Friday E-news

August 26, 2022

I love weddings. I can only think of a few things that are more beautiful than a bride, and a few things more important than wedding vows. The vows are important because of what you’re pledging to the other, and that pledge has nothing to do with the return vows the person makes.

Occasionally, I’ve had the privilege of presiding over a couple renewing their vows. In all those cases, none of the couples had broken their vows. Instead, they simply wanted to restate that they were with each other for the long haul. Last year, my parents celebrated their 50th anniversary, and they asked if my younger brother and I would preside over a vow renewal ceremony. It was our pleasure, and it was beautiful.

This Sunday, we’ll have 11 family units join our church, which equals 35 people. Some will be making their first-time membership vows. After they make these vows, we’re going to ask current members to renew their vows. It’s not because anyone’s necessarily been unfaithful to those vows. It’s simply to celebrate the beauty and long-term commitment we have to each other in the context of the church.

David Walters, Senior Pastor

Dinner & Dunamis Documentary Screening

Wednesday, Sept. 7

6-8 p.m.

Trinity Hall and Vinebranch Chapel

You are invited to an evening of celebration for the Dunamis Foundation and learning more about what God is doing through this ministry in the country of Ecuador. Join us for dinner followed by a documentary screening of "Dunamis: Freedom in Ecuador."

The documentary highlights the lives of 3 girls who have been traumatized by abuse and sexual assault. Through the work of Dunamis, the girls experience the love, peace and joy of Christ and become a testament to the miraculous work that God can do in and through each of us.

From the Dunamis Website: “Dunamis is a non-profit organization in Quito, Ecuador serving underaged girls who have been rescued from sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and violence. We aim to teach them life skills while providing a Christ-centered environment focused on restoration to enable them to reintegrate into the world as healthy young women.”

Chick-fil-A Dinner: 6-6:45 p.m.

Documentary Screening: 7 p.m.

Registration is required.

Sign up to attend dinner, the documentary or both.

Childcare will be provided for children from nursery age to 5th grade.

Register Here

NOTE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: Sexual violence and suicide; contact Director of Discipleship and Connections Allison Nye if you have questions about the film's content.

* Watch Worship Services Sundays at 9 & 11 a.m. at

Orders of worship will be available on the Alpharetta Methodist app.

Beginning Sept. 18, worship services will no longer be livestreamed on Facebook. Services will continue to be livestreamed at and on YouTube

Labor Day 2022 Worship Schedule

Combined Services on Sept. 4

On Sept. 4, the Sunday before Labor Day, we will have two worship services featuring both traditional and contemporary music. Join us for worship at 9 or 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Sunday Schedule, August 28

9 a.m. 

Contemporary Worship* (Vinebranch Chapel)

Traditional Worship (Sanctuary)

Children's Worship (Pre-K & Elementary Age)


10 a.m. 

Sunday School (All Ages)


11 a.m.

Contemporary Worship (Vinebranch Chapel)

Traditional Worship* (Sanctuary)

Children's Worship (Pre-K & Elementary Age)


#Engaged Through Prayer

Monday: For the Global Church and our global/local outreach partners

Tuesday: For Alpharetta Methodist’s pastors, staff and leaders

Wednesday: That God will grow our church spiritually and numerically

Thursday: That the Holy Spirit will unite our church around our mission and raise up more workers for the harvest

Friday: For holiness within our church and revival within the Church

Saturday: For God-centered rest

Sunday: For worship in Spirit and Truth

An Invitation for Online Worship Hosts

When COVID led us to offer livestreaming of our worship services, we had no idea how important online worship would become to so many people. Each week we have an average of 120 people join us for worship live online. Online worshippers include people from outside our geographic area, people searching for a new church home or curious about the Christian faith, and those who choose online worship for a season or as a long-term plan. Whatever their reason, we are grateful for every person who joins us for worship online. 

A key role on our online worship team is that of Online Host. Our online hosts greet and welcome, provide information and when requested, pray with/for people during services. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life. 

We are welcoming new team members and will train, provide resources and work alongside those who feel called to serve in this way. Skills needed are as follows: comfort with online/computer communications, ability to type/copy and paste from a script, ability to multitask and respond in written form to requests/what’s happening in worship, and comfort in writing a short prayer in response to a request during service.

If you're interested in serving in this way, please contact Executive Pastor René Watson at for more information.

Sept 11 2022 Worship

During worship services on Sunday, Sept. 11, we will remember the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 and the heroism that followed. First responders and hospital workers will be honored during each worship service.

Traditional and contemporary services will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. 

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Small Group Studies in Sept 2022

We invite you to browse through our fall small-group Bible studies to find the perfect one for you. Groups will meet at the church, and many will also be available online through Zoom. They’re all free, although some studies may require a book or study guide. Registration is required.

Get Details & Register for Any of the Small Groups Listed Below

Financial Peace University

Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov. 7

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Financial Coaches Joe Cegala and Sandra Godfrey

Disciple Fast Track: New Testament

Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov. 28

6:30-7:45 p.m.

Facilitated by Paul Stephens

The Six Truths of Motherhood

Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19

9-10:30 a.m.

Facilitated by Dir. of Women’s Ministries Stephanie Newton

The Broken Way

Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated Stephanie Newton

Mark for Everyone

Wednesdays, Sept. 14-March 29

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Ben Powell

Scripture and Sermon Discussion Group

Two groups will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16.

5:30-6:15 p.m. facilitated by Sandra Godfrey

6:30-7:30 p.m. facilitated by Rev. Brad Greene and Frank Rocchio

Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Bud Manbeck and Jim Tinsley

Jesus in the Gospels

Thursdays, Sept. 15-April 27

9:30-11 a.m.

Facilitated by Rev. Terri Henkel

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Disaster Response Team Helps Ky. Flood Victims Next Week; Prayers Requested

The Alpharetta Methodist Disaster Response Team will send a team to Thousandsticks, Kentucky, this Sunday through -Sept 1 to help residents impacted by recent flooding. Please keep the team and the flood victims in your prayers. This is the same area that was hit with flooding and a tornado last year.

If you are interested in joining future teams, please contact Mike Derrick. 

Our August mission focus is the Buddy Bag Ministry. A Buddy Bag is a canvas bag containing a handmade Teddy bear, a blanket sewn by our Blanket Ministry, a book, crayons, drawing paper in a pocket folder and an activity/coloring book. The Buddy Bag Ministry shares the love of Christ with children by providing the bags to comfort them in the midst of a crisis, like family distress, a fire or hospitalization. Here's how you can get involved:


Donate: Place your donations in the red bin in the first-floor lobby. The following items are needed:

  • Crayons (24 count)
  • Pocket folders (no metal prongs)
  • Coloring books
  • Construction paper (8.5" x 11")
  • Children’s book for infants to teens (new and gently used)


Pray: Pray for the children receiving the Buddy Bags and that they would feel the comfort and peace of Christ.


Volunteer: The Buddy Bag Ministry meets on Tuesday mornings. A variety of skills are needed, such as assembling, folding, labeling and sewing. Contact Pam Schiftic for more information.

Trunk or Treat title 2022

There are two easy ways to help with this year's Trunk or Treat. Our Kids' Ministry will host Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Here's how you can help make this annual event a success:

  • Donate bags of individually wrapped candy (peanut free, please!). Drop off your candy donation at the children’s check-in desk in the first-floor lobby through Oct. 23.
  • Sponsor a trunk. This is a great activity for families and small groups or classes. To sign up, email Kids' Ministry Director Ellen Sanders.

Join our Sunday morning Kids' Ministry Team! We still need a few more parents and volunteers for Kids' Worship and Sunday School during the school year (August-May). The commitment is for only 1 hour on Sunday mornings, serving one month on and two months off. Our Kids' Ministry Staff does all the prep-work, including classroom set up and clean up, so your role is stress-free! If you'd like to volunteer or simply have questions, please email Kids' Ministry Director Ellen Sanders.

Donate blood. We’ll host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Hall. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit and enter sponsor code “alpfumc”.

Mens Breakfast Bible Study

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: 2nd Thursday of each month, 7-8 a.m. in the Connection Café. Register for the Sept. 8 Breakfast and Bible Study.

More studies sponsored by the Alpharetta Methodist Men (AMen):

Monthly Men’s Prayer Group: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., via Zoom. Email Joe Renta for details.

Thursday Lunch and Learn Bible Study: Noon each Thursday in room 253. Email John McKernan for details.

Saturday Bible Study: 7-9 a.m. in room 208. Email Jim Tinsley for details.

Bridging The Gap: Monthly Bible study via Zoom. Contact George Scarborough for more information.

Band – Mentoring Groups: Mondays in the Ushers Room. Contact Joe Renta for details.

Morning Glories Circle Celebrates 40th Birthday; Introduces New Format & New Meeting Day

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The United Women in Faith at Alpharetta Methodist are celebrating the Morning Glories circle's 40th birthday. Charter Members Katie Garrett and Holly Hunter are excited about the opportunity to continue the pillars of fellowship, spirituality and service. Along with Carma Kummins and Carolyn Kelfer, they serve as Morning Glories leadership team.

The Morning Glories will meet at 9:30 a.m. in room 274 on the 1st Thursday of each month during the school year. Ladies will enjoy light refreshments, coffee and fellowship as they discuss non-fiction books by female authors. Contact Katie Garrett for more information.


Women of all ages are welcome. Members will be asked to bring items each month to support an on-going mission emphasis and will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on project once each quarter. 


A love offering will be taken at each meeting to support the mission and ministry of the United Women of Faith, but membership is free and the blessings are countless.

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Friendship Class Offers New Study

The Friendship Sunday School Class will begin a study entitled “Abiding Love: God’s Offer of Covenant Relationship,” on Sept. 11. Lisa Derrick will lead the 5-week study on Sunday mornings Sept. 11-Oct. 9. We all face critical moments in life, but through his perfect timing, God offers protection, love, blessing, hope and so much more.

Adults of all ages are welcome to participate in this study.

The Friendship Class meets at 10 a.m. on Sundays in room 274. No registration is required, and there are no materials to purchase. Bring your Bible.

If you prefer to attend via Zoom, contact Holly Hunter.

Loss of Spouse Event 2022

Loss of Spouse Support Event

Tuesday, Sept. 20

6:30-9 p.m., Room 253

Register for the Loss of Spouse Event

Kids' Choirs Begin Sept. 7. Have You Signed Up?

Our Kids' Choirs will kick off and hold their 1st rehearsals of the fall on Sept. 7. The choirs are free and open to all children. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays.

  • 3- and 4-year-olds: 5:30-6 p.m.
  • Kindergarten-5th grade: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
  • Alpharetta Methodist Preschool students: 1-1:30 p.m.
Register for a Kids' Choir


Charlene Baccus (Denise Starbird’s mom), Joe and Harriett Bowen, Claudia Curtin, Barbara Danner, Angel DeLeon, Marilyn Fivaz, Connie Jordan, Jody Lail, Janet Land, Ed McRae, Nancy Meeker, Joanne Miller, Jane Fadgen Mitchell, Carol Mittenmeyer, Leah Newman, Barbara and John Pavek (Laura Malek’s mom and dad), David Shadeed


Gifts have been received in memory of:

  • Jane Hale by Phil and Amy Munroe, and for the Blanket Ministry by Georgia Hembree
  • Juanita Elliott for Missions by Carl and Mary Ann Gilbert
  • Ralph Peterson for Debt Reduction by Carl and Mary Ann Gilbert

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Operating Receipts 

(Aug. 21) $66,842

For additional information about church finances, please email Director of Finance and HR Helen Bethenod.


Dedicate altar flowers on a date that’s special to you. Or dedicate the flowers in honor or remembrance of a loved one. To reserve your date, contact Sarah Grathwohl.

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