We hope that you will join us for the 2017 Christmas season!
November 26 – Hanging of the Greens Service – 5:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary
December 1 – Gingerbread Night – 7:00-9:00 pm in the Family Life Center
December 10 – Joyful Sound Concert – 9:45 am in Main Sanctuary
December 14 & 15 – Preschool Concerts – 9:30 am in Main Sanctuary
December 17- Cocoa for a Cause – Children’s Ministry selling cocoa to raise money for Backpacks of Love.
December 17 – Lessons & Carols at 8:45 & 11:00 am Worship Services in the Main Sanctuary
December 17 – 9:51 Christmas Sing-a-Long – 9:51 am in the Family Life Center
December 17 – Christmas at the Lake Service – 5:00 pm at Bald Ridge Marina
Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24, 2017 – 11:00 am – Sunday Traditional Worship Service, 3:00 pm – Children’s Program Service, 5:00 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service, 7:30 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service, 9:51 pm – Contemporary Candlelight Service, 11:00 pm – Candlelight Communion Service.
December 25 – January 2, 2018 – Church Offices Closed
December 31 – 11:00 am & 9:51 am Worship Services Only
In the last month, the need for blood products in Georgia has gone up. As evacuees from hospitals affected by hurricanes have come into our area, many have lost their collected blood from lack of refrigeration due to power outages, or lost their ability to collect blood. In response to this, Cumming First United Methodist Church is doing a blood drive on October 29, 2017.
Cumming First UMC is partnering with Life South, the number one supplier of blood to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, to have a blood drive on Sunday, October 29th, from 8-2 pm to help recover blood supplies that are critically low in our area. Donating blood takes about an hour, and you get fed cookies and juice, while relaxing on an air-conditioned bus with padded recliners. Please invite you friends and family to take advantage of this opportunity.
Please come and help supply blood so we can reschedule missed surgeries, support the sick and the injured, and re-establish our blood supply that is needed every day to help our neighbors. If you have questions, please contact Andy Robinson at email@example.com.
The pumpkins for our annual children & youth fundraiser will arrive on Saturday, Sept. 30 and are 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.
Volunteer Opportunity: Our patch helps to fund our youth and children’s ministries. The patch needs your help to operate and raise these funds. Please consider working a shift at the patch. You can click on the link provided to go to the sign ups for the patch. Please read all the information BEFORE you sign up for a shift. You do NOT have to be involved with the youth or children’s ministry to work a shift. We especially need help on the earlier shifts during the week. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Koerner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-920-3014.
Sign up to volunteer: 2017 Pumpkin Patch
The Price Family Story
“Even though our church is large, I have always felt like we are such a close-knit congregation. There is a place for everybody here at CFUMC!” – Mariana Price
“Cumming First United Methodist Church has given our family a place to serve God and be surrounded by other Christian families. The outreach that our church does is amazing and has shown us how to be servants of our Lord and community,” said Mariana Price.
Josh and Mariana started their marriage 10 years ago. As newlyweds, they moved to Cumming and soon welcomed their first child, Ben. They knew it was time to begin looking for a preschool for their young son. “Our neighbors, Melissa and Tyson Currie, who were church members, recommended the CFUMC preschool to our family. After such a wonderful experience at the preschool, that December we decided to join the church. It was the perfect place for our family and close to home,” Mariana said.
Their family loves attending the lake service at Bald Ridge Marina Chapel during the summer. “If you haven’t attended the Lake Service before, you are missing out! It’s so peaceful to be lakeside singing hymns and listening to the word of God. I look forward to it every year.” The Price family also attends the 11:00 am service where they “enjoy singing the traditional hymns. We love listening to the choir sing and John Hutchinson play the organ. The music is so beautiful and is what we grew up with.”
Josh is an Upward coach and participates in One Great Day of Service as well as volunteering with the UMW Consignment Sale, while Mariana is a member of the United Methodist Women (UMW) and a part of the Naomi Ruth Circle. She became a UMW Circle Leader two years ago. Regarding UMW, Mariana said, “The connection we all have with each other is something rare and special. We are always there to lean on and pray for each other. The fellowship is what drew me to UMW. I think it is so important as a young woman, to surround yourself with other Christian women.” Through their generosity, United Methodist Women help empower and improve the lives of women, youth, and children in the United States and around the world.
Mariana’s time with these women is invaluable and has made a major impact on her life, “The women in UMW have supported me in so many ways. I have met some of my closest friends through UMW and I am so grateful for that. When I had my twins, these women brought me gifts, food, and lots of love that I will never forget. We are always there for each other and I am so lucky to have each and every one of them in my life. Something else that I have appreciated is the prayer ministry and church staff praying for my family. It’s such a blessing to know that others are praying for you and care about your family,” Mariana said.
Twice a year, the UMW hosts a Kid’s Consignment Sale. They sell strollers, children’s clothing, toys and more. A percentage of the profits go to help with the women’s and children’s outreach programs. For the past three years, Mariana served on the UMW Consignment Sale Committee and recently took on the role of co-chair. Regarding the UMW women of the Consignment Sale Mariana said, “The commitment and love these women have for God, our church, and our community is inspiring! Their heart and soul goes into this sale every season. The missions work that UMW does would not be possible without the Consignment Sale and this is one of the reasons I am involved in this awesome ministry.”
Josh and Marianna have three children, nine-year-old Ben and five-year old twins Madison and Lauren. Their kids attended the CFUMC preschool and attend Kid’s Kingdom every Sunday morning. Ben is a part of packing Backpacks of Love for at-risk kids in Forsyth County. The kid’s love Explosion on Sunday nights and the Children’s Ministry Fall Festival Night in the Patch is their favorite each year. They also attend VBS every summer.
Mariana said, “Our church is a very special place. Lives are transformed here every day. The best parts about CFUMC are the people and the outreach to our community. Even though our church is large, I have always felt like we are such a close-knit congregation. There is a place for everybody here at CFUMC!”
Written & Edited by Carrie Ann & Scott Sienkiewicz
The 951 service would not be possible without the gifts and talents of our wonderful volunteers. We want to show how much we appreciate everything you do. You are invited to attend a luncheon in celebration of the people that work behind the scenes to make 951 happen every week. Fill out the form below to attend a free luncheon after the 951 Service on Sunday, August 27 at 11:30am.
This event is for our current volunteers and anyone who is interested in volunteering at 951.
To register for this Foster Care Meeting on June 4 from 5-7 pm at Cumming First UMC, click here.
Art Sitters Needed!
We are in great need of volunteers to art sit for the Festival of Arts. If you would like to help, please click here.