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The front door restoration project is underway!
• SafeHouse Outreach Dinner: Tuesday, November 4th at 3:30 PM
• AFDS Parents’ Council Mtg: Wednesday, November 12th at 4:00 PM
• Annual Church Conference: Sunday, November 16th at 1:00 PM
• UMW Meeting: Tuesday, November 18th at 11:00 AM
• AFDS Thanksgiving Feast: Friday, November 21st at 11:30 AM
• Hospitality House Dinner: Tuesday, November 25th at 6:00 PM
• Advent Workshop & Hanging of the Greens: Sunday, November 30th at 12:00 PM

Advent Family Workshop
& Hanging of the Greens

Please bring your children, grandchildren and friends as we celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season on Sunday, November 30th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. We will make Advent wreaths and Christmas decorations in the Fellowship Hall. We will also decorate the Sanctuary with garlands, wreaths and bows and hang decorations on the Chrismon tree. In the spirit of giving for the season, please bring adult socks, gloves and hats as a donation for MAC. Lunch will be provided for participants. RSVP to Robin King at or contact Robin at 404-524-6614.

The UMW will meet on Tuesday, November 18th at 11:00 AM. Mary Jackson will present an interesting program on “The Tale of Two Cities”. We will also be collecting canned food for the MAC food pantry.

Church Conference

Our annual Church Conference will take place on Sunday, November 16th at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served after worship, followed by our annual church conference.

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:

November 9, 23, 30      December 14

In early October Atlanta First began a project to restore the outer doors of the sanctuary facing Peachtree Street, as they had fallen into disrepair and were detracting from the beauty of the rest of the church. The doors are being taken, one set at a time, to the workshop of An Do, a Vietnamese master craftsman. His specialty is restoration and refurbishment of antique furniture and woodwork, and he has completed restoration work for Peachtree Christian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Mr. Do is restoring the doors by stripping them of paint and making repairs where necessary, such that most of the original wood and hardware will be returned to their original condition prior to repainting. This project is made possible by the generous donations of several individuals and Sunday School classes at Atlanta First. We anticipate completion of the project around the beginning of Advent.

Photos, clockwise from top right:

The main entrance doors will be removed last. Workers removed the side panels revealing the original woodwork.

The north entrance doors loaded into Mr. An Do’s truck.

Mr. An Do and his assistants preparing a temporary wall in the north entrance.

The original wood slat panels flanking the main entrance that were hidden for years under plywood.

The restored doors of the south entrance. The hardware may receive a different finish before completion.

Church Family
Margaret Davis Nelda Hill Jackie Scarborough
Homebound Church Family
Isobel Ginn Jack & Harriet Head Dot Miller
Extended Church Family and Friends
Dollie Gilreath,
Mother of Dede Gilreath
Erin Holcomb,
A Day School Mother
The Gideon Perkins Family,
Friends of Natalie Smith
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 the family & friends of Faith Butler whose grandfather, William Sutton passed away on Friday, September 5th.

Condolences to the family and friends of Annette O. Baldwin, who passed away on Thursday, September 25th.

Condolences to the family & friends of Connie Holcombe whose mother, Jerry Ann Stokes passed away on Thursday, September 25th.

Condolences to the friends and family of Marianne B. Kight, who passed away on October 22nd.

A Lifetime at First Church
Thanks to Dr. Bob Smith for sharing his personal history at Atlanta First. - Carol Colly

n entertaining friend of ours on the Emory faculty, Neil Shulman, M. D., comically describes life as “a dash between two dates on a tombstone.” All of us are engaged in that brief journey on this planet. For me personally the trip started and has continued much of the time at our own First Methodist Church. Both my maternal grandmother and my mother were members of Atlanta First when I was born and they reported to me later that I was brought to the Cradle Row when just a few weeks of age. In those days the Nursery was approximately where the Reception Office is currently found and the Pastor’s Study was adjacent to the present Conference Room, just off the sanctuary.

When I attended Sunday School for elementary age children a few years later it was held in a two story house situated immediately behind the church building on Porter Place, where the Education Building presently stands. I remember an auto repair garage directly across the street from that house, occupying a portion of our existing parking lot.

In due time, the house was taken down to make way for the Education Building in use today. While that construction project was underway it was necessary to relocate a number of Sunday School classes for several months. I recall that my parents’ group, the Hemphill-Rogers class, met in the showroom of the car dealership located just north of the church property on Peachtree street, exactly where Ralph McGill crosses today. My own class of junior high teenagers was moved temporarily to the service department of a different auto dealership diagonally across West Peachtree from the back of the church. I well remember the curved, oil-slicked ramp that led form the street level to the service bay where our class met during the period of construction. It may have been providential that the owner of that Mitchell Motors Oldsmobile dealership was to be later the benefactor who anonymously donated funds that paid my tuition to medical school, a generosity arranged through his friendship with our esteemed pastor, Pierce Harris.

My memory of Sunday School is a bit hazy for the two years that I attended Emory College preparing to enter medical school. I am sure some of my impaired memory was due to absences to attend events at school, but some was attributable to my frequent travels to Milledgeville on weekends to court a certain coed that I had dated since the ninth grade. Flo and I were married in August, 1953 just three days before I entered the Emory School of Medicine. She had been a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, but on the urging of her father, Victor Limehouse, transferred her membership to First Methodist soon after our wedding. Dr. Harris recognized the need for a new Sunday School class for our age group and encouraged us to join with three other couples (Noel and Virginia Cathcart, Jay and Ann Jones and Jimmy and Jo Kennedy) to establish the St. Andrew Class. We started meeting in the storeroom adjacent to the kitchen in 1954 and later moved upstairs to the third floor. Flo and I were active at First Church until I graduated form medical school and moved north where I completed surgical training at the Presbyterian Hospital of New York City. Included in those nine years away from Atlanta were two years of active duty in the U. S. Army.

We returned to Atlanta and to the Emory faculty with three children in 1966. We resumed relationships at First Church and Flo and I became Youth Directors, joining a team that included Doyle and Jackie Cox as well as a number of Emory theology students who served the church in rotations over the next fifteen years. We remember those times fondly as they included yearly excursions to Epworth-by-the-Sea and other exciting adventures such as the ill-fated Chattahoochee River Raft Race. It was that experience on the river that accounted for the premature graying of my hair, I am convinced. But what a pleasure it is now to see the young people that we counseled then all grown up with families of their own. Many of them are the offspring of MACO and St. Andrew Class parents, of course.

We enjoy the wonderful memories of past times at First Church, but are even more excited and optimistic about the great years ahead. With God’s guidance, the best is yet to come!

Dr. Bob Smith

Fall Festival Photos!

SafeHouse Outreach Dinner
Tuesday, November 4th - 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.

Atlanta Hospitality House
Tuesday, November 25th - 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







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Week Of: September 7 September 14 September 21 September 28
Sunday School Attendance: 34 28 36 32
Worship Attendance: 125 97 109 91
Regular Giving: $12,235.00 $3,285.00 $1,898.00 $1,779.00
Week Of: October 5 October 12 October 19 October 26
Sunday School Attendance: 36 35 36 35
Worship Attendance: 125 108 93 155
Regular Giving: $4,857.00 $2,679.00 $1,559.00 $2,527.00

September Online Giving: $3,092.00

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