Learning to Pivot

There is a word that has become popular and taken on new meaning this year. It is the word "pivot." Individuals and organizations talk about the importance of learning how to, and the need to, "pivot." It is the ability to move, turn swiftly, adjust to a new position, and it is true that during these many months we have had to do a lot of pivoting. If we choose not to pivot, then we risk stagnation. No one wants or desires that, at least I don't think we do. 

After seven months of being in this pandemic, we will again pivot and return to worship in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. on Sunday. It will be glorious to be together again in our beautiful Sanctuary. For those who prefer the great outdoors, we will also be offering worship in the Park at 11:15 a.m. So, this Sunday, we will offer two in-person worship services! It will be a busy and wonderful day as we once again pivot to a new normal. 

This Sunday is also another installment of our One Faith Many Voices series as we celebrate Gospel Sunday. Though congregational singing is discouraged, we will be able to enjoy the wonderful voices of our gospel singers. It will be a day of uplifting music, whether we are in the Sanctuary or the Park. For those who either are not able to attend or do not feel comfortable attending yet, the services will also be available through LiveStream and Facebook Live. 

We cannot forget that all this pivoting is possible because of your generosity. We are in our second week of Stewardship Faithful Together. Stewardship is not just about money or giving to a budget (which is important); it is also about growing spiritually and impacting lives. Money is a tool to be used to transform lives and communities. When we give of our financial resources, we have the ability to make a significant and long-lasting impact on someone's life and in our community. Yes, our financial giving helps to pay the bills, but it is also used to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Commitment Sunday is October 25. My hope and prayer are that as we consider our ministry needs for 2021, we will all pivot towards extravagant generosity. 

Faithfully yours,
Sermon: The Inheritance
Rev. Dr. Julie Boone
Matthew 21:33-46

In the Sanctuary at 9AM,
Park at 11:15AM, and

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We're moving back into the Sanctuary for our 9AM service starting this Sunday! Watch the video below to get all the details of what you need to know!
  • October 18 - One Faith, Many Voices: Gospel Sunday
  • Worship in the Sanctuary at 9AM
  • Worship in the Park at 11:15AM
  • Online Worship at 9AM & 11:15AM
  • October 25 - Stewardship: Commitment Sunday
  • Worship in the Sanctuary at 9AM
  • Worship in the Park at 11:15AM
  • Online Worship at 9AM & 11:15AM
IMPORTANT: We recognize that a number of our members are ready to return to in-person Sanctuary worship though there are many who are only comfortable with in-person Park or online worship. Here at Marietta FUMC, we are committed to meeting you where you are. As you can see above, on October 18 our plan is to move into the Sanctuary (COVID numbers permitting and with safety protocols in place) for our 9AM service while having Park worship at 11:15AM. To make this transition as smooth as possible and to keep everyone safe, we ask that you continue to register for worship each week! You can find the October Worship Registration Link below!
Please register for worship and nursery at the link below so that we can properly prepare to be together!
If your plans change after you’ve registered, then please contact kellyduncan@mariettafumc.org and she will be happy to assist you!
Our 2021 stewardship campaign continues this week! No one could have anticipated all that 2020 has brought our way. Though we are still in a season of uncertainty, we hold on to the truth that God is with us always. This year may not look like we planned, but God is at work here at Marietta FUMC! It is your faithfulness in giving that has allowed us to continue our ministry. As a church we grow spiritually, impact lives, and give generously when we are faithful together! We ask that you prayerfully consider your 2021 commitment to Marietta FUMC. You can make your commitment online at the link below.
We also have paper pledge cards available.
Thank you for what you do and for what you will continue to do. 
Join us in worship on October 18th for our next One Faith, Many Voices service, Gospel Sunday!
We invite you to join us as we gather together as the Body of Christ in Marietta to pray for our city. We will gather at 10am at the Park on Polk at Marietta First United Methodist Church. Please bring your own chair or blanket. Click here to register for this event!
As we make plans to move into the Sanctuary and start back with two worship services, we need greeters to make that happen successfully. Sign up at the link below, and we will make sure that you have all the tools and information you need!
Our October Church Family Supper will feature meat and meatless chili options provided by the Scouts.
Donations are happily accepted. All proceeds collected
will go to support the Boy Scouts Troop 277.
Click the button below to register today!

Supporting Meals on a Mission: When you come to Church Family Supper you're invited to bring Thanksgiving themed canned goods to support families in our community through the Good Samaritan Ministry: boxed stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes in boxes or packets, jars of turkey gravy or dried gravy mix packets, canned yams, cranberry sauce, canned veggies (green beans, corn, peas, black eyed peas), cornbread mix, canned pumpkin or fruit pie filling.

Join us in serving our community through our Local Day of Service from 9-noon on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

There are opportunities for all ages, and this is a great way to serve and be in the community! 
The Local Day of Service will consist of the following projects;
  • No-Sew Blanket
  • Good Samaritan Health Care Kits
  • Visitation to a church member at their home off-campus.

Volunteers are asked to follow the CDC’s and the church Transition Team guidelines. For more information to register as a volunteer, click here.

Holiday Care Packages for the Soldiers are gearing up. Here are 3 Ways to get involved:

1.) Donate items to go into packages. Click here to sign up to donate.

2.) Supply a name and address of a family member, friend, or neighbor serving in the military to receive a package. Email Karen Williams in the church office at karenwilliams@mariettafumc.org.

3.) Participate in packing the boxes on November 7th at Local Day of Service. Sign up by clicking here.
You are invited to join us on October 21 at noon for Bluegrass & BBQ! For more information and to register for this event, please go to www.mariettafumc.org/bbq.

We are excited to introduce, in conjunction with Children’s Ministries, “Play in the Park” every Wednesday from 4-6PM! Children ages 4 - 5th grade will learn music of the church, Bible stories and teachings, theater arts, and African drumming! Children will also be able to present music and skits monthly at family suppers and in Sunday worship (in small groups).

Chapel Choir welcomes all 6-12th graders. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 6-7:30PM and have small group gatherings from 3:30-5PM on Sundays in the Pavilion.

Even during these uncertain times, we are still safely learning  powerful and transformative pieces of sacred music, sharing in devotions, and preparing for our many expeditions throughout the year, such as our Waterfall Hikes and our annual Summer Mission and Music Tour! We also offer a weekly Zoom session. For more information, e-mail: Catherine Moulton                  

Power 45: October 18, 4th & 5th graders are invited to the Park on Polk between 3PM - 5PM for fun and outdoor games! Invite your friends and click here to register.

Tailgate, Treats & Trails: October 25, Join us from 4PM-6PM for trunk or treating, a haunted cabin, a photo scavenger hunt trail, hot chocolate from the Scouts, and a photo costume contest. For more information, to sign up, to volunteer, or to bring donations, please click here.

Fusion Youth: October has a ton of opportunities for students! Remember, that all events require registration. Click the link for more information and registration links.

Fusion Worship: Make sure your Mid High student is registered for this Sunday's Worship Night! You must be registered by the end of Friday! Also, Senior High students that missed out on their Fusion Worship last week because of the weather are invited to join us this Sunday! Senior High students that registered for last week do not need to re-register. Senior High students who did not register for last week's Fusion Worship needs to register by the end of Friday! Click here to register!

NOTE: This combined worship night is a "one off" event as a make up for last Sunday's cancellation.

Youth Sunday School: Students are invited to join us on Oct. 25th down by the Lower Room Patio for fellowship and a devotional. Time for Sunday School will be 10:10am - 10:45am. Registration is not required! Remember to bring a chair and a mask.

12th Graders Hangout: We are excited to see our 12th graders on Oct. 27th! Our monthly gatherings have been a great way to stay connected and catch up with each other! Make sure you sign your 12th grader up below to let us know that they are coming. Details about our location will be announced soon! Click here to sign up!
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.
We connect with each other on Facebook & Instagram, on Livestream, through Giving, and now again in person during our 9AM Sunday worship services in the Park!