Stations of the Cross

Join us for

Stations of the Cross
The next Stations of the Cross will take place on

 Good Friday, April 14 pm from noon-6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

This year we have created an interactive way of coming to the sanctuary to pray. We have called it “Stations of the Cross.” It is designed for you walk through the prayer stations at your own pace. Stay as long as you would like. There will be a written guide to give instructions for each of the 4 stations that we will set up.

We hope you will join us! 

Military Care Packages for One Great Day of Service

Military Care Package Needs for One Great Day of Service
We will be working off site at GA 400 Storage. We will need no more than 12 people. 6 of the people can be children age 8+ with an adult. We will be making toiletry packs and packing care packages. We are in need of several items. They are listed below. If you would like to donate items, please drop them off in the military care packages box in the hallway near the big kitchen. 

We need:

  • 50 Bottle of full size shampoo
  • 25 bottles of sunscreen
  • 50 large toothpaste tubes
  • 50 wash clothes
  • 50 hand towels
  • 50 deodorants
  • 50 bags of beef jerky
  • 50 boxes of girl scout cookies
  • 50 cans of Pringles/Lays chips
  • 50 boxes of snack crackers
  • 100 pouches of tuna
  • 100 packs of trail mix
  • 50 cans of mixed nuts

Christmas at CFUMC

We hope that you will join us for the 2016 Christmas season! 

Click here to view the Journey of Preparation Devotional written by the Pastoral and support Staff at CFUMC. (Please refer to pages numbers as the document set up does not go in order)

Hanging of the Greens Service: November 20 at 5:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary.

Gingerbread Night for Children: Join us on December 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Family Life Center for Gingerbread Night! The cost is $15 per family. You can pick up a registration form on the table next to the Children’s Ministry Office or online at

Service of Hope: Join us for a solemn, reflective service on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Cocoa for a Cause: December 4 & December 11: Children’s Ministry selling cocoa to raise money for Backpacks of Love.

Radical Sabbatical: December 9-11 – Youth Advent Retreat at Camp Glisson

Joyful Sound Concert: Join us for our Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 11 at 9:45 am in the Sanctuary.

Preschool Concerts: December 14 & 15 at 9:30 am in the Main Sanctuary.

Lessons & Carols: Join us for the annual service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 18 at 8:45 and 11 a.m. featuring the Chancel Choir with Chamber Orchestra.

Christmas at the Lake Service: December 18 at 5:00 pm at Bald Ridge Marina.

9:51 Christmas Sing-A-Long: Join us during the 951 Service on Sunday, December 18 for our annual Christmas Sing-A-Long. This is a fun time for families and children of all ages.

Christmas Eve Services
12:00 pm – Communion Service* in the Sanctuary
3:00 pm – Children’s Program Service* in the Sanctuary
5:00 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service* in the Sanctuary
7:30 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service* in the Sanctuary
9:51 pm – Contemporary Candlelight Service in the Family Life Center
10:45 pm – Pre-Service Christmas Music in the Sanctuary
11:00 pm – Candlelight Communion Service in the Sanctuary
* Excellent childcare available for children 0-4 years old
for these services.

Christmas, Sunday, December 25, 2016: There will only be the 11:00 am Worship Service! There will be no Children’s Sunday School and No Coffee And… and no childcare.

Church Offices Closed: December 26 – January 2, 2017

New Years Eve Worship: December 31 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, January 1, 2017: 9:51 am & 11:00 am Worship Services Only.



The Pumpkins Arrive Oct. 1!

The pumpkins for our annual children & youth fundraiser are here and available for purchase on the front lawn until November 1.

Hours to purchase** your pumpkins are:

Monday-Friday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Shop our pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkins for the fall season!

**We accept credit or debit cards, cash or check.

Thank You Letter from Deborah Medearis

To the members and staff of Cumming First United Methodist Church,

As I was recently cleaning out my desk I ran across a copy of the church Newsletter dated February 9, 2003.  The article from the pastor read in part “I am very pleased to announce that as of Monday, February 3, 2003, we now have a pastoral counseling office here at the Church.  …The center will provide persons who are especially trained to do Christian counseling. Deborah Medearis will direct the work of the center and do much of the counseling. I am grateful to … the Trustees for their willingness to begin this exciting and most helpful ministry.”  As it turned out the second therapist that was added remained only a few months, but I stayed and provided all of the counseling for over 13 years.  It is for those 13 years that I wish to thank each and every one of you who supported this ministry of the church. I was privileged during my years of working here to join scores of people along their life’s sacred journey, including many who otherwise might not have been able to receive the help they needed.

I am and will always remain grateful for the gift this church gave to me.  I was not only provided space for the work I do, but many groups, organizations and individuals of the church supported this ministry monetarily.  Others of you supported my ministry with words of encouragement, prayers, referrals or seeing me yourself.  It was a joy to be a joint partner in ministry with such a kind and welcoming congregation.

Due to the growth of Cumming First United Methodist Church the office space I was occupying is needed for additional church staff.  As a result I have recently moved my ministry to a new location at Midway United Methodist Church.  I will miss being physically present at CFUMC, as it has become very comfortable and home-like for me.  I will however, always carry in my heart your graciousness and hospitality toward me.  I hope that if you or those you love are ever in need of counseling services you will remember that I am continuing my ministry nearby and would welcome an opportunity to be of service to you.

It seems that all my words are inadequate to express the deep and heart felt appreciation that I am experiencing as this season of my ministry ends. I suppose it will have to suffice for me to say once again that I am profoundly thankful.  It is my prayer that God will bless each of you in every effort you make to bring our world closer to being what God intends it to be.

With deepest gratitude,

Debra Medearis

Deborah Medearis

Pastoral Counselor