CHURCH ON THE HOOCH
We were excited to have the Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton, pastor of Smith's Chapel UMC, deliver this morning's message at Church On The Hooch! Join us at 10:00 am next Sunday, July 25, as the Rev. Carl Von Epps, pastor of Warren Temple UMC, shares the message. The service is held on the shores of Camp Lumpkin, 2818 Antioch Road. Bring a lawn chair if you are driving there. By boat, look for us between buoys 50 and 51. Close GPS coordinates are 33.0600 and -85.1427.

The service is on the shore of Camp Lumpkin, 2818 Antioch Road. Bring a lawn chair if you're driving there. By boat, look for us between buoys 50 and 51. Close GPS coordinates are 33.0600 and -85.1427.

Church On The Hooch continues each Sunday through August 8. We can't offer a worship opportunity of this magnitude without the help of volunteers, so if you can lend a hand, please contact Mike Wilson.


Sunday School
LaGrange First Methodist has returned to in-person Sunday School, and we'd love for you to join us! Our Sunday School classes connect people of similar ages and life groups on Sunday mornings for Interactive Bible Study, Fellowship, Ministry/Missions, and Evangelism/Outreach. We invite you to connect with a group that is right for you! A map is located below to help guide you to each class.

CHILDREN
All children must be checked-in and out via the Vernon Street entrance to the Children’s Building. Nursery (ages birth-4): Infants and toddlers are provided with a warm, loving and safe environment during the Sunday School and worship hours.

Children’s Sunday School (K-5th Grades): Children life groups are child-friendly Bible study classes! We know that children learn best by playing and doing. Children learn Bible stories and scripture in small groups, through engaging in hands-on learning activities with a weekly theme.

Kids’ Church (K-5th Grades): Kids’ Church takes place during our 11:00 am worship service. Children begin in the Sanctuary and participate in the service through the offertory. Children will be invited to participate in Kids’ Church and will be escorted to the Children’s Building. Following the service, children are checked-out via the Vernon Street entrance.


YOUTH
Coffee & Conversation (6th-12th Grades): LaGrange First youth come together for large group fellowship and small group discussions on Sunday mornings. Of course, there will be refreshments and games!


ADULTS
Adult Fellowship: Through lecture and discussion, our senior members (65+) explore adult bible study curriculum material.

Builders: Singles and couples 55+ use widely varied subject material—from Bible study to community and social concerns—and many different teachers to elicit broad participation in class discussions. The class meets in-person and remotely.

Epiphany: A teaching team uses lecture and open discussion to engage singles and couples ages 40+.

Genesis: The class (singles and couples ages 40+) utilizes rotating facilitators and a variety of curriculum materials for lecture and open discussions. Note: The Genesis Class will be returning to campus at a future date.

Maranatha: A multigenerational adult class, the Maranatha Class meets in-person and remotely with lecture and discussion facilitated by a rotating teaching team.

Seekers: A multigenerational adult class, the Seekers Class meets in-person and remotely with Steve Cole serving as lead facilitator.

If you would like assistance in finding the right Sunday School class for you or if you are interested in beginning a new group, please contact Pastor Ben.



Back-To-School Sunday: August 15
Please join us for worship on August 15, when we will celebrate Back-To-School Sunday! During the service, we will pray for blessings upon our students, families, and educators as they start the new academic year. We also are inviting students to bring their backpacks so we may bless the bags that carry the resources necessary for their learning. If you know of a student, educator, or other school staff member who may be interested in joining us, be sure to extend an invitation.

After the service, we'll all head outside to enjoy Kona Ice, a photo booth, and a bouncy house. In addition, we'll have a dunking booth to help raise money for our School Ministries program, which includes School Shepherds as well as our Blessings In A Book Bag and Teacher/Staff Encourager programs at Ethel Kight Elementary. (School Ministries also will be our August Mission of the Month.) For $5 a throw, you'll have a chance to dunk some of the brave teachers and pastors who've stepped up to raise money for the cause (including Dr. John)! 

We'll also host a 10:00 am brunch in Wesley Hall for the teachers and staff in our Ethel Kight Encourager program. Started last year, the ministry pairs an individual church member with a teacher to provide prayer, encouraging emails and notes, small gifts, and treats during the year to let them know we embrace their call to educating and caring for our community's children. 

Forty-three teachers have requested an encourager this year, and we currently have paired 29 of them with an encourager. Will you be one of the 14 additional encouragers needed? We hope so! Please contact Peggy Feather, coordinator, if you'd like to be a part.

Homecoming Sunday: August 29
Mark your calendars for Homecoming Sunday on August 29! We're excited to announce that the Rev. Dr. Stuart Gulley, LaGrange College's President from 1996 to 2009, will return to LaGrange to deliver our Homecoming message. After the service, we'll gather in Wesley Hall for a potluck meal. Rick Free, our Director of Food Services and Hospitality will provide the meat and drinks, so bring a favorite dish or two and enjoy the fellowship that Homecoming brings. More details will follow as we approach the big day.

Mission of the Month:
Meals On Wheels
First Methodist's Meals On Wheels mission is in action every Monday morning, when our church volunteers assemble in the kitchen to prepare about 110 to 120 meals and deliver them to homebound residents who cannot cook for themselves. Rick Free, Dorothy Cammon, and about 30 First Methodist volunteers delivered over 5,900 meals in 2020. They work in partnership with the Senior Center and other churches in LaGrange to provide this vital need to our community. 

Your financial gifts this month will help us ensure that our church can continue to serve LaGrange's homebound residents who are in need of a nutritious hot lunch. Our goal is to raise $2,000 in July to support this missional ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rick.

You may support Meals On Wheels this month by making a check payable to First United Methodist Church with “missions” in the memo line or by giving online to “missions.” All gifts received toward missions in July will be used in support of this project until our goal is met. Any additional funds given in July that exceed our goal will remain in the missions fund to help us to honor other commitments to show the love of God and partner with impactful organizations in our community.

Financial Giving
As of Sunday, July 11, we have received 100.62% of our anticipated giving year-to-date based on our 13-year giving model for our annual mission and ministry plan.

More than $371,500 has been pledged above and beyond our operating budget to fund the current renovation projects in the Methodist Ministries Center (MMC) with $78,500 needed to fully fund the project. 

Ways to Give: Check, Online at LaGrangeFUMC.org, or Text LGFUMC to 73256 to give using your mobile device.

Thank you for your faithfulness to Christ and His Church! 
 
Wesley Fellows: Learn more about including First Methodist in your estate planning and becoming a Wesley Fellow.




VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Show the Love of God!

Note: You may sign up for any of the volunteer opportunities below by contacting the person listed. In addition, you can fill out our very short VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FORM on our website. On the home page, scroll about midway down and click on the the red box labeled MAKE AN IMPACT. You also can access the form by scrolling to the dark box at the bottom of the homepage; under QUICK LINKS on the far right, click on VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. The direct link to the form is here.


Greeters
Contact: Jennifer Emery
We are still needing greeter volunteers on Sunday mornings at the front and handicap entrances. Please contact Jennifer if you are willing to say hello and extend a warm welcome to our members and guests.


Church On The Hooch
Contact: Mike Wilson
Church On The Hooch, our casual worship-on-the-water service, will be held at 10:00 am Sundays through August 8. Our featured speakers signed up to participate at the speed of light, and now we need some volunteers to do the same! It takes a village to provide this wonderful ministry, and we need people to help with the set-up, breakdown, and transportation of materials to Camp Lumpkin each Sunday this summer. We also need volunteers to distribute signs around the county as well as ushers to collect the offering on the water. If you are interested in helping out, our mighty Church On The Hooch Captain Mike Wilson would love to find a place for you to serve. 


Stephen Ministry 
Contact: Hank Dobbins (706.518.8773)
Our Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers (“Stephen Ministers”) to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Those receiving care may be struggling with grief, a divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other crisis. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. All inquiries and discussions are strictly confidential.

Our church’s next training session to become a Stephen Minister will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from August 14 to November 10. Wednesday evening sessions are 1.5 hours, and Saturday sessions are 4 hours (with breaks).