Updated COVID-19 Protocols

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends indoor mask use in counties with high rates of transmission—even for vaccinated individuals. We encourage each of you to consult with your trusted physician to determine what protocols are best for your overall health.

Our individual actions certainly impact our community of faith. If you have not been vaccinated or if you are immuno–compromised, we respectfully request that you follow the recommendation to wear a mask while inside church buildings. Masks are available at each entry.

May we continue to pray that the epidemiological end to the pandemic is reached soon so we may continue to transition toward normalcy.



UMCOR/Hurricane Ida Relief

The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) continues to provide disaster relief to areas affected by Hurricane Ida. Emergency funding that UMCOR receives provides, in part, for the purchase of flood buckets and other relief kits as well as help through UMCOR-trained local Emergency Response Teams. To support UMCOR, you can make a gift online and select “UMCOR“ in the drop-down menu. You also may write a check to the church; please write “UMCOR“ in the memo line.

Soul Connections Registration

Time is drawing near to sign up to be a part of a Soul Connections Group! These relationship-driven small groups are open to all and will be offered at varying times and days of the week, meeting weekly September 26 through November 7. Each group allows participants to do life together, further connecting with God and one another in transformational community. Listen below how Soul Connections has had an impact on the lives of those who have been a part of it!

You also can learn more about Soul Connections, and then register here by September 19.
Registration forms are in the Narthex on Sunday mornings, along with someone who can answer any questions you may have.


PRAYER WORKSHOP

Why bother to pray? Do my prayers really make any difference? If you’ve ever pondered those questions, you may be interested in attending a Prayer Workshop led by Rev. Leah Cunningham on Saturday, September 18, from 9:00 to 12:30 pm at First Methodist. Rev. Cunningham, director of the North Georgia Conference PrayerForce, travels the Conference sharing her passion for prayer. She brings to our churches an excitement about prayer that focuses on the personal prayer life of each individual, as well as the collective power of prayer as a mission of the church. 

The PrayerForce does not charge a specific fee for workshops or consulting, but love offerings are accepted to help offset travel and workshop expenses. The workshops are casual, fun and informative. Whether you are an experienced intercessor or new to prayer, you’ll be glad you came! If you’re interested, please RSVP to Linda Frano.

Financial Giving

As of Sunday, September 5, we have received 100.64% of our anticipated giving year-to-date based on our 13-year giving model for our annual mission and ministry plan.

More than $395,843 has been pledged above and beyond our operating budget to fund the current renovation projects in the Methodist Ministries Center (MMC) with $53,157 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!

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.

Prayer Team
Contact: Pastor Ben Wills
The Prayer Team is looking for additional members and would love for you to join this crucial ministry! The team meets at 9:30 am each Thursday in the Epworth Dining Room.

Wednesday Night Kids
Contact: Jeanne Jones
We are bursting at the seams with the number of children coming to Wednesday Night Kids, and because of that, we need your help! Please consider volunteering from 5:15-7:15 pm on Wednesdays to be a presence and show God’s love to our children. You don’t have to lead a group, tell a story, or belt out a solo; just come be a part of the wonderful growing pains we’re experiencing!

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
In partnership with Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center, First Methodist will host a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, September 29, and Wednesday, October 20, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. If you can volunteer that day with setup, parking lot flow, completion of vaccine cards (or work in the medical field and would like to assist with education or observation), please contact Charlene McClanahan. Registration information to receive vaccinations will be available soon in coordination with Wellstar!

Hospitality Team
Contact: Rick Free
Do you find yourself gravitating toward our Food Ministry when you step up to volunteer for your church? Are you looking for a ministry area in which to serve? If so, we have a new opportunity for you: becoming a part of our Hospitality Team! Rick Free, Director of Food Services and Hospitality, is forming a core group of individuals he can contact to help serve meals and help with clean-up on Wednesday evenings, serve and clean up at TLC, and help with other ministries and special events. Contact Rick To find out more.

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.