Dear Atlanta First Family,
I pray that you are staying safe and following CDC guidelines during this COVID 19 crisis, and I am so grateful to Pastor Jasmine, Pastor Walter, Christopher, and Steven for continuing to bring us God’s Word via
and Sunday School via Zoom. (see details about Zoom in the grow section below in this email)
Watching the news this week, I hear the experts saying we should “shelter-in-place,” and according to my dictionary, a shelter could be a refuge or a sanctuary. Being here this week in my “sanctuary” has been a blessing. I am working my way through A Year’s Bible Reading Program, and I find I can slow down and really take my time with the daily scriptures. I am also reading the weekly chapters of Reckless Love for Sunday school class. We also don’t want to forget about our Youth. Pastor Walter has recommended using the web site
www.christianity.com/trivia to access free Bible trivia games. And, for great bible study resources, check out
Sunday is UMCOR Sunday; it is a special collection that contributes to the humanitarian relief and development arm of the United Methodist Church. Atlanta First has always given generously to mission programs, local and global. You can learn more about UMCOR and give online at
When this crisis is over, the mission work of the church will be greater than ever, so let us not forget our mission to serve the least of us in the city of Atlanta. I recently received a text that said: “Now is the time for our faith to be applied, exercised, and amplified.”
P.S. - It is critical that we continue giving and practicing generosity to God and people. Even though the building will not be open, the critical functions of the church will continue. In order to continue our worship.serve.grow.engage. ministries, your financial gifts are needed. You can mail checks (360 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308), use the Bill Pay function of your bank account to send a check, give online (www.AtlantaFirstUMC.org/give), or give via CashApp ($AtlantaFirstUMC).
Please give often and generously so that we might continue to be faithful to God and our neighbors.
The March & April issue of our newsletter, The Messenger, is available to read online! Please click the link below to download a pdf copy.
You can view previous issues of The Messenger online at our website, by visiting
our Communication Archive at:
Our Lenten worship series, “Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love our Neighbor” by Pastor Tom Berlin, will challenge our practices and beliefs around how we love our neighbors. Join us online on Sunday mornings, for a Sunday School study (see below) and a worship experience all focused on how we can share God's Reckless Love with our neighbors.
Join our worship livestream at: www.AtlantaFirstUMC.org/live at 11:00 am on Sunday morning.
Due to the restrictions on access to the church building and the need to minimize physical interactions to
help slow the spread of the Corona Virus, we will not be having our Friends at the Front Door ministry this
month. We continue to support mission ministries within the city that help our homeless and underhoused
neighbors, who are among the most at risk during this pandemic. Please help us to support these ministires
with your gifts, both financial and with physical supplies. Visit www.AtlantaFirstUMC.org/serve to see how
you can help.
Sunday School During Corona Virus Closure:
For the remainder of March, Sunday School classes and small groups will not gather at the church. Pastor Walter will continue to teach the “Reckless Love” series via Zoom each Sunday at 10:00 am. You can connect via telephone or online video conference. You can connect via one of three methods:
Join Zoom Meeting in a Web Browser:
Meeting ID: 162 002 421
One Tap Mobile:
+16468769923,,162002421# US (New York)
Call in by Telephone:
Meeting ID: 162 002 421
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:
March 15th: Luke 12
March 22nd: Luke 13
March 29th: Luke 14
April 5th: Luke 15
Check out Bishop Sue's Podcast: pod.link/1485744526
Wednesday Night Yoga and Basketball Update:
For the remainder of March, due to the temporary suspension of church activities in response to the
Corona Virus outbreak, the Wednesday night engage opportunities, including yoga classes and basketball,
are cancelled. We hope to resume these activities in early April.
Easter Egg Hunt Update:
The Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled for Friday, March 27th, must also be cancelled for health