We are Easter people and even though we could not worship together in person on Easter, we all shared a common viewpoint. The altars at Tucker First were decorated for Easter as well as the cross on our front lawn that declared," He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!"
Tucker First UMC News
April 18, 2020
"Praying For a Valuable Faith"

Rev. Gerald Varner, Preaching
Sunday, April 18 @ 11:00 am
Online at tuckerfirst.org

The topic "Faith More Valuable Than Gold" will pick up on the words "mercy", "hope", and "love" from I Peter 1:3-9 . The Easter story encourages us to experience faith as a relationship of trust with the resurrected Christ. That is very different than seeing faith as merely believing beliefs.

Invite a friend who does not go to church to watch the Sunday worship service.
Then call them and discuss the service.
Prayer: A Spiritual Discipline Within
the Family of Faith
Over the next few months, we will have a congregational focus on prayer.

Pastor Gerald's video message on April 14 highlighted God's Promises and specifically His promise to listen to our prayers. You are encouraged to meditate on the following verses.

  • “If my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”   II Chronicles 7:14

  • “The Lord’s eyes are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.” I Peter 3:12

  • “This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us.” 1 John 5:14

  • “The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to strengthen those who are committed to him with all their hearts.” II Chronicles 16:9

  • “Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God! Set me free from my troubles! Have mercy on me! Listen to my prayer. Know this: The Lord takes personal care of the faithful. The Lord will hear me when I cry out to him.” Psalm 4:1, 3

  • “God will turn to the prayer of the impoverished; he won’t despise their prayers.” Psalm 102:17

  • “I cry out loud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” Psalm 3:4 
Connect With Your Church Online
Whether it is a word from our pastors, a Sunday morning worship service, a children's Sunday School lesson, or an online meet-up with our youth, you can find connections and inspiration online for these troubled times.

Go to www.tuckerfirst.org and see all the opportunities available.
Tuesdays With Pastor Gerald.
Tuesdays @ 12:00 Noon
Prayer Time With Pastor Anne.
Thursdays @ 12:00 Noon
Bishop Sue's Easter Message Online
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, our Bishop for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church sent out an Easter message. You can access it on the church website at www.tuckerfirst.org.
Remember "Chuck Knows Church?" He's Back!
Chuck Knows Church is a series of short videos created by the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. The two video series help interpret complex subjects, symbols, and issues concerning the church in a fun, yet informative way. Each video features “Chuck” who helps us learn more about the United Methodist Church This is a great teaching tool for families to view together and the videos are very short. You can views the original series here.

Chuck Knows Church is back! He’s teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that our church members can do to help our community during this time of crisis. During these uncertain times, we may feel isolated from one another and experiencing a sense of aloneness, but we can still provide community in Christ and fellowship in the spirit. Watch as Chuck shows us how you can turn isolation into engagement with our community. You can access the COVID-19 video series by clicking on the Chuck logo.above.
How You Can Help
Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 6 | 2:30 - 7:30 pm
Tucker First UMC Activities Center
4315 Church Street

Donor appointments can be made by going to redcrossblood.org. Use site code TUCK1UMC.

Donors are encouraged to use RapidPass on the redcrossblood.org site or Red Cross Blood Donor app before coming to the drive to minimize their wait time.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed in two-hour slots from 2:15 - 8:15 pm. You can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/tfumcblood

Due to the pandemic, the Red Cross has implemented some additional safety measures during the blood drive.
  • Guests will not be permitted in the drive. Guests are anyone not donating, so would include children of donors. 
  • Walk-in donors will not be accepted
  • Volunteers, staff and donors will have their temperature taken before entering the drive area.
  • All persons are encouraged to wear face-masks.
NETWorks Groceries Can Be Ordered Online
Networks Logo
Shopping for groceries and necessities is hard for all of us right now. NETWorks Cooperative is having the same problem that many of you are having in finding certain items. When you are shopping, they would appreciate you picking up a few items for them if you can find them.

They have a cart available outside for drive-by drop-off on Tues/Wed and Fri/Sat from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at 2380 Fourth Street. They are in a shared building with Habitat for Humanity, directly behind Tucker First Baptist Church.

Order Online for NETWorks

You could also order from Amazon and have items shipped directly to NETWorks. This is the link for Amazon shopping - https://amzn.to/39WdiWY .

Current Items Needed

Here are the items that NETWorks needs the most this week - powdered milk, jelly, green beans, canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter, mac-in-cheese, and soup.

Find out more about NETWorks and their needs by going to www.networkscoop.org.
From the Church Office
Alternative Giving is Easy
On the web: Use this link to get started -

The Give+ app on your phone or other mobile device. Look for it in the App Store or Google Play. Setting up and making payments are quick and easy.

Text-to-Give at 833-488-6350. Simply type in the amount you would like to give and you will be prompted on how to complete the donation.
Coronavirus Care Team
We are continuing to reach out to congregants who are at risk of being extremely isolated during this time. If you are interested in volunteering to call folks or send notes and cards or if you know of anyone who could use this extra attention, please contact Pastor Anne at anne.cumings@ngumc.net  
Prayer Requests
How Can We Pray For You?
Our prayer ministry lifts your concerns in prayer. You can now submit prayer requests online at www.tuckerfirst.org or you may contact the church office at 770-938-3030 with your prayer request.
Prayer Requests for First Line Responders
Are you or someone you love working as a first line responder during this health crisis? Our prayer team would like to pray for you and your loved ones by name. Please send us these names by leaving a message with the church office (770-938-3030) or send an email to sshanholtzer@tfumc.org .
Tyler and Shalynn (with Finn and Arlo) Crawford, our church missionaries in Tubingen, Germany, send out a newsletter about their family and their ministry. You can sign up for the newsletter by sending Tyler an email at tylercrawford@cmfi.org.
Keep Our Missionaries in Your Prayers
Follow Us on Social Media
We have a church twitter account - #TuckerFirstUMC

Check out these Facebook pages.


Additionally, the websites of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church ( ngumc.org) and the United Methodist Church ( umc.org) are great resources for messages and stories of hope.
Tucker First UMC
5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084
In the wake of the pandemic, the church office is closed. If you need to drop your tithe off at the church, please use the locked mailbox in the front of the church. It is checked daily. All church staff receive an email notification when a voicemail is left on their office phone extensions, and they will still be available to the congregation by email. If you need their email addresses, you can find them on the church website at www.tuckerfirst.org .
Tucker First News is a publication of Tucker First United Methodist Church.