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