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Tucker First UMC News
March 23, 2020
Coronavirus Updates
Pastor Anne practicing social distancing.
Tucker First clergy and staff continue to monitor the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. The CDC has increased its recommendations through The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America-15 Days to Slow the Spread. In the bulletin, the CDC asks the public to avoid social gatherings of more than ten people, Use drive-thru, delivery or pickup options instead of eating out, avoid discretionary travel including shopping trips and social visits, Do not visit nursing homes, retirement facilities or long-term care facilities, and continue practicing good hygiene; wash hands regularly; avoid touching face; sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow; disinfect frequently used items and surfaces. 

At this time, all in-person worship services, small groups, and other activities have been suspended through the end of March.

Be Supportive | Be Careful | Be Alert | Be Kind
Tucker Mayor Imposes Curfew Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
TUCKER, GA. (March 20, 2020) – On Friday, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman outlined a series of new measures aimed at proactively stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Those measures include:

  •  A curfew imposed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  •  All businesses must comply with FEMA guidelines
  • An order that any public gatherings within the City of Tucker meet with federal guidelines in terms of group size and social distancing

“Our general approach has been to allow as much freedom as possible to our people and businesses to continue normal activities as long as they could and would comply with guidance from our state and federal public health authorities,” Auman said. “The public response here in Tucker has been astounding and gratifying. Businesses have voluntarily closed or severely modified their practices [and] the public has been more cooperative than we could have hoped for. “Now, despite all the voluntary compliance, I have reached the conclusion that we have run out of the logic that allows us to proceed on that basis alone, and that we must enforce certain restrictions to protect the public.”

The new rules took effect at midnight Friday, March 20. To date, there have been no known cases of the coronavirus within the City of Tucker.
Join Us Online
Tuesdays with Pastor Gerald
Tuesdays @ 12:00 noon

This Tuesday 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 You Can Help Others
A Message From Pastor Anne
As you know, in the coming weeks we are having to adjust the ways we connect with each other in light of COVID-19. One of the concerns that has been weighing on my heart is how we will reach out to those in our congregation who rely on church for social connection, those who are most at risk because of age or preexisting conditions, those who are not connected to the internet and anyone else who is at risk of being extremely isolated during this time. I’m writing to ask for your help in two ways.

  • Please send me a list of anyone the congregation who may fit this description and would benefit from regular phone calls and/or cards and other encouraging mail.

  • Also send me a list of anyone you think would be willing to make phone calls or “adopt” a member or members to reach out to over this time period. 

My goal is to create a team of volunteers that will each be given a few names to call a minimum of once a week. Our Care Team has agreed to step up their efforts with sending cards. Also, Mimi Sanders is organizing ways for the children to send pictures and cards to our church family members who could use the extra attention. 

Please contact Pastor Anne Cumings at anne.cumings@ngumc.net with the names in our congregation that would benefit from this ministry and those who may be willing to help.

Thank you all for helping with this effort. As always, please be in touch if you have any questions or need some extra care yourself.  Pastor Anne
How You Can Help Lunch Buddys
Our Lunch Buddys program will be taking sack lunches to the children at the Tucker Mobile Home Park during the Gwinnett "Spring Break" is March 30-April 3.

Additionally, since schools are closed, a small part of the mission team began delivering lunches sack lunches to the mobile home park starting last Monday.
 
If you would like to volunteer to pack and deliver the sack lunches during "Spring Break", you can sign up by going to https://tinyurl.com/lunchbuddysspring2020 .

If you would like to help pack and deliver the lunches for March, please contact Robin Pounds at robinpounds631@gmail.com or call 404-918-0069.
Tucker First has agreed to be an emergency Red Cross Blood Drive location. The Red Cross has implemented process changes to ensure required social distancing, which mean fewer person per drive and therefore the need to host more blood drives.

To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: tuck1umc .

Red Cross Emergency Blood Drive
Tucker First United Methodist Church Activities Center
4315 Church Street, Tucker, GA 30084
Wednesday, April 1 from 2:30 - 7:30 pm

We are also hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 26, but all the slots are filled up - 33 volunteers! We hope to host more blood drives for the community. P{lease note: volunteers are needed for both blood drives.
Volunteers Needed for Blood Drives
Volunteers needed to help with the blood drive. only two volunteers at a time needed.

Sign up by clicking on the Sign-Up Genius logo.
NETWorks Changes in Response to COVID-19
Networks Logo
As of March 18, NETWorks has moved to an all outdoor distribution method with pre-packed bags of grocery items. Hours remain the same, Wednesday/Friday/Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Many of their regular volunteers are self -isolating and volunteers from low risk groups are needed to help pack and distribute bags of groceries. No experience necessary; training will be provided. 



You must sign-up in advance to volunteer; walk-in volunteers will be unable to serve as Networks is closely managing volunteer numbers to maintain social distancing.
From the Church Office
Submit Your Prayer Requests Online
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..
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How Did You Give Today?
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.
The church office is operating normal business hours. If you have a need, prayer concern, question, or wish to talk to a pastor, please do not hesitate to contact the office or a staff member.
Tucker First Weekly News is a publication of Tucker First United Methodist Church.
 
Tucker First UMC
5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084
770-938-3030
Church Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Closed on Fridays