Volume 2008, No. 12 July 3, 2008 Words to ponder… There is a story of a Scottish minister Alexander Whyte who was known for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. His congregation said he always found something for which to be grateful. However, one Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself, "Certainly the preacher won't think of anything for which to thank the Lord on a wretched day like this." But much to his surprise Whyte began by praying, "We thank Thee, O God, that it is not always like this."1 In a time of recession with the price of just about everything going up and the average person struggling to make-ends-meet, it is easy to get blinded by the negative and to fail to see the blessings that flow all around us. Every time I drive away from a gas station I have a feeling of sadness and despair; and I wonder if it is going to get worse. I realize it is selfish because there are those who cannot drive into a gas station or walk to their own mailbox. So, I pray for those less fortunate and for forgiveness for not thinking of them in the first place. That being said, I want to thank my church family for your time, energy, and resources to make a difference in God’s Kingdom through the life and ministry of Morrow First UMC; by God’s grace we are making a difference. On a personal note, I thank Liz Haynie, Becky Griffin, Ron Hoenes, Joe Wiley and Brian Adams for painting and carpeting the church offices, as well as for the new church distribution boxes that Ron designed, built and installed. I especially thank Liz for putting the flowery curtains in Jean’s and Dianne’s offices (and the solids in mine)…Liz your leadership is greatly appreciated and I thank each of you for giving your time and energy to improve the church offices. Thank you – thank you – thank you. On another but similar note, July 1, 2008 marks a year since Julie, Lauren, and I came to Morrow First UMC. It has been a blessing to be at a church that cares about the community and the people not just in word but through deeds. Every teacher and employee in the Morrow schools knows who we are because they received a care packet from our mission team. We have provided numerous meals to those in need through our food pantry and food voucher ministry; our Sunday school classes served meals at Calvary Refuge Center and we have provided a church presence at every city festival. As a church we have supported world missions, which include raising funds to drill a well in Mozambique. Our country may or may not be in a recession but it hasn’t stopped you from being the church. By God’s Grace we are changing the world one life at a time. And like all churches that strive to make a difference for the Kingdom of God, we have to manage our assets carefully, but praise God for the leadership of this church that has faith in God and a trust that does not allow our church assets to manage us. In other words, Morrow First strives to be in God’s will and steps out with wisdom and faith to make a difference. Thank you for being the church and I look forward to another fruitful and blessed year. God bless, 1 Daily Bread, August 26, 1989. Our Schedule for Sunday, July 6, 2008 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - Liturgical Color: Green Congratulations to the -------- NO United Methodist Men’s Breakfast. 2007 Man of the Year Recipients 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. Ron Hoenes and Tom Lewis! 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Service, sanctuary. Nursery. The Morrow First United Methodist Men would like to join the --------- NO Bell Choir Rehearsal until August 3. church in congratulating both Tom Lewis and Ron Hoenes as Our Sunday Servants on July 6, 2008 winners of the 2007 Man of the Year Award. Both men are very Liturgist: Doug Jewett. Acolytes: Alex McKenzie, Brianna deserving of the award and join Mike Griffin, 2006 recipient, as Smith. Altar Guild: Shannon Gailey, Laura Wiley. recent honorees of this honor. Communion Stewards: Joe & Laura Wiley, Keith Larson. Tom Lewis has been a member of the church since Sound Engineer: Joe Wiley. Worship Greeters: Reggie & September 28, 1997. Tom has always been active in the church Elaine Pye (Narthex), Janice Bales (Hallway). Ushers: Mike and performs many duties that don’t get noticed by the Griffin (Capt.), Andrew Cox, Nick Gailey, Melvin Sambola, congregation as a whole. Tom has served on the Board of David Stanley. Children’s Sermon: Dr. Ed Judy. Children’s Trustees since 2004 and served as Chair from 2005 – 2007. He Church: Melanie Lewis. Sunday School Greeter: Pam Rich. spearheaded the RSVP Campaign from its inception to where the Weekly Visitation: Mary Anne Brannon. church stands today. He has worked tirelessly to help upgrade the facilities in and around the church, focusing on the roof of both the church and the Scout Hut. Tom is always present during The Communion Offering left at the chancel rail this any type of cleanup as well as staying up all night and helping Sunday will be used to assist the needy in our community. cook the BBQ for the Annual Fall Festival at Morrow First United Methodist Church. There is no doubt that Tom’s finest Adopt A Room Update. The challenge accomplishment is his family and the support and time that he continues! Members of several different Sunday gives to his wife, Melanie, and their four kids, Carson, Parker, school classes have completed the renovations of Stockton and Kennedy. the church offices. Take a look! The Patsy Hoenes Ron Hoenes has been a member of the church since July 10, Learning Center is also in need of some Tender Loving 1983. Ron does not stand up in front of the church very often, Care. The rooms need new window curtains and blinds, new but provides a vital service to the church whenever called upon. books and toys, and repair or replacement of damaged furniture In the past few years, Ron has pitched for the church softball and equipment. We are challenging each adult Sunday School team, attended all of the church Spring Cleans, painted both the class, UMW, UMM, and other groups to “adopt” one of the library and the Patsy Hoenes Children’s Learning Center, and following rooms: Nursery, Preschool Sunday School Class, built many structures for the church out of wood. Ron also Elementary Sunday School Class, Youth Sunday School Class, organized this year’s Hobby Night at Wonderful Wednesday Children’s Church /Children’s Fellowship/All Purpose Room. We Night Supper and faithfully attends Sunday School on a regular hope to have these rooms “refreshed” before the new school year. basis. Ron’s other activities in the church include being a regular A Help Us Shine: Adopt A Room bulletin board prepared by member of the Morrow First United Methodist Men, being a part Cindy Anderson and located by church office is charting the of the defending champion “Rough Riders” in the Summer progress of this project. For more information, please contact Sprinklers Bowling League, and continuing to support the Susan Adams at 770-707-1363 or firstname.lastname@example.org church with his talents as a woodworker, yardman, and painter. There are many deserving men at Morrow First United Methodist Church and the Morrow First United Methodist Men Homecoming and Chicken Que is chose to honor two men this year because it is only the second year for the Man of the Year award and we want to make sure August 24. Homecoming preacher is The Rev. that we have a chance to honor all deserving men in the years to Dr. C. Dean Milford. Dean, Senior Minister of come. The church should be very proud of what not only Tom Morrow First UMC from 1977 – 1982, and and Ron have provided to our church family, but to all of the Griffin District Superintendent from 1993 – 1998 other men that we look forward to honoring in the years to come. is currently living in Carrollton. We look forward to having Dean Congratulations, Tom Lewis and Ron Hoenes! and Sandra “come home” on August 24 for our Homecoming Chris Hoenes, President, United Methodist Men Celebration 2008! Mark your calendars now for this great day! There are several ways for you to Women’s Retreat join the church: by profession of your October 17 – 19, 2008 faith in Jesus Christ followed by baptism; by Hinton Rural Life Center – Cost: $120 transferring your membership from another “Becoming a Vessel God Can Use” church, Methodist or otherwise; by a statement of your faith if you Please join the women for this very do not have a church membership, but have been baptized and informative and uplifting spiritual study! The confessed your faith; by becoming an Associate Member if you are cost is $120. If you prefer, you may make a member of another denomination – or becoming an Affiliate installments of $30 each for the months of July, August, Member if a Methodist – by joining our church and leaving your September and October. Make checks payable to Morrow First membership at your home church. If you would like to discuss United Methodist Women (marked “Women’s Retreat”) and give these options, please contact Dr. Ed Judy or the church office at to Becky Griffin, Treasurer or Melanie Lewis, President. 770-961-4668. The people of The United Methodist Church. NO WWNS until September 10, 2008 The Record Speaks – June 29, 2008 Your Gifts to God through the Church Sunday School .......................................................................71 Morning Worship .................................................................126 Next Chancel Choir rehearsal on Capital Improvement Receipts Year to Date .............. $1,555.00 Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. RSVP Receipts Year to Date ...................................... $5,077.25 Nursery Provided Budget Weekly Need ................................................ $6,948.19 Budget Receipts ......................................................... $4,477.13 Budget Need Year to Date...................................... $180,652.94 Hospital and Nursing Home Patients Budget Receipts Year to Date ............................... $138,223.88 Jonesboro Nursing & Rehab: William E. Rudd, Rm 127B, Budget Need Deficit Year to Date............................ $42,430.06 father of Kathy Peacock. (Weekly receipts percentage received 26 weeks YTD: 38%) Azalea Estates of Fayetteville: Elza Ward, Room 310. Gift to Mary Alice Boyd Scholarship Fund Brookdale Place, Huntsville, AL: Mary Jordan, Room 237. …In memory of Gerry Davis (sister of Bob Brannon), Fountainview Center: Irene Davis, Rm 122B, from Bridge Builders Class, Marvin Foster Class. GA War Veterans Home, Milledgeville: Charles Mixon, Rm 412. …from Billy & Bonnie Kitchings, Doug & Margaret Governor’s Glen Assisted Living: Mary Davis, Rm 21. Cobb. Jonesboro Nursing and Rehab: Wave Smith, Room 319B. Gifts to Sound System Fund Lafayette Nursing & Rehab: Margaret Collins, Rm 410B. …from Mike & Becky Griffin. Mount Carmel Personal Care Home: Carl Welden, Rm 7. Gift to Handicap Fund SunBridge Care & Rehab, Riverdale: Ruby Randall, Rm E1. …In memory of Henry Betsill, from Ellen Betsill. Now Home: Ruth Terrell (outpatient June 28), Abby Smith. Gift to Memorials –Undesignated …In memory of Dorothy Crane (mother of Diane Cox), from Prayer Concerns: Lawanda Benton & family Deborah Hibben. (requested by Ardell McKenzie), Cason Blakely, …In memory of Gerry Davis (sister of Bob Brannon) from Daria Giebler, Ron Harris, Casimiria Hines, Duffy Faye McGarrah. Lamb, Leslie Loose, Barbara Morris, Rev. Mac …In memory of Bobbi Eppstaedt, from Faye McGarrah. Paterson, Debbie Properzio, James Sargent, Abby Smith, Frankie Stanley, Carl Welden, Barbara Wilkins, Zoe Witcher, Stewardship Update. Through June 29, 2008 we now have Thelma Woods. 57 commitments totaling $159,890.00 pledged toward our 2008 Budget. Pledged to date for Capital Improvements is OUR MILITARY: Capt. Kyle J. $3,520.00. Pledged to date for RSVP is $13,287.00. Additional Brandenberger (Lisa Hall’s fiancé), Fort cards are still being received. Benning, GA; 2LT David Wayne Barker, Iraq; SGT Stephen Brown, Iraq; SGT Jeffrey Brown, Congratulations to … Iraq; LT. JG Jayson Dooley, Home from …Brandon & Kelli Oravetz, in our Japan!, New address: 3000 Lakeshore church on the birth of their son, Grant Robert Court, Oxnard, CA 93035; SSGT Jason Doyon, Ft. Drum, Oravetz, born May 28, 2008, at Henry Medical NY; LTC J. Brian Ellis, Stafford, VA; SGT Sean Hardage, Center. Grant joins 3 ½-year-old brother, Home from Iraq!, New address: 6 Cordle Drive, Apt. D, Garrett. His maternal grandparents are Bob & Mary Anne Rome, GA 30165, stationed at Dobbins AFB, Marietta, GA; Brannon in our church. Grant’s uncle, aunt and cousins are SGT James “Sonny” Hurtado, Ft. Bragg, NC; CPO Craig C. Mike, Jenny, Carter and Brady Brannon, respectively, of Jenkins, Kittery Naval Base, ME; MG William H. Johnson, Cochran. His paternal grandparents are Jim & Charlene Oravetz Scott AFB, IL; MAJ David P. Key, deployed to Iraq May of Conyers, and his great-grandparents are Louise & Ben 2008; PFC Tyler Matthews, Ft. Bragg, NC; SGT Michael C. DeVries of McDonough. A rosebud was in the sanctuary June 1, McCullough, Afghanistan; SSG Aaron E. McKenzie, Iraq; 2008 to honor Grant’s birth. LCDR Craig Randall, Bremerton Naval Hospital, Bremerton, …Ryan & Bonnie Hardage of Atlanta on the birth of WA; TSgt Dan Ruffino, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, their daughter, Adeline Ruby Hardage, born June 30, 2008, at Goldsboro, NC; SGT Aaron W. Storey, Iraq. Piedmont Hospital. Adeline joins 2 ½-year-old brother, Elijah. Adeline’s maternal grandparents are Jon & Diane Stewart in our Our Love, Prayers and Christian Sympathy to . . . church. Her paternal grandparents are Phyllis Hardage of . . . Ruth Terrell and family upon the death of her sister-in- Powder Springs and the late Chuck Hardage. The paternal great- law on June 27, 2008, Melanie Smith, in Asheville, North grandmother is Margie F. Hardage of Powder Springs. Maternal Carolina. great-grandparents are Geraldine Stewart of Forest Park and Dale & Laverne Burt of Aurora, Colorado. A rosebud will be in Flower Arrangement Openings. There are openings to the sanctuary on Sunday, July 6, 2008 to honor Adeline’s birth. place flowers in the sanctuary on the following dates: July 13 (1), August 31 (2), September 21 (2) and 28 (2). Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board located near the pastor’s office. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. Bulletin Bloopers July Birthdays. 1. Jennifer Germany, Will Wofford. ♦ The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today 2. Cathy Bankston, Jean Fleming, Andy McCullough. 5. has been canceled due to a conflict. Karl Hofele, Joe Knight, Jr., Karsen Stancato. 7. Shirley ♦ Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help. Barnett, Ann Harvey. 8. Harvey Bond, Erin Riser. 11. ♦ Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Dylan Tootle, Nell Welden. 13. Andy James, Jeff Pike, Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door. David Stroud. 14. Jamie Bales, Jody Watts. 15. Ellen Betsill, Brock Dorminy, Robert Eubanks, Jerome The Thanks Department Germany, Jenny Hall. 16. Wanda Jones, To the Cross Stitch Group, Paul & Joan Deason, and Cindy Mike Levins. 17. Bobby Stanley, Joe Anderson. Thank you so much for the generous donations you Wiley. 19. Keith Larson. 20. Elizabeth brought to the food pantry to refill our cupboards. Austin, Ann McLemore, Martha From the Church Staff. Thank you to Brian Adams, Becky Sanders, Carl Tippens. 21. Erin Toole. Griffin, Liz Haynie, Ron Hoenes, and Joe Wiley for the 23. Mary Davis, Bill Peacock. 24. beautification of our offices. The painting, new carpet, new JoEllen Bean, Dorothea McAlvin. 26. Warren Matthews, mailboxes, new curtains all really help to spruce up our offices. Beth Pye, Melvin Sambola. 27. Yong Osterhaus. 28. Your time and energy are really appreciated by the three of us. Susan Crawford, Rachel Phillips, Scott Pierce. 29. Jeremy From Adrienne Gauthier: Dear Church Family, Ms. Cobb and Long. 30. Bob Johns. 31. Matthew Hooten, Heather Pohl. Ms. Gailey, Coordinators, Thank you for honoring graduates at church. It feels so nice to have such a supportive church Bulletins Shared. Bob & Tippie Hill attended the worship community. The picture frame will make a nice addition to my service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta shelf. on June 22, 2008. Bob & Tippie also attended the worship From Bob & Mary Anne Brannon to our Church Family. service at St. Simons United Methodist Church on St. Simons The entire Brannon family sends heartfelt thanks to you for the Island on June 8, 2008. Bulletins from these churches are cards, calls, emails and prayers during Gerry Davis’ illness and posted. death. We thank you for the cards you sent her and for the prayer shawl, which she said was a pattern she wanted to use Sixth Annual Tomato Sandwich Party for a project. Our church family is very dear to us; we don’t Date: Saturday, August 2, 2008 know what we would do without you. God bless you all. We Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. love you. Place: First Baptist Church, Morrow, Fellowship Hall To Jimmy Bales, Glenn Barnett, and Larry Cochran, 1647 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow Coordinator. Many thanks to you for driving the church bus as Purpose: This is an annual fundraiser for The Good Shepherd a shuttle for the SummerFest on the Green on Saturday, June Clinic. The clinic needs our financial support to continue to 28. There were 12 round trips made with a total of 56 people provide help to patients unable to afford necessary medical care riding. This was a great service to our Morrow community. and medications. The Board of Directors has taken a leap of Your time volunteered for this community event is very much faith and decided to expand the clinic to be able to respond to the appreciated. growing need. From Ron Hoenes. I extend much appreciation to each of you Extras: Good Shepherd Clinic Tours from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. who sent me cards during my recent medical correction. A Live Entertainment great deal of thanks goes to Mary Anne Brannon for the great cuisine she brought to Chris’ house for us to partake of. Thanks again to each one of you. Next newsletter deadline July 14, 2008 at 12 noon. From Ron Hoenes. It was indeed a very special honor for me to receive the 2007 Man of the Year award for Morrow First UMC. Thanks to the membership because it is for each of you that I enjoy doing things that make the Church a welcome and enjoyable place to come to. To the Men’s Club and those doing the selecting, I am very appreciative of their considering me for the recognition. Once again, Thanks To All. From Ruth Terrell. Thank you to everyone for your calls, prayers and concern during my recent successful, outpatient surgery.