April 20, 2017

April 23, 2017 Worship  
Scripture:  John 21:1-14
 NRSV

Sermon: Now What?


Church Administrative Council Meeting
Monday, April 24 | 7pm | Fellowship Hall
A light dinner will be available beginning at 6:30pm.  All Council members are encouraged to attend. Church members are also welcome!
Church Clean-up Day
Saturday, May 6th | 8am- noon   
Individuals are needed as we work on the outside of the facility. We will be cleaning up the flower beds and replacing shrubs. Please bring your gloves and outside tools (rakes, shovels, saws, etc.).
 
Thank you Rev. Joel Rodriguez
 
Associate Pastor Joel Rodriguez has been elevated to an Elder of the United Methodist Church.  This is a significant accomplishment and we are very proud and happy for Rev. Joel.  In addition, our Bishop has appointed Rev. Joel to the Austell First UM Church and so after 9 years of  service at Norcross First, he will be moving in June. Rev. Joel has done an outstanding job for us and our  Hispanic Congregation and we will miss him.
  The Bishop has appointed Reverend Dr. Juan Quintanilla to serve us. Rev. Quintanilla has been on  the North Georgia Conference Staff responsible for Hispanic congregation establishment, development, and  support. We are very fortunate to get him.  The appointments are effective July 1st. We will be hosting a farewell reception for Rev. Joel  and a welcoming reception for Rev. Juan and the dates will be announced later. 
Please thank Rev. Joel for
his years of dedication and service and wish him well as he continues to serve the Lord in his new appointment.
New Church Directory Coming Soon!
Photography dates are:
April 20 -21: 2-9pm
April 22: 10-5pm, April 23: 12-7pm
 April 27 - 28: 2-9pm
April 29: 10-5pm, April 30: 12-7pm
If you experience any difficulty, please contact Don Shillington at 770-335-4141.
New Church Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm 
 Friday 8am-noon






  • Join us for weekly prayer Sundays, 8:45AM in the Library. We will pray for the worship services and Growth Groups.
  • Prayer email notifies church members of sympathy and urgent/immediate prayer requests from people within our church. Email requests/concerns to: prayers@nfumc.org 
  • Weekly Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 7PM in the Sanctuary Prayer Room
Music & Arts


Jane Martin | 770-448-4142, ext. 143 | jmartin@nfumc.org
  •   Chancel Choir Loft e-Notes  
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 7:00-9:00PM (Choir Room) with weekly participation in the Traditional Worship Service
 
EASTER HYDRANGEAS 
  The Music Ministry wishes to thank everyone who purchased a hydrangea to decorate our worship spaces for Easter. There was a problem with several of the plants and we are working with the vendor to get compensation. If you took home a "less than lovely" hydrangea, or if you purchased one and were unable to find an acceptable one to take home, please contact Rae in the Music Office,  music@nfumc.org

The congregation is invited to
attend this combined choir event at Tucker First UMC!


The congregation is invited to
attend this musical presentation of the story of the Good Samaritan, presented by our Children's Choirs with dramatic participation by our Mid High and Senior High
students.
Senior Adults

Weekly Bible Study
Christian to the Core 12 week study

Wednesdays at 10AM in Room 214.
*Class does not meet on Jet Set Wednesdays
 

April-May Schedule
April 26        Lesson 10
May 3          Lesson 11
May 10        Lesson 12 & Lunch following - LAST class prior to our                        summer break. JOY will not meet May 31 - August 2.

JOY will resume with a new study on August 9.
JetSet
" Jet Set Club where Godly people and heavenly food abound!  "
Jet Set is a senior adult fellowship group meeting at 11am the third Wednesday of each month for programs and a covered dish luncheon. Guests are always welcome!   

Announcement!
Due to the closure of I-85 we will not be taking the May 8 trip to the Ferris wheel.  It will be rescheduled for later in the year. We are working to schedule a different outing for May.  Stay tuned for details.

Senior Leadership team
 
Our Jet Set will be going to see the Island of Coudres', Charlevoix Region of Quebec, Canada, September 24 - October 4, 2017 for 11 days.  Pricing will be $1079 double occupancy and $1519 single occupancy.  $75.00 is due when you reserve.  For more information contact Wilda McWilliams at 770-967-2393 or at wildakwarren@aol.com .

Check the Website for 2017 meetings and trips!
 www.norcrossfirst.org/senior_adult 
  • Men's group | Thursdays at 11:45am weekly | Berkeley Hills Country Club
  • Study on the Gospel of John
  • Contact Tom Waits for information: waitsengrg@charter.net
Counseling Available  
Cameron Butler-Wooten
LAPC, LAMFT

Counseling is available by appointment at Norcross First. Service is provided by a professional counselor who will help individuals, couples and families process the challenges of life in a safe, warm environment. Contact Cameron for an appointment: 678-485-1331 or cameronbutlercounseling@gmail.com

Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must
be received by Noon Monday weekly.
Email Andie Ashe: communications@nfumc.org
 

Student Ministry


Student Ministry Work Day
Camp Glisson, Dahlonega, GA
Saturday, April 22
We will meet at the church on Friday night, April 21 at 10:00 pm and spend the night on the Lower Level and leave the church at 8am Saturday morning!  We will spend the day at Camp Glisson doing various work projects to get their great facility ready for Summer Camps! You will need to pack to spend the night by bringing a sleeping bag/pillow/blanket, toiletries, modest sleepwear and clothes to work in! (meaning you can get them dirty!)  We will provide breakfast and lunch! This opportunity is at no cost to you!  We will return to the church around 5:00 pm on Saturday.  Sign Up outside Sandra Hunter's office or email   student@nfumc.org !

TLC 2017 | July 12-16 
$200 | Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA
Registration is open for TLC (Teens Love Christ) 2017 Retreat. Deadline to register is June 25.  Sign up outside Sandra Hunter's office, email, or call.

Interested in joining Life Groups or Growth Groups? Click the links!
Children & Student Ministry
Ministry for 5th and 6th Grade students.
Terri Hoye 
770-448-4142, ext. 105
Ryan Holder 
770-448-4142, ext. 156
 ryan@nfumc.org

9:30AM | Room B221/223
Children's Ministry
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Children's Ministry
Rev. Terri Hoye
770-448-4142, ext. 105 | thoye@nfumc.org

SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 5 - 9,   9:30 - 12:30!

*Volunteers are still being recruited. Click Here to find your place on the VBS team! 
 
Sunday Morning Schedule 
Nursery      9:30AM-NOON 
9:30AM      Growth Groups | Ages 3's thru Fourth Grade
                 Children's Wing 
                 N.B. Tween 5th & 6th Grade Growth Group B221/B223 
10:30AM    Preschool Worship | B132 | Duck Room 
11:00AM    Growth Groups | Ages 3's and 4's | Frog Room 
                Children K-Fourth Grade attend worship with their parents 

Every child attending a children's program must be checked into KidCheck! Click Here to Register!

 
VBS Donations Needed!

Creation Kids Weekday Preschool
Martha McDermott | 678-533-1321 
  • 1 YR OLDS - MON AND WED
  • 2 YR OLDS - TUES/THURS
  • 3 YR OLDS - WAITING LIST
  • 4 YR OLDS - MON-FRI
We offer a loving, Christian environment for your child or grandchild to grow and learn things such as academics, music, phonics, art, independent skills, age-appropriate academics, Chapel, Wiggles movement class and much more. Forms available at information kiosk by the Preschool Office or online. Call or stop by for more information.
www.norcrossfirst.org/preschool
Young Adults

Ryan Holder | 770-448-4142 ext. 156 | ryan@nfumc.org  

New Monday Night Bible Study started April 17!
Now is a great time to join this small group.


Hispanic Ministry
Hispanic Ministry Anniversary Celebration
Save these dates!
Saturday, May 6 at 6pm
Sunday, May 7 at 11am for one combined worship service
Midweek Connection
April 26, 2017
  • Southwest Rub Chicken Breasts, succotash, potato au gratin, cornbread, Salad, Dessert 
  • COST: $7 Adult; $5 Children (2-12); $20 Family Cap

This is the Last Wednesday Night Dinner for this Season!


Watch for class/study options for Summer and Fall!
Missions

HeartReach Evangelism
Shelley Carr, Chair

Norcross First UMC Food Drive next Sunday, April 30 - watch for details on what is needed!


Everyone is invited to participate in the Young Life's inaugural 
putt-putt tournament! Click here for details
International Missions
Gary Grahn- International Missions Chair
Women's Ministry

Movie Outing | April 25 at 7pm | Regal Medlock Crossing Theater
We had SO much fun at the Chonda Pierce show that we have decided to go see her movie together! This is a one-night only showing and everyone is ordering their own tickets for the movie on Chonda Pierce's website or at
https://www.atomtickets.com/checkout/168656565#/tickets. We have purchased seats on rows F and E- choose your seat around those so that we can sit together! We will meet at the Twisted Taco restaurant at 5:30 for dinner. Let Maria Know by Sunday if you intend to go to dinner, so she can make reservations.
 Please join us!
 
Women's Ministry Mother's Day Weekend Event 
Saturday, May 13 | 10:00-11:30am | Fellowship Hall
Women's Ministry is celebrating Mother's Day with a Baby Shower Brunch for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Gwinnett. We will share brunch, fellowship, baby shower games, and learn about the PRC from a lovely representative! Tickets are $5 and we will have a table in the Gathering Area on April 30th and May 7th. We also ask you to bring a shower gift for the Center's Baby Store. We will have a list of needed items at the ticket table. Please get your tickets right away as space is limited!