January 11,
 
2018
THE ONLY STORY HERE
 
Red Smith was one of the very best sports writers ever, primarily with the New York Times, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his writing in 1975. I have a copy of his To Absent Friends , a collection of obituaries he wrote about deceased sports figures. In his loving and sensitive way, Smith captures much of the warmth and spirit of those special friends.
He wrote about Jake Powell, a baseball player for the Yankees, Senators, and various other clubs, a mediocre player who fell upon hard times. The column hints at legal trouble, Powell getting himself "messed up," and always acting "on impulse and (being) wrong more often than not." Powell finally took his own life in a Washington, D. C. police station.
But Smith remembers another side of Powell. Once when he was hurriedly interviewed on radio in Chicago, Powell made a comment that offended African- American people. A storm ensued, the league office was flooded with calls, and protests and boycotts were threatened.
When Powell got back to New York, he took matters into his own hands. He went to the top of Harlem alone, after dark, and worked his way south. He stopped in every saloon. In each place, he
introduced himself, told of his thoughtless comments, and apologized. He ordered drinks for the crowd and moved on. Smith hints at the troubled life of Powell, then closed his column this way: "That's one story about Jake Powell. The only story here."
Many of us know a great deal about each other. We've seen each other tired and down, lonely and depressed. We all have a library of information about the people with whom we live, work, and play.
And worship. Many stories are memorable, hard to forget. In fact,
we probably know too much about each other. Perhaps the most Christ-like response we can have to one another is to remember the times when we tried to be somebody, tried to do something right, and remember that "only story."
Our church is in the business of teaching us how to be more loving, more caring, and, perhaps, more forgetful of all but the most critical.  
And I'll see you this Sunday.
 
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News

There will be a called Charge Conference before the Church Council meeting on January 22 for the purpose of electing our 2018 Church Lay Leadership.
 
Save the Date for UMW Presents: An Evening of Women's Fellowship. Thursday, February 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Benefits Wellspring Living and will feature Mary Frances Bowley (Wellspring Living's Executive Director) and the Georgia Tech Glee Club. Individual tickets are $30, and tables of eight are $225. For more information, visit www.mariettafumc.org/umwpresents . (Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835)
 
The Senior Adults will gather on Sunday, January 21 for a trip to see Tender: The Rosemary Clooney Musical. Tickets are $30. An optional box lunch is available from Jason's Deli for $10. We will depart from the Welcome Center at 1:15 p.m. (Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835) 
 
Youth Fusion Worship Kick-Off is coming quickly! Join us on Sunday, January 21 from 5:30-8 p.m. for our first Fusion Worship in 2018! The night will be full of games, food, prizes, and amazing worship! (Mike Smith, ext. 808)
 
There will be an AARP Safe Driving Course on Monday, February 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 322. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Please bring a sack lunch and a drink. RSVP to Rev. Ethridge (ext. 835).
 
Sign up to help MFUMC work with Park Street Elementary
on Friday, January 26 to strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. You are not required to lead and do not need a background in science. To learn more and signup, click here .
 
Thinking about a mission trip for 2018? 
Find out how you can be a part of trips to Ethiopia, the Republic of Georgia, Guatemala, Peru, Czech Republic and the United States on Sunday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the Reception Hall. A light lunch will be served.  (Forrest Cate, ext. 806) 
 
Sign up today for service opportunities in the new year. Visit www.mariettafumc.org/serve  for more information and to sign up for Global Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity, Parking, Meal service at the MUST Ministries Homeless Shelter and The Extension addiction recovery centers. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)
 
The Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Valentines Dances will be Friday, February 9 (Dads and Daughters) and Saturday, February 10 (Moms and Sons), both from 6-8 p.m. Dance the night away with your special guy or gal.  Cost is $10/person which includes DJ, photo booth, appetizers, flowers and a candy buffet. (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 bethdawson@mariettafumc.org 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 jennascanling@mariettafumc.org 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 jessicaferguson@mariettafumc.org  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)
 
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 www.mariettafumc.org/support 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
    
From the Youth Ministry:
  •  This Sunday afternoon, the Youth are heading downtown for lunch and a day at the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta!
  •  Next Monday, January 15, the Youth will be partnering with local non-profits in Atlanta in service projects for Martin Luther King Day! This is going to be a great day to show the love of Christ to our community while honoring the legacy of an American icon.

(Mike Smith, ext. 808) 

 
Join the Men of the Church for a new small group beginning tomorrow Friday, January 12. The group will meet Fridays in the Family Life Hall at 6:30 a.m. for seven weeks. The book Did God Kill Jesus? by Tony Jones will provide the basis for discussion and Bible study. (Forrest Cate ext. 806) 
   
Help restock the MFUMC food pantry during the month of January.  Collection bins will be located at the elevators. Visit  www.mariettafumc.org/food. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)

The Senior Adults' luncheon is next Wednesday, January 17 at noon in the Reception Hall with Dr. Geo Sipp, Director of the School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University. Cost is $10. (Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835) 
 
Commitment Cards are in the pews.  If you haven't already, please make your 2018 financial commitment to our "The Story" Campaign. 
 
 
 
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
 

 
January 17 
Meatloaf or Grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad bar, cornbread, rolls, and desserts.
Kids- Breaded chicken poppers, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar, cornbread, rolls, and dessert
 
January 24
Breaded Pork chop or Baked Chicken, sweet potatoes, vegetables, salad bar, cornbread, rolls, and desserts.
Kids- Corn dog, tater rounds or sweet potato fries, gogurt, and dessert
 
January 31-  Super Bowl Party!
Lemon pepper wings or mild wings, mini hot dogs (chili) , slider burgers (cheese), tater rounds, sweet potato fries, salad bar, and desserts
Kids- mini hot dogs or slider burger, tater rounds, sweet potato fries, celery and carrots with ranch, and desserts
 
 
 
Save the Date

For more information about events
at First United Methodist Church of Marietta,
visit www.mariettafumc.org/events.      
   
 
Men's Small Group 
Friday, January 12 
6:30 a.m. 
Family Life Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
 
MUST Lunch 
Friday, January 12 
10 a.m. 
Away
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
 
Power 45
Sunday, January 14
4 p.m.
Away
Kelly Duncan, ext. 812
 
Youth Fusion Worship Game Night
Sunday, January 14
5:30 p.m.
Away
Mike Smith, ext. 808 
 
Church Office Closed in Observance
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
 Monday, January 15
 
Working Women's Bible Study 
Tuesday, January 16 
7:30 p.m.
Library
Tricia Fox, ext. 826
triciafox@mariettafumc.org  
 
Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon
with Dr. Geo Sipp 
Wednesday, January 17 
Noon 
Reception Hall 
Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835
loriethridge@mariettafumc.org     
 
Church Family Supper
Wednesday, January 17
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
 
Carol Boone Ladies Bible Study
Thursday, January 17
9:30 a.m.
Library
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org
 
Younger Women's Bible Study 
Thursday, January 18  
9:30 a.m. 
Parlor
Tricia Fox, ext. 826
 
Men's Small Group 
Friday, January 19 
6:30 a.m. 
Family Life Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
Senior Adult Ministry Trip to Georgia Ensemble Theater
Sunday, January 21
12:15 p.m.
Away
Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835
 
Church Family Supper
Wednesday, January 24 
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
 
Carol Boone Ladies Bible Study
Thursday, January 25 
9:30 a.m.
Library
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org
 
Younger Women's Bible Study 
Thursday, January 25   
9:30 a.m. 
Parlor
Tricia Fox, ext. 826
 
Men's Small Group 
Friday, January 26 
6:30 a.m. 
Family Life Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
  STEM Day at Park Street Elementary School
Friday, January 26
9 a.m.
Away
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
 
Blood Drive
Sunday, January 28
8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Family Life Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org

Church Family Supper
Wednesday, January 31 
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall
 
Carol Boone Ladies Bible Study
Thursday, February 1 
9:30 a.m.
Library
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org
 
Younger Women's Bible Study 
Thursday, February 1   
9:30 a.m. 
Parlor
Tricia Fox, ext. 826
 
Blanket and Shawl Ministry 
Thursday, February 1 
4 p.m.  
Hospitality Room 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
 
Women's Extension Dinner 
Thursday, February 1 
6:30 p.m. 
Away 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
Men's Small Group 
Friday, February 2 
6:30 a.m. 
Family Life Hall
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org
 
Discovery Weekend
February 2-4
 
 

First United Methodist Church of Marietta
56 Whitlock Avenue, N.W. Marietta, GA 30064

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