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Pilgrimage UCC Fall Fest is October 25

Pilgrimage United Church of Christ is having a Fall Fest on Saturday, October 25th. There will be a church wide yard sale from 8am -noon and the Fall Festival follows from 1-4pm. The Fall Festival will have a fun activities for children and a chili cook off.

Don’t miss the bounce house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, sand art, cornhole, a costume contest, treats and more!

All proceeds benefit Pilgrimage UCC.

The church is located at 3755 Sandy Plains Road in East Cobb.


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Mt. Zion UMC Preschool Bazaar begins tomorrow

The Mt. Zion UMC Preschool Bazaar will be held October 17-18, 2014, 9am-2pm daily.

Over 30 vendors, silent auction, bake sale and raffle both days.  Vendors include Stella & Dot, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, Lulu & Junebug, Tupperware and more. Items including jewelry, children’s clothing, hair bows, household items, holiday decorations and much more.

Don’t miss the ‘Party in the Patch’ on Saturday October 18.  Bring the whole family for bounce houses, face painting, food and fun. More information on the Mt. Zion facebook page:


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A Christian Devotion: The Third commandment

Exodus 20: 7-9

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  


Devotion by Don Tawney, Sr.

The third commandment has to do with how we worship God.  It is to be done with all possible reverence.  You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.  The caution given here, is just as needful as ever.  We may think it means not to speak God’s name rashly or in the same sentence of words of hatred or lying or intent to do harm to another.  But it means more than this; it also can mean making a profession of being saintly when you are not living up to that profession.  To name the name of Christ, we are instructed by scripture to leave sin, and cleave to the Word of God.  Our worship will then be honored and received by God.

The fourth commandment concerns when we worship God.  We can worship the Lord daily and honor Him in service; however, there is one day set aside and dedicated for praise to God, and hearing from His Word with other believers.  God commands us to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  There was a time in my memory, as a young boy, the only places of business open on Sunday were service stations to buy gas for your car, and pharmacy stores for your medications.  When the Lord God blessed the Sabbath, He put a difference between it and other days of labor.  We are encouraged to remember to assemble for worship to God on this holy day. (Heb.10.25)


Father in heaven, Thank You for the freedom we have today to worship You in Spirit and Truth.  We pray we will not give up this freedom.


 (Source: Pilgrimage UCC)

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Relationships and Reconciliation: A lesson from Rev. Tom Pumphrey


All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18 NRSV)

In a recent adult study on discipleship, we read and discussed the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15). In this one story we see the cycle of sin, confession, repentance, and forgiveness. The wayward son is restored to his father, and his father rejoices. But this parable has a solid direction beyond forgiveness: reconciliation. The older son is upset because they are celebrating the return of his younger brother. But the father loves both of his sons, and he goes to his older son to persuade him to join in the celebration. The purpose of God’s forgiveness—the grace of God in Jesus Christ—is to bring about our reconciliation. God reconciles us to himself in Christ, and seeks our reconciliation with each other in Christ.

Reconciliation is not easy. Reconciliation takes both parties. Reconciliation takes repentance—more than just confession: turning around and doing differently in the future. And reconciliation takes forgiveness. We might forgive and yet the other person may have no interest in reconciliation. But still we have done what God does for us—opened ourselves to a renewed relationship, ready to embrace the other person when the other person, by God’s grace, responds.

Reconciliation can be challenging. We are all broken and none of us is without fault, and our hurt can sometimes be hard to heal. But reconciliation is an essential part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Reconciliation is the central work of Jesus. As his disciples, we follow in that work, first seeking deeper reconciliation with God each day, then taking God’s grace and sharing it with others. Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, we can watch God transform us and our relationships, and participate in God’s holy joy!

(Reprinted from the newsletter of Rev. Tom Pumphrey, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in East Cobb.) 

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St. Andrew UMC Women Host 13th Annual “Fall Into Crafts” Marketplace on October 10 – 11, 2014


The women of St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Marietta invite area craft lovers to the 13th Annual “Fall Into Crafts” Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014. The show, which is sponsored by the St. Andrew United Methodist Women, will take place in St. Andrew UMC’s Keheley Building from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.
“Now in our 13th year, this show offers a spacious, easily accessible indoor setting where you can comfortably exhibit your crafts. Our friendly, helpful volunteers and wonderful food make “Fall Into Crafts” Marketplace a favorite among many of our return crafters,” said event chairperson Laurie Yurchak. “This year’s marketplace will feature more than 40 exhibitors. Items for sale will include handcrafted jewelry, decorative painting, handmade soap, hand knitted items, candles, photography, hair bows, floral designs, and much more.”
 “There will also be a silent auction featuring items donated by crafters all day Friday and until2 p.m. on Saturday,” said “Fall Into Crafts” Marketplace co-chair Becky Fleming. “In addition, the St. Andrew UMC Women will have breakfast, lunch, desserts, snacks and beverages available for sale.
“Craft enthusiasts will have a great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind treasures at this year’s craft show,” said long-time event participant Diane Woods. “All the proceeds from the Craft Show are donated to missions, including St. Andrew’s Appalachian Service Project and Youthworks Teams, blanket ministry, Good Samaritan fund, and SOS Breast Cancer Support group.”
 “During the past twelve years the UMW has raised approximately $25,000 through the craft show,” said chairperson Laurie Yurchak. “To learn more, please visit”


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Chabad of Cobb’s Sukot Festival coming to East Cobb Park

Photo courtesy Chabad of Cobb


Chabad of Cobb will host their Sukot Festival at East Cobb Park on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 from 3-5pm. Enjoy festive music, great rides, hot pizza and more.

The Sukot Festival is FREE for everyone, though donations are welcome.

For more information visit or call 770-565-4412.


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What is Yom Kippur?



Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year–the day on which we are closest to God and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement–“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:30).

For close to twenty-six hours–from several minutes before sunset on Tishrei 9 to after nightfall on Tishrei 10–we “afflict our souls”: we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations.

Before Yom Kippur we perform the Kaparot atonement service; we request and receive honey cake, in acknowledgement that we are all recipients in God’s world and in prayerful hope for a sweet and abundant year; eat a festive meal; immerse in a mikvah; and give extra charity. Late afternoon we eat the pre-fast meal, following which we bless our children, light a memorial candle as well as the holiday candles, and go to the synagogue for Kol Nidrei services.

In the course of Yom Kippur we hold five prayer services: Maariv, with its solemn Kol Nidrei service, on the eve of Yom Kippur; Shacharit–the morning prayer; Musaf, which includes a detailed account of the Yom Kippur Temple service; Minchah, which includes the reading of the Book of Jonah and Neilah the “closing of the gates” service at sunset. We say the Al Chet confession of sins eight times in the course of Yom Kippur, and recite Psalms every available moment.

The day is the most solemn of the year, yet an undertone of joy suffuses it: a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that God will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdict for a year of life, health and happiness. The closing Neilah service climaxes in the resounding cries of “Hear O Israel… God is one.” Then joy erupts in song and dance (a Chabad custom is to sing the lively “Napoleon’s March”), followed by a single blast of the shofar, followed by the proclamation, “Next year in Jerusalem.” We then partake of a festive after-fast meal, making the evening after Yom Kippur a Yom Tov (festival) in its own right.

For more about Yom Kippur, visit the Yom Kippur megasite where you’ll find everything from a simple, straight-forward how-to guide to Yom Kippur observances, to profound insights into the significance of the festival from the wells of Chassidic wisdom. Also – join a Yom Kippur service at a Chabad Center near you!

Yom Kippur is October 3-4, 2014

(Source: Submitted by Chabad of Cobb)

See Sandi Patty at Mt. Bethel UMC this Sunday


Multi-platinum contemporary Christian recording artist Sandi Patty is bringing her highly anticipated The Everlasting Tour to East Cobb on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“I absolutely love the people and the city of Atlanta, it’s always so much fun to get to sing there,” stated Patty. ‘There is a gracious spirit that runs though all of it’s people and you can absolutely feel it in the air, so full of life and joy. I am very excited”.

Patty’s very special guest for the evening will be the new and exciting group Veritas. The unmistakable sound of Veritas brings a fresh approach to the contemporary classical genre. Their style is fashioned from a fusion of artistic excellence, creative pursuit and a performance that promises to inspire an audience of any distinction.

The Mt. Bethel Chancel Choir, under the leadership of Ira Pittman, will join Patty and Veritas on stage.

“We are excited to bring an artist the caliber of Sandi Patty to the beautiful sanctuary of Mt. Bethel,” said Thomas House, owner of TWH Productions and the event’s promoter. “Atlanta loves Sandi Patty and the early response from the church and the community has been fantastic. We have heard from  people who are driving in from as far away as Birmingham, Ala., and Charlotte, N.C., to attend the event. We certainly anticipate a sellout.”

Concert attendees can expect an evening of inspiration and worship filled with a mix of Patty’s iconic songs and selections from Everlasting. Veritas will be featuring music from their debut, self-titled release, which will be available Sept. 9.

The concert will be held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 4385 Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb. Concert begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at (Key Word – Sandi Patty) or by phone at 855-223-1008.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Holy Trinity


Join the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2922 Sandy Plains Rd from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 for the 6th Annual Oktoberfest.

Enjoy BINGO, a horseshoe tournament, pony rides, music and more. Admission is $4 for an adult and $2 for a child or canned food donations to benefit MUST Ministries Food Pantry.

Visit for details.


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