Family Fun Game Night at Tucker First!
A huge thank you Chris Moss for organizing our first socially distanced night out! Several families along with Pastor Gerald, Pastor Anne, Mimi and Chris, gathered to play board games and fellowship at a distance. A special thanks to Walter Kelly for being our Bingo emcee for the night. We’re hoping to plan other safe ways to fellowship in the coming weeks.
Tucker First UMC News
July 18, 2020
"Breathless With Anticipation"

Rev.Gerald Varner, preaching
Sunday, July 19 @ 11:00 am

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Stay Up to Date With
the Weekly Spotlight

Where is the weekly church bulletin insert, The Spotlight? You can access a pdf version of the Spotlight clicking on the spotlight image on the right. Then once you are on the web page, click the Spotlight download file.
A Message from Bishop Sue
Governor Kemp has extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency and has banned gatherings of more than fifty people unless there is at least six feet of space between each person. Churches in areas with rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases should prayerfully consider pausing plans to gather in-person until the numbers go down. You can read the full article by clicking on the graphic.
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 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.
News and Notes
Tucker First Regathering Plan
Earlier this week, you have received an email from our Health and Wellness committee regarding the data being used to consider reopening as well as a phased plan for reopening. If you did not receive the email, you can read the letter and view the plan by clicking on the photo. This page will be updated weekly as new data is received.
Meal Train for Dave Deaton
As many of you know, Dave Deaton is a blind member of our congregation. Recently he was doing yard work, fell and broke his hip. While he does have roommates, Dave is on his own in terms of taking care of himself. He is on a very limited fixed income and needs all the support and love we can extend him! Please consider signing up to bring him a meal and/or donating to help with medical costs and other needs. You can sign up by clicking on the logo.
Opportunities to Volunteer
Where Are the Volunteer and
Service Opportunities?
The needs of our community and the activities of the mission committee are vast and due to the number of ads and stories, we have once again moved the mission messages to a separate email

Our mission team has many opportunities for you to volunteer through donations or in-person assistance. Whether you are staying at home or are comfortable getting out, there is an opportunity for you.

Can't wait? Check out the volunteer needs for missions by going to:

What Can We Do About Racism?
We recognize racism as a sin.

We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.

We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit, loans, venture capital, and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society.

What can we do?

Educate Ourselves- Resources can be found at . and You can also click on the logo.

Watch the video series by the UMC General Commission on Race and Religion and read a follow up discussion from Bishop Lawson Bryan from the South Georgia Annual Conference. Act!-Give your time and money towards organizations working for racial justice.

Become an advocate for justice through the General Board of Church and Society ( )

Connect with the United Methodist Women in their work for racial justice.

Use this Breath Prayer Exercise from Bishop Ken Carter of Florida.

Support Trinity Community Ministries in a new way - The men of Trinity House-Big Bethel are fighting so many challenges to make a change in their lives. They are housed in the old Hanley Funeral Home where Dr. King was prepared after his death. The air conditioning unit needs to be replaced at a cost $10,000. They are only a quarter of the way towards that goal.
From the Church Staff
Do You Know These Members?
The church office has received returned mail from several members and we are looking to update their contact information. We hope you can help. Please review this list and email Stephanie Shanholtzer at with any address or email updates.
Combating Anxiety During the Pandemic
In Paul’s writing in Philippians, he says “Do not be anxious about anything”. That’s hard, especially during these times.

Click on the image for an article that addresses fear and provides tips to for combating anxiety.
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
Simplify Your Summer
Giving by Going Electronic!
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 ( ) and the United Methodist Church ( ) 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 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 .
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 .
Tucker First News is a publication of Tucker First United Methodist Church.