January 17, 2019

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Have you ever considered the cross and the flame that symbolizes The United Methodist Church? The cross and the flame are always together. Wherever we go throughout the world we recognize The UMC by the symbol of the cross and flame. When we see this symbol, we know that it is part of who we are because it reveals what we believe. The cross symbolizes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the flame reveals the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that Jesus left behind for his followers, and which breathes life and breath into the church. We see this at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit comes upon the people and formed the church. It is a cataclysmic moment because Spirit unites the people into one faith. The early church would never have formed if it had not been for the power of the Spirit bringing forth life, much like the act of creation when the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The Spirit is God's acting agent in the world. Sometimes we forget that the Holy Spirit dwells not just among us, but within us. Why then do we so often just relegate talk of the Holy Spirit to one day a year, on the day of Pentecost? 
Imagine, if we listened for the breath of the Spirit in our own life more often. Where would it lead us? What if, as a church, we leaned into the power of the Holy Spirit rather than on our own abilities? What if we prayed that the creative life that formed the world would also reform and transform us, our community, and the world?
Sunday, as we continue getting  Back to the Basics, we will consider the power of the Holy Spirit and what it means for the Spirit of truth to be in and among us all.  Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
Faithfully yours,

Sunday Mornings
January 20 ~ Rev. Julie Boone
John 14:15-18, 25-27
"Can the Spirit Really Do That!"

Money Makeover
Pathfinders Sunday School Class invites you to a "Money Makeover" lesson series on January 20, and 27. Learn ways to manage budgets and spending. Pathfinders meets weekly in room 306 at 10:10 a.m. Most class members are parents of small children, but all are welcome to attend!

Blood Drive
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Our next blood drive is January 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Family Life Hall. Make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org using sponsor code mfumc or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

"Best of Cobb" 2019 Awards - Preschool
Marietta FUMC has the only Weekday Ministry on the Square that has been nominated as a candidate for the "Best of Cobb" Awards for 2019 in the preschool category! Please Click Here to vote for this wonderful ministry! You may vote daily between now and Friday, January 25.

2019 Global Mission Trips
Learn about 2019 global mission trips on Sunday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m. in the Reception Hall. Sample fare from communities we will visit. Learn about trip opportunities including prayer, transportation, and project support. Contact Kathy Cadle or Forrest Cate, ext. 806.

Upcoming Studies 
  • Letters from Prison: This study will look at the letters of Paul written to early Christian churches while in prison. These letters were sources of encouragement and admonishment for the early church, and can teach us about our lives as people of faith. Wednesdays | 4 weeks | Begins Feb. 6 | 10:00 a.m or 6:30 p.m. | by Rev. Brian Smith
  • Created for Connection: A study on relationships, love, and Scripture, and how we can deepen our relationships. Topics: communication, authentic love, intimacy, and more. Designed for couples. Wednesdays | 4 weeks | Begins Feb. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | by Rev. Ken Cross, LMFT, Pastoral Therapist and Director for Christian Counseling Services.
  • Men of the Church - Bible Study: Join men of the church for a study on the letters of Paul written while he was in prison. Fridays | 4 weeks | Begins Feb. 1 | 6:30 a.m. | by Rev. Brian Smith.

    Register at www.mariettafumc.org/studies. Contact Rev. Brian Smith, ext. 840.
Women's Bible Studies 
  • Younger Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study: This Spring, we will explore  "A New Playlist: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World"  by Jacob Armstrong. Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parlor.
  • Carol Boone Bible Study: Join other women for the study 
    "Disciple's Prayer Life" by T.W. Hunt and Catherine Walker. Meets Thursdays until May 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library.
From Weekday Ministry 

Registration Information for 2019/2010
  • Registration is open for current students AND their siblings (MFUMC website OR paper registration forms).
  • Jan 31, 8:15 a.m. Registration opens to MFUMC Members who do not have a currently enrolled student/sibling.
  • Feb 1, 8:15 a.m. Registration opens to the General Public.
Art from the Heart
  • Make plans to attend this year's Art from the Heart, March 15, at the Whitlock Inn. This is our annual fundraiser so let's show our Preschoolers how much we love them through our support!
  • Become a sponsor of Art from the Heart. Sponsorship levels begin at $60 (in honor of our 60th birthday!). Contact Beth Gilland for more information on sponsorship.
Please contact Meri Kate Marcum with any Weekday Ministry questions.
From Children's Ministry  
  • Power 45 at Andretti's, 4th & 5th graders, on January 20 from 4:00-7:15 p.m. Cost: $25.
  • 5th grade retreat, January 26/27, Camp Glisson.
  • Valentine's Dances, February 8-girls, February 9-boys, 6-8 p.m., $10 per person includes DJ, appetizers, photo booth and candy buffet. Register for Girls  |  Register for Boys
Please contact Kelly Duncan with any Children's Ministry questions.
From Youth Ministry 
  • Youth Mission Day - Students are spending the MLK Day on Monday in partnership with HandsOnAtlanta serving in West Midtown by planting trees in a local park. We are excited to be serving one another to better our community! 
  • Spring Parent Meeting - Join us Jan. 27 in the Library from 10:10-11:00 a.m. We will be releasing our Spring calendars, talking about big events, and there will be a special registration incentive for the mid-high mission trip.
Marietta FUMC's Women's Retreat  
Join us for our annual Women's Retreat held from January 25-26, 2019, at Lanier Islands Resort.  
Guest speaker Jeannie DuBose will be presenting The Inner Landscape of Beauty. Register here
For more information, contact Lori Ethridge (ext. 835).
iPhone Class
Need technology tips? Come to the iPhone Basics Class on Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30-12:00 p.m. Room 303. Blue Hair Technology will facilitate the course. Cost: $20 payable to Marietta FUMC. RSVP to Karen Williams, ext. 803. 

Scout Sunday
On Feb. 10, help us celebrate this ministry that has been part of our church for over 100 years. There are many opportunities for boys, girls, and families in scouting.

Park Street Elementary Reading Program Volunteers will work with students in reading and comprehension. You can help monthly or weekly any Thursday from 1-3:00 p.m. Training will be provided. Please contact Forrest Cate, ext. 806, with questions or sign up here!
Electronic Giving During Worship.
Please text any dollar amount to 84321 at any time during one of the worship services to support our church. 
Wi-Fi Access Throughout the Church.
Look for the network FUMCGuest. The password is openhearts.
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: www.mariettafumc.org.
This Coming Week at MFUMC

Monday, January 21:  Offices closed MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22: No ELM

Wednesday, January 23: Church Family Supper

Thursday, January 24 : Grief Support Group

Friday, January 25: Women's Retreat Begins

Saturday, January 26: 5th Grade Retreat Begins

Connect Through Table Fellowship
Church Family Supper
  Join us  Wednesday, January 23, at 5:15 p.m.  
in the Family Life Hall.  
The menu will be: Breaded pork chop or Grilled seasoned chicken, sweet potatoes, variety of vegetables, salad bar, rolls, and desserts.
Kids choices will include: Hamburger or cheeseburger, tater rounds, gogurt, fresh fruit, salad bar, and desserts. 
Adults are $6 and kids (3-11) are $4 (under 3, free).
There is a family maximum cost of $20.  
Exciting New Features ~ in addition to cash or check, you can now pay for your meal with a debit or credit card! Also, take-out is now available! Just let your server know if you would like yours to go!  
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First United Methodist Church of Marietta
56 Whitlock Avenue, N.W. Marietta, GA 30064

770-429-7800 |   info@mariettafumc.org
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