Hello Ethel Bay!
Becky Burnett snapped this photo during her visit to Ethel Bay recently.

Ethel sends this message,

You are welcome to share picture if you think it is of any interest to people. I do not see myself as being or doing anything special. Claiming the great promises in the Bible gives us all hope. I just try to "run with perseverance the race that is set before me." It was wonderful to have a visit with you and Roberta yesterday. Love, Ethel
Please check on elderly people in our congregation and if possible, visit them. We love any photos of visits plus stories of how they are staying strong through the pandemic.
Tucker First UMC News
March 18, 2021
Editor - We had a broken link for Angel Vann's wish list. It is fixed now.
"Trust: More Than Lip Service"

Rev. Gerald Varner, Preaching

Sunday, March 21
Two Ways to Worship Online This Sunday
Worship Online
Live-streamed Worship
11:00 am
Sunday Night Live!
Live-streamed from The Table
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Videos of any of the live-streamed services will be available on the church website at www.tuckerfirst.org or the Tucker First UMC YouTube channel at
Disciple Study Theme This Week: Consequences | God Punishes the People
Pastor Gerald is aligning his Sunday sermons with the weekly Disciple themes/ chapters.
Tucker First's Lenten theme is “Remember You Are Earth: Tending the Soil of Our Lives.” The staff have developed a host of activities designed around this theme including, but not limited to, planting gardens, cleaning up parks, hiking, etc. All activities will be set up for social distancing and masks will be required.
Upcoming "The Dirty Truth" speakers include

March 17 | Youth Night featuring Sylvie Blanton and Mia Carlton - rain postponed
March 24 | Storytelling with Ken Futch
Trail Cleanup Notes - We will have a beautiful day for working in the preserve and we hope that you and your family will join us this Saturday. Here is a list of tasks for the Tucker Nature Preserve Cleanup Day:
  • Picking up sticks and other debris and placing in piles for collection
  • Removing non-native/invasive plants (someone will help with ID of plants)
  • Trail maintenance to keep a width of six feet throughout the preserve
  • Removal of English ivy from trees in the preserve
  • General tidying up of areas near the parking lots
  • Collecting trash in the nature preserve and placing in the trash cans near parking lot
The folks with Friends of Tucker Parks are incredibly flexible and will help find a task for anyone who wants to participate. You don't have to be able to do hard physical labor!
All volunteers will need to wear a mask while working in close proximity with others at the Tucker Nature Preserve. It is best to wear long pants and long sleeves so that you can be comfortable on the trails. We recommend that volunteers bring insect repellent and sunscreen as well as water. Temperatures will be in the mid-40s and low 50s throughout our workday, but we still want folks to stay hydrated.
Pickup a Palm For Palm Sunday
Our Palm Sunday worship service on Sunday, March 28 at 11:00 am will be a live-streamed worship service to our Tucker First UMC YouTube channel. No in-person worship. If you would like to have a palm at home to celebrate Palm Sunday, we will have palm branches available for pick up at the church office beginning March 23.

Please note that Mimi Sanders will be supplying the children in the children's ministry with palm branches next week.
Join Us For an
Good Friday
Worship Service
Good Friday focuses on the light of God’s love being extinguished by the dark, raw experience of crucifixion. When Good Friday ends, we are at the foot of the cross without the certainty of Easter and resurrection. The service will be focusing on the twelve Stations of the Cross as seen through our modern eyes.
Good Friday Worship Service
Friday, April 3 @ 7:30 pm

Tucker First UMC Wesley Center
Back Parking Lot

This is an outdoor worship service around fire pits. An RSVP is needed to reserve your spot.
Easter is the joyous celebration that God’s gift of life is victorious over death. Easter is a celebration of the resurrected Christ living among us. He lives!
Tucker First UMC
Easter Worship and Celebration!
Easter Worship Service
Tucker First UMC
11:00 am | Sunday, April 4
Fitzgerald Field
4877 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
Grab your blanket or bring a lawn/camping chairs to sit on the lawn in socially distanced circles as we worship together on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 11:00 at Fitzgerald Field in Tucker. An RSVP is needed to reserve your spot/circle on the field.
Community Easter Egg Hunt!
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 4 | 12:30 pm
Fitzgerald Field

Join your Tucker First family and the community for an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 4 at 12:30 pm on Fitzgerald Field.

Following CDC guidelines, masks will be required for everyone participating and social distancing practices will be observed.

We are expecting a large turnout of children for the Easter Egg Hunt and our children's ministry has already purchased all the supplies and prizes. If you would like to contribute to offset the cost of the supplies, please click below.
Order Easter Flowers in Honor or in Memory of a Loved One
This year we are offering the choice of purchasing an Easter lily plant, to be taken home after the Easter worship service, or cut flowers that will be used to decorate the cross on Easter morning at Fitzgerald Field..

You can order them now through Sunday, March 21 by emailing Stephanie Shanholtzer at sshanholtzer@tfumc.org or calling Donna Davis at 404-229-7962.

Please include your name, phone number and dedication (in memory of/in honor of) when placing your order. The cost of the lilies is $16 and the cut flowers are $8. Checks can be left in the church mailbox or brought to the church office. Please indicate "Easter flowers" in the memo line.

You may also pay electronically on the church’s giving page at http://www.tuckerfirst.org/giving.html.

Unfortunately, there are no hydrangeas being offered this year due to availability.
News and Notes
Please Help Angel Vann
Tucker First member Angel Vann, lost everything in an apartment fire a few weeks ago. She has found a new place to live and the church, as well as many members, have stepped up to help Angel get back on her feet. Our Tucker First Weekday Preschool even held a diaper drive for baby Rose (age one)!

If you would like to help Angel, she has an Amazon Wish List of her needs. Check the list often because the list is being updated frequently.
Take the United Methodist Women's Quiz
In honor of Women's History Month, we invite you to take a short quiz to test your knowledge about some of the notable moments and female pioneers in the USA and The United Methodist Church. Be sure to share the link with friends so you can compare scores later.

By the way, the editor got 100% on the quiz!
Opportunities For Mission
NEW Shoes Drive for Children in Foster Care
Our United Methodist Women are sponsoring a NEW shoes drive for the foster children cared for by Wellroot Family Services.

Please bring brand new shoes to collection bins in the church office between March 15-24..

The biggest needs are for shoes starting at toddler size 6 and up. Sneakers, school shoes, and dressy shoes are all accepted.
Join the Tucker First Team in Participating in the Virtual Wellroot 5K!
This year, Wellroot Family Services is celebrating 150 years of caring for children, youth, and families in Georgia! Come be a part of the kick-off celebrations by participating on the Tucker First team in the virtual Founders Day 5K on May 1.

Join our Tucker First team of walkers and runners to raise awareness and funds for children and families in need. The exciting part about this virtual race is the six-week journey to prepare the mind, body and soul with a weekly email beginning March 20.

To join our Tucker First virtual team, text wellroot5k31 to 71777 or register by clicking on the button below.

Contact Robin Pounds at 404-918-0069. or robinpounds631@gmail.com,
Church Office Notes
Tucker First has suspended in-person worship. We will not gather for in-person worship again until the COVID-19 numbers have declined to a more acceptable level and sustained for a period of two weeks.See update below on the tentative date for in-person worship.
You can find the most recent reports on the church website at

In-Person Worship May Be
Back By April 11
The Health and Welfare Committee has made the tentative decision to resume in-person worship starting Sunday, April 11. This decision is contingent upon the local COVID-19 risk level staying steady at its current level.

When the church does open back up, we will adhere to the CDC recommended safety protocols including social distancing and mask wearing. In order to keep our attendance numbers at a safe level, congregants will need to register either via a Sign-up Genius (to be made available next week) or contacting Stephanie Shanholtzer in the church office (again, not until next week).

Please continue to watch the church emails for
updates on the in-person worship.
The Health and Wellness Committee encourages you to get the COVID-19 vaccine when your group is called.
Prayer Requests

Our prayer ministry lifts your concerns in prayer. You can submit prayer requests by clicking on the green buttons or you may contact the church office at 770-938-3030 with your prayer request.

Online Giving

You are doing a great job of being faithful in your giving to Tucker First. Please remember to not let your church offering slip. There are many ways that you can give electronically by clicking on the graphic above.

Communion Elements

We have made the Holy Communion elements available for pick up outside the church office. We encourage you to pick them up this week. Look for the basket outside the church office doors. 

Scam Emails

We continue to hear from people receiving emails that appear to be requests from Pastor Gerald or Pastor Anne. These are scam emails and should be deleted. The issue may not be unique to email but may also include text messages and phone calls. We will never ask for personal information or financial assistance by text or email. If you have questions, contact the church office at 770-938-3030 or email Stephanie Shanholtzer by clicking on the green box below.
Amazon Smile!
For Tucker First

Amazon Smile is a program within Amazon.com where you can register a charity (in this case Tucker First) to receive .5% of your purchases.

To sign up, go to the link below and designate Tucker First as your chosen charity. It is that easy.


Contact Cindy Petersiel at cpetersiel@tfumc.org.

Amazon Wish List

Our Tucker First Weekday Preschool teachers have created a wish list on Amazon and we would encourage you to donate to the Preschool program.

Use the link below to look at all the items needed by the Preschool.

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Tucker First United Methodist Church
5095 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084