Worship May 15, 2022
Scripture: Psalm 84:1-12 NRSV
Sermon: Not Once!
Not once has God ever stopped loving us. Not once has God ever withheld anything good from those who love Him. That alone is reason enough to worship and praise the Lord.
One of the oldest sayings I can remember is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m sure there are people who can argue the absence or validity of this statement and I am not going there, but I get it. As Christians we have ALL been changed by the love and blood of Jesus Christ, and the difference He makes in our lives must be seen and experienced through us. We have all seen many changes during our years on this earth, but the one very constant in our life is God Almighty. We have all broken promises or failed to be kind or didn’t show mercy at some point in our lives – possibly even today. But not God! Not once! Christian singing group Sanctus Real put out a song last year called My God is Still the Same and it perfectly states what I’m thinking. “When did He break His promise? When did His kindness fail? Never has, never will. My God is still the same. When did He lose His power? When did His mercy change? Never has, never will. My God is still the same. Not once did He ever stop moving. Not once has He ever let go. Not once did He ever stop proving our God is in control.” God’s promises are real and I can fully and honestly say that He has never broken one of His promises to me. Not once!
 
In our scripture reading for this Sunday from Psalm 84 we are told that God has never withheld any good thing from those who love Him and walk with Him. So if you want to experience God’s promises, then walk with Him every day because, as the psalmist tells us, God bestows favor and honor upon us when we do. Sounds like a perfect plan.
 
Remember, God loves you and so do I.
Pastor Eddie
Attention all 2022 High School Graduates!
Graduates Breakfast Party
When: Sunday, May 29th 10am
Where: NFUMC Student Ministry Room #1 downstairs. 
For more information, contact: robert@norcrossfirst.org
See Robert (robert@norcrossfirst.org) for more info or to sign up!
Administrative Council
All 2022 leadership are encouraged to attend and all church members are invited to attend an administrative council meeting on May 23 at 7pm in the Chapel.
Norcross Community Market is Back!
The Norcross Community Market runs every Wednesday now through August! Be sure to support our local farmers and vendors at this wonderful weekly event!

Help our Brothers and Sisters in Ukraine!
Gifts to support humanitarian needs for those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries can be made through UMCOR international disaster response.
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers are compassionate, full of faith, skilled in listening, and trustworthy followers of Jesus who are available to help you through a difficult time in your life. Call  Murlene Dubay (770/449-1478) or Brenda Westmoreland (770/633-5645) to talk about receiving a caregiver.
Norcross First Preschool
Tell your friends, families, neighbors, co-workers... Whoever! Norcross First's Preschool is registering for the 2022-2023 school year! Contact Beth at beth@norcrossfirst.org for more info.
Help spread the word- flyers are in the narthex at the church, or we can email you a digital copy! Advertising in neighborhood newsletters is a great way to reach the community!
We are hiring Preschool teachers for the fall!
If you have a heart for little ones, this job is for you!
NORCROSS FIRST UMC PRESCHOOL hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 - 1:30.
We generally follow the Gwinnett County School calendar, Sept-May.
For more information call: 678-533-1321
Jet Set Monthly Meeting
May 18 | 11am | Fellowship Hall

Come join us for our May meeting, program, and meal. Our program will be a presentation by Terri Hoye regarding The Alliance of Norcross - Peachtree Corners. Come and find out more how The Alliance is coordinating lots of local missions’ efforts in our immediate area.

We are fortunate to be able to continue our celebrated covered dish lunch.  Please bring a salad, vegetable, entrée, or dessert to share.  Beverages will be provided. While this is a senior oriented group, you do not need to be of retirement age to join in our meetings and activities. Invite a friend as a guest to experience the fun and fellowship. We look forward to seeing everyone as we learn more about stepping out of the boat.
JetSet
Jet Set is on the go again!
Join us for a bus trip to Memphis, TN September 26 - 30, 2022!
 
While in Memphis, we will visit Graceland, including Airplanes and Car Museum. We will have a guided tour of Memphis, including free time on Beale Street. We will also visit Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. The cost of the trip includes 4 nights lodging in and 8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners, and entrance for all of the attractions.
 Cost of the trip is $575 per person, double occupancy, the trip protection plan will be $48. Single occupancy will be $755 with the trip protection plan at $72. Deposit of $75 will be due on May 15. With the remainder of trip price and protection plan due on July 17. Trip Protection Plan is not required, it is recommended in case you need to cancel. You will need to sign release of liability and waiver of legal rights - COVID-19. 
 For further information or to book your trip, please contact Beverly Roylston (bevroy50@yahoo.com) or Marilyn Lewis (marilynlewis5620@gmail.com) 
 We have fliers for both the trip and protection plan, if you would like more information please ask for them. We will have them available on Sunday morning and at Jet Set meeting. Hope to have you join us on this fun trip.
Adult Sunday School Offerings
WEEKDAY DAYTIME BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

JOY has concluded their current study and will take a break until August 3.
Watch for more information on the next study topic. Enjoy a safe and happy summer break!
Contact Bobbye Raye Kennison for more information.
Weekly Men’s Study

** The Men's Bible Study will be taking a break from the weekly study schedule starting the week of May 16 and extending through July. We anticipate resuming our weekly study schedule at Berkeley Hills CC on August 4.** 

Contact Tom Waits – waitsengrg@charter.net - for more information.
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.
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
Contact Nancy Garrison in the Church Office with financial inquiries– 
nancy@norcrossfirst.org or 770-448-4142 x114
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