Faith & Freedom Sunday
Worship June 28 at 11am

Scripture: John 14:1-6
Sermon: The Truth Will Set You Free

Remember:
Wear your Red White and/or Blue and your safety face mask!
If you would like, bring a flag to wave and a tambourine, or maracas to play along as we sing. If you have a loved one that has served in the military, bring an 8x10 copy of their picture to hold up as we honor the troops.
 
Don’t forget, in order to worship together, you must wear a safety mask at all times.

A little over three months ago things were somewhat “normal” in most of our lives. Things have changed quite a bit since then, and we have not been in our sanctuary in worship together since mid-March. We have had a few targeted return dates with June 28 th  being the longest standing possibility for our return to in-person worship. That is this coming Sunday, and we are going to open the doors of our sanctuary once again! I am very excited about this and about seeing those of you who will be coming as we worship God in His sanctuary together. We will only have our 11:00am worship services in the sanctuary, and in the chapel for our Hispanic worshippers. Sunday school and small groups should plan to continue meeting through Zoom or other means until further notice.
 
With this joyfulness and excitement about opening worship once again come some guidelines that must be followed. I have shared some of these guidelines with you in a previous email and asked if you would come to worship knowing and agreeing to follow these new rules. Some said yes and some said no and I respect your answers. If you will be joining us for worship this Sunday, the following guidelines must be followed:

1.    You must wear your masks the entire time you are here. This means you agree to wear it from the moment you step out of your vehicle until the moment you step back into your vehicle. It must be worn correctly the entire time as well, covering your mouth and nose. If you arrive and realize you forgot your mask, we have a limited number of masks available to give out as needed. I know it might be uncomfortable, but it is only for an hour or so, and it keeps everyone safe. I do want you to know I am kind of saying, “ Do as I say, not as I do .” I will have my mask on until I get in the pulpit area, but I will remove it to speak and lead the service. All of us who will be leading while in the pulpit area will be unmasked, but we will be far enough away and we believe this will still be safe.

2.    When you arrive, you will first be greeted outside the main church doors and you will be directed from there. These doors will be propped open at 10:30am and will remain that way until 11:00am. This is the only access to enter the building.

3.    Once you are inside, you will be directed to one of the three doors into the sanctuary and guided to a seat. Please sit where you are led. If you are a family of two or more from the same household, you can sit on a pew as close as you wish. If you are a single individual, then you will need to follow the social distancing markers found on each pew.

4.    The restrooms closest to the sanctuary, in the Hall of the Apostles, are available, but only one person will be allowed inside at a time. A volunteer will be there to help guide you. All other restrooms will be closed.

5.    We know you will be excited to see others, but please respect the social distance recommendations and do not hug or shake hands with anyone at any time while on the church campus.

6.    If you have a name tag please, please wear it. It will be hard to know who that masked man or woman is, so don’t leave your name tag in the car!

7.    Offering will not be taken during the worship service. Many of you have been mailing in your offering or have set it up as an automatic withdrawal through your local bank, and we are very thankful for your continued giving. If you wish to bring your offering, we will have offering baskets available as you exit the sanctuary. If you wish to place your contribution in an envelope, there will be some available for you on the table in the narthex outside the sanctuary. Please feel free to take home a handful of these envelopes for upcoming Sundays as well.

8.    There will be no nursery available. Children 2 years old or younger should not wear a mask, as recommended by the CDC. ALL other children must wear their mask the entire time.

9.    If you are not feeling well or if you have a fever over 99.9 degrees, then please stay home and take care of yourself. If it continues, please contact your doctor and let us know so we can be praying for you.
 
I know this is going to be different and perhaps a little uncomfortable, but it is my goal, hope, and prayer that we make sure to keep the main thing the main thing – worshipping and praising God as He deserves. Please join me in that prayer whether you are here on Sunday morning or decide to stay home. If you are not going to be with us in person, you can still enjoy the service by going to my Facebook page or the church’s Facebook page at 11:00am where we will share the service live on line. If you don’t have Facebook but are able to get on line through a computer or similar device, you can also do a Google search by typing Norcross First United Methodist Church Facebook in the browser, then click on the page option - Norcross First United Methodist Church - Home | Facebook - , scroll down to the June 28 th  service, and watch. (You will not need to create an account.)
 
One last thing I want to ask of you – be patient, understanding, and gracious. Ok, that’s three things, but so important as we attempt to figure out this “new normal” and as we cautiously, but faithfully, go forward in ministry together. I can hardly wait to be with you Sunday as we worship and praise God together.
 
Remember, God loves you and so do I.

-Pastor Eddie
Your staff is back working full hours in the
Office as of last Monday!
We are very thankful SPR allowed each of us to work remotely during the last 3 months. We are all healthy and happy to be able to return!
Practicing social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizing, and taking as many safety precautions as possible is part of the new routine.
On Monday, June 29, the Office will re-open for the general congregation as well, however…IF you need to come by, please call the office beforehand to let the staff be aware of your visit and be mindful of the expectations and guidelines being observed.

Andie Ashe – ext. 110 – Director of Communications
Anne Boshinski – no extension – Organist/Pianist
Beth Newton – ext. 121 – Weekday Preschool Director
Derek McCloud – no extension – Praise Team Worship Leader
Eddie Bradford – ext. 107 – Senior Pastor
Juan Quintanilla – ext. 117 – Associate Pastor – Hispanic Ministry
Lisa Knowles – ext. 106 – Campus Coordinator
Nancy Garrison – ext. 114 – Financial Director
Rachel Welch – ext. 118 – Director of Children’s Ministry
Rae Myles – ext. 108 – Director of Membership and Data Missions & Music Assistant
Robin Buschell – ext. 103 – Administrative Assistant to Clergy
Sandra Hunter – ext. 104 – Director of Student Ministry and Christian Education
Susan Farris – ext. 111 – Director of Music Ministry
 
You will be asked to sign in and note where you will be visiting so follow up disinfecting and cleaning can be done. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to serving you!
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
NFUMC Staff
Celebrate our 2020 Grads!
TODAY, June 26 | 7pm | Facebook
Please join us in celebrating our 2020 High School Graduates. Our annual Senior Celebration looks different this year as we are not in the same room enjoying a wonderful meal together. However, we do not want this very special group of Seniors to miss out on their time to be recognized and loved by our congregation. Please tune go to our Norcross First UMC facebook page and view our 2020 Senior Celebration tonight! Congratulations to our Class of 2020. You are loved!
FREE Fresh Food Distribution!
This drive up event is sponsored by the Norcross Lions Club and USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with the food distribution and information needs to be shared with our community for those who could benefit from receiving 20 pounds of free fresh produce!
Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity or know families who could benefit from this opportunity, please get involved, and share the word!

Saturday, June 27
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross

Volunteers report at 8am to assist with unloading produce and manning pick-up stations
Distribution begins at 10am, ending at 1pm
Social distancing, hand sanitizing, and masks will be enforced.

Interested volunteers please email Rae Myles by THIS Friday, June 26 for more specific details including parking and other important information.
Be blessed to be a blessing!
Yard Sale Benefitting Missions
Mark your calendar! The long-awaited YARD SALE is now scheduled for

Saturday, July 11
8am-12:30pm

Location will be the back parking lot and pavilion area. You may also shop during set-up on  Friday, July 10 from 11am-2pm.
 
Contact  Shelley Carr   and  Susan Arthur   with questions or donations.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
If you plan to participate in a National or International Mission trip in the next year, please contact Shelley and Susan to arrange a time to help out with the sale. Funds raised from these sales benefit mission teams so it's up to the team members to "pay it forward"!

Please Note:
All donations must be brought to the Garagemahal at the time specified by Susan and Shelley
With a Grateful Heart
Dear NFUMC,
God has blessed my family and me by allowing us to be in this place with Him and all of you.
Thank you for the love, support, visits, cards, calls and prayers throughout the years of Linda’s illness and her death.
Please continue to pray for my family and me.
Love,
Jimmy Garner and Family
Dear NFUMC,
There are not enough words to express how deeply grateful we have been for the overwhelming number of sweet sympathy cards we have received from our wonderful friends and prayer warriors at Norcross First after the passing of Susan’s dad!
The outpouring of love we have felt is truly amazing and has helped us so much during this difficult time.
Thanking God for all of you!
 
Susan and Ricky Busbee
And the Whole Henry Family
Ongoing Ministries
JOY Bible Study
( J ust O lder Y outh)
JOY is now meeting via conference call each Wednesday
(no Jet Set at this time). Call 205-825-9243 just before 10AM to join us for a devotional, prayer and a time of
connecting with one another.
Plans are for JOY to continue meeting weekly via conference call thru the summer months. JOY welcomes any ladies who would like to connect with our group,
Contact  Bobbye Raye Kennison  for more information.
Senior Men's Bible Study
Thursdays weekly | 11:45am 
Study on 1 and 2 Corinthians.

The Men’s study is meeting online on Thursdays. Contact Tom Waits for details on how YOU can be involved. 
There is Power in Prayer!
We want to pray for you and your concerns and needs, and invite you to pray as well! If you would like to receive a weekly prayer list, or be included in the prayer email chain, please email  prayers@norcrossfirst.org 
These requests can be private, shared only with the Pastor/staff, or public, shared with pray-ers within our congregation.

Believers Praying
At this time the group is not meeting, but continues
to faithfully pray.
Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must be received by Noon Monday weekly. Email Andie Ashe: communications@norcrossfirst.org

*Other ministry areas have their own individual newsletters, which are accessible through our website, or by signing up with the ministry area.*