6 p.m. Christmas games and prizes, singing at the Homebound Worship Service and dessert on the Square. Meet in the Family Life Hall.
Weekday Ministry Preschool and Kindergarten Tours.
Join us for one of our pre-registration tours for the 18-19 school year. Tour dates are December 12-13 and January 10-11. For more information, 
Learn about our 2018 Mission Team to Ethiopia tonight at 6 p.m. in Room 104. The team will travel February 17-24. (Wanda Grogan, ext. 838)
Commitment Cards are in the pews.  If you haven't already, please make your 2018 financial commitment to our "The Story" Campaign. 
Advent at MFUMC
Children's Ministry Advent Workshop
Wednesday, December 6 * 5:15-6:30 p.m. * Family Life Hall
Join us for an evening of fun crafting for children, food,
and the Chorister Choir's production of
Room for Christmas !
Christmas Variety & Sing-Along Show
Free * Saturday, December 9 * 7 p.m. * Family Life Hall
Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 10 at both worship services
Homebound Worship and Dinner
Sunday, December 10 * 5 p.m. * Reception Hall
This Christmas worship service is specifically for those who cannot come to church on a regular basis. RSVP to Rev. Lori Ethridge at ext. 835.
Longest Night Worship
Thursday, December 21 * 7 p.m. * Sanctuary
Through word and song, we remember that Christ shines light
into the darkness of our lives. This beautiful service offers
a quiet respite amidst the holiday rush.
Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24
Sunday Morning Worship * 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Children's Nativity * 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Candlelight Communion * 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
All children from the Nursery to fifth grade are invited to join the Children's Nativity at the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve worship services. Each age group participates as Nativity characters.
(nursery and pre-school) 
(kindergarten through second grade) 
Magi (third through fifth grades)
Costumes will be available in the Reception Hall prior to both services although you are welcome to provide your own.
New Year's Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 31 * 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Christmas Offering
Support our church's local and global mission work. You may make your donation when the offering is received during worship services on Sundays, December 10 and 17, and Christmas Eve.
Connect Through Table Fellowship

Church Family Supper
Wednesdays| 5:15 p.m. | Family Life Hall
$6 for children 11 years old to adult 
$4 for children ages 3-10
Family maximum $20
December 6
Beef or vegetable lasagna or ravioli casserole, Italian vegetables, broccoli, salad bar, garlic bread sticks, and desserts
Kids- Chicken poppers (like nuggets), mashed potatoes, broccoli, salad bar, garlic breadstick and Christmas cookies
December 13
Hamburger steak with onions, mushrooms and gravy or grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, pintos, salad bar, rolls and desserts
Kids- Hamburger or Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries or tater rounds, gogurt, apple slices, salad bar, and desserts
Have a Very Merry Christmas!
See you next year for Church Family Night Supper
on January 10.
Save the Date

For more information about events
at First United Methodist Church of Marietta,
Ethiopia Mission Trip
Information Session
Wednesday, December  6 
6 p.m.
Wesley Dining Room  
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
Children's Advent Workshop  
Wednesday, December 6   
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
Kelly Duncan, ext. 812 
Chorister Choir Musical   
Wednesday, December 6   
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
Mark Ridings, ext. 815
Church Family Supper
Wednesday, December 6 
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
 4 p.m.
Hospitality Room
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
Women's Extension Dinner
Thursday, December 7
6:30 p.m.
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
MUST Lunch
Friday, December 8  
10 a.m.
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
Christmas Variety Show and Sing-Along
Saturday, December 9
7 p.m.
Family Life Hall
Mark Ridings, ext. 815
Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 10
Both Worship Services 
Homebound Worship Service
Sunday, December 10  
5 p.m.
Reception Hall
Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835
Youth Christmas Party
Sunday, December 10
5 p.m.
Working Women's Bible Study
Monday, December 11
7:30 p.m.
Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835
Christmas Angels Delivery
Saturday, December 16
9 a.m.
Reception Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
Youth Ice Skating 
Sunday, December 17
5 p.m.

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56 Whitlock Avenue, N.W. Marietta, GA 30064

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