#1. Worship This Week
Worship this Sunday, July 25 at 9:15 and 11:00 am.

Sermon Series: Champions
This week's sermon title: A Champion Is as a Champion Does
by Rev. Jason Mincey
Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 1-18

It feels good to be on the mountaintop. As believers, we love that feeling: God’s presence all around us; God’s power surging within us. On those days, we’re absolutely fearless. No doubts. No hesitation. No challenge can slow us down. It’s like there’s nothing we can’t do.

Then all of a sudden, something (someone?) shows up and threatens to take it all away from us. Some new crisis emerges; and instantly, we forget all about God’s power. We forget about what God has done for us in the past. One moment, we’re standing on top of the mountain. The next moment, we’re digging our fingernails into the ledge, hanging on for dear life. Alone and afraid.

Why do we do this? Why do we constantly ping-pong back-and-forth between the extremes of faith and fear? Because we’re human. So, what’s the answer? If we can’t stay on the faith mountaintop all the time, is there perhaps some way that we can at least avoid falling prey to worry and discouragement every time we feel threatened?

Maybe the answer has less to do with our emotions and more to do with our purpose. When God met the frightened prophet Elijah in the wilderness, he didn’t tell him not to be afraid. He told him to forget about his feelings for a moment, and focus on doing what God had called him to do. Sometimes, that’s all we need to help us overcome fear and get us moving again.  

We look forward to seeing you either in person or via live stream, Sunday, July 25 at 9:15 am or 11:00 am.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

#2. UMW Summer Social
UMW Summer Social
THIS Saturday, July 24 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

When you think of summer, you think of fun in the sun, watermelon, ice cream, time with friends, and patriotism. For our UMW's summer event, we will have all of this and more (except we will be inside).

Join us THIS Saturday, July 24 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm for fellowship, games, prizes, watermelon, and ice cream too!

As part of our event, we have partnered with our HMUMC Military Support Group and are going to support the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope - the mission of the PTSD Foundation of America is to bring hope and healing to Combat Veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress.

We ask that you bring an item to donate to the PTSD Foundation and Camp Hope - a facility in Houston, Texas where combat soldiers go to recover from PTSD.

Here are their URGENT needs:
  • Bottled water (16.9 oz)
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes, 
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • 30-55 gal trash bags
  • Twin size sheets, pillowcases, and pillows, 
  • Shower shoes (size 9-13)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Beef jerky
  • Gatorade
  • Nuts
  • Keurig K-cups

You can also use this Amazon Smile link to send items directly to Camp Hope and monetary donations will be accepted at the event too.

We look forward to spending time together in person to support an important cause - our Veterans!

Sign up today at hmumc.org/women

#3. Blessing of the Backpacks
Save the Date for our Annual Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday!
August 1, 2021

We hope you will join us for our annual "Blessing of the Backpacks!" Just in time for Back to School, we will pray a special blessing over students (and their backpacks), asking God to guide, protect, and nurture them this year. Students of ALL ages are invited to BRING THEIR BACKPACKS with them and join us for services in the Worship Center.

The Blessing and the cross that each student will receive is a beautiful reminder that God is with them at school and that their church cares and supports them all week long.

In addition to bringing their backpack, we ask that everyone brings a school supply item to donate to our Educator Outreach Mission. Our educators work hard for our students and so we want to be able to supply them with whatever they might need this school year! Whatever you might have to donate, we would love to collect!

We can't wait to see you Sunday, August 1!
#4. The Pantry
Cereal Food Drive for The Pantry: Pastor vs. Pastor Race
We collected over 1,500 cereal boxes!!!

THANK YOU for collecting over 1,500 cereal boxes this summer!
Thanks to you, our Pantry patrons can provide breakfast for their families this summer. We are so grateful for all your help!

Missed seeing who won and what they had to eat?

Looking for other ways to help The Pantry this summer? We have opportunities throughout the week with some NEW SUMMER HOURS:

New Week Day Hours:
Wednesday and Fridays: 9 am - 11 am and 11 am - 1 pm.

#5. Sunday Morning Grow Classes
Sunday Morning Grow Classes are BACK August 8!

Adult Sunday Morning Classes Start August 8 at 9:15
Student Min Sunday Morning Programming Starts August 8 at 11:00

We are so excited to be offering our Sunday Morning Grow Classes and Student Programming back at the church on Sunday mornings!

Starting Sunday, August 8th, all Adult Sunday Schools will be back in the church at 9:15 am, and our Student Min Sunday Morning Programming is back at 11:00 am in the Student Center!

Everyone is welcome to join a Sunday morning Adult Grow Class! Be sure to check out hmumc.org/grow for group descriptions, room locations, and the new curriculum coming in the weeks ahead.

Stay tuned for updates and we look forward to seeing you in Adult Grow Groups and our Students back on Sunday mornings!

Visit hmumc.org/grow for updates!
#6. Confirmation
6th AND 7th Grade Confirmation
Kicks off Sunday, September 12 at 11:00 am

We are excited to register our 2021-22 6th AND 7th graders for our Confirmation Class! 

The classes will meet at 11 am on Sundays starting from September 12 and are expected to finalize on Confirmation Day February 13, 2022. 

Students will meet weekly in the student center in table groups and plan on a retreat in January. Please register in advance so they know how many to expect in each class. More information will be sent to parents in August with a teaching/class outline and info about your student's table group!

#7. Kids Ministry
Vacation Bible School Was a HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you to everyone that helped make VBS: Rocky Railway: Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through a HUGE Success. We had almost 200 kids and their families with us last week and it was so wonderful to see the joy, love, and hope in their eyes!

We learned Jesus' power can help us do hard things, have hope, be bold, live forever, and make new friends. #trustjesus.

Calling All Volunteers!
We are in need of volunteers this summer for our special needs kids, our 3-year-old Sunday School, and in our Rooftop!

If you have a love for children and are eager to get back to the church and help - we have a spot for you!

You have the opportunity to minister to a person at the most critical time of their life - their childhood! And the benefits are pretty great too - just think of the sweet joy you will bring to these kids!

For more information and to get involved, please contact Traci Lowry at 770-271-8855 ext. 304 or via email at traci.lowry@hmumc.org.
We're Hiring for the Nursery

The HMUMC Nursery is looking to hire for Sunday morning and for events throughout the year. 

Qualified candidates will be 16 years or older, be certified in CPR and first aid (or willing to obtain certification), pass a background check, and have a love for children. 

Applicants should be committed to working a minimum of 2 Sundays a month, 8:45-12:15. Interested applicants should contact Traci Lowry, traci.lowry@hmumc.org

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

Upcoming Events:
Summer Bible Study: Every Wednesday through July 28 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. Be sure to look for the weekly "The Note" on Tuesdays to hear what you're going to do each Wednesday morning!

Confirmation: Please be sure to sign your rising 6th or 7th grader for Confirmation (see #6 above for more details or read more at hmumc.org/students).

We are always here if you need us!

David Benson - david.benson@hmumc.org; 706.248.7353
Heather McCreary - heather.mccreary@hmumc.org; 404.457.9442
Summer Bible Study
Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:30 am in Student Center

This Summer on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am we will meet for Bible Study and games in the Student Center. We will be using RightNow Media so even if you aren’t able to join us, you can follow along all summer long.

Our first gathering will be June 2nd and we will go all the way to July 28th. We hope you’ll join us this summer! No registration required!
Calling All College-Aged Students:
Join Us For Our Next College Connection
Sunday, July 25th at 7 pm

Our next College Connection is next Sunday, July 25 at 7 pm. We can't wait to hang out then!

Please RSVP to Pastor Natalee at natalee.dukes@hmumc.org
#9. New Tech Subcommittee
Calling All IT/Technical Volunteers!

If you have a passion and gift for technology, we'd love to have your gifts here at HMUMC!

Technology Subcommittee in our Trustees Committee
As technology continues to change and grow, the HMUMC Trustees Committee is forming a technology subcommittee to advise the group on issues and opportunities related to A/V and broadcast technology, church management software, facility system controls, and network and telephony. 

If you have expertise in any of these areas, are connected in this field, and are interested in participating in this effort please contact Chip Morton at chip.morton@hmumc.org or 770-271-8855 ext. 114.

#10. Ushers Needed
Calling All Ushers for Both 9:15 am and 11:00 am Sunday Services
Anyone 8th Grade or Older Can Participate

Do you enjoy visiting with people, and being a part of a Sunday service? Want to connect with others and meet new friends? Then we would love to have your help as a Sunday morning Usher!

It's not a big time commitment to be an usher and you get to be a part of a great team!

If you're interested in hearing more, please email Sean Ragsdale at jseanragsdale@gmail.com. You can also ask anyone on our staff at the welcome desk each week. We'd love to get you plugged into HMUMC!