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connect worship • grow • serve CONNECT Catalog Fall 2013

On Kick Off Sunday each year, we get the ball rolling again after a hot summer. This time around we’re introducing a new theme for you to consider – Connect: Worship, Grow, Serve. We want you to develop a deeper relationship with Christ and your church. You do it by focusing on the following things. Worship: The worship of God is the first step in the Christian life. Jesus said that God is looking for people who “worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The commandment to “remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy,” is a gift to Christians. This is the day meant for rest, being together to praise God and to celebrate the life of Christ. There are 22 Sundays between August and Christmas Eve. I challenge you to be present for worship every week. Get connected to God and become active in the church through faithful worship. Grow: Every Christian can grow in their faith in God. Our trust in Christ and our understanding of God’s love for us should be on the increase. People who study the Bible gain the spiritual and emotional strength needed for a happy and meaningful life. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” said Jesus (Matthew 5:48). John Wesley challenged the Methodist people to grow as Christians until they are perfect in love. Decide right now that you are going to get connected to a Sunday School class, a Disciple Bible study or small group that challenges you to grow as a Christian. Serve: Christ calls his followers to be servants. He washed the disciples’ feet as a sign that serving others is absolutely necessary for every Christian. Jesus’ strongest word was, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). God needs you to break a sweat and do something for somebody in need. There is a stranger who needs your word of welcome, a hungry person who needs food from your hand, a sick person who needs a healing word from you. Get connected through serving and discover that it really is “more blessed to give than it is to receive” (Acts 20:35). Y’all come,


How will connect this year?

This fall at Alpharetta Methodist we want to encourage you to make a deeper connection with your church, your family and your Savior. Together we believe that we can find new opportunities to Worship, Grow and Serve. What does that mean? Worship: Worship is central to all that we do and all that we are as a people of God and the church. We seek, praise and experience God through worship. As we participate in acts of worship, we connect as the Body of Christ, uniting with other people who love Jesus Christ as we sing and pray. While worship includes corporate gatherings for song and Word and prayer, it is not limited by these things, defined solely as these things or expressed only in these things. Grow: Growing is developing a deeper commitment to God and one another. Growing is accomplished by creating strong relationships, fostering a supportive church family that tends to one another’s needs, building strong Christian foundations, studying God’s Word and spending time contemplating and living the Christian life. Example activities: joining a small group or Sunday School class, taking a Disciple class or other Bible study. Serve: We are most like Christ when we serve other people. When we serve we do good things for others out of love and mercy because of what Christ has done for us. We serve by stepping out into ministry in the church and the world, experiencing the joy and fulfillment that comes from the simple act of doing and giving. Example activities: go on a mission trip, serve in Children’s Ministries or Youth Ministry, volunteer at a soup kitchen, visit the sick. As we Worship, Grow, and Serve, we truly become the Body of Christ, connected in fulfilling the mission of the Church, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Alpharetta Methodist is a vibrant church with an abundance of opportunities for you to connect with our community, our church and, above all, God. This catalog will help you identify many of those opportunities, but keep your eyes open! You never know when God will decide to point you in a new direction. 2

DISCIPLESHIP Sunday School Sundays, 9:45 a.m. Sunday School is a way to grow in the knowledge and love of God by learning, serving, praying and playing together. All Sunday School classes welcome visitors. On Sundays, you can ask for help from our greeters at the welcome desks outside the narthex and in the Trinity Hall lobby. Visit to learn about adult classes. Sunday school opportunities are also available for children and youth at the same time.

Financial Peace University Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 16-Nov. 11 Information Session: August 26, 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace University is a life-changing class that will teach you everything you need to know about dumping debt, building wealth and changing your family’s future. On average, families pay off $5,300 in debt and save $2,700 in just 90 days. Imagine what God can do with your life when you are at peace with your finances! $105 per household. Visit Legacy Journey Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.; Sept. 16-Oct. 28 The Legacy Journey incorporates small group discussions and interactive class activities to encourage accountability and discipleship. This new course doesn’t replace Financial Peace University (FPU); it builds on the foundation for your money that FPU provides. This is for both FPU graduates and anyone who wants a biblical framework for dealing with money and wealth. You’ll learn practical how-tos on investing wisely, planning your estate, giving generously and building generational wealth. $109 per household. Visit GriefShare Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 p.m.; Sept. 18-Dec. 18 GriefShare provides a caring group of people to help you through the grieving process. Visit $20 DivorceCare Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.; Sept.18-Dec. 18 DivorceCare provides a friendly group of people to walk alongside you during a divorce. Visit $20

Alpha Groups Alpha Groups are small groups that study the Bible, reflect on weekly sermons and create deeper relationships with each other. Visit

Journey Men Study Led by Dr. Don Martin, each series lasts three to four weeks and is scheduled on Thursdays, 7:15-8 a.m. in the Methodist Youth Center chapel. Coffee and sausage biscuits are provided. September 12-26, Don will teach “Near the Cross,” considering how the death of Jesus on the cross is the most important event in all of human history and how this sacred moment can redefine your own life. The Journey Men also get together for fellowship. Don’t miss bowling night on August 22! Visit Stuck – A Study for Women Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 12-Nov. 7 Stuck is the first in a series of studies on Thursday mornings to provide a place for women to connect and grow. This is a study for anyone who sometimes feels stuck – stuck in trying to seem perfect, stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy, stuck in something we can’t even name. God has a plan to set each of us free. Come and join us and experience all that He has for you. Oh yeah, we’ll have coffee and food – but NO sausage biscuits here. Visit $15 Amazing Collection Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; Sept. 3-Dec. 10 Amazing Collection is a powerful study for women that walks through the Bible and covers one book each week. This year we begin with 1 Chronicles. Visit $10 Beth Moore’s “To Live is Christ: The Life and Ministry of Paul” Mondays, 9:30-1:30 p.m.; Sept. 23-Dec. 16 This is an in-depth women’s Bible study on the life and ministry of Paul, apostle to the Gentiles. Paul served faithfully, loved heartily and demonstrated what it means to die daily, crucified with Jesus Christ. Join us in this journey to appreciate Paul’s unflagging faith and undying devotion to servanthood. Visit $22

DISCOVER Do you want to learn more about United Methodism and our church? DISCOVER classes offer a four-session introduction to United Methodism, AFUMC, Sunday School classes, groups, ministries and membership. Ministry leaders, including the senior pastor, stop by to introduce themselves. Classes meet most Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the church library. There is no cost, and registration is not required. For more information and to see the DISCOVER class schedule, visit

Don’t miss it!

Regular Sunday Worship Traditional Worship 8:30 and 11 a.m., Sanctuary Traditional services are filled with familiar music, prayers and an inspiring message. Vinebranch Worship 8:30 and 11 a.m., Vinebranch Chapel Our contemporary worship service offers creative music and multimedia in a casual setting, featuring the Vinebranch Band. Children’s Worship See page 7 for our special worship settings for children. Visit

Special Worship Services Service of Hope and Healing

begins September 18! See back page for details.

Disciple Disciple is a life-changing, in-depth exploration of the Bible. Participants read and learn daily from the Bible and meet weekly in small group settings for discussion and fellowship. Visit Sunday classes begin August 11, Monday classes begin August 12 and Wednesday classes begin August 14. Disciple I (Becoming Disciples through Bible Study) provides a foundational overview of the Bible. Beginning with Genesis and continuing through Revelation, group members will read approximately 80% of the Bible in 34 weeks. Offered Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Disciple II (Into The Word, Into The World) is a study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. 34 weeks. Offered Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Disciple III (Remember Who You Are) examines the Old Testament Prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi, as well as the Letters of Paul in the New Testament. 34 weeks. Offered Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Disciple IV (Under the Tree of Life) focuses on several books of the Old Testament (Esther, Psalms, Proverbs and more) and the New Testament writings of the Apostle John. 32 weeks. Offered Sundays at 5 p.m.

September 11, 6:45 p.m., Sanctuary The ministry of healing is as old as the people of God. From the healing stories of Elisha and Naaman in the Old Testament to the healing of the man at the pool of Siloam in the New Testament, we know God offers hope and healing to those in need. Our Service of Hope and Healing is a very special time of worship and will include powerful music, scripture, prayers and a message. Christmas Services and Concerts Catch the Christmas spirit on December 4 at 6:45 p.m. while listening to your favorite songs performed by the Sweet Spirit Singers, Grace Notes and the OK Chorale. The handbell choirs will present a Christmas program on December 11 at 6:45 p.m. If you enjoy hearing the handbells on Sunday morning, you’re going to love hearing and watching them play great Christmas music. Our adult and youth bell choirs will be playing. The Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present our annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15, at 5 p.m. The program includes traditional, contemporary and gospel music. AFUMC celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve-Eve (December 23) and on Christmas Eve (December 24). Special Sundays Kick Off Sunday

August 11

Third Grade Bibles

August 18

Children’s All Music Sunday

October 20



I will pray for the sick

I will say grace

I will sing in the Chancel Choir

I will be a shadow

I will lead at Children’s Worship

I work at the pumpkin patch

I will help with disaster relief

I will join Walk to Emmaus

I will help with confirmation

I will be a communion steward

I will tutor ESL

I will go to Honduras

I will lead a Bible study

I will stuff bulletins

I will be a Sheepfeeder

I will be an usher

I will sit with a visitor at WNS

I will be a parking attendant

I will make blankets

I will provide flowers for the altar

I will bring food for NFCC

I will love my neighbor

I will sew nativity costumes

I will tithe every week

I will play in the orchestra

I will attend a retreat

I will go to Paraguay

I will visit the Prayer Chapel

I will worship

I will forgive

I will attend CrossWalk

I will attend Sunday School every week

I will give to the Endowment

I will live the creed

I will help fill children’s worship bags

I will live a Christian life

I will make angels for the Angel Ministry

I will learn a new prayer

I will attend worship every week

I will find my mission

I will make a wreath

I will read a daily devotion

I will join the UMW

I will accept grace

I will fund a disaster relief bucket

I will join the Journey Men

I will talk about the sermon

I will be humble

I will bring a friend to church

I will visit the sick

I will fill a Christmas shoebox

I will join the youth praise team

I will talk to my child about Jesus

I will do good

I will say bedtime prayers

I will register for a class

I will be an accompanist

I will donate a coat

I will serve on the Wedding Guild

I will do no harm

I will accept forgiveness

I will join an Alpha Group

I will direct a children’s choir

I will help

I will donate to C. Dickson’s Mission

I will make a joyful noise

I will be welcoming

I will go to Jamaica

I will teach kid’s Sunday School

I will take a Disciple class

I will sing in the OK Chorale

I will take Legacy Journey

I will join Knot for Profit

I will play handbells

I will study the Bible

I will donate to Dress for Success

I will serve on Church Council

I will pray for those in job transition

I will visit the elderly

I will give sacrificially

I will take confirmation classes

I will be a lay leader

I will make a visitor comfortable

I will attend DISCOVER

I will be a Sanctuary steward

I will join a small group

I will grow

I will take Financial Peace

I will support Rev. Katya Zoubkova

I will attend a women’s event

I will serve

I will enroll in the Amazing Collection

I will take meals to the homebound

I will be an acolyte

I will help in the church office

I will be a disciple

I will make sandwiches for MUST

I will keep a prayer journal

I will sing in Vinebranch

I will stay in love with God

I will serve on the Funeral Guild

I will read the Bible

I will bring my grandchild to church

I will make a Buddy Bag

I will be a greeter

I will adopt a family at Christmas

I will serve at Fallfest

I will share my gifts

I will chaperone a youth mission

How will you connect?

Here is some inspiration.

I will donate to the Jane Rogers Fund

I will join Tiny Stitches

I will bake cupcakes for Atlanta Day Shelter

I will sing with Testify

I will begin with the Lord’s Prayer

I will start a prayer group

I will dedicate a poinsettia

In need, I will ask for a Stephen Minister

I will share my faith

I will help build a house

I will enroll in Stuck

I will feed the hungry

CHILDREN Holy Baptism Holy Baptism is a covenant between an individual and God. It is God’s word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace and our word to God. If your child is ready for baptism, visit Parent Seminars Join us for parenting seminars led by Carol Burkhart, director of Alpharetta First United Methodist Preschool and DISCOVERIES Tutorial and Enrichment Center. Visit Shadows Training Saturday, August 17; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; MYC The mission of the AFUMC Exceptional Children’s Ministry is to encourage those with exceptionalities and their families to know the love of Christ in a safe, accepting and nurturing environment. We can only incorporate our children with exceptionalities into all of our children’s events through the hard work of our shadows team, which provides individualized support and care for the children who need it. Contact: Lairalaine White at Exceptional Children’s Ministry Parent Meeting Sunday, August 18;12:30 p.m.; Bagley House Parent meetings are an opportunity for the guardians of children with exceptional needs to learn about ways to involve their children in Children’s Ministries events and connect with each other. Parents who have not yet decided to involve their children in particular events at AFUMC are encouraged to join us for the chance to meet with others who can provide support. Visit Third Grade Bibles Sunday, August 18; 8:30 and 11a.m. During worhip, the pastors will present a new Bible to each third grade student. Children at this grade level are ready to dig deeper into their faith and learn how the Bible applies to life. The year’s Sunday School curriculum will teach students basic Bible skills, the books of the Bible, how to find scripture and how to use the Bible in any situation. Children’s Choir Registration Party Wednesday, August 28; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Trinity Hall Sign your kids up for children’s choir and meet the directors. We’ll have snacks, face painting and balloons. We offer choirs for children ages two years to fifth grade. Rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. First rehearsals are September 11. Visit

Pumpkin Patch October 13-31 The pumpkin patch, which raises funds for Children’s Ministries, is an AFUMC tradition. All of the children enrolled in our preschool and Mother’s Morning Out programs get to visit and it is a fun time for our church families too! Sign up to help unload the truck and sell pumpkins. Visit Children’s Advent Celebration Sunday, December 1; 5:30-8 p.m. We want all preschool and elementary age children and their parents to celebrate Advent with us! We will have a spaghetti dinner followed by dessert, hot cocoa, apple cider and a variety of Christmas craft projects. We will also have meaningful Advent stations with activities that families can do together to help them reflect on Advent and their lives. The Not-So-Silent Night Musical Sunday, December 8, 9:50 a.m.; Sanctuary The fourth and fifth grade choir will present this very funny musical during the Sunday School hour. Children’s Choir Nativity Sunday, December 8, 4 p.m.; Sanctuary This is one of the most beautiful services of the year. Come experience the Nativity through the eyes of our children. The three year old through third grade choirs will be dressed as angels, shepherds, cherubs, donkeys, woolly lambs and wise men. Come experience the true meaning of the season. Children’s Choir Final 2013 Rehearsal and Christmas Parties Wednesday, December 11 Celebrate the last Children’s Choir rehearsal with us! Visit Winter Parents’ Night Out Saturday, December 14 AFUMC Parents’ Night Out offers fun, structured, thematic activities for children with disabilities and their siblings. Experienced shadows are on hand for an evening of projects, play and fun. Visit Christmas Eve Services for Families with Young Children Tuesday, December 24; 3 and 4 p.m.; Sanctuary These candlelight services are designed for the whole family to enjoy. There will be familiar carols, children’s choirs and a live nativity.

Weekly Children’s Activities Sunday Children’s Worship Starting August 18, children in grades K-5 meet in Trinity Hall for Children’s Worship. This is a time for children to hear a Bible lesson, worship through praise music and prayer and gather in small groups with their peers to discuss the lesson and work on activities. Children’s Worship concludes with fellowship and play time. During the 8:30 a.m. traditional service, children attend the first part of worship with their families. They are escorted to Children’s Worship by volunteers after the Children’s Message. Children arrive for 11 a.m. Children’s Worship after Sunday School (10:45 a.m.). Fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to participate in Bridge to Worship at 11 a.m. While learning about prayers, creeds and sacraments, students attend traditional worship or Vinebranch worship together the last Sunday of each month. In January, this class will meet twice a month as the children transition into attending worship full time with their families. Preschool Worship, which provides Bible lessons and activities for our three and four years olds, is available during all services. Children’s Sunday School

Video Scavenger Hunt September 29 Have fun interacting with the community by doing goofy things like singing Christmas carols at a neighbor’s house, making a car commercial in a parking lot and impersonating a celebrity. All sixth to twelfth grade students are invited. Contact Kari Hines at to be an adult volunteer. Youth Fall Retreat: “Find Rest 2013” October 11-13 Our fall retreat at Horns Creek Resort in Ocoee, Tennessee, is for students in the sixth through twelfth grades. $125 Girls Retreat November 1-3 Our girls-only weekend will be in the MYC. On Friday, girls in grades six to twelve are invited to bond, eat and learn. Saturday and Sunday morning will be for high schoolers only. Youth Guys Campout: “Generations” November 1-3 Our annual campout for sixth to twelfth graders and their dads will be at McKinney Campground in Acworth, Georgia. $30 Confirmation Class 2014 November 17-March 23 Confirmation is an opportunity for middle school students to learn the basics of the Christian faith and grow in their relationship with God. The Confirmation Service is March 22. Students will be presented to the congregation on March 23. Our theme is “The Journey Begins Here.” Registration is in August.

Sunday School is at 10:45 a.m. Preschoolers study “In the Beginning – Jumping into God’s Story,” a learning adventure that promotes family involvement. Our Christmas Community Outreach kindergarten through second graders study the “Grow, December 13, 7-9 p.m. Proclaim, Serve!” curriculum, which Youth adopt families through local schools and fulfill their wish lists. incorporates Bible stories, activities and Gifts are due Dec. 8. On Dec. 13, we throw a party for the families, videos into a full faith experience. serving dinner, wrapping gifts and playing with the children. Third graders learn all about the Bible and how to utilize it. Fourth graders follow “The Jesus Storybook Bible” curriculum, learning to follow Jesus’ example. Fifth graders learn to handle pre-teen challenges with the “Grapple” curriculum.


Wednesday Nights Children’s Choirs, for children ages two years to fifth grade, meet Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. While learning music and social skills, children sing in worship and the annual nativity. Visit

youth ministry

Weekly Youth Activities:

[lit] is a Sunday night youth worship experience at the MYC , 6-8 p.m. It includes food, open forum, worship, student-led segments and a relevant monthly theme. [lit] starts August 18. In Wednesday Life Groups students experience life together in gender and grade groups. The MYC opens at 5 p.m. and we break out from 6:45-8 p.m. Life Groups begin August 21. Sunday Starting September 11, after AM Bible Study is a six-year walk through the Bible, every Sunday at the MYC Wednesday Night Supper, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Grouped by grade, we develop faith by studying scripture and children in grades K-5 will learning how to apply it to life. The 4:12 – Girls Mentoring Girls Program is about gather for an interactive setting the example of 1 Timothy 4:12 (“Let no one despise your youth, but set the Bible lesson and games. Nursery will believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”) and supporting be available. each other. Registration begins in August. Student Praise Band meets in the MYC regularly during the school year and periodically over the summer. Practice is at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Praise Band plays each Sunday during [lit]. Exodus middle school choir meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Genesis high school choir, whose season will culminate in their production of “Godspell,” meets on Sundays at 4 p.m. The middle school Alpha Ringers meet at 4 p.m. on Sundays. The high school Wesley Ringers meet at 5 p.m. on Sundays. 8


Adopt A Family We will support Action Ministries’ Adopt a Family program October 5-November 15. AFUMC families and small groups are encouraged to adopt a family for Christmas. Baked with Love Cupcake Mission We support the Atlanta Day Shelter by baking cupcakes one Saturday each month. Contact: Blanket Ministry Volunteers meet Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. in the Vaughn House to make blankets for those in need of comfort. Blankets are available to distribute as needed. Contact: Carla Ebright, 404-626-1277. Buddy Bag Ministry The United Methodist Women have launched a new ministry serving children in crisis. We share God's love by creating bags containing bears, books, blankets and writing materials. Contact: Pamela Schiftic,

Serve in Music Chancel Choir Chancel Choir is open to all who want to sing praise. We meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 7. We sing for the 11 a.m. worship service every Sunday and once a month at the 8:30 a.m. serivce. Grace Notes Grace Notes, a women’s choir, sings in senior centers and during worship. Rehearsals start Monday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. Testify This mixed vocal ensemble meets Mondays at 6:15 p.m. We sing in worship at the 8:30 service twice a month. Rehearsals begin Aug. 5. New Jubilations New Jubilations is a choir for seniors in our church and community. We rehearse weekly on Mondays at 11 a.m. beginning Sept. 16. O.K. Chorale Onward Kingdom Chorale, an all men’s choir, rehearses Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. AFUMC Orchestra We provide special music for worship. Join us Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Adult Handbell Choir The Adult Handbell Choir meets on Sundays at 6 p.m., and plays in worship at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services throughout the year. Visit

Box Tops for Preschool The United Methodist Women sponsor a yearlong drive to collect box tops for AFUMC’s preschool. Visit Children’s Choir Volunteers Our children’s choir program has many volunteer opportunities, including directors, choir parents and accompanists. Visit Coat Drive for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) On October 27, AFUMC will collect coats for NFCC’s Warm Coat Day when the charity distributes coats to those in need. Disaster Response Team The Disaster Response Ministry provides awareness, training and resources and facilitates communication between Methodist churches in time of disaster. Visit Dress for Success Dress for Success is a a semi-annual collection of women’s business attire to help underprivileged women interviewing for job placement. Visit English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer tutors help non-native speakers learn English. Visit Fallfest On October 19, we will host FALLfest, our annual community event. The family festival, which supports missions, includes more than 60 arts and craft exhibitors; free children’s games and pony rides; a flea market; a health fair; live music; food; a silent auction; the UMW bake shop and more. Food Drive for NFCC On November 5, we will collect food for NFCC. Giving Tree The Giving Tree collects toys for children in need at Christmas. Habitat for Humanity Ecumenical Build Volunteers help build homes for low-income working families. Contact: Jack Spicer,

Journey Men Service Opportunities The Journey Men serve in mission projects throughout the year. Visit Knot for Profit Ministry This crochet and knitting ministry meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bagley House. Contact: Crisanne Triplett, Ladies’ Mission Trip to Jamaica October 13-19, women from AFUMC will travel to Jamaica to assist at schools, churches and orphanages. Contact: Annette Sullins, Lil’ Angels Consignment Sale The Lil’ Angels Consignment Sale is a semi-annual fund-raising event benefiting local women’s and children’s charities. The fall sale will be September 6-7. Visit Operation Christmas Child On November 24, members will deliver their shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a mission of Samaritan’s Purse that provides shoe boxes of gifts for needy children worldwide.

Giving As Christians, we acknowledge that everything we have is the Lord’s, and we are called to use those resources to help God’s children. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry, through our congregation, your gifts help us multiply our efforts and become the heart, spirit and hands of God’s outreaching love. Your tithes support the ministries and missions described in this catalog. Your gifts also support special mission efforts – such as the Jane Rogers Scholarship Fund and the Christian Dickson Mission Fund. There are many ways to give – through cash or direct deposit donations, stock transfers, gifts to AFUMC’s Endowment Fund and more. Contact: Connie Powell,

Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House The United Methodist Women sponsor a yearlong drive to collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Drop off your pop tabs in the Trinity Hall Lobby.

Want to learn how to donate to AFUMC and the ways your gifts are used for our church and God’s work? Visit

Santa’s Secret Shop The UMW hosts Santa’s Secret Shop on December 14. Children age three through fifth grade can shop for Christmas. The shop raises funds for the Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur.

Interested in the work of Christian and Angelica Dickson, missionaries who serve with the Mission Society in Paraguay? Visit

Shadows for Exceptional Children’s Ministry Shadows provide individualized care for children with exceptional needs. Contact: Lairalaine White, SheepFeeders We have more than 150 people serving in five Sheepfeeder Teams on a rotational basis from September through May. Sheepfeeders are responsible for every aspect of providing our Wednesday Night Supper meals, serving an average of 400 meals each week, including dozens of meals that are prepared and transported to homebound persons in the community. Contact: René Watson, Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministers are church members who have gone through 50 hours of training in providing Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge such as divorce, grief, loss of job, or loneliness. Visit Tiny Stitches Volunteers sew, knit and crochet packaged layettes for needy babies of North Georgia. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact: Jane Walker, United Methodist Women (UMW) The United Methodist Women is a mission organization whose members give of themselves through prayer, action and financial gifts in response to God’s call. Don’t miss their annual Christmas banquet on December 3. Visit

Want to know about Rev. Katya Zoubkova and the Tyumen United Methodist Church of Salvation? Visit The Jane Rogers Scholarship Fund supports a variety of missions. Visit

Service in Worship Without the service of many volunteers, each Sunday would look very different. Our pastors can’t be everywhere, so ushers, acolytes, parking attendants, communion stewards and other volunteers band together to create a worship environment that praises God. Visit to see how you can serve. 10

Wednesday nights at Alpharetta Methodist are about more than just supper. Everyone in our church is invited to get involved. Children worship God through song in Children’s Choir and learn about the Word while making friends during Alpha Kids. The musically inclined among us gather to rehearse. Adults looking to grow through study come for Alpha Groups and CrossWalk. Youth grow spiritually at Life Groups. We’ll fill your stomach with a delicious meal, but God will feed your spirit.

Second, we’re adding trays to make it easier to navigate the food lines without multiple trips. There will also be folks around to help! Finally, we’re making it easier to purchase meals. Beginning this fall, you can register online each week or purchase a FastPass, good for a full year. For those purchasing an annual pass, we’ll offer an online, one-time payment option. You’ll find the menus for the entire year posted on our website so you can review them prior to making a decision. We’ll continue to take weekly reservations by phone through handy cards in the sanctuaries.The check-in process has also been streamlined.

We are always looking for ways to serve you better. Last spring we conducted a survey that generated helpful feedback. We have worked hard We are so appreciative to all who gave us to incorporate your ideas to better serve you. feedback and continue to support this important First, we are adding commercial-grade salad bars ministry. Our time together on Wednesday nights to help not only make our salads more appealing is one more way to connect with the Body of and easier to access, but to allow us to provide the Christ. We pray it will be meaningful to you and fresh and healthier choices many of you desire. your family. Visit

Where does life meet faith? Wednesday Nights this fall, our pastors will lead a weekly gathering in the Vinebranch Chapel called CrossWalk. CrossWalk is designed for anyone who wants to know more about how to discover and develop a meaningful Christian walk. The topics discussed each week will be as unique as those

who lead, but will remain focused on spiritual practices that will nurture deep and fulfilling faith. Come enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship for dinner in Trinity Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and CrossWalk at 6:45 p.m. in Vinebranch Chapel. No registration will be required, and all are welcome! Visit

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This fall at Alpharetta Methodist we want to encourage you to make a deeper connection with your church, your family and your Savior. Togeth...