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As we move into the fall season there are new and exciting opportunities for fellowship and family participation here at Atlanta First! We look forward to seeing you in worship and at these special events.

On Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM, Atlanta First will host a meeting of Georgia Tech’s Wesley Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve dinner for our guests. Volunteers are invited to stay and eat with the students and join them in the service that immediately follows. To participate, please contact Erin Devine at or call the church office.

Join us Wednesday, October 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM as author Carolyn Newton Curry discusses her new book, “Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Thomas 1834-1907.” The book explores the diaries of Gertrude before, during and after the Civil War, chronicling life as a Southern woman during a tumultuous time. Gertrude was a member of Atlanta First UMC. Dinner will be served and is $10. Please RSVP to Robin King:

Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in the church parking lot. Come join us and bring your friends as the Atlanta First Children’s Ministries and Atlanta First Day School host the annual Fall Festival! We will have a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, caricaturist, astro-jumps, games and food! RSVP to Robin King:

• AFDS Extended Parents’ Council Mtg: Wednesday, September 10th at 4:00 PM
• UMW Meeting: Tuesday, September 16th at 11:00 AM
• Ronke & Lanre Wedding: Saturday, September 20th at 2:00 PM
• Hospitality House Dinner: Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM
• Ga Tech Wesley Foundation Dinner: Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM
• SafeHouse Outreach Dinner: Tuesday, October 7th at 3:30 PM


Congratulations to Wayne and Terry Pierce on the birth of their granddaughter, Mackenzie Seong Killen, on Sunday, August 17th in Fort Worth, Texas.

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:

September 21
September 28

October 12
October 19
October 26

November 2
November 9
November 23
November 30

December 14

The United Methodist Women will meet at 11:00 AM for their fall meeting on Tuesday, September 16th. Dr. Bob Smith will talk on the “Resurrection”. Men are invited to join us, too. After a summer vacation it will be great to be together again. Please come and bring a sandwich, or food can be ordered from Jimmy John’s for $ 6 each. Don’t forget to bring your least coin (a penny) for the collection.

Midweek Bible Study

The Midweek Bible Study group will begin study on the Book of James on September 10th. Come join us Wednesdays at 11:00 AM in the library for study and fellowship.

We the men of Warren Memorial United Methodist Church would like to extend to you an invitation to join us in celebrating our 65th Men’s Day. We are honored to have for our guest speaker Judge Horace Johnson, Superior Court Judge, Newton County.

Men’s Day celebration will begin at 10:30 AM Sunday September 21, 2014. Warren Memorial UMC is located at 181 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., SW Atlanta, Ga, 30314.

Men’s Day Activities will begin with our annual Men’s Cook-Out, the Saturday before Men’s Day (September 20) starting at 3:00 PM. This festive activity will be observed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Knox, at 3086 Eleanor Terrace, NW Atlanta, GA 30318.

After the Church service on Sunday we invite all of our guests to join us in the fellowship hall for a reception. I eagerly look forward to seeing you there

Sincerly, your Brother in Christ, Billy Harrington,
President UMM

• The Cook-Out menu will be fish, hamburgers, hot dogs (turkey and beef), baked beans, slaw, water and soft drinks.

• Men’s Cooking Competition - “A Taste of Warren” each man signing up to participate will be required to identify the dish to be judged. The dish proportion must be enough for at least eight judges to obtain one portion each. Participation is open to all officers or their designee of the Atlanta College Park District. Men of ACPD will have until September 17, 2014 to enter to participate. All participatns must submit their dish on a competitor’s form (available in the church office). Competitors must submit their forms to Edward Jonas at 2110 High Point Trail, SW Atlanta, Ga 30331-7910 or, and/or Billy Harrington, or before the deadline.

Church Family
Frankie Chambers

Margaret Davis
Nelda Hill Barbara Pate

Jackie Scarborough
Homebound Church Family
Isobel Ginn Jack & Harriet Head

Dot Miller
Betty Small
Extended Church Family and Friends
Johnnie Escalero,
Sister of Jane Moody

Stefan Forsyth
Husband of Holley Forsyth
Dollie Gilreath,
Mother of Dede Gilreath

Erin Holcomb,
A Day School Mother

Sharon McCrae,
Friend of Carol Colly
Frannie Spencer,
Daughter of Jeanne Spencer

William Sutton,
Grandfather of Faith Butler
Active Duty Military
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 the family and friends of Barbara Pate whose son, Stephen Daniel, passed away on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

Condolences to the family and friends of Dot Fowler, who passed away on Thursday, September 4th, 2014. Her funeral was on Monday, September 8th in Danielsville, Georgia.

Condolences to the family and friends of Rev’d David Ogletree, who passed away on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. David served for many years as an Associate and Youth Pastor at Atlanta First United Methodist Church. His funeral was held on Wednesday, September 10th at Wesley UMC at Frederica on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.

The Bell That Tolled for Atlanta: 150 Years Later

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 marked the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the surrender of the city of Atlanta to the Union Army during the Civil War. The bell of Wesley Chapel, as Atlanta First UMC was know then, was one of the few bells spared being smelted to make cannons earlier in the war. It was also one of the only bells in the city whose tower survived the days of intense cannon fire during the Battle of Atlanta. Thus, when Mayor James M. Calhoun surrendered the city, and the American flag was once again raised over the court house, the bell tolled to mark the occasion and let the citizens know the battle was over. No record was made of who rang the bell, but it was almost certainly a member of the church.

In honor of the members of Wesley Chapel who weathered the storm of the Battle of Atlanta, and the individual(s) who rang the bell on the day Atlanta surrendered, several members of Atlanta First took turns ringing the bell for 5 minutes at noon on the anniversary date.

Of course the surrender of the city on that day was not the end for Atlanta or our church. Like the phoenix that now acts as a symbol for the city, Atlanta and Wesley Chapel arose from the ashes to a start anew, building towards a more prosperous future.

Photos property of the AFUMC Archives.

iPads In Early Childhood

How things change from the Dick and Jane books or the Little Golden Books we read to our children! Just about every family has a laptop, tablet, and/or a smart-phone that children are exposed to on a daily basis.

Thanks to the fund raising of the Atlanta First Day School Parent Council, we were able to purchase five iPad Minis and childproof cases for them, as well as a Smartboard to enhance the early learning experience of each child in the Day School.

These formats have been proven to revolutionize the educational environment, even at a pre-schooler level, where early-reading, critical thinking skill development, and visual perception skill-based content will flourish.

By no means will these tools not be supervised and interpersonal communication skill activities/opportunities will not be diminished… but the visual advantages of this touch screen medium should not be ignored.

Technology cannot match the experiences for socializing and manipulating objects, such as block building and pretending in dramatic play, although multi-touch mobile devices will bring the world to our little one’s fingertips!

Keeping up with the times is something we pride ourselves on! Our teachers are constantly training and sharing what they’ve learned with their children! What a great time to be a child at AFDS! Maybe they can teach me more about Excel!!


Atlanta Hospitality House
Tuesday, September 23rd - 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, October 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.





Candi Gonzales

Marjorie Squires
Ashlynn Moody

Helen Burrus

Hannah Henderson

Wayne Pierce




Michael Vaughan

Yashana Thomas

Andrea Cutshaw

Charles Rice Jr.
Roby-Hadley Telfer

Bobby Ragan





David Alley

Bonnie Lane

Jay Blanton

Dale Kenimer III

Valerie McClendon

Betty Small
Betty McIntosh
Week Of: August 3 August 10 August 17 August 24 August 31
Sunday School Attendance: 40 37 39 41 28
Worship Attendance: 133 120 109 125 90
Regular Giving: $6,213 $3,419.00 $1,379.00 $1,624.00 $1,812.00

August Online Giving: $3,276.00

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