#1. Worship This Week
This Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 9:15 am and 11:00 am
Sermon Series: "Dear Church"
This Week's Sermon: A Word of Wisdom by Pastor Jeremy Lawson
Scripture: James 1:19-25 (NIV)

One of the first things you notice when you read the Letter of James is that it’s chock full of pastoral wisdom. That’s because what James wanted his congregation to understand is how to live out their Christian faith in real and practical ways. So, what about when we find ourselves in the midst of an argument or debate? As Christians, how do we love our neighbors even when we disagree with them? Today, we’ll look at some of the most powerful advice James has to offer: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

Both our 9:15 am and 11:00 am services will also be available via live stream. You can find us at hmumc.org/live, YouTube, or Facebook Live.

We look forward to seeing you then!
#2. Kids Musical TONIGHT
Join Us for the Kids Choir Spring Musical 
"The Choir Rehearsal...It's More Than Just Singing"
TONIGHT at 6:30 pm

We are so excited that our Kids Choir Spring Musical is BACK!

Please join us TONIGHT at 6:30 pm as our Kids Choir presents "The Choir Rehearsal...It's More Than Just Singing", written and arranged by our very own Mr. John Ryan and directed by Mrs. Donna Locke, Mrs. Christy Lueke, Mr. John Ryan and on piano, our very own Mrs. Judy Spears. Light refreshments will be served after.

This is going to be such a special evening filled with joyful singing and adorable children. Don't miss it!

Note the Nursery will be available for Children Pre-K and under
#3. URGENT Pantry Need
Please consider signing up for SATURDAY MORNINGS!

We continue to see sustained growth at the Pantry and continue to serve close to 600 families each week and unfortunately, our volunteer count continues to decline. Our regular volunteers are overworked and exhausted. We NEED YOU! If you've even thought about giving us a few hours on a Saturday morning, now is the time!

We promise you will have fun serving others AND it only takes a few hours on a Saturday morning so you can enjoy the rest of your day. The time is minimal but the reward is GREAT!

#4. Starting Point This Sunday
Starting Point Orientation Class
Sunday, May 15th from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Starting Point is our orientation class for people who are considering membership, whether you’re brand new to Hamilton Mill UMC or you’ve been here for a while!

We invite you to join us for a meet & greet with our pastors (dessert and coffee will be served). Our next Starting Point is scheduled for THIS Sunday from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

#5. Memorial Day
Memorial Day/Poppy Sunday
May 29 at 9:15 am and 11:00 am

Join us for Memorial Day Sunday/Poppy Day! On Sunday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day, our Military Support Group will distribute bright red poppies for a donation to support their efforts throughout the year.

If you're not familiar, our MSG supports several military foundations across North Georgia including the Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter, home repairs and habitat build for a veteran family, blankets for our veterans in assisted living in partnership with The Deaton Creek Military Support Group, home repair for a single amputee in partnership with The Gary Sinise Foundation and more.

We'd love to have others join our MSG team and they are looking to add more events throughout the year! More announcements will be made on Memorial Day Sunday!

If you are a church member and are a veteran or currently serving, or know someone who is, please let us know by clicking here.
#6. Kids Ministry & VBS News
Hey Kids! We have so much in store for you each week in Kids Ministry!
Please see below for all things happening and our volunteer/supply needs for upcoming events! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 9:15 am and 11:00 am!

We can't wait to see you soon!

Many Blessings,
Traci Lowry
Director of Kids Ministry

Learn more at hmumc.org/kids
2022 Vacation Bible School - June 6-10 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Supply List Now Open for Donations

We are getting so excited for VBS 2022 and are so grateful for all the community does for our VBS Program!

Our Physical Supply list is now OPEN - please consider purchasing an item off of our physical supply list so our volunteers can bring the joy of Jesus to these campers each day!

You can find the supply list here You can drop off the supplies at the Church at anytime. We need all supplies by next Sunday, May 22nd.

Please note that we are at camper capacity pending additional Adult Volunteers for VBS 2022. Adults, please consider being a crew leader this year! We promise you will LOVE the experience.

We do have a camper waitlist so please be sure to put your child's name on that waitlist. If you volunteer, your child is guaranteed a spot but please be sure to add them to the waitlist and then notify Traci Lowry via email at traci.lowry@hmumc.org to move them off the waitlist.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to VBS, please click here. Please select "VBS Donations" under "funds".

Learn more at hmumc.org/vbs

We are Hiring an Assistant Director of Kids' Ministry
Part-Time Role (20-25 hours per week)

The Assistant Director of Kids Ministry is responsible for attendance, Kids worship and small group supply preparation, and assisting in the implementation of Sunday morning small group and Wednesday night children’s programming. For seasonal special events, the Assistant is responsible for recruiting team members and executing event plans. The Assistant Director will also be responsible for staffing and providing guidance to the Nursery Ministry of HMUMC. The Assistant provides direct support to the Director of Kids Ministries and the KidsMin Council. The person in this role is to be an integral part of the Family Ministries team. 

If interested email communications@hmumc.org
Learn more at hmumc.org/employment
Special Needs Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers who can help lead and support our Special Needs Sunday School Class on Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am. This is an outstanding ministry that brings joy to so many families each week. No special training or experience is required - just patience, compassion, love, and respect for ALL of God’s children!

For more information please contact traci.lowry@hmumc.org.

#7. Student Ministry
Hey, Student Min Parents and Students!
Here's what's happening in Student Ministry:

Upcoming Events:
  • Come Grill and Chill with us TONIGHT at 6:30! TONIGHT from 6:30-8 pm we will meet in the lower parking lot (by the basketball goal) for burgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks, and an hour and a half of games and hang out time! Come and just chill and take a break from your studies!

  • This Sunday we look forward to seeing our students in worship at 9:15 and with us in the Student Center at 11:00! At 11:00, we will be talking about "Finishing Well" and will be using 1 Corinthians 9:24 as our guide - the bottom line message is "It's worth the hard work to finish well." We are here for the students as this finish the school year strong!

Our summer calendar is now available and REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Learn more and sign up at hmumc.org/students
Be sure to join us all summer long!

Be sure to check out our weekly newsletter to learn all about the fun we have in Student Ministry!

We are always here if you need us!

David Benson - david.benson@hmumc.org
Heather McCreary - heather.mccreary@hmumc.org

Learn more about all of this and more at hmumc.org/students
#8. Farewell to the Lawson Family
Join Us As We Wish the Lawsons Farewell
Sunday, June 5th Between Services

Let's gather together to thank the Lawson family as they make the transition to Athens First United Methodist Church. Pastor Jeremy's last sermon will be on Sunday, June 5th so we will recognize and celebrate them that day. We will have light refreshments and an opportunity to visit with them and leave them words of encouragement and remembrance as they make the transition.

Additionally, we are taking up a Love Offering for the Lawson family starting today through Monday, June 6th. You can make a non-deductible offering to them by writing "Lawson Family" on the memo line of your check, indicating "Lawson Family" on the offering envelope, or give online and selecting "Staff Gift/Love Offering" when indicating a fund.

We appreciate everything you continue to do to support and love on Pastor Jeremy during his final weeks with us at HMUMC.

#9. Get to Know Pastor Wendy
Get to Know The Reverend Dr. Wendy Jones

As you know, Pastor Jeremy and his family will be transitioning to Athens First United Methodist Church in July. We will be welcoming Dr. Wendy Jones and her family to HMUMC on Sunday, July 10th.

Our team is hard at work making sure both Pastor Jeremy and Pastor Wendy go through a smooth transition. We hope everyone will come to celebrate Pastor Jeremy and his family on Sunday, June 5th.

In the meantime, we want HMUMC to get to know more about Wendy and her family. Each week in May, we will be sharing some "fun facts" about Pastor Wendy.

If Pastor Wendy could spend a day doing what she loves most, she would spend it reading and hanging out with friends and family at the beach! She also loves watching her daughter Iliana play volleyball!

Her favorite part of ministry is the people! She loves helping people experience God’s love. She loves standing with and for people - as we follow Jesus. She loves helping people participate in their relationship with God and seeing them grow.

She also loves preaching and proclaiming God’s word. And she loves walking with others - as they grow into the person and the purpose for which God created them! 

She is so looking forward to getting to know the people of HMUMC and partnering with the staff, leaders, and congregation to do life and ministry together so that Jesus might be made known to those who are hurting. 
She is passionate about sharing and proclaiming the good news of Jesus because Jesus has been so good to her.

Look for more insight in the coming weeks in the weekly Top Tens as we get a chance to get to learn more about Wendy and her family! We can’t wait to welcome them to HMUMC!

#10. Preschool Updates
Preschool Updates
Now Hiring a Music Teacher

Our award-winning Preschool is looking for a music teacher to teach our 2-5-year-old classes weekly 8:30 am -1:00 pm three mornings a week as well as create and direct our Christmas and Spring programs.

For more information or to apply, please send a resume to our HMUMC Preschool Director, Ms. Jennifer Markham at jennifer.markham@hmumc.org

We've had an amazing year in the Preschool and look forward to a great 2022-2023 school year starting September 6th!

We do have some openings in our one-year classes, 12-18 month classes with birthdays between 3/2/2021 and 8/31/2021 and our 19-23 month classes with birthdays 9/1/2020 and 2/28/2021. We also have spots in our five-year-old class with birthdays 9/1/2016 - 8/21/2017.

For more information about our preschool program please visit hmumc.org/preschool

  • May 11- Kids Spring Musical at 6:30
  • May 11 - Grillin' and Chillin' in Student Ministry from 6:30- 8:00
  • May 15 - Worship Services at 9:15 and 11:00 am
  • May 15 - Starting Point at 4:00
  • May 22 - Graduation Sunday
  • May 29 - Memorial Day and Promotion Sunday
We have so many ways to serve at HMUMC! Please see just a few of the opportunities below. You can learn more at hmumc.org