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Following the wonderful results of our Front Door restoration campaign, Atlanta First will be installing new signage in the coming weeks. These new signs will help to not only increase the visibility of the Church, but to help direct visitors and members to our parking lots and entrances. But sprucing up the outside of the Church is only the beginning. Looking forward, to help get more people to walk through our lovely red doors on Sunday mornings, we must show “Radical Hospitality” towards our neighbors and visitors, which means having the love and patience that Christ showed to those who followed and came to see Him. It is up to everyone who calls Atlanta First their spiritual home to emulate the truth that God Is Love: All Are Welcome!

Below are samples of some of the new signs that will be going up around the outside of the church.

• UMW Meeting: Tuesday, March 17th at 11:00 AM
• Hospitality House Dinner: Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 PM
• Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Palm Sunday : Sunday, March 29th at 11:00 AM
• Good Friday Service: Friday, April 3rd at 12:00 PM
• Easter Sunday: April 5th; Sunrise in the City at 7:00 AM, Easter Celebration at 11:00 AM
• SafeHouse Outreach Dinner: Tuesday, April 7rd at 3:30 PM

Epworth by the Sea Retreat

The annual Epworth by the Sea retreat is coming up! The dates are September 18th - 20th. A $20 deposit per person planning to attend is due by April 17th. Make your check payable to Atlanta First UMC and note ‘Epworth Retreat’ in the memo section. Please contact Jill L. Brown ( for pricing, meal plan, transportation, or any other questions.

The Altar Guild:
Flowers For The Sanctuary

Each week our chancel area is made even more beautiful by the addition of flowers. The arrangements are sponsored by individuals or families in the church. The flowers can be in Honor of, or in Memory of someone you love. You can also honor a Sunday School class or a friend. The cost for the two arrangements is $120. If you would like more information call the church office at 404-524-6614 and talk to Cornelia Witte or Jeanne Spencer. The following dates are available for 2014:

March 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26

Palm Cross Workshop

Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 PM, volunteers are needed to come to the Fellowship Hall to help fold the palm crosses that will be handed out on Palm Sunday. No prior experience required. Come for a good time of fun and fellowship!

Good Friday Bell Tollers

Following the Good Friday service we will toll the church bell from 1:00-4:00 PM, in honor of the 3 hours Jesus spent upon the cross. Volunteers are needed for 15 minute shifts. No need to sign up, come as you can!

Easter Sunrise Service

Join us as we celebrate the joyous miracle of Easter in the light of the rising sun. We will meet in the church playground at 7:00 AM. The front gate on Peachtree Street will be open. Coffee will be served afterwards.

Thank You from the Georgia
Tech Wesley Foundation

“Dear Atlanta First UMC, thank you so much for your generous gifts to the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation this past year. I especially appreciate your gift of food for our Jam & Bread Celebrations! I am passionate about our membership activities. Your donations allow us to plan outings, like our recent outing to Sweetwater Creek, and have engaging small groups focusing on various theological books, like our new one, “a year of Biblical womanhood.” Thank you so much for helping us continue our mission at Georgia Tech.”

- Katie Helm

Easter Lilies

It’s time to order lilies to decorate the sanctuary for Easter in Memory and Honor of loved ones. Order forms are available in the sanctuary by the Porter Place door and in the church office. Lilies are $15 each and the deadline to order is Friday, March 27th. Please call the church office to place an order.

The UMW will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17th with guest speaker Rev. Ed Nelson, who was originally scheduled for the cancelled February meeting. He will speak on “A New Kind of Church… Cyberspace”. Come join us for fellowship and enlightenment.

Church Family
Mickey Angel

Wally Colly <

Margaret Davis
Marlee Franklin

Claudia Harris

Nelda Hill
Jackie Scarborough

W. Clyde Thomas

Will Whitlock
Homebound Church Family
Jack & Harriet Head Dot Miller

Joyce M. Pair
Betty Small
Extended Church Family and Friends
Julia Dougherty,
Daughter of Marge Madill
Dollie Gilreath,
Mother of Dede Gilreath

Mary Orr,
Aunt of Wally Colly
Tammy Ruzbacki,
Friends of Faith Butler
Active Duty Military
Major Chuck Bowen,
Son of Claudia Harris

MSgt. Logan Cathcart,
Grandson of Virginia Cathcart
MSgt. Scott Cathcart,
Son of Virginia Cathcart

Cpt. Ben Fulp,
Friend of Patricia Thomason
Lt. Rusty Hearn
Nephew of Pat Sibley

Pvt. Matthew Ross
Cousin of Dr. Charles Gardner


Condolences to Will Whitlock whose brother, Ronnie Lee Whitlock passed away on Friday, February 27th, 2015 in California.

Condolences to Jackie Scarborough and family over the passing of her brother, Enoch McConnell, on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at Kennestone Hospital.

Atlanta First Library News

ave you been in the Atlanta First Library lately? For the last six months I have been working on updating and reorganizing the library. The work started as the result of several large book donations. Needing room for the new, recent books, I went through the entire collection and removed any damaged and outdated books. Next I arranged the books so that the top and bottom shelves were empty. This made it easier to view and select books. The card file was updated and currently I am putting new labels on the shelves to make book selections easier to find.

Our library has many excellent books. Besides a large selection of religious books and Bible translations, we also have books on health, personal improvement, and improving relationships. There is a large selection of poetry and modern fiction books. We also have a number of fiction series that are published by Guideposts. There is a large selection of books that were used by our United Methodist Women’s group. Anyone can check these books out and enjoy them.

The library has a selection of books and DVD’s for children and youth. These are located to the right of the entrance to the library.

On the table near the library door is a selection of books for Lent and Easter. Books on the table are changed often to reflect the current church season or other area of interest. We also have a small collection of DVD’s and music CD’s.

Come “check-out” the improved Atlanta First library. To borrow a book or other item, just put your name on the card in the back and drop it into the basket on the card files near the desk. When you finish the book, return it to the same area in the library. Keep your book as long as you need to, but please return it when you finish so other may enjoy it also.

- Carol Colly, Church Archivist & Librarian

Come check out a book!

MAC Client Story

Ms. George- a mother of two and former homeless veteran had secured housing with the help of a nearby homeless shelter and had been doing pretty well until suddenly her Georgia Power bill was past due. Ms. George was short of funds after pulling herself up by the bootstraps and securing housing with the help of a nearby homeless shelter. Her recent hiring at a bank seemed to brighten the future, but she was receiving training wages during her training period. This lack of income combined with the loss of child support, food stamps cut and a large attorney bill regarding child support, combined to put her in the red.

Fortunately, MAC paid her rent as well as her utility bill. We provided enough food for Ms. George and her family until she finished her training with the bank. In addition to financial assistance, MAC referred Ms. George to Clearpoint Credit Counseling, to help her stay on top of her finances. Ms. George looks forward to continued upward mobility and self-sustainability. Her bank job will give her increased income; however the time it took to advance would not have been possible without MAC’s short term emergency assistance. All of her hard work and reachable prospects would have been dashed. Ms. George is looking for a second job and is excited about her possibilities.

MAC News

Also, I want to bring your attention to our upcoming 5K, The Midtown Race for MAC. The walk/run will take place Saturday, May 30th 2015 in Piedmont Park. Midtown Assistance Center is really excited and looking forward to the event! Expect a formal announcement with race registration coming your way soon.

To learn more about the Midtown Assistance Center, visit:

Rebecca Richard
MAC Program Coordinator

Atlanta Hospitality House
Tuesday, March 24th - 6:00 PM

“I was sick and you looked after me…”

Since 1981 the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House has strived to provide a “home away from home” to outpatients and relative of patients hospitalized in 21 Atlanta area hospitals.

At 6:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of each month, we meet at the Hospitality House at 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. to prepare and serve a meal and also to fellowship with the guests. To serve with us, please contact M.L. Purcell via email at

SafeHouse Outreach Dinner
Tuesday, April 7th - 4:00 PM

“For when I was hungry you gave me something to eat…” (Matthew 25:35)

SafeHouse, located at 89 Ellis Street, provides practical, emotional, physical, and spiritual assistance to those living in the margins, to help integrate them back into society. On the first Tuesday of each month you’re invited to help provide hot meals for nearly 300 men, women, and children. You may meet the team in the Atlanta First UMC Fellowship Hall at 4:00 PM for meal preparation and travel with the team to SafeHouse for dinner and worship at 6:00 PM; or join in the fellowship anytime you can arrive.






Mary Wilson

Edwin Fortson
Ruth Schoeman
Jean Bruner
Noah Rolader
Lanny Upchurch

Meryl Barrera

Ruth Richardson
Sam Whited

Anne Weidert

Dorothy Chandler
Mattie Brock
Scott Locklear






Jackie Cox
Leslie Stuart

Thresa Pasley

Isaiah Darity

Clyde Thomas, Jr.
Gabriella Eldridge

Gai Thomas

Margaret Davis

Braden Peterson







Jerry Tanner
Jennifer Sessions

Wally Colly, III

Matthew Eldridge

Wendy Money
Tasha Esco

Hubert Davis

Margaret Kirby

Marlee Franklin

John Mark McKinney




Julie Coleman

Jane Moody

Paige Money

Ross Lane
Carol Colly

Debbie Sailers





Chris Thomas

Lee Tatum

Tom Money

Ann Taylor

Avis Bridges

Linda Evans




Myrtle Edenfield
Ami Moody

Andre Hunter

Jack Gannon

Lucille Garrard
Zach Gardner

Eva Nabors
Week Of: December 7 December 14 December 21 December 24 December 28
Sunday School Attendance: 37 33 36 - 32
Worship Attendance: 111 129 86 150 81
Week Of: January 4 January 11 January 18 January 25
Sunday School Attendance: 26 31 31 34
Worship Attendance: 81 105 91 151
Regular Giving: $2,596.00 $3,723.00 $1,788.00 $2,486.00
Week Of: February 1 February 8 February 15 Feb 18: Ash Wed February 22
Sunday School Attendance: 33 31 28 - 30
Worship Attendance: 109 119 114 35 123
Regular Giving: $3,304.00 $10,555.00 $1,053..00 - $1,952.00

November Online Giving: $4,179.00  -  January Online Giving: $4,314.00  -  February Giving: $3,079.00

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