I have to do this quickly today. There will be omissions and some mistakes - I trust in God’s Grace to cover the gaps I leave. Many of our neighbors to the south are struggling with the realities of the storms of life last night. Yes, the storms just missed us, but they appear to have hit pretty hard in the west and southwest side of Atlanta. Pray without ceasing for those people who found themselves in the midst of tornadoes, extreme winds, and damaging hail. We will keep our ears open for how we might help as they begin to take inventory of the damage.

Also, it was sooooooooooo good to be back in worship at FUMC of Union County with all of you this weekend. The time away was renewing but you were all genuinely missed by the Burgess family. I have caught my breath and am ready for the joy of Easter.

Which brings me to this next Sunday. This is the Sunday we have chosen to offer our Easter Cantata at 8:30 and 11 am. What is different this year, is we are doing all three services this Sunday. THE WELL has grown to the point that there is no longer an option of “let’s just not do the middle service.” anymore. If you wish to hear a sermon this Sunday in addition to the Cantata, I am honored to have the opportunity to deliver a Palm Sunday Sermon at 9:45 in the service in the MAC. If you seek the Cantata with guest musicians - they will be present at both 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary. We have asked our children’s ministry (all you who are K-5th grade) to help us celebrate Palm Sunday at both 9:45 AND at the very beginning of the 11 am service. Please come so we can all welcome Jesus coming to town together waving our palms!

And before Sunday comes, we have Wednesday night - Lasagna NIGHT! Something special is happening this Wednesday that we want you to know about. Jennifer and I truly believe our youth (current Middlers and High Schoolers) are ready for the next step in their ongoing journey of faith. We are organizing a national mission trip to the UMC Mission at Red Bird Kentucky for our youth the first week of June. We have 16 spots reserved four adult chaperones and 12 youth. Parents, grandparents, guardians - we know you will have lots of questions. While Jennifer will be with the Youth at THE GATHERING this Wednesday at 6 pm doing their thing, I invite you (parents, grandparents, guardians) to come be with me in the conference room across from my office. I have been to Red Bird on multiple mission trips. I will walk through the logistics, the facility (I have pictures that I will throw up on the wall), the scope of work, etc… If there is the least bit of chance that your youth (or you) may wish to attend, come to my meeting and let “me” wrestle with your questions. If you think that your youth might be changed forever by having one week interacting with the economically poorest county in the USA, seeing how very, very, very blessed we are in the lives we lead, and following Christ into an “out of the box” sweat equity week long mission project that helps people in a tangible way through the love of Christ, then please come.

Lastly, and this is the reason why I need to hit “send” right now with today’s tickle, Bill Fowler (Tammy’s husband) is having a couple of cardiac diagnostic procedures at Atlanta Piedmont at 3 pm today to determine if a future heart valve replacement procedure is required and possible. Please pray without ceasing today beginning at 3 pm.

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community a hot lunch today!

Easter is coming. Hope is rising. Come back to Church. We need each other.
God’s Steadfast, Sacrificial, Life-Giving Love
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Lasagna, salad and dessert
Children’s ministry (K-5th grader) tonight at 6 pm.
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) tonight at 6 pm

The CEC Preschool is having a fundraising night at Chick-fil-A this Thursday evening from 5 til 7:30 pm. Come enjoy a good dinner and support this program.

We need someone willing to videotape the Living Last Supper next Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 pm. It would need to be on your equipment or phone.

There are a lot of bottles still unaccounted for the Women’s Enrichment Center fundraiser. If you have a bottle, filled or unfilled, please return the bottle asap to the church office.

The prayer quilt ministry is in need of large pieces of 100% cotton material to use for the backing of these quilts. If you’d like to donate material, please drop it off at the church office.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. If you wish to know more, contact Rod McClarnon rodmcc@windstream.net or Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Relay for Life team: YCJCY1D

The United Methodist Men are going to provide a breakfast in the fellowship hall for the Worship Choir & guest instrumentalists (& spouses) at 9:45 AM between the 8:30 & 11:00 AM Cantata presentations on Palm Sunday, March 25, as an act of appreciation for all their work making the Easter Cantata happen for all of us. Because they must sing again at 11 we will have a relatively light breakfast for them consisting of scrambled eggs, mixed fruit bowl, cinnamon roll, juice and coffee. We have a group of 5 men so far committed to making this happen. We will be serving approximately 80 people. If you would like to help in this act of discipleship (and you should still be able to attend the 11 am service), please contact Sam Wilson g1a88man@gmail.com THANK YOU FELLAS!!!

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Linda McClarnon - bronchitis
Kelly Schuknecht - now home recovering from hip surgery
Bill Fowler - at Atlanta Piedmont (cardiac related proactive testing)
Manon Thompson - transferred to Salude Rehab Center, 601 Northolt Parkway, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Sheila Loy’s Dad (Willis Cochran) recovering from knee replacement
Kerry Rittenhouse - both parents undergoing chemo
Will Stafford - recent loss in his extended family
Ria Ledbetter - home recovering from gall bladder removal & has shingles
Tatmans, Franklins and Camden Goddard are all back safely from Honduras
Patty Norwood - recovering from eye surgery
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Joe Kennard - knee
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments (home stretch!)
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) with recent cancer diagnosis
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - general health
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team

WE THANK YOU! Your generosity is wonderful!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
March 4………. $ 29,712……………………..$ 184,555
March 11………$ 15,939……………………..$ 200,494
March 18………$ 24,681……………………..$ 225,175

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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