Atlanta First United Methodist Church



Robert Henry McMichael, III

Dear Beloved Atlanta First Congregation,

Grace and peace to you.

In times like these, it is our great faith that we must turn to. On Monday, February 19th, 2018, our beloved Pastor Robert died and took his leave for the Church Triumphant. While none of us knew that we would be here today, we know that this day has not caught our faithful God by surprise. The writer of the great Lamentations scripture reminds us, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23 (NIV))

We are heartbroken. We have questions for God. We will miss Pastor Robert desperately. AND God’s great love, compassion, and faithfulness NEVER fail!

Pastor Robert recently shared with me that serving the Atlanta First Church had quickly become one of the great joys of his life. He loved you! He loved serving alongside you! He held great expectation for what God is and will continue to do through you.

As Pastor Robert reminded us often, “Wherever I have found myself in life, God is always there!” Therefore, we give thanks for the life and legacy of Pastor Robert. We look forward with hope and exception that God is indeed with us!

I do want to invite you to watch Pastor Robert’s sermon from February 4, “Love at First Fight: Wrestling with God.” Please click here to view it and let the Lord minister to you through Pastor Robert today. Links to Pastor Robert's other sermons are directly below this letter.

I Love You,

The Reverend Jasmine R. Smothers
Lead Pastor
Atlanta First United Methodist Church

See and Hear Pastor Robert's Sermons: