The Open Door Sunday School class meets regularly by Zoom and in-person on Sundays. After the class, the members stay to watch the 11:00 am worship service. Pictured right to left are Brad Bartlett, Dale Bartlett, Carolyn Matthews. Gordon Brandau, Benny Matthews, Carole Kilpatrick, and Vangie McKenzie. Not shown are Mark Hubener and Joe Kilpatrick. Class members via Zoom included Paul (teacher) and Liz Yeun, two international students, Neil and Vivian Nickelsen, and Tom and Karen Skoog. Additional members of the class not present are Charlene Hubener and Jimmy Sanders.
Tucker First UMC News
May 28, 2021
Worship at Tucker First
"Impossible Possibilities"

Sunday, May 30

Rev. Gerald Varner, Preaching

All worship service videos and live-streamed services are located on the church website or the Tucker First UMC YouTube channel.
COVID Guidelines For Worship
and Small Group Meetings
Our Health and Wellness Committee recently provided guidelines for worship services at Tucker First. This week, they have provided a guide for small group meetings, adult Sunday School meetings, and the church nursery. You can read all the changes and guidelines by clicking on the button below.
Only Friendly Smiles and
Warm Hearts Need Apply
In all our worship services, we want to welcome people with a friendly face and a warm heart, and that is where your help is needed. We would love to have you join us as we greet people at the door of the church and help check people in (temperature checks, hand out bulletins, etc.). To sign up for either Sunday worship service as a greeter, click on the button below. You may also volunteer by calling Dara Duggan at
Peace With Justice Sunday
Tucker First will observe a special offering this Sunday, June 30. Peace with Justice Sunday is a special offering Sunday of the United Methodist Church. When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical kingdom work in the world.

We will celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday as witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world. Additionally, United Methodist Annual Conferences retain 50% of monies collected on Peace with Justice Sunday for social justice ministries within the local conference.

Through your Faith Promise pledges and giving, you have already contributed to this offering. If you would like to give an additional donation, please mark the envelope or the memo line, “Peace With Justice.”
Tucker First News and Notes
Hollywood is at Tucker First
Tucker First UMC is the site of several film scenes for a new Showtime series, “The First Lady.” Our facilities will be in use by the production company May 27– 29 and, June 1-5.

If you come to the church during this time, please only use the church office entrance. All other entrances are being used by the production company.
Rock the Park in Lilburn!
Join your Tucker First family for outings of summer fun all summer long! In June, a group will be attending the Concert in the Park in Lilburn City Park on June 4 at 6:00 pm. The concert features Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac cover band. You can find out more information by clicking on the graphic. Watch for more activities including a trip to the Braves game in July and an ice cream social in August.
North Georgia Conference News
The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Conference Thursday, June 3 - Saturday, June 5.

The following persons will represent Tucker First at Annual Conference:

Clergy Delegates - Rev. Gerald Varner and Rev. Anne Cumings
Lay Delegates - Leigh Andersen and Joe Kilpatrick, Sr.
Central South District Delegates - Mimi Sanders and Chris Moss

You can click on the "Love Is" logo to go to the Annual Conference page of the North Georgia website. The conference will be virtual this year and a link to the Annual Conference will be provided on the North Georgia website (when available).
Congratulations to Joe Bishop who will turn 90 on June 5.

Congratulations to Bill & Peggy Wilson who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 25.
Joe Rioux - 2X Champ
Joe Rioux once again won the City of Tucker's golf league. He also won last year's league making him a two-time champion!
What is the Aldersgate Day?
Aldersgate Day is celebrated on May 24 to commemorate the day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced assurance of his salvation. Wesley reluctantly attended a group meeting that evening on Aldersgate Street in London. As he heard a reading from Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he felt his "heart strangely warmed."  

Wesley wrote in his journal that at about 8:45 p.m. "while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

His brother, Charles Wesley only a few days before had also had a conversion experience in a building that was in an adjacent block from Aldersgate. You can click on the image to read more about John Wesley's Aldersgate experience.
Children's Ministry News
In addition to the summer camps and workshops listed below, our Children's Ministry has a host of activities planned for kids this summer. Click on the button below to go to the children's ministry web page.
Tucker First UMC and several other UMC churches are sponsoring a series of family workshops to be hosted at Acworth UMC. The workshops are intended for the whole family, so your entire family is encouraged to attend together. The workshop topics include: Baptism, Prayer, Communion, and Scripture Study. Our own Mimi Sanders will be leading the workshop on Communion on June 27 at 6:00 pm. For more information or to sign up, click on the button below. Questions? Contact Mimi Sanders at
Register Online for VBS and Kid's Camps
The Tucker First Children's Ministry has put together a variety of short-term day camps for children and youth this summer. All camps and programs take place at Tucker First and the descriptions of the camp can be found by clicking the registration tabs of each camp (when available). Questions? Contact Mimi Sanders at

To sign up for any summer activity, click on the button below.
Mission Opportunities
Just Bakery Pop-Up
Tuesday, June 1
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Pre-orders can be made online until noon on May 31. Click on the graphic above.

Please note: Due to the movie crew being onsite, this month’s Just Bakery pop-up will be located on Fourth Street.
Will You Be a
Lunch Buddy Volunteer?

The Children First mission team needs volunteers to give out bagged lunches to children at Tucker Mobile Homes during weekdays of summer vacation from Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, July 30. If you are available to help from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, please sign up by clicking on the link below. Questions, contact Robin Pounds at 404-918-0069 or 
Church Office Notes
Intro to Tucker First Class
Pastor Gerald will be hosting, “One H.E.A.R.T. An Intro to Tucker First", every fourth Sunday at 9:30 am.The next meeting will be June 27 . Anyone interested in learning more about Tucker First is invited to attend this meeting,

Contact Pastor Gerald Varner at for more information.
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. The spotlight 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.
Prayer Requests

Our prayer ministry lifts your concerns in prayer. You can submit prayer requests by clicking on the green button 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 button below.

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 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

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.

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.
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Tucker First United Methodist Church
5095 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084