Tucker First UMC News
August 29, 2020
Sunday at Tucker First
"Take Your Shoes off, Mystery is Calling"

Rev. Anne Cumings
Sunday, August 30 @
11:00 am

Join us online at tuckerfirst.org
Sunday Night Live
Sunday Night Live
Sunday evenings
7:00 - 7:30 pm

Stay Up to Date With the Weekly Spotlight
Where is the weekly church bulletin insert, The Spotlight? You can access a pdf version HERE. Then once you are on the web page, click the Spotlight graphic to download the file.
Wesley Woods Special Offering
For more than 45 years, the churches of The North Georgia Conference of The UMC have received the Mother’s Day Offering for Wesley Woods. This generous support funds financial assistance for meals and housing to residents who have the gift of a long life but may have outlived their resources. In addition, the Mother's Day offering also supports on-site chaplains and an innovative wellness program. This special offering is normally taken on Mother’s Day but was delayed due to the pandemic to August 30.

Through your faithful Faith Promise giving, the missions committee has already contributed to the Wesley Woods Special Offering. If you would like to send an additional offering, please send it to the church office and put "Wesley Woods" in the memo line. You can find out more information about Wesley Woods, click on the logo.
Connect With Your Church Online
Online Opportunities For You to Stay Connected
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.
Each Tuesday at noon, Pastor Gerald will provide a devotion as well as general church information, prayer, and in-home activities suggestions.
You do not have to be a member of Facebook or the church Facebook page to view the Facebook Live event each Thursday at noon with Pastor Anne.
News and Notes
Tucker First Regathering Plan
This week’s updated COVID-19 data can be found by clicking on the image. The church website will be updated weekly as new data is received.
Church Pictorial Directory Update
As is the case with many other companies, the company that is producing our church pictorial directory has been deeply affected by the pandemic and our directory has been delayed. However, progress is being made and we are hoping for production and the finished directory soon. 

In the meantime, we are pursuing digital options. Please stay tuned for future communication on this. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Petersiel at cpetersiel@tfumc.org.
Be a Tucker First Prayer Warrior
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you my prayers.”
Ephesians 1:16.

Our Intercessory Prayer Team is a dedicated group of individuals who lift up prayer requests for the church, its people, loved ones, and our community. If you feel called to extend your prayers in this way, we invite you to join this vital ministry (no physical meeting required-prayer requests are emailed each week). If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Shanholtzer at sshanholtzer@tfumc.org.
“For such a time as this” the Music and Arts Ministry at Tucker First UMC is committed to continue making music that honors and worships God. We just have to do it differently!

For the past several months, Tom Moore, Tucker First Director of Music & Arts, has shared with many of our musicians that we need not focus on what we can’t do, but on what we can do! When we think and act creatively, there’s a lot that we can do together. Here are some opportunities that might interest you:

  • Be a part of a virtual choir!
  • Sing as part of a small ensemble (3-4 people)
  • Play or sing in The Table worship - modern worship
  • Help sing songs for Sunday morning videos.
  • Participate as a musician in the traditional worship videos.
  • Play handbells!

To find out more about our Music and Arts Ministry and ways to participate, click on the graphic above or contact Tom Moore, Director of Music & Arts at tom_moore@tfumc.org.
Meal Train for Mimi Sanders
Mimi Sanders is experiencing extreme back pain that may require surgery. As we all know, Mike and Mimi are always the first to offer to prepare a meal, no matter if it is for two people or 200. Now it is our turn to return the favor! Let's help them out by making meal time one less thing to have to think about. Please sign up to bring a meal to the Sanders family. Both Erin and Maggie are home with Mike and Mimi so prepare for four people. Thanks for helping out!
Opportunities to Volunteer
"Do Something September"
"Do Something September." is upon us and we are excited about the activities and events that we have to offer you for "Do Something September."

To see the entire list of activities available, click on the logo.

We would like to highlight two events listed below.- Just Bakery Pop-Up Event and the Community Night of Awareness with Street Grace. To read more about the events, please click on the "Do Something" logo.
Just Bakery Pop-Up Event
at Tucker First
Thursday, September 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Just Bakery of Atlanta provides paid job training, professional certification, and living wage work in partnership with our neighbors who resettled as refugees.

Just Bakery will be at Tucker First on Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Under the portico.
Order some delicious baked goods from Just Bakery and pick them up at Tucker First! Just Bakery will take online orders in advance of the September 3 Neighborhood Pick-up and Pop- Up event and will also have a limited supply of baked goods for sale onsite.

Online orders for delivery to Tucker First can only be placed from noon August 31 through noon September 2. 

For the Pop-up event, please do not attempt to order outside this window of time.  The link for online orders is https://www.localline.ca/just-bakery-of-atlanta
Community Night of Awareness
Tuesday, September 29
5:30-6:30 pm
This free program will focus on how you can help eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children in our communities. The recent news of “Operation Not Forgotten” where forty children were rescued in Georgia from child traffickers makes this community event even more timely. No one person, congregation or denomination can do everything. Each of us can do something to help in the fight! 
To sign up for the “Community Night of Awareness,” please go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/streetgrace
From the Church Staff
The Work of the Church Continues
Don't Forget to Tithe Over the Summer
You are doing a great job of being faithful in your giving to Tucker First. Thank you!

This summer, please remember to not let your church offering slip. Here is how you can give online and also setup reminders for your giving.

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.

Remember - you can always drop your offering in the secure mailbox in front of the church.
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.
Tucker First UMC
5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084
Tucker First News is a publication of Tucker First United Methodist Church.