Tucker First UMC News
April 25, 2020
"Prayer: Matching Word and Deed"

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

Invite a friend who does not go to church to watch the Sunday worship service.
Then call them and discuss the service.
The United Methodist Church has several special offering Sundays throughout the year that Tucker First supports through your Faith Promise pledge. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have not mentioned the special Sundays but donations have been made to these groups from your Faith Promise pledges. This Sunday is Native American Sunday.

The Native American special offering helps pastors, seminary students, and Native American congregations to worship and serve the Indian nation. Please pray for all Native Americans. They have been one of the hardest hit groups during the COVID-19 crisis. Their number of infected tribal members is larger than thirteen states combined.
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
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
Corners Outreach Does Lawns!
Throughout the year, our Children First mission program, provides homework help volunteers to Corners Outreach. We would like to highlight another part of the Corners program – Corners Industry Lawn Services. The company employs the parents of students and allows them to be paid better wages and work less hours so they can take a bigger role in their children's lives. 
If you are interested in having your yard cut or have landscaping needs, request an online quote by going to https://cornersoutreach.org/corners-industries-home-page.
The mission statement of Corners Industry is “Having a multi-generational focus, Corners Outreach strives to increase high school graduation and improve career opportunities for underemployed parents. With over 1/3 of our families losing their jobs and 78% unable to file for unemployment, we want to help get them back to work. This is why we created Corners Industries.”
Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 6 | 2:30 - 7:30 pm
Tucker First UMC Activities Center | 4315 Church Street

Two Blood Drive Appointments Left!

We have two appointments left for the May 6 blood drive! They are a power red at 7:00 pm and a blood donor at 7:30 pm. 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.

One Volunteer Slot Left!

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the blood drive. We have one volunteer slot left from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm. Please consider helping. You can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/tfumcblood
NETWorks Groceries Can Be Ordered Online
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

The items currently needed by NETWorks are listed on the photo above. Find out more about NETWorks and their needs by going to www.networkscoop.org.
News and Notes
Pastor Gerald and Pastor Anne
Reappointed to Tucker First!
As many of you know, this past week churches and pastors across the North Georgia Conference received notice of appointments for the next year. The Tucker First Staff Parish Relations Committee and our appointed clergy are happy to announce that both Rev. Gerald Varner and Rev. Anne Cumings have been reappointed to Tucker First United Methodist Church for 2020-2021. We look forward to continuing our ministry together and pray for continued blessings on our clergy and our congregation.
Brian Heck
Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee
Tell Us Something Good!
Are you celebrating a milestone birthday, anniversary or other life event during this time of quarantine?

Though we cannot celebrate with you in person, we want to send you a virtual hug or high-five and share your good news with the congregation in upcoming editions of the digital Spotlight.

Please send us your good news by leaving a message with the church office at 770-938-3030 or emailing Stephanie Shanholtzer at sshanholtzer@tfumc.org .
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  
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.
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 .
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.