EMBRACING HOPE

There is a poem by Emily Dickinson that begins like this:
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all..."
 
It is a beautiful image to think that there is perched in our souls; this thing we call hope. And this hope sings without words, and it never stops singing. On and on, hope sings. That is how hope is; it never stops singing in our lives. It is an endless song of beauty. Sometimes it’s hard for us to hear the wondrous melody of hope because despair can set in, depression, sadness, and even a sense of hopelessness. It’s not that hope is not singing, it’s that sometimes we cannot hear it. 
 
These days of "shelter-in-place" can be days of sadness and lethargy. When will this be over, we ask? How much longer must I sit in my home, look at the same walls, hear the same news, go through the same daily monotonous routine? Where is the hope in this? We have recently heard that we will soon be able to return to a sense of normalcy, though it will still require serious safety measures to be maintained. Surely this should offer us some hope. 
 
Hope is not something that ever goes away. Hope does not depend on our circumstances or how we are feeling or what is going on in the world or whether or not there is a pandemic. Hope comes from within. Hope does not originate with us; it is a gift from God. Hope is that divine spark that lives within each person; for Christ dwells within us. 
 
The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about hope. We often think of Paul chiding the churches on improper behavior instead of the one who gives the church one of its greatest gifts, words of hope. It is the kind of hope that is not dependent on our setting or our circumstances, or whether we suffer or live in comfort, are healthy or near death, whether we are poor or rich, educated or not, Christ is always present, and it is because of this that we always have hope. Perhaps the "thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words" is Christ singing a song of hope inviting us all to sing along. 
 
For the next five weeks, we are going to talk about what it means to embrace hope, in our hearts, in our lives, in our attitudes, and in our actions. This Sunday, we will begin with words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, "hope does not disappoint us," and indeed the hope of Christ does not disappoint. 
 
I look forward to sharing with you on Sunday, be sure and tune in!
 
Faithfully yours,
SUNDAY'S MESSAGE:
Hope Does Not Disappoint
Romans 5:1-11
Rev. Dr. Julie Boone
SERMON SERIES: EMBRACING HOPE
SUN APRIL 26 | 9AM & 11:15AM
We are people of Hope! Beginning this Sunday, April 26, our 5-week sermon series will explore what does it mean to be hopeful in the midst of our anxiety and our current situation.

Join us as we consider the hope that comes to us in Christ Jesus on Sundays at 9AM and 11:15AM on Livestream.
HOPE: ONLINE SMALL GROUP STUDY
WED APRIL 29 | 6:30PM
We are people of hope! As Christians we know Jesus walks with us through our joys and sorrows, our times of contentment and our times of pain.

You are invited to participate in an online small group study, "Hope," starting on Wednesdays at 6:30PM on April 29.

Rev. Brian Smith will facilitate this study that coincides with our worship series via Zoom. To participate, CLICK HERE for registration.
COVID-19 INFORMATION
A MESSAGE FROM REV. DR. JULIE BOONE
Dear Marietta First UMC, 
 
As you may know, Governor Kemp recently released information regarding a transitioning from "shelter-in-place" to a gradual return of normalcy. According to Governor Kemp, "For places of worship, holding in-person services is allowed, but under Phase One guidelines, it must be done in accordance with strict social distancing protocols. I urge faith leaders to continue to help in this effort and keep their congregations safe by heeding the advice of public health officials." 

As eager as we all are to be together in worship, we will be heeding the advice of public health officials along with the recommendation of the Bishop and Cabinet of the North Georgia Conference and we will not gather through May 13, 2020. 
 
To welcome folks back into the church, we must put in place the necessary measures to ensure the safety of our congregation. We are currently creating protocols that we will implement once we reach the point where returning to all church activities, including worship and Sunday school, is safe and advisable. 
 
At this time, we will continue to offer virtual worship and on-line activities. We will share in the upcoming weeks our transitional plan as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Like you, I look forward to the day we can be together in person and worship our mighty God.

Faithfully yours,
Rev. Dr. Julie A. Boone
M I N I S T R Y
WAYS TO LOVE MARIETTA
A RESPONSE TO COVID-19
In response to the demand for food, supplies, and other resources as a result of the current pandemic with COVID-19, MFUMC is offering "Ways to Love Marietta."

One great way to "Love Marietta" is to show your support for first responders and invite neighbors to connect with Marietta FUMC by ordering a  THANK YOU CONNECTION YARD SIGN .  Proceeds benefit “Caring for Kennestone," a group founded to support local hospitals and local restaurants.
Cost is only $10 per sign, buy one for your yard and one for a neighbor – share the love! Supplies are running out so order soon! We will deliver signs to you and follow all safety and sanitary guidelines.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER 



CLICK HERE to visit our website and learn more about "Ways to Love Marietta."
BLOOD DRIVE: RED CROSS SIGN UP
TUES MAY 12 | 10AM-3PM | FAMILY LIFE HALL
Please register to give blood on Tuesday, May 12, in the Family Life Hall from 10AM until 3PM. To register  CLICK HERE .

The Red Cross has implemented social distancing and safety precautions for the donation of blood during this time. In order to maintain only 10 people in the building at a time, it is very important that you register to donate.
SENIOR SUNDAY
SUN MAY 3
Senior Sunday is on May 3! The deadline has passed for submission but we look forward to celebrating your high school senior during Sunday morning worship. Please reach out to Mike Smith for more details.

G O O D ... N E W S
100 MEALS DONATED TO KENNESTONE
PROCEEDS FROM MARIETTA FUMC THANK YOU SIGNS PROVIDE MEALS

Through the proceeds of our connection "Thank You" yard signs and donations of members totaling $700, Marietta FUMC has provided over 100 meals so far for health care workers at Kennestone Hospital through Caring for Kennestone.

Caring for Kennestone provides meals to health care workers through locally-owned restaurants. You can help us continue sharing the love of Christ with our community by purchasing a sign for yourself and one for your neighbor. CLICK HERE
G I V I N G
ONLINE GIVING
Your gifts to the church make everything we do here at MFUMC, in our community, and in the world around us possible. Your gifts provide for worship, missions, Children’s and Youth programs, Christian education classes, music, community outreach, and so much more including the staff that allow these ministries to continue every day. Thank you for your generous and continued support.

Marietta First has several options for your online giving. Please CLICK HERE to give and learn more about other options for giving.
C O N N E C T I N G
WE ARE CONNECTED
WITH EACH OTHER | ON LIVESTREAM | THROUGH GIVING
We connect with each other on Facebook & Instagram, on Livestream Sundays at 9am & 11:15am, and through Giving.
C H I L D R E N
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
MARIETTA FUMC CHILDREN'S ONLINE GROUPS
Join the Marietta FUMC Children’s Ministries  Facebook group for daily story time, scripture, and other activities! JOIN GROUP HERE

Please also see links below of Zoom meetings for Wednesday Bible Study and Sunday school.
  • Children’s PreK thru 2nd Grade Sunday School at 10:30AM: Zoom Link
  • Children’s 3rd thru 5th Sunday School at 10:30AM: Zoom Link
  • Children’s Bible Study for April 29th: Zoom Link
  • Children’s Facebook: Facebook Link
W E E K D A Y ... P R E S C H O O L
REGISTRATION FOR 2020/2021
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Weekday Ministry registration for the 2020/2021 school year AND for summer camps is open.
MORE ON REGISTRATION To schedule a tour or ask questions, EMAIL or call 770-429-7800 X 842.
Y O U T H
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
SUNDAYS 4PM
We will be live from the Lower Room to your living room for the best 15 minutes on Sunday evenings, beginning at 4PM! We'll have skits, family challenges, and engaging messages. Please join us!

You can find these online messages on our Facebook page , Instagram , or YouTube . Zoom groups follow our messages at 6PM for Mid High & 7PM for Senior High.

If you have any questions on how to get connected to the message or a Zoom group, contact Jessica Ferguson !