“Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in."
Psalm 24:7
Special thank you to Morris Tubesing for the wonderful altar design.
Tucker First UMC News
April 4, 2020
"Snowing Is Illegal In Syracuse"
Sunday, April 5 @ 11:00 am
Rev. Gerald Varner preaching

Obedience has more to do with love and respect than it does with legalism.

Matthew 21:1-11 - Jesus instructed two disciples to bring a donkey and its colt for him to ride into Jerusalem.

Jesus was greeted with a crowd of people waving palm branches and shouting, "Hosanna!"

Matthew 21:6 - "The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them."
Worship the King! Join Us Online
Please join your Tucker First family in online worship this Sunday, April 4 at 11:00 am. We have a special web page setup for the Sunday service and it will be live starting at 11:00 am on Sunday. All the video messages will be stored on the church website for viewing at a later time. Join us at http://www.tuckerfirst.org .
A special thank you goes to Randy Davison who has been filming and editing all the videos that you have been seeing online recently. He has put in many long hours so that the pastor's message and the message of Christ can be spread far and wide.Randy you are a blessing.
Connect With Us Online
Special Easter Week Services
Tucker First will have a special Maundy Thursday online worship service on Thursday, April 9. This service will take the form of a Love Feast that families can guide themselves through the service and around the table. Keep an eye out for a guide and video elements, which will be sent out soon! There will also be a Good Friday online worship service on Friday, April 10. We invite you to participate in the services in your home together with your family. The pastors and the worship teams are planning and working on wonderful ideas for Holy Week and Easter.

A Note on Holy Communio n

In response to the new guidelines laid out by our Governor and the CDC, our church leadership has decided that distributing communion elements is not the safest course of action at this time. In lieu of Holy Communion, the Pastors have decided on a Love Feast for Maundy Thursday. The Love Feast has a rich history in Methodist tradition. You can read more about it at the following links.

Tuesdays With Pastor Gerald
Tuesdays @ 12:00 noon | www.tuckerfirst.org

This Tuesday's message will include a devotional as well as general church information, prayer, and in-home activities suggestions. The message is pre-recorded and when available, will be on the church website at www.tuckerfirst.org .
Prayer Time With Pastor Anne
A Facebook Live Event | Thursdays @ 12 Noon

Note: you do not have to be a member of Facebook or the church Facebook page to view this Facebook Live event. Click on the link above to go to the Tucker First Facebook page. The message will also be recorded and stored in the sermon archive on our website.
How are you doing with your resurrection garden? Becky Burnett finished hers the same day of Pastor Anne's message. Let's see your gardens! Send photos to communications@tfumc.org.
Youth and College Age Zoom Meetings
Our middle school and high school students as well as college age members are meeting on a weekly basis through Zoom. Go to www.tuckerfirst.org to see the meeting schedule. If you need a meeting ID? Contact Chris Moss at cmoss@tfumc.org
Lenten Prayer Group and Healing Study
Even though we cannot be together in person, through technology we are finding creative ways to stay connected. Both the Lenten Prayer Group and the Healing Study are holding weekly meetings via Zoom. You are invited to join these groups even if you have not previously participated. Please email the group leaders for meeting information.
Lenten Prayer Group | Claire Wheeler at drclairewheeler@gmail.com

Healing Study | Rev. Paul Yeun at pyeun@susumc.org
Tucker First in the Community
Where have you seen Tucker First members helping in the community?
Let us know! Send the information to communications@tfumc.org .
Volunteers Step Up to Serve Lunches
With schools closing suddenly in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lunch Buddy volunteers jumped into action to make sure children in the Tucker Mobile Home community, who depend on the school lunch program, were being cared for and fed.

A huge thanks to these volunteers who packed and handed out 80 lunches a day for three weeks, including this past week of Gwinnett’s spring break: Lori Ussery, Rachel and Amy Ownbey, Jonnie Johnston, Amy and Rob Bloomquist, Becky Burnett, Barbara and Don Goodwin, Leigh Andersen, Bonnie Hatfield, and Robin Pounds.
Helping Hands Needed at NETWorks
NETWorks has moved to an all outdoor distribution method with pre-packed bags of grocery items. Volunteers are needed to help with food distribution. No experience necessary; training will be provided. You can find the link to volunteer on the church website - www.tuckerfirst.org or the NETWorks website - www.networkscoop.org.
Eighty Pints of Blood Donated!
Thank you to everyone who has stepped up in the past two weeks and helped with the Red Cross blood drives.At the two drives we collected eighty pints of blood! We are working with the American Red Cross to host more blood drives in the near future.

Great news - according to the American Red Cross, our blood drives hosted nineteen first time donors in each blood drive! David Lukens (pictured left) is a first time donor.

From Evelyn Burkett (organizer of the blood drives):

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with the drives: Tom Carlysle, Christen Orr, Craig and Marti Coleman, and Stephanie Shanholtzer. Special thanks to Pastor Gerald for seeing the community need and allowing Tucker First to host these drives.
You Have Been Egged!
Recently the Children's Ministry "egged" many homes of Tucker First families. They delivered a dozen plastic eggs each to forty-six families in Flowery Branch, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Lilburn, Tucker, Chamblee, Atlanta, and Jonesboro. This was a total of 552 eggs. The first eleven eggs were filled with candy and the twelfth egg had a message of Easter.
From the Church Office
Alternative Giving is Easy
On the web: Use this link to get started - https://tinyurl.com/TFUMCgive

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  
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 .
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.