Happy Thursday, Atlanta First Family!

Take a deep breath! You’ve almost made it through the first full week of the new year. How is it going? Have you focused on God? Have you trusted God to lead you? Have you trusted God to care for you?

I’m reading the Gospel of Luke with our Bishop, Sue Haupert-Johnson and United Methodists from all over North Georgia. This week, we’re reading Luke 2. Luke 2:10 declares “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” This good news is that Jesus the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord was born in Bethlehem and the shepherds were to go out and find him. When they found Jesus, in a manger in Bethlehem, with his family, they glorified and praised God. Throughout the remaining verses in Luke 2, we see that the Holy Spirit is at work in encounters with the child, Jesus. Even then, whenever people came in contact with Jesus, their lives were transformed and they praised God!

How has your life changed because you know Jesus? Do you praise God in all things? Do you expect the Holy Spirit to be at work in the world and in your life?

Wars and rumors of wars. Earthquakes and fires. Division and meanness. Are you looking for, and to, the Savior? Or do you only see what is right in front of you? The word of the Lord is this: “Do not be afraid.” Good news! The Messiah is born and the Holy Spirit is at work. Seek God, praise God, and be at peace.

There are so many ways to jumpstart your year with Atlanta First. The Messenger, our newsletter, is viewable by clicking here. This is your best source for “news you can use!” I invite you to read The Messenger and discover new ways to worship. serve. grow. engage. in 2020!

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday! In the meantime, FOCUS on God.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers
Lead Pastor, Atlanta First UMC

Reading the Gospel of Luke and
Book of Acts in 2020 with Bishop Sue

As we enter into a brand new year and a brand new decade, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all United Methodists in the North Georgia Annual Conference to join together in a daily, disciplined reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in 2020. This “method” will help us to be spiritually disciplined and more open to what the Holy Spirit has to say to us in 2020, as Luke and Acts both focus on the power and work of the Holy Spirit. We will read one chapter a week, and each week you will receive a reflection and questions to ponder, written by a clergy or layperson from our Annual Conference. To subscribe to receive the weekly reflections and questions e-mail, please visit:

Weekly Readings for January and February:
January 1st: Luke 1
January 8th: Luke 2
January 15th: Luke 3
January 22nd: Luke 4
January 29th: Luke 5
February 5th: Luke 6
February 12th: Luke 7
February 19th: Luke 8
February 26th: Luke 9

Check out Bishop Sue's Podcast:

The January & February issue of our monthly newsletter, The Messenger, is now available to read! Please click the link below to download a pdf copy.

January & February Worship Series:

What will be different fo ryou in 2020? Will you keep your resolutions? Will you begin again? Let's start the new year together as we FOCUS on living into God's best for us! Our new worship series teaches that God is still making impossible things possible. We just have to FOCUS! Let's do it together in January and February 2020.

Please help us keep our homeless friends warm this winter. Bring in donations of coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets, backpacks, duffel bags, and hand warmers, which will then be distributed to those who need them. There are collection barrels inside the Porter Place entrance of the church.

Let's grow together in small group studies! You are invited to participate in any of our Sunday School classes, Sunday mornings at 9:45 am. Our current list of classes are:

A Disciple's Path - Starting in January - This study, primarily for new and prospective members, will begin with an Orientation and Coffee, hosted by Pastor Jasmine, on Sunday, January 12th at 9:30 am. This small group will meet Sundays, January 26th thru March 1st, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The series will be co-led by Pastor Jasmine, Pastor Walter, and Rev. Dr. Jacqui Rose-Tucker. This group is limited to twelve participants and enrollment preference is given to new and prospective members. To register, please e-mail

Youth Confirmation Class - Starting in January Confirmation Class for 5th thru 12th graders begins with an Orientation for students, parents and guardians, and Confirmation mentors on Sunday, January 12th, immediately following worship. The class will be co-led by the Pastors and Pastoral Interns. After orientation, Confirmation Class begins on Sunday, January 26th. For more information, please contact To register, please e-mail

The Currents Class - Taught by Aaron Moody, meets on Sunday at 9:45 am for coffee followed by the lesson at 10 am. The material currently being used is Cokesbury Adult Bible Studies. The class is open to all ages, so come and join us! The Currents Class meets in the classroom at the end of the hall on the third floor of the Education building.

The Saint Andrew Class - Meets at 9:45 am Sunday mornings and starts with refreshments, singing, and a devotional time. This class is great for those who enjoy fellowship and regular emphasis on important matters through a biblical perspective. The St. Andrew Class regularly supports the Women’s Shelter and most of its members are active in other mission ministries of our congregation. The class meets in Room 318 on the upper floor of the Education Building and follow the Adult Bible Study Series.

Our Children's Ministry - Serves children by helping them to dive deep into God's Word, so they can grow in relationships with God and others. We use devotionals, illustrations, puzzles, trivia, and crafts to help keep kids engaged and to capture inquisitive young minds. The children's Sunday school room is located on the third floor of the education building. We meet from 9:45 am to noon on Sunday mornings. Our staffed Nursery is located on the main floor hallway, between the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary, and is open from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm on Sunday mornings.

Members of our staff and our Hospitality Team can help you find any of the class rooms. For more details about our small group study opportunities, please contact

Our LIFE Yoga classes meet every Wednesday evening at 5 pm (beginners) and 6 pm (all levels)! Both classes meet in the Fellowship Hall.

These free classes are open to all levels. Modifications are offered to ensure everyone can practice safely and effectively. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. You don't have to be thin or flexible or strong. Yoga is for everyone and every body!

Please click here to sign up!

Come spend a few hours shooting hoops in our gym on Wednesday nights, 5:45 to 8 pm. You can blow off some steam, get some exercise, make new friends, and when you're done the drive home will be easier because rush hour will be over.

Worship with us on Sunday mornings at 11 am.

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