Senoia United Methodist Church....A Missional and Discipling Congregation 
The Weekly Connection 
April 29, 2021
In this edition of the Weekly Connection:

Worship
  • Worship Information
  • Announcement From SPR
  • Worship Times/Places
  • Order of Worship for Sunday, May 2
  • 10am In Person & VIRTUAL Worship on Facebook Live
  • 11:30am In Person Worship in the Meditation Garden
  • Video of Last Sunday's Service

CIA: Mission & Outreach
  • I-58 Mission: May Focus & Current Needs
  • Backpack Buddies - What's Involved?
  • Blood Drive

Connexion Groups, Team News & Spiritual Growth
  • Church Council Meeting
  • Clean Up Day Scheduled
  • Summerama Registration
  • Splatterdash Day!
  • Garden Club Tour
  • Upper Room Connexion Group
  • Bible Study
  • Senoia Prays Walk
  • Our Hymn - A Closer Look: "Blest Are They"

SUMC Info
  • eGiving
  • SUMC Online Giving: Accepting Credit and Debit Cards
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Staff
Worship
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter



Scripture:
John 4:4-26


Sunday, May 2, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Communion Sunday

Join us In Person (limit 50)
or on Facebook at 10am:
~OR~
In Person in the Garden at 11:30am

Scripture:
Judges 6:11-24

Sermon:
God of the Underdog - Stories of the Underdog in the Bible:
Gideon

Everyone on church property will need to observe social distancing and wear a mask covering both mouth and nose.
A Note From the Staff Parish Relations Team

The UMC North Georgia Annual Conference meeting is approaching and appointments for the next year have been released. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Ashley (and Trey and William) will be returning to Senoia UMC for the coming year.

Please take a moment in the coming weeks to “welcome” our precious parsonage family for another year.

Nancy Lewis, Chair, for the SPR Committee
Worship Notes:

Worship in the Sanctuary This Sunday
at 10:00am
will be In Person (LIMIT 50)
& Virtual on Facebook Live

AND

Outside worship in person (no limits)
this Sunday
in the Meditation Garden at 11:30am
Order of Worship for This Sunday
May 2, 2021
In the Sanctuary
Join Us In Person (LIMIT 50) at 10am
Or on Facebook Live

View the Video Afterwards in your edition of Sunday on Monday
 
Worship
Fifth Sunday of Easter

10:00
 
 We Gather to Worship
 

Prelude

Words of Welcome 
                                                                     
Chiming of the Hour 
                                                      
Lighting of the Candles 
                                                                
*Hymn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  UMH 73
O Worship the King
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O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing God's power and God's love;
our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
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O tell of God's might, O sing of God's grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is God's path on the wings of the storm.
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The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;
hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
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Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
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Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
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*Call to Worship xxxxxxxxxxxx xxx                      
We come to hear the story of God's faithfulness to past generations.
But we also look to the future as well as the past.
The God who was with our ancestors is with us as well.
Then we can go forward in hope.
Whatever else fails, God remains faithful. 
Nothing can separate us from the love of God! Praise be to God!
AMEN.

                           
*Affirmation of Faith                        
The Apostles’ Creed     
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
 
 
*Gloria Patri            Glory Be to the Father            
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
 
Children and Youth Moment      
   
Handbell Solo                              Lori Kolbenschlag, Handbells
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
arr. By Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio
 
 
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
 
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
                     
Congregational Response    ssssssssssss
Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight,
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ. Amen.  
 
Invitation, Confession & Pardon xxxxxxxxxxxx
INVITATION
 Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
 
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
All pray in silence.
 
Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
  
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
 
 
Response
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth.
 
 *Hymn xxxxxxxxxxssssssssssxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
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Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
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From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.
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Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
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Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.
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Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
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Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.
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Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
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To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.
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  Offertory Prayer
 
*Presentation of the Offering and Doxology
 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 
Scripture Reading            xxxxxx               Nancy Lewis, Reader  
Judges 6:11-24
 
Then the Lord’s messenger came and sat under the oak at Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to hide it from the Midianites. The Lord’s messenger appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”

But Gideon replied to him, “With all due respect, my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his amazing works that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, ‘Didn’t the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and allowed Midian to overpower us.”

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “You have strength, so go and rescue Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not personally sending you?”

But again Gideon said to him, “With all due respect, my Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the youngest in my household.”

The Lord replied, “Because I’m with you, you’ll defeat the Midianites as if they were just one person.”

Then Gideon said to him, “If I’ve gained your approval, please show me a sign that it’s really you speaking with me. Don’t leave here until I return, bring out my offering, and set it in front of you.”

The Lord replied, “I’ll stay until you return.”

So Gideon went and prepared a young goat and used an ephah of flour for unleavened bread. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot and brought them out to him under the oak and presented them. Then God’s messenger said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and set them on this rock, then pour out the broth.” And he did so. The Lord’s messenger reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire came up from the rock and devoured the meat and the unleavened bread; and the Lord’s messenger vanished before his eyes. Then Gideon realized that it had been the Lord’s messenger. Gideon exclaimed, “Oh no, Lord God! I have seen the Lord’s messenger face-to-face!”

But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Don’t be afraid! You won’t die.”

So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it “The Lord makes peace.” It still stands today in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Sermon xxxxxxxxxxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzxxxxxxx
God of the Underdog - Stories of the Underdog in the Bible:
Gideon
 
Holy Eucharist xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
    Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
 
    And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
 
  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!  Hosanna in the highest!  
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
       that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
 
  By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
 
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. 
 
Amen. Amen. Amen. Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!  Hosanna in the highest!  
 
 
*Hymn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Blest Are They
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Blest are they, the poor in spirit;
Theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow;
They shall be consoled.
REFRAIN:
Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you; holy are you.
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the Kingdom of God!
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Blest are they, the lowly ones;
They shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they, who hunger and thirst;
They shall have their fill.
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Blest are they who show mercy;
Mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart;
They shall see God!
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Blest are they who seek peace;
They are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith;
The glory of God is theirs.
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Blest are you who suffer hate;
All because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, yours is the kingdom.
Shine for all to see.
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We Go to Serve
 
*Benediction
 
*Responsive Affirmation xxxxxxxx  
All singing:    King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
                      Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
                                         Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
                                Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
  
ChimesxxxxxssssssssxxxxxThe people in silent reflection
 
 
*Stand as you are able
 
Order of Worship for This Sunday
May 2, 2021
Join Us In Person (No LIMIT) at 11:30
In the Meditation Garden

 Worship
Fifth Sunday of Easter

11:30
 
 We Gather to Worship
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
*Call to Worship xxxxxxxxxxxx xxx                      
We come to hear the story of God's faithfulness to past generations.
But we also look to the future as well as the past.
The God who was with our ancestors is with us as well.
Then we can go forward in hope.
Whatever else fails, God remains faithful. 
Nothing can separate us from the love of God! Praise be to God!
AMEN.

Children and Youth Moment       


We Grow Through the Spoken Word
  
*Affirmation of Faith        
The Apostles' Creed
 I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


 
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen

Invitation, Confession & Pardon xxxxxxxxxxxx
INVITATION
 Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
 
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you
with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
All pray in silence.
 
Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
  
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.
 
Scripture Reading            xxxxxx                         xxxxx   
Judges 6:11-24
 
Then the Lord’s messenger came and sat under the oak at Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to hide it from the Midianites. The Lord’s messenger appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”

But Gideon replied to him, “With all due respect, my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his amazing works that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, ‘Didn’t the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and allowed Midian to overpower us.”

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “You have strength, so go and rescue Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not personally sending you?”

But again Gideon said to him, “With all due respect, my Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the youngest in my household.”

The Lord replied, “Because I’m with you, you’ll defeat the Midianites as if they were just one person.”

Then Gideon said to him, “If I’ve gained your approval, please show me a sign that it’s really you speaking with me. Don’t leave here until I return, bring out my offering, and set it in front of you.”

The Lord replied, “I’ll stay until you return.”

So Gideon went and prepared a young goat and used an ephah of flour for unleavened bread. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot and brought them out to him under the oak and presented them. Then God’s messenger said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and set them on this rock, then pour out the broth.” And he did so. The Lord’s messenger reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire came up from the rock and devoured the meat and the unleavened bread; and the Lord’s messenger vanished before his eyes. Then Gideon realized that it had been the Lord’s messenger. Gideon exclaimed, “Oh no, Lord God! I have seen the Lord’s messenger face-to-face!”

But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Don’t be afraid! You won’t die.”

So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it “The Lord makes peace.” It still stands today in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Sermon xxxxxxxxxxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzxxxxxxx
God of the Underdog - Stories of the Underdog in the Bible:
Gideon

Holy Eucharist xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
    Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
 
    And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
 
  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!  
Hosanna in the highest!  
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
       that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.
 
  By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
 
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. 
 
Amen. Amen. Amen. Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!  Hosanna in the highest!  

 We Go to Serve
 
*Benediction xxxxxxxxxxxxx The people in silent reflection

*Stand as you are able
Or mail your offering to: Senoia UMC, P.O. Box 98, Senoia, GA 30276
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.
Worship Last Sunday
CIA: Missions and Outreach
Senoia UMC's May Focus
for I-58
For the month of May we would like to focus on providing:

  • Adult disposable underwear in sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large
  • Children's Pull Ups/diapers in sizes 4,5,6

CURRENT NEEDS:

I-58 takes donations Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10-2.

If the church office is not open you may leave your donations
on Ashley's porch.

Easier Than You Think!
SUMC and Backpack Buddies – making a difference
in children’s lives

The church has filled 200 bags in 2021 and The Wrights will be filling another 50 on May 10th. We are looking for folks to help for the months of June, July and August.  The SUMC goal is at least 50 bags a month. 

You might be wondering exactly what it takes to fill 50 Back Pack Buddy bags?

Well it’s probably a lot easier than you thought. The whole process will take 3-4 hours (shopping, filling, travel) - not much time for the difference you will be making in 50 children’s lives. 

Cost per bag runs between $2.50 and $3.50 ($125-$175 total). The church will reimburse you for the cost. There is a list of things to include on the table in the Narthex.

Ideal teams are between 2-6 people.  We need at least one team per month.

To sign up or for more information contact Doug Kolbenschlag 404.660.4657/email dskolb@aol.com
Blood Drive THIS Monday!
Hello all,

Senoia United Methodist Church, the Senoia Optimist and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. After the drive ends we will need help, about 6pm Monday evening, putting the tables and chairs back in place. Please let Ashley know if you can help.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Drive Details:
Site: Senoia United Methodist Church
Address: 229 Bridge Street, Senoia, GA, 30276
Room Name: Fellowship Hall
Date: Mon May 3, 2021
Time: 1:00: PM - 5:00: PM


Our Drive will be from 1 pm to 5 pm at SUMC. The Red Cross will begin testing at the Drive to include sickle cell trait on all self identified African American donors. Please make an appointment to attend our drive. Thank you for your support.

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App StoreGoogle Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.

Connextion Groups, Team News
and Spiritual Growth
Church Council Meeting
The Church Council will meet in the Fellowship Hall after the 11:30 service this Sunday, May 2.

All church leaders should be in attendance. There are several important items for discussion. If you are unable to attend please let either Ashley or Kemp know in advance.

Church Clean Up and Work Day - Save the Date!
It's time to clean and dust the sanctuary, including all of the pews. Also, the outside on the driveway side needs some cleaning up around the tables and the shed. There is something to do for all ages and skills. So no excuses!
 
We need to prepare the grounds and the building for the reopening, which will be soon we hope!  It would be nice if you would let the church office know, 770-599-3245 or office@senoiaumc.org, if you can be there and help out either inside or outside. Bring clippers and rakes or even blowers for outside if you have them.
 
The date is May 15 with a rain date of May 22. You can come early in the morning to start outside and the inside will be open by 9am.
Senoia UMC Summerama!
SUMMARAMA
IS
HERE!


In place of our traditional VBS this summer, we are having two one day events - our SUMMERAMA!!


These will be open to our church family and their friends. Due to Covid our Summerama is not going to be open to the public as we have always done with VBS.
The dates are June 22 and July 13. These are all day events, 9:30-3:00. 
Summerama will include story time with Miss Jean, recreation, art, science project, bells and the all important lunch.
Registration is open now - simply call Barb or Lee at the church, 770-599-3245, or Nancy Lewis 678-877-6560.
June 22: Joseph's Coat
of Many Colors
July 13: Miracles of the Bible
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Splatterdash
with Ashley and William
William and Ashley would like you to join them at Splatterdash Sunday, May 16th, from1:30 to 2:30 for some fun time.

Splatterdash is a "self serve" art studio that provides everything needed for people to get creative on their own time and in their own way. Their space is perfect for everyone from toddlers getting messy to adults needing art therapy, or kids needing a break from instructional lessons. 

RSVP to Ashley if you'd like to join the fun.

1741 Newnan Crossing Blvd, Newnan. It's behind the Kroger at the corner of Newnan Crossing Blvd and Lower Fayetteville Rd.

Link to:
Senoia Garden Club Tour
Senoia’s Spring Garden Tour
Tickets now available

Stroll through six unique gardens in the historic district of Senoia, including our own Senoia United Methodist Church Meditation Garden.
The gardens, some to be open to the public for the first time, are full of history, will surprise, inspire and entertain you along the way.


Saturday, May 08, 2021
1:00-5:00pm
$35 per person in advance
$40 day of the tour

The Tour information will be sent via email 2 days prior to the event. Bring your receipt or tickets, as proof of purchase, to the check-in tables at any garden. At check-in you will receive your brochure which is full of information about each garden, and a wrist band which is your day pass to stroll and enjoy the tour at your leisure and receive a complimentary beverage of choice in each garden.
LIMITED TICKETS SO BUY EARLY!
All proceeds go to educating our members and to the beautification of the public parks and gardens of Senoia.
All sales Final~Rain or Shine~






Upper Room Connexion Group
to Start Wednesday


This Wednesday morning, May 5, is the first gathering of our Upper Room Devotion Connexion Group. We’ll meet at 10:30 in the JOY Room.

I know a lot of you are devoted readers of the Upper Room devotions and this is a great way to get together with one another and share how these wonderful devotions speak to us. Each Wednesday we’ll read the day’s devotion together.

There are actually discussion questions in the back of the devotion booklet that we’ll read through. Plus, we will go over any of the previous week’s devotions that you particularly enjoyed.

This is open to all persons of the church, young or simply young-at-heart. If you have any questions, or still need a copy of the Upper Room, call or text me, Barb Combs. See you on Wednesday morning!  

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Bible Study with Barb

People were talking. Yet no one knew exactly what had occurred. Two men, disciples of the recently crucified Jesus, were walking to their home in Emmaus and were trying to make sense of it all. Then suddenly a man appeared and asked them, “What are you so concerned about?” 

Join us on Wednesday night, May 5, at 7:00 as we learn about another phrase spoken by Jesus after his resurrection. Book Study with Barb meets in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom and we would love to have you come and see what this is all about! We have great discussions every week.

When things in our life don’t turn out exactly as we have planned, we need only to remember: we may not know exactly where the journey of our life will lead, but we can be sure of who travels our road to Emmaus with us! Books are still available. Contact Barb Combs to get your copy today. We hope to see you Wednesday night!

Join Zoom Meeting
Password: ashley
Meeting ID: 196 787 919


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Senoia Prays Walk

Spring is in the air!! May is finally here!! What better way to celebrate a new month and a new day than to join in on our monthly prayer walk, Senoia Prays Walk?

Come and join us this Saturday, May 1, as we meet at 10:00 in the church parking lot. As with every monthly walk, we actually stroll, around the church, downtown area, and community, lifting up in quiet prayer those things and people we see along the way.

What a great feeling it can be to know that our community sees our wonderful church here as a house of prayer, even when we’re not inside the building!

Come and try it out! Call or text Barb Combs with any questions you might have. I’ll see you Saturday! 

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Please text or call me, 419-680-2103, with all your questions about any Connexion Group. Blessings, Barb
Our Hymn - A Closer Look
Blest Are They

"Blest Are They"
David Haas
The Faith We Sing, No. 2155


“Blest are they, the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow;
they shall be consoled.
Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you.
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God.”*

Before the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), guidelines for Roman Catholic music had suggested that medieval plainsong and Renaissance motets were, for the most part, the most desirable musical models for the liturgy. After Vatican II, musical styles for worship increased exponentially, including indigenous music from around the world and an array of musical genres in the U.S.

The 1960s was the era of protest folksongs. While lacking the sophistication of earlier musical styles and often considered inappropriate music for supporting the Paschal mystery of the Mass, the music was simple, accessible and singable.

Catholic composers in the following decades sought to maintain the accessible and singable qualities of the folk idiom, yet wanted to compose in ways that integrated the song more successfully with the Catholic liturgical expectations.

David Haas (b. 1958) is one of the most prominent Catholic composers since the mid-1980s. His songs are musically engaging, appropriate to the spirit of the Mass and accessible to congregations. Protestants as well as Catholics are beneficiaries of his creativity and devotion to liturgical music.

Born in Saginaw, Mich., Mr. Haas lives in Eagan, Minn., and directs the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. He also serves as the campus minister and artist-in-residence for Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park, Minn., where he also teaches theology and music.

Mr. Haas studied vocal music performance, piano and conducting at Central Michigan University, completing his studies in music performance, liturgy and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He has served as director of music at parishes in Iowa and Minnesota, and presently is an active member of St. Cecilia Church in St. Paul, Minn.

He gained an international reputation as a composer and clinician while an adjunct instructor and composer-in-residence at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity from 1985-1988. Mr. Haas was also known for his seminars on the implementation of the then-new Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), one of the liturgical reforms of Vatican II.

He is one of three liturgical composers who formed what was informally called the “Minnesota School” of liturgical composition, all graduating from the University of St. Thomas. According to the Web site for GIA Music, one of his publishers, Mr. Haas, Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen produced “some of the most popular and effective music for the Church’s worship that has appeared in the days following the Second Vatican Council.”

“Blest Are They” (1985) appears in recent Catholic and Protestant hymnals and is one of the composer’s best-known songs. A paraphrase of the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-16, the hymn maintains the two-part structure of Scripture in each blessing in the stanzas—“Blest are they, the poor in spirit; theirs in the kingdom of God”—each of which is followed by an uplifting refrain, “Rejoice and be glad!”

Mr. Haas is an advocate for expanding the role of young people in the life and liturgy of the church. He is the founder and executive director of Music Ministry Alive!, a liturgical music formation curriculum that has influenced hundreds of high school and college young people.

He is the author of more than 20 books ranging from liturgical music and liturgy to youth ministry and spirituality. One of his recordings, I Shall See God, was nominated in 1991 for a Grammy Award, and his book, The Ministry and Mission of Sung Prayer, received the Outstanding Professional Book Award in 2003 from the Catholic Press Association.

In 2004, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians named him the Pastoral Musician of the Year.

*© 1985 GIA Publications, Inc. www.giamusic.com. Used by permission.

Dr. Hawn is professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology.
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