INCREDIBLE SUNDAY! Please join me in truly appreciating all our music ministries here in the life of our church. Jeff & Keith (with full choir and orchestra) led us through another outstanding Easter Cantata AND Eric and OVERFLOW at THE WELL told an amazing story in word and song through special arrangement (with our Youth presenting the extra readings) as we worshiped God together. Well done all the way around (and special thank you to Lynn Varian’s hospitality team providing the music ministry 60 people brunch in the 9:45 hour!) And thank you all for the wonderful comments about our very professional narration team - Holly Viccaro and Rich Hauschild - nice addition Jeff!

Also, you have got to come check out our new outdoor stage on the hill beside the children’s playground. Final construction was last Saturday. This is our Michael Bruce’s Eagle Scout project. On both construction days, I saw teams of people on the hill helping his dream become a reality under his direct guidance - thank you church for all you do in support of our Scouts. The Youth ministry (and Michael is one of those active youth) will be using that new stage for our youth led Sunrise service on Easter Sunday - April 21. It’s more than just a stage - it is a spiritual platform for life giving ministry - go see! There is a second Eagle scout project planned to make a “family friendly” burn pit further away from the new stage (can you just taste the smores?) Once that is in place, we will retire the current fire pit. We are looking forward to more outdoor activities on the hill in this new configuration.

Come be with us this Sunday as we encounter the beginning of Holy week this Palm Sunday. Bring your cameras, our children will be leading us into Holy week waving the palms! The rest of our Holy week plan can be seen in the details below. I must admit, it was fun having roughly 600 in worship this last Sunday. What might Easter bring this year? Have you noticed our new presence on the large digital billboards around town? Others apparently have! Thank you very much Teri McGinnis & Outreach. Tell your friends, tell everyone - EASTER is coming!

God’s Joy,
mark
ps…thank you from our daughter in Colorado for the prayer quilt as she recovers from her recent surgery. So many knots, so much love, sew good!

Wednesday Night Nurture – Meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese, green bean almandine, salad, rolls and birthday cake Fundraiser for Relay for Life
Children and Youth, 6:00 pm
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm
No adult program this night

Church Council Meeting
Thursday Night at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Methodist Activity Center

Calling All Cooks! Ready! Set ! Go!
You may now submit 2 of your favorite recipes by one of two ways:
Online @www.morriscookbooks.com Under the typersanc tab
Username: Fall FestFun
Passcode: salt092
Submit your personally handwritten recipe on teh recipe collection sheet provided at the MAC desk. Place your recipe in the collection box located in the narthex or at the MAC desk. We’ll happily enter them for you.

Our goal is to have all recipe submissions no later than July 1st. Our goal is to have church presale orders be completed and cooksbooks available for our Fall Festival in October.

Your Fall Festival Fundraiser Cookbook Team:
Eileen Nichols suki2nich@aol.com (561) 635-6130
Barb Hahn bahahn19@gmail.com (706) 835 1289
Carol Engler paprika91@hotmail.com

Holy Week and Easter Services:
Wednesday- no supper or services
Holy Thursday - Living Lord’s Supper drama…6:30 pm…MAC
Good Friday Service…..6:30 pm…Sanctuary
Easter Sunday:
Sunrise Service …..7:30 am …….up at the new outdoor stage next to the playground
Regular Services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am

Prayer Quilt Ministry:
There is a prayer quilt in the chapel ready to receive prayers - please stop in , pray for the specific situation listed on the quilt and tie a knot for each prayer you pray. The prayer quilt ministry is also taking requests at this time. You may contact Margaret Frizzell at 706 745 3197.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - good to see several of them Sunday!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Nancy Sanford - recent loss of her Mother
JoAnn Mayhew - moved to Chatuge hospital in Hiawassee
Kathy Hyer - general health
Ray Rogers - in Chatuge Rehab (Room Blue 5)
Maggie Guerrier - general health and back on kidney transplant list
Bill Mollnhauer brother (Hank Mollnhauer) - upcoming major back surgery
John Hahn - upcoming tests
Shane Douylliez - neck surgery this week
Barb Delli-Veneri - sister’s (Betty) husband recent passing
Claudia Deprez - general health - her and John are moving in April
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - upcoming gall bladder surgery May 7
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - still fighting post surgical infection - getting other doctors in the loop.
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
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

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
April 7th………….$ 36,840……………..$343,317

WOO! HOO!!!
Thank you for the affirmation this Sunday. The Finance Team has completed our ministry plan that moves forward our shared vision to increase pastoral care clergy staffing in our church. That plan will come before our Church Council for final approval Thursday night.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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