Ice Cream Social Enjoyed By All

Pat Shaver won the Golden Schoop award. She used her friend Diane's recipe and brought her to the ice cream social!

We love our volunteers and they love ice cream! Thank you. 

This is Pastor Gerald shamelessly hawking extra tickets to benefit the Good Samaritan Fund. A total of $285 was raised through the sale of the extra tickets. 

Tucker First UMC Weekly News

August 6, 2022

Sunday, August 6 | 11:00 am

Youth Sunday

"Walk By Faith"

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Olivia Heck, Guest Speaker

We invite you to worship in person or via our live stream over the church's YouTube channel. All worship service videos and live-streamed service links are on the church website or the Tucker First UMC YouTube channel.

Tucker First UMC Website
Tucker First UMC YouTube

News and Notes

Our Future with the UMC Information Sessions

As a follow-up to our spring conversations, Tucker First will hold three informational sessions on the options available to congregations amid the ongoing denominational divide regarding the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ clergy and congregants. These sessions are intended to provide clear information about the policies and procedures laid out by the North Georgia Annual Conference and the full range of possibilities for Tucker First as a local congregation.


Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. We will have guest speakers offering different perspectives at the first two sessions. The third session will be a wrap-up time facilitated by our church leadership.


  • August 25 | Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas, District Superintendent for the Central South District

  • September 1 | Dan Parr, Lay Member at Dahlonega UMC

  • September 8 | Summary and Next Steps


Church congregants are invited to submit questions ahead of time for our guest speakers to consider and respond to during their presentations. No additional questions will be taken from the floor after the presentation from each speaker.


Please submit your questions by email to Stephanie Shanholtzer at, by dropping them off at the church office, or by placing them in the drop box located in the narthex. 

Our Future

with the UMC

Information Sessions

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

August 25

Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas

District Superintendent

Central South District

September 1

Dan Parr

Lay Member

Dahlonega UMC

September 8

Summary and Next Steps

Meal Train for Lynn Urda

Lynn Urda has been in the hospital and is now recovering at home from a lung procedure. Please sign up to provide a meal to the Urdas as Lynn recuperates at home. You can also give GrubHub gift cards through the Meal Train sign-up.

Click on the Meal Train logo to sign up. 

Meal Train for

Lynn Urda

Open Door Sunday School

Begins New Book Discussion

You are most welcome to join the book review of Jesus, the Stranger. The Man from Galilee and The Light of the World.

This book is a laity focus on Jesus’ humanity in a way that looks at the numerous oppositional characters and groups reported in the gospels, the hometown folks, family members, religious leaders, and politicians. We’ll take a close-up view of the parts and, on the whole, the grand theme. 

The Open Door Sunday School class meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in room 209.

Questions? Please contact Joe Kilpatrick at

The Open Door Sunday School class meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in room 209.

Summer Heat Got You Low?


Lift your spirits by attending the 2022 Women’s “Mini-treat” Retreat on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Jenkins Hall. The study focus is “Walk With God's Love and Know Your Are Beloved” with a scripture backdrop of 1 John 3:1.


The program includes fun moments, hymn singing, and sharing with those who care. We will eat lunch together, and we invite you to bring a salad to share. Please register by contacting Patti Rioux at patti.rioux@comcast.nett

2022 Women's

"Mini-treat" Retreat


"Walk With God's Love and Know You Are Beloved"


Saturday, August 13

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please bring a salad to share.

Safe Sanctuaries Training in August

There will be two Safe Sanctuaries training sessions in August. The first is on Sunday, August 28 at 4:00 pm, and the next is on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Both sessions will be in Jenkins Hall.  

The Safe Sanctuaries program is a set of books and guidelines by the United Methodist Church to protect our children and youth from emotional and physical abuse while involved in a program at our church. All adults who work with children or youth need to be trained in Safe Sanctuaries. You must retake the class if your training is over two years old. The training is 1 1/2 hours long. 

Questions? Contact Mimi Sanders at

4:00 pm

Sunday, August 24

7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 30|

Bible Study on Romans

Pastor Anne will host an eight-week Bible study on the book of Romans. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in Room 206 starting September 6. 

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Pastor Anne at or (678) 325-4033

Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm

St. Hildegard Night at Tucker First

St. Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th-century writer, composer, theologian, preacher, herbalist, healer, and mystic. Learn about this incredible woman and let her inspire your faith life. We’ll listen to Hildegard’s music, taste one of her recipes, create a unique Hildegard craft, and leave with some Hildegard-inspired spiritual practices. 

To RSVP, please contact Pastor Anne at or (678) 325-4033.

St. Hildegard Night

Thursday, September 22

7:00 pm

Support the Good Samaritan Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund supports the emergency benevolence needs of members and neighbors in the community. Funds are used to provide Kroger gift cards that can be used for food or gas and emergency hotel stays. Currently, the funds have been depleted, and we cannot provide this assistance to those in need. Please consider supporting the fund. Donations can be placed in the labeled box found in the narthex, or you can give online or in the church office.   

Click on the link below to go directly to the Tucker First

online giving page. 

Good Samaritan Online

Youth Opportunities

2022-2023 Confirmation Class

Another Confirmation season at Tucker First is quickly approaching. Our next Confirmation classes begin on September 18, and we have a scheduled Confirmation Parent meeting on Tuesday, August 2. Dinner will be provided, and the tentative location is Enzo’s Pizza.


All middle school youth who have not been through confirmation are invited. Questions? Contact Chris Moss at 770-883-3095 or

Confirmation preparation is the act by which persons make their first public profession of faith. In this sense, they confirm their faith. Confirmation classes offer students time to learn more about the Christian faith and the United Methodist denomination they are a part of. 

At the end of the Confirmation season, they will have an opportunity to make that public profession. If your student has not been baptized, this is a great opportunity to do so before they receive full membership into the United Methodist Church. 

Acolyte Sign-Up and Training in August

On Sunday, August 21, there will be an acolyte lunch in Jenkins Hall following the 11:00 am worship service. We invite all current acolytes and those wishing to become an acolyte to attend. Following lunch, there be training in the Sanctuary which will include baptism, communion, and gospel procession procedures. This program is open to all children and youth in the fourth grade through high school. 

Question? Please contact Mimi Sanders at

Missions Opportunities

Networks Logo

United Methodist Men Asking For

Clothing Donations

Our United Methodist Men will work at the Northlake Clothes Closet on August 10. They are asking for clothing donations (see the list on the right column. The donations can be placed in Room 209 any time between now and August 10. 

Donations for Northlake

Clothes Closet

A ministry of NETWorks.

Tennis Shoes - Any Size

Men's Shirts - Small

Men's Pants - Any Size

Men's Belts - Any Size

Blood Drive Volunteers and Blood Donors Needed for Next Blood Drive

Show the best of yourself and human kindness, and donate blood in August. Our next Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Thursday, August 11, from 2:30 – 7:30 pm in the Wesley Center.


​Blood donors can sign up using the green "Donate Blood" button and the site code TUCK1UMC.


Volunteers are needed to greet donors and manage the snack table. The volunteer shifts are two hours each. Touch the green button on the right marked "Volunteer Sign Up."


Questions? Contact Evelyn Burkett at or 404-727-1582 if you have any questions.

Volunteer Sign Up

Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, August 11

2:20 - 7:30 pm

Wesley Center

Donate Blood

School Supplies Thank You

Wow, church! Thank you from the Tucker First United Women in Faith for supporting our school supplies project! Your generous donations were gratefully received by staff from Idlewood Elementary School, Tucker Middle School, and Wellroot just in time for the start of school here in DeKalb. 

Ms. Elder, Ms. Hall and Dr. Brown from Idlewood Elementary

Ms. Croutch from Tucker Middle School counseling office

Ms. Berto from Wellroot and Liz Grizzard from Tucker First UWF

Breast Cancer Pillow Workshop

Wednesday, August 17

Breast Cancer Pillow Workshop

Thursday, September 15

Great Day of Service 2022

Saturday, September 24

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