Senoia United Methodist Church....A Missional and Discipling Congregation 
The Weekly Connection 
January 21, 2021
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Worship Connection 
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Second Sunday After Epiphany

1 Peter 1:13-25

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Third Sunday After Epiphany

Join us on Facebook at 10am:

Galatians 6:1-10

Please note: Worship in the Sanctuary
will be virtual
until Covid conditions improve.
We are offering 10am services on Facebook Live.

In the event we do an Outside worship
this Sunday, we will send an email
this Saturday to let you know
to come to the Garden.
In this edition of the Weekly Connection:
  • Order of Worship for Sunday, January 24
  • 10am VIRTUAL Worship in the Sanctuary
  • Video of Last Sunday's Service
  • Letter from Pastor Ashley
  • Christians in Action Meeting
  • Connexion Groups: Upcoming Gatherings
  • Bible Study with Barb
  • February Bible Study
  • Spirit Journey
  • Devotionals
  • At Large Delegates Needed
  • I-58 Mission Needs
  • SUMC Vision
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Staff
Order of Worship for This Sunday
January 24, 2021
Virtual from the Sanctuary
Join Us at 10am on Facebook Live

View the Video Afterwards in your edition of Sunday Funday
Third Sunday After Epiphany
 We Gather to Worship
Chiming of the Hour
Call to Worship
Lord help us to 
do no harm.
Lord help us to
 do good.
Lord help us to 
stay in love with you.  

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Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of man.
From tender childhood's helplessness,
from woman's grief, man's burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow's stress,
your heart has never known recoil.
The cup of water given for you still
holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.
Till all the world shall learn your love
and follow where your feet have trod,
till, glorious from your heaven above,
shall come the city of our God!

 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.
*Gloria Patri 
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.
 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

Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight,
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ. Amen.
 *Presentation 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.
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Bring Forth the Kingdom
You are salt for the earth, O people:
Salt for the Kingdom of God!
Share the flavor of life, O people:
Life in the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!
You are a light on the hill, O people:
Light for the City of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people:
Shine for the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!
You are a seed of the Word, O people:
Bring forth the Kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
Grow in the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!
We are a blest and a pilgrim people:
Bound for the Kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
Love is the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!
 Scripture Lesson            Galatians 6:1-10
Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too. Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are important when they aren’t, they’re fooling themselves. Each person should test their own work and be happy with doing a good job and not compare themselves with others. Each person will have to carry their own load.
Those who are taught the word should share all good things with their teacher. Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.
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Do Good
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Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labor to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.
The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.
Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labor on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.
For thee delightfully employ
what e'er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heaven.
We Go to Serve
Chimes                                                    The people in silent reflection

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
Dear Church Family,

Grace and peace. Know that I am praying for you today. This is a long email but a good one to read through till the end.

Praise report! Check out these numbers from 2020!!!
  • Christmas Eve online worship – 1097 people!
  • Christmas Eve Drop In – 46 people!
  • Number of Pounds of Food in 2020 donated to I-58 from SUMC –8640 pounds! - that is 4 TONS! WOW!!!
  • Average number of online views on our worship service – 484 people!
  • Youth Confirmed in 2020 – 9!

WOW!!! Thank you for making these ministries and missions possible. These numbers represent people receiving the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you! This church is a blessing.

We are making some fun plans for 2021!  
We are going to have create additional homebound ministries. We are meeting soon to plan a safe Easter Egg Hunt. Creating an art show. Having organ recitals. More on all these wonderful ministries soon. I need your help planning and supporting. 

For now, I need your help writing devotionals. This year during Lent we will be sending the devotional every morning. Please consider writing one or more. Please contact Barb Combs at if you are interested or have any questions.

Ash Wednesday is around the corner – February 17. I have bags of ashes at the church for you to pick up. Do NOT mix water with ashes. If ashes become too dry, mix with olive oil. I have attached a liturgy to use plus copies available at the church. We will be going Facebook Live on Ash Wednesday as well.

Thank you for your generous giving in 2020. We were able to pay all our bills. Thank you! I know it was a challenging year. However, November and December’s giving was off. We are worried about the drastic cut in giving. I encourage you to remain faithful in your giving. Remember the “Praise Report” up above with all our ministries in 2020.

I know you miss being in church. However, the covid numbers are too high. As I type this email, I have multiple friends in the hospital with covid. Trey and I have made a commitment as a family to only go to places that are essential, like the grocery store and medical appointments. We are not eating in restaurants or going to events. We are in the middle of winter.  Outside worship has been simply too cold to offer. However, if the forecast for any Sunday looks above 50 degrees at 11:30, I will send out a church wide email Saturday evening so you can come worship in the Garden.  I am watching covid numbers. Once the covid numbers decrease, we will be able to offer in-person worship again. 

I know some of you are struggling right now. Depression and anxiety are at an all time high. I encourage you to seek counseling, go for a walk, pray, and get plenty of sleep. I am recording a video for our congregation with a therapist next week. I hope this video gives you some resources and insight. 

Finally, remember the hope found in Jesus Christ!!! We are given the most precious gift – our savior – Jesus Christ. I invite you to listen to Amazing Grace sung by Dallas UMC.


Everyone in the Church is Invited!
Hello everyone!  

Just a reminder of the CIA meeting coming up Tuesday (01/26/2021) at 6pm.  

Attend either virtually or practice distancing in the fellowship hall.  

We'll discuss plans for the upcoming year and how we can safely conduct ministry projects. 

  • Join Zoom Meeting
For internet -
Meeting ID: 849 9476 3144
Passcode: ashley

  • Dial by your phone
+1 312 626 6799 US
Meeting ID: 849 9476 3144 - for phone call
Passcode: 822769 - for phone call
Upcoming Gatherings
Bible Study
with Barb

Our Bible Study with Barb study of 1st Peter concludes on Wednesday, Jan 27, at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom.

This week we are discussing ‘Our Life as Believers,’ based on 1st Peter 4:7 – 5:14. Peter’s message for the new believers and for us today is that we should live expectantly because Christ is coming. He gives six ways on how to prepare for the coming of Christ:
           1. Live each day as though Christ could return at once (4:7)
           2. Keep a clear head, not getting carried away by self-indulgence (4:7)
           3. Stay disciplined and alert for prayer (4:7)
           4. Make active expressions of love a priority (4:8)
           5. Be faithful in the stewardship of your gifts, investing your time and talent where they will
make an eternal difference (4:10)
           6. In everything, praise God as the source of your energy and the reason for your service. (4:11).

What great ideas for ways to live our lives! Join us as we discuss these ways to live our lives as believers of Christ. Call or text Barb if you have any questions. See you on the 27th!

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

Bible Study
with Barb

New Study Starts Feb. 3

Bible Study with Barb will begin a 3-week Bible study, God and the Pandemic, on Wednesday, Feb 3, on the challenges of our faith as we navigate these troubled times through the pandemic of covid.

This Bible study series is offered through the World Council of Churches, to help us come to terms – as individuals, groups, and communities of faith – with the loss, fear, and confusion of the pandemic. It also will show us the prospect of building the world anew. This is open to all persons of our church community and will be offered either in person in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom. 

Watch for more detailed information in next week’s Weekly Connection. Contact Barb Combs if you have any questions. (419-680-2103)


Spirit Journey

OK ladies! The Spirit Journey Connexion Group is continuing on with our Really Bad Girls of the Bible.

We will meet on Thursday, Jan.28, at 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall as we learn about Jael. Jael is only mentioned in one scripture passage in the Bible but boy, was she a forced to be reckoned with! Her story took place at the time that Israel was at war with the Canaanites. The question to be asked of Jael is whether she really was a bad girl or was she a Bad-for-a-Good-Reason Girl.

We have so much fun learning about these girls from the Bible! Come and join us as we spend an hour or so, learning and laughing! Call or text Barb Combs if you have any questions or to get our copy of the book. See you Thursday!  

Please text or call me, 419-680-2103, with all your questions about any Connexion Group. Blessings, Barb
We Would Love to
Hear From You
Have you enjoyed reading the Wednesday morning devotionals? Have you thought, "I would like to share some of my thoughts about my spiritual life?"

We would love to have some volunteers to write devotionals. You don't have to be a Biblical scholar to write a devotional. We would love to hear from all of you!

This year during Lent we will be sending the devotional every morning. Please consider writing one, or more, from one of the subjects on the list. You can take a look at the list by using the link below. Please contact Barb Combs at if you are interested or have any questions.

·        What do I do to contribute a devotion?
Pick a subject that interests you. Let Barb know what date(s) you would like to take. When you have written your devotion please email it to

·        What happens after I email my devotional?
Lee will get the devotional from Barb and set it up to be sent on your date.

·        Is there a certain format I should use to send the devotion?
You can send your devotion as an email or a Word document. Please don’t use .pdf as that can not be copied into the mail service that Lee uses. If you want to include a certain picture send a copy of that as .jpg or .png file.

·        Is there a certain format I should use for the devotion?
Devotions are very personal and you should write from your heart. You may want to include a scripture or two that speaks to you. Some people finish with a short prayer. Your devotion can be as long or short as you need. This is not a grammar test, but rather an opportunity to share with your church family. If you want help, please reach out to Barb.
District At Large Delegates
to Annual Conference Needed
The SouthWest District Board of Laity is seeking applications for At Large Delegates to represent the District at the 2021 Annual Conference. 

Any interested, active laity in the district are encouraged to submit an application to serve as a district delegate.

If you are interested in an application please contact Pastor Ashley.

Applications must be received in the district office no later than January 28. 
Did you know that I-58 updates the list of needed items every week?
Here is the list
for this week.

Thank you for your support last year. The people of Senoia UMC donated
4 TONS of food last year! Praise God!

Please bringing your food donations
to the church or
directly to I-58.

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.
Or mail your offering to:
Senoia UMC
P.O. Box 98
Senoia, GA 30276
Sunday 1/24
10:00am Worship via Facebook Live

Tuesday 1/26
6:00pm Christians in Action
6:45pm Handbell Practice

Wednesday 1/27
7:00pm Bible Study

Thursday 1/28
1:30pm Spirit Journey

Rev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor 

Barb Combs, Director of Programs

Jim Preece, Organist/Choir Master 

Lee Berry, Administrative Assistant & Finance Secretary 

Bereatha Brooks, Nursery Coordinator 

Polly Watson, Housekeeping 

Gail Noble and John Felbinger, A/V Technicians

Office Email:
(770) 599-3245

Office Hours:
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-3

Please call for an appointment.
Masks are required
upon entering the building.
Thank you.