Senoia United Methodist Church....A Missional and Discipling Congregation 
The Weekly Connection 
July 8, 2021
In this edition of the Weekly Connection:

  • Worship Information
  • Worship Times
  • Link to the Order of Worship for Sunday
  • Video of Last Sunday's Service
  • Blessing of the Schools and Backpacks

CIA: Mission & Outreach
  • Teacher Breakfast
  • I-58 Mission:
  • School Supply Drive
  • July Updated!

Connexion Groups, Team News & Spiritual Growth
  • Wednesday Night Suppers
  • Upper Room Connexion Group
  • Bible Study - Mark
  • Our Hymn - A Closer Look: "This is a Day of New Beginnings"

  • Our Financial Stewardship
  • SUMC Online Giving
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Staff
Sunday, July 4, 2021
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Communion Sunday

Proverbs 3:1-7

Sunday, July 11, 2021
7th Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 4:20-27

Please observe social distancing and please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. Visit the CDC site for more information:
Worship Notes:

Sunday Worship Services in the Sanctuary:  
In person at 9:30 
11:00AM either in person or on Facebook Live

10:00AM Adult Sunday School

Our 9:30am service is a 30 minute service, more contemplative in nature.
Our 11:00am service provides another opportunity to worship
in the traditional setting with the talents of our gifted musicians.
Children and Youth Sunday School will resume at the beginning of the school year
Or mail your offering to: Senoia UMC, P.O. Box 98, Senoia, GA 30276
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.
Worship Last Sunday
CIA: Missions and Outreach
New School Year Teacher Breakfast
Start of the New School Year Teacher Breakfast

Every year Senoia UMC provides a local school with a Teacher Breakfast. This outreach effort is always well received and greatly appreciated. We need volunteers to make this a success again this year. We also need 5 fruit bowls to serve.

We need folks to pick up the food and set it upPlease let either Jon Morris or Jean Cotton know if you can help. Watch your email and the Weekly Connection for the exact date, which will fall in the first week of August.
We will be open for deliveries Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 to 3:00.

We will be closed next week for renovations.
Time to Collect School Supplies
This month please bring in school supplies for children in need in our area. We are helping The I-58 Mission collect supplies for the coming school year. Please leave them in our I-58 box in the Fellowship Hall. 


Composition Notebooks (wide ruled)           
yellow #2 pencils (sharpened)
glue sticks                                                                               
plastic folders with pockets
blunt tipped scissors (Fiskars)                       
pencil box
highlighters - medium tip                              
small pencil sharpener (that holds shavings)
black dry erase markers                                     
Personal hand sanitizer
Plastic folders with prongs and pockets (1-red, 1-yellow, 1-green) 
Mead Composition Journals                                                 
wide-ruled notebook paper
spiral notebook (wide ruled, 70 pages)                         
24 count crayons                                                                
12 count colored pencils 
large pink eraser (not pencil toppers)                                              
Other: paper towels, Band aids, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, baby wipes, facial tissues, disinfectant spray, all size zipper bags


I-58 takes donations Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10-2.


Take it to the church office.
If the church office is not open you may leave your donations
on Ashley's porch.
Connextion Groups, Team News
and Spiritual Growth
Summerama: We wrap up Tuesday, July 13. The theme is Miracles in the Bible. The day will begin with Bible story time with Miss Jean and include outdoor games, art, science time, hand chimes and lunch! We will end our day with a “journey” to Beeze Freeze. To be sure we have the supplies needed and lunch please register through Lee, Nancy or Barb in the church office.

 If you would like to help sponsor our July Summerama trip to Beez Freeze, the Art project or Science project, please email the office at, give at Sunday worship, or give online at and select VBS Summerama from the drop down box.
Wednesday Night Suppers will resume in September.

Here's the catch...volunteers are needed for cooking teams, for clean-up, for ordering and picking up catered meals, etc. No one person can do it all, but several together can!

The more helping hands that volunteer, the lighter the load for all and, on a more frequent basis, we can have supper together. To borrow words from The Rev. Dr. Terry E. Walton, "You were correct mom and dad…'Can’t never could do nothing.' "

Let Barb know if you can assist. A WNS calendar will be available mid-August.
Bible Study with Barb

Bible Study with Barb continues on Wednesday evening, July 14, at 7:00 . We meet either in person in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom.

We are now halfway through our study on the Gospel of Mark, as we read and discuss chapters 9 & 10. We’ll read about the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, with only Peter, James, and John with him. Jesus speaks again two times about his imminent death, in preparing the disciples how they are to continue his ministries after his death. It is in these chapters that Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me.” 

It’s not too late to join us! For that matter, it’s never too late to study the Bible more and this is a great group and place to do so. Call or text me/Barb if you have any questions. I’m hoping to see you on the 14th!

Join Zoom Meeting
Password: ashley
Meeting ID: 196 787 919


Upper Room Connexion Group

I (Barb) have a challenge for all of you: pick up your copy of The Upper Room devotion booklet and join other members of your church family on Wednesday morning, July 14, at 10:30 in the JOY Room, off the narthex for the Upper Room at SUMC Connexion Group.

It’s as simple as that! And if you take me up on this challenge, I guarantee you that you will have a wonderful time! We meet for one hour for fellowship and devotion-sharing. Come check it out! That’s my challenge for you! Call or text me/Barb with questions! 

P. S. Copies of the new Upper Room devotional booklet for July and August are now available, once again in the narthex or the Fellowship Hall.  

Our Hymn - A Closer Look
“This is a Day of New Beginnings”
Brian Wren
UM Hymnal, No. 383

This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone. *

Brian Arthur Wren (b. 1936) provides an account of the composition of this text in notes provided in one of the collection of his texts, Faith Looking Forward (1983). The hymn was “written for a New Year’s Day service [1978] at Holy Family Church, Blackbird Leys, Oxford. In itself, the new year is an arbitrary convention, its “newness” a mere mark on the calendar. The recurrent awakening of life in nature is not a strong enough foundation for hope of real change. Yet by faith in the really new events of the Christian story, a day, or a month, or an hour can become charged with promise, and be a springboard to a changed life.”
The hymn is appropriate for any time that the church, the congregation, or an individual discerns the need to make a fresh start in faith. Stanza one appeals to us to “lay . . . to rest the pain that’s gone.” Stanza two reminds us that the life and death of Christ made it possible for all to have a new beginning as “faith and hope are born again.
Stanza three draws upon 2 Corinthians 5:16-17: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV) In the spirit of this passage, Dr. Wren asks us to . . . leave behind.
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.

United Methodists first encountered the hymn in Hymnal Supplement II (1984). The editors, in preparation for this publication, requested that the author change the original first line from an interrogative form—“Is this a day of new beginnings?”—to the declarative statement that now begins the hymn. According to UM Hymnal editor, the Rev. Carlton Young, the poet also unified the text on a single theme by eliminating some of the original hymn and making a few other subtle changes.

As one of the leading hymnwriters of our time, Dr. Wren has contributed more hymns to the UM Hymnal (1989) than any other hymnwriter currently living. This text is supported by a melody composed by Dr. Young (b. 1926), one of the leading tune writers of this day.

Dr. Young, a composer of anthems, cantatas and hymn tunes, is unusually versatile in his eclectic choice of musical styles. He describes the musical origins of this tune Beginnings written for this text as well as explicit instructions for how it is to be sung: “The tune’s parallel and altered harmonies are in the style of a 1930s warm, Broadway ballad. It was written in 1983 for Dr. Wren’s original text in which the first two stanzas are questions. To accommodate the questions as well as the answers, the composer ended all stanzas except the last on a dominant V [most hymn tunes end on the tonic or home chord]. The tune should not be sung any faster than the quarter note = 110. At the last ending the singers may choose to sing any note in the Eb chord, holding it indefinitely without accompaniment.”

Thus the hymn of “new beginnings” is set to a fresh and unexpected tune that swings with the energy of a Broadway ballad.

© 1983, 1987 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Dr. Hawn is professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology.
Our Financial Stewardship
Thank you for your faithful giving.

We are able to accept credit and debit cards online at:

It is super easy. We want to encourage you not to go into credit card debt
but wanted to offer a convenient way to support your church.
Sunday 7/11
9:30am Worship
10:00am Adult Sunday School
11:00am Worship & Facebook Live
 Tuesday 7/13
9:00am Summerama

Wednesday 7/14
10:30am Upper Room
Devotional Study
7:00pm Bible Study with Barb
Thursday 7/15
7:00pm AA

Rev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor 

Barb Combs, Director of Programs

Jim Preece, Organist/Choir Master 

Lee Berry, Administrative Assistant & Finance Secretary 

Bereatha Brooks, Nursery Coordinator 

Polly Watson, Housekeeping 

Gail Noble and John Felbinger, A/V Technicians

Jon Morris, Facebook Live Technician

Office Email:
(770) 599-3245

Office Hours:
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-3

You are kindly requested to wear a mask
upon entering the building
if you are not vaccinated.
Thank you.