March 9,
 
2018
GOOD ROLE MODELS
 
I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes a decade ago, but with the help of some really good doctors, a wife who is partial to asparagus and brussels sprouts, and an elliptical contraption in my basement, I
manage to keep the numbers about where they need to be. Until recently. For some reason, the numbers have zoomed upward into the stratosphere and no amount of the aforementioned brussels sprouts and elliptical training could get the numbers anywhere near where they should be.
This morning I spent some time on the telephone with the manufacturer of the little meter I use for testing and, long story short, we corrected the problem and my numbers are much, much better than the meter had indicated the past two weeks. I was living and dying by the meter and the meter (due to my own ignorance) was wrong!
Now you finish this for me. Any of us can. I had a standard, a standard that I considered impeccable, and I tried to reach it. The standard was wrong. My target was a false one and had deceived me.
     Young people, read this. Choose good standards. Choose good role models, models who live lives of
creativity, involvement, sacrifice, and integrity. Old people, do the same. Choose appropriate standards and goals lest we be deceived and our lives turn up empty.
As a child, I practically worshiped the great Milwaukee Braves third baseman, Eddie Mathews. I tried to stand like him and throw like him and I read everything in the world that I could find about him. He was a true hero. But when I became an adult, I realized that he was a better athlete than person. Sadly, I have watched as a number of athletes have also been exposed as better performers than persons. While we pay them exorbitant salaries, they are not necessarily to be emulated.
The Oscar awards were presented last Sunday evening and viewership across the country was down. A part of me cheers that fact. Again, we pay great sums of money to people who pretend, and pretend very well, to be someone else. They are actors. Their opinions, and certainly their lifestyles, are no more to be revered than the fellow across the street.
There are heroes among us. There are people worthy of our greatest esteem. They are not necessarily athletes or movie stars or anyone else in the public eye. Someone wrote that in our culture "...we honor lives of incident more than lives of accomplishment." Let the incidents pass. Look for the accomplishment.
      And I'll see you this week.

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News
 
Note: New Day for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Palm Sunday, March 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional egg hunt, picnic lunch, and other fun activities.  Plus, a photo op with the Easter Bunny! (Kelly Duncan, ext. 812)
 
 
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve Easter Breakfast in the Family Life Hall on April 1. Time slots are available from 6 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Comfortable, non-skid shoes are required. To sign up, please contact Susan McElwain at susanmcelwain@mariettafumc.org or ext. 853.
 
Registration is open for Vacation Bible School and summer camps. We have fun for kids of all ages this summer: Cooking, art, tumble, dance and more! Experience the ride of a lifetime with God at Rolling River Rampage VBS June 25-28. Visit mariettafumc.org/summer to sign up or for more information. (Kelly Duncan, ext. 812)
 
Mid High Students! Join us May 28 through June 1 for our Mid High Mission Trip. We will be heading down to Gulfshore, AL and Orlando for a week full of service, and fellowship! Early Bird Cost: $285.00 which ends in 1 week! Spots are limited so make sure you sign up ASAP!  Contact Mike Smith for information ( mikesmith@mariettafumc.org )
 
Join the Senior Adults for our monthly luncheon on Wednesday, March 21 at noon in the Reception Hall. The guest speaker is our church administrator, Lori Walsh. Cost is $10. (Rev. Ethridge, ext. 835)
 
Senior Parents : Graduation Sunday is May 13! Any Senior who would like to participate in Graduation Sunday activities should email jessicaferguson@maiettafumc.org by March 23rd!
 
 
Join Us for the 2018 MFUMC Sporting Clays Tournament. Enjoy a day with friends at Garland Mountain Sporting Clays to support our Boy Scouts and Weekday Ministry Preschool. Monday April 30. Registration and check in begins at 8 a.m., the competition begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.mareittafumc.org/clays . (Forrest Cate ext. 806)
 
FUMC Weekday Ministry Preschool and Kindergarten registration is underway for the 2018/2019 school year. Weekday provides a loving, warm, and exciting learning environment for children ages one through five. To learn more and to set up a tour, visit www.mariettafumc.org/weekday. (Nancy Tatnall ext. 842)     
 
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
 
A Closer Look Class begins this Sunday, March 11.
Visitors and new members are invited to take a closer look. This class offers an introduction to the United Methodist Church and Marietta FUMC. Meet the ministers, learn about United Methodist beliefs and find your place at Marietta FUMC.  Class meets every Sunday morning at 10:10 a.m. for 5 weeks. You may register at www.mariettafumc.org/membership.  (Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840) 
  
Learn more about local service opportunities! Information will be on The Bridge this Sunday to provide detailed information as well as to answer questions. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)
 
Learn more about our mission trip to the Republic of Georgia next Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in Room 104. Find additional information at www.mariettafumc.org/georgia . (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)
 
Men's Small Group Bible Study of Isaiah: The Story of Israel's Prophet . Join other men in a study of scripture lead by Rev. Brian Smith. Often named "the fifth gospel," the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel's coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. Fridays at 6:30 a.m., and begins next Friday, March 16. (Forrest Cate, ext. 806)
 
Weekday Ministry Preschool and Kindergarten's annual Art from the Heart fundraiser is this Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Whitlock Inn. Tickets are on sale in the Weekday office for $30/individual and $55/couple. (Nancy Tatnall, ext. 842)
 
Commitment Cards are in the pews.  If you haven't already, please make your 2018 financial commitment to our "The Story" Campaign. 
 
 

HOLY WEEK AT MFUMC

PALM SUNDAY, March 25
Worship: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. 
Children are invited to gather in the Narthex prior
to Worship to process in with palms 
Sunday School: 10:10 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt in Park on Polk
12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Lunch will be served
 
MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 29
6-6:45 p.m.: Dinner served in Family Life Hall
7 p.m.: Worship in Sanctuary
Join us as we commemorate Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, where he washed his disciples' feet and
gave them the commandment to love one another.
Choirs will sing, we will celebrate Holy Communion,
and we will participate in the ceremonial Stripping
of the Altar in preparation for Good Friday.
 
GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Stations of the Cross
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Walk the path of Jesus' last days in the Sanctuary
while reading Scripture, praying, and viewing
artwork created by church members. You are
invited to join believers in the journey to Calvary
and to discover elements of our own life stories
within the story of Jesus' death.
 
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1
6:30 a.m.: Sunrise Worship in Park Pavilion
7-10:30 a.m.: Breakfast served in Family Life Hall
8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.: Worship in Sanctuary
10:10 a.m.: Sunday School
Flowering of the Cross in the Fountain Courtyard
 
 

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
 
  
March 14
Braised balsamic chicken or corned beef casserole, roasted potatoes with peppers and onions, fried cabbage with bacon, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert 
Kids- Hot dogs, tater rounds, gogurt, salad bar, and dessert

March 21
Breaded pork chop or marinated chicken, scalloped potatoes, pineapple cheese casserole, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert
Kids-  Hamburger, tater rounds, fresh fruit, salad bar, and dessert

March 28 
Teriyaki chicken or potato crusted fish, stir fried rice, sautéed vegetables, egg rolls, salad bar, and dessert 
Kids- Chicken leg, rice, or stir fried rice, broccoli, egg roll, salad bar, and dessert
Save the Date

For more information about events
at First United Methodist Church of Marietta,
visit www.mariettafumc.org/events.      
   

Little Lambs Children's Consignment Sale
Through March 10  
 
Closer Look Class
Sunday, March 11
10 a.m.
Parlor
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org

Local Mission Ministry Team
Signup on The Bridge
Sunday, March 11
10 a.m. to noon
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org

Working Women's Bible Study
Monday, March 12
7:30 p.m.
Reception Hall
Tricia Fox, ext. 826
triciafox@mariettafumc.org

Church Family Supper
Wednesday, March 14
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall


Republic of Georgia Interest Meeting  
Wednesday, March 14 
6 p.m.  
Wesley Dining Room  
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org

MUST Lunch 
Friday, March 16    
10 a.m. 
Away 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org

Closer Look Class
Sunday, March 18
10 a.m.
Parlor
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org 
 
Power 45 
Sunday, March 18   
4 p.m. 
Family Life Hall
Kelly Duncan, ext. 812
kellyduncan@mariettafumc.org  

Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon
Wednesday, March 21
Noon
Reception Hall
Rev. Lori Ethridge, ext. 835
loriethridge@mariettafumc.org

MUST Lunch 
Friday, March 23     
10 a.m. 
Away 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
forrestcate@mariettafumc.org

Palm Sunday
March 25

Closer Look Class
Sunday, March 25
10 a.m.
Parlor
Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840
briansmith@mariettafumc.org 

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 25
12:30 p.m.
Park on Polk
Kelly Duncan, ext. 812
kellyduncan@mariettafumc.org

Church Family Supper
Wednesday, March 28
5:15 p.m.
Family Life Hall

Maundy Thursday Dinner 
March 29
6 p.m.
Family Life Hall

Maundy Thursday Worship
March 29
7 p.m.
Sanctuary

STEM Day at Park Street Elementary
Friday, March 30 
9:30 a.m. 
Away 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806

MUST Lunch 
Friday, March 30      
10 a.m. 
Away 
Forrest Cate, ext. 806
 
Easter Sunday Sunrise Worship
April 1
6:30 a.m.
Park on Polk

Easter Breakfast
April 1
7-10:30 a.m.
Family Life Hall

Easter Sunday Worship
April 1
8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Sanctuary

Flowering of the Cross
Easter Sunday, April 1
Throughout the Day
Fountain Courtyard
 

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

770-429-7800 |   info@mariettafumc.org
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