Our amazing youth packed 47 care packages, complete with hand written notes of encouragement, for our college age students and young adults. Already Chris Moss, Director of Youth and Young Adults, has been receiving thank you notes and emails from the recipients. The care packages were much large this year than in years past. The youth felt that the packages should be larger due to everything happening over the past 18 months. This project would not have been possible if church members had not donated over $500 in goods and financial assistance. Thank you, Chris Moss, our youth, and our sponsors.
Tucker First UMC Weekly News
September 23, 2021

11:00 am Worship

Rev. Gerald Varner, Preaching
Choir Dedication Sunday
All worship service videos and live-streamed services are located on the church website or the Tucker First UMC YouTube channel.
Join Us Every Week for
Sunday Night With The Table

Are you looking for a new in-person worship experience at Tucker First? Please join us for Sunday Night With The Table @ TuckerFirstUMC. The service will combine modern music with sacred rituals and focus on real relationships. The worship service will be on Sunday nights at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. Questions? Contact Anne Cumings at anne.cumings@ngumc.net.
Healing Service Every Second Sunday

We are all in need of healing at some point in our lives – physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Join us for a service of music, communion, and healing prayer every second Sunday at 7:00 pm in the Chapel.
News and Notes
Electronics Recycle Day This Saturday

We promise not to tell anyone how much old electronic stuff you have been hoarding.

As part of the Great Day of Service on Saturday, September 25, we will be having an electronics recycling event from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Volunteers will be on hand at the Wesley Center’s loading dock to help unload your electronics. Please do not drop off recycling items earlier in the week. A list recycled and non-recycled items are listed below. For a more complete list of recyclable items, go to

Accepted items for recycling include computers, flat screen computer monitors, laptops, tablets, fax machines, keyboards, copiers, mainframes, disk drives, LED lights/bulbs, cables, telephones, cell phones, VCRs, radios, cassette players, batteries, CD/DVD players, satellite dishes, telecommunication systems, iron, steel, and aluminum.

Items that are not accepted include hazardous materials (any infectious or pathological wastes), material that could pose an environmental or health problem, any equipment containing radioactive components, equipment containing asbestos or mercury, any CRT computer monitors, or TVs (old box type), flat screen LED/LCD televisions, large household appliances (refrigerators, ovens, stoves, dishwashers, washers, and dryers), lamps, and light bulbs.

Good News! The electronics recycling company will remove and shred all of the hard drives that come into the recycling event for free.
One H.E.A.R.T. An Intro to Tucker First This Sunday

Pastor Gerald hosts “One H.E.A.R.T. An Intro to Tucker First" every fourth Sunday at 9:30 am. The next one is this Sunday, September 26.

Anyone interested in learning more about Tucker First is invited to attend. Please contact Rev. Varner at gerald.varner@ngumc.net.
Christmas at Tucker Choir
Kickoff Rehearsal This Sunday

Christmas at Tucker is Tucker First's annual gift to the community. It is presented each December with special music and a wonderful drama.

If you are interested in singing in the choir, we invite you to come to a special choir rehearsal this Sunday, September 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Music Center. This is an opportunity for the choir to "dig in" to the music and get a good jump on singing the parts.

Additionally, the choir rehearses the Christmas at Tucker music every Wednesday night from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Music Center.

We would love to have you! If you are interested in participating, please contact Tom Moore at tom_moore@tfumc.org.
Children's Ministry Staffing
Kids Zone at Taste of Tucker

Once again, our Tucker First Children's Ministry will be staffing the Kids Zone at Taste of Tucker on Saturday, October 2 from 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm. Taste of Tucker is an annual street fair located on Tucker's Main Street. This family-friendly event allows you to sample food (with purchased tickets) from local Tucker restaurants and vendors.All proceeds from Taste of Tucker support NETWorks and Camp Kudzu.

Volunteers are needed in the Kids Zone to help with setup, supervise games and crafts, and assist with breakdown and cleanup. Each shift on the sign-up is for one hour. This year the Kids Zone activities include Putt-Putt, a giant Connect Four, Spinart and Sandart. To sign up, click on the button below. Questions? Contact Mimi Sanders at mimi_sanders@tfumc.org.
Everyone in the community is invited to a fun evening of music, games, free food and more on Friday, October 8 from 5:00 – 700 pm at Rehoboth Baptist Church. The event is hosted by the Tucker and North Central Precincts of the DeKalb County Police as well as local families of faith (Including Tucker First UMC). Rehoboth Baptist Church is located at 2997 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA
Blessing of the Animals

There will be a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 9 at 10:00 am in the Wesley Center back parking lot. Bring your furry, feathered, or scaly friends to receive a special blessing.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Shanholtzer at sshanholtzer@tfumc.org.
Safe Sanctuaries Training Session

Tucker First will host a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 pm in Jenkins Hall. All paid and volunteer workers with children and youth are required to be Safe Sanctuaries trained. This includes but is not limited to youth counselors, chaperones, Sunday School teachers, and home bound visitation volunteers. Please RSVP to Mimi Sanders at mimi_sanders@tfumc.org.
New Classes and Bible Studies
"Love Thy Neighbor"
New Adult Sunday School Class
Meet and Greet This Sunday

Are you looking for a new adult Sunday school class? This class will not only explore what it means to Love Thy Neighbor, but we will also focus on growing our faith through friendships in Christ. This class is suggested for people ages 30s-50s, married or single, parents or non-parents.

There will be a Meet and Greet that will include a light breakfast and an opening devotional this Sunday, September 26 at 10:00 am in the Chapel. Contact Beth Allen at ballen523@gmail.com or Stephanie Shanholtzer at sshanholtzer@tfumc.org if you have any questions.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:37-39
Working It Out, a Bible Study on James

Pastor Anne will lead a six-week Bible study looking at how the Letter of James calls us to actively live out our faith. The class will be on Monday nights in Jenkins Hall starting Monday, October 4 at 7:00 pm.

Contact Rev. Anne Cumings with questions or to RSVP for the class at anne.cumings@ngumc.net.
Ladies Evening Bible Group Studies Elijah

There will ladies evening Bible study beginning on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in room 202. The group (in-person and via Zoom) will be studying Elijah by Priscilla Shirer. It is a seven-week study, and you will need to purchase both the video bundle (watch on your own prior to the lesson) and the study guide.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, contact Becky Burnett at rsb1950@gmail.com.
We Are an Acts 1:8 Church
United Methodist Men Sponsoring Clothes Closet Workday

On Wednesday, September 29 @ 6:30 pm, our United Methodist Men (UMM) will be having a workday at the NETWork’s Clothes Closet located at the Northlake Church of Christ. Volunteers are needed to sort and arrange clothing so that local families can find the clothes they need.
Clothing Donations Needed
The UMM are asking for donations of slightly used clothing items. Most needed are clothes for infants, toddlers, youth, and teens as well as adults. This includes but is not limited to socks, underwear, shoes, gloves, and hats. All sizes are appreciated, but there is always a lack of smaller men's clothing. Winter clothing will be much appreciated in the coming month. Please bring all items to room 209 between now and September 29. If you have time to sort and label the items, it will help the UMM’s efforts.
Questions? Contact Andrew Carlton at adcarlton81@gmail.com.
Church Office Notes
Our New Online Giving App

Tucker First is pleased to announce we have an upgraded online giving app for church donations, gifts, tithes, and so much more!

Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called Vanco Mobile. This new mobile giving app will be replacing the GivePlus Mobile. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one-time donations or setup recurring gifts. Instructions are on the church website under the “Giving” tab. Please contact Cindy Petersiel at cpetersiel@tfumc.org or 678-325-4035 if you have questions or need assistance.
Sunday Nursery Workers Needed

Tucker First has a need for paid nursery workers on Sunday morning. A complete list of requirements and job responsibilities can be found on the church website at www.tuckerfirst.org.
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Please Wear Your Mask While at Tucker First

The CDC updated their COVID-19 guidance to protect people from the Delta variant and now recommends that everyone wear masks indoors in public buildings. DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties are experiencing transmission rates that reflect the CDC’s new recommendations.

We are requesting everyone honor the CDC's recommendation while inside the church buildings by wearing masks. At this time, we will also continue to sing while wearing masks and provide sections of the sanctuary where physical distancing is required in addition to masks. The CDC’s updated guidance can be found at
Did you know that you can download a weekly Spotlight from the Tucker First website?

The Spotlight includes a lot of the information found in the weekly newsletter, but also includes current prayer requests, weekly church calendar, and prayer emphasis. It is also easily printable for sharing.

Click on the graphic to go directly to the home page of the website and then click on Sunday News Spotlight.
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Tucker First United Methodist Church
5095 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084