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‘Power Up Your Marriage’ – FREE course for couples

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Power Up Your Marriage is an exciting 15-week course designed to help couples move toward building a stronger relationship. The class will explore topics such as: conflict resolution, enhancing communication, improving emotional connectedness, developing genuine friendship, and much more. The course is also open to couples planning on getting married.

The course is led by Eddie Capparucci, a licensed associate counselor and his wife, Teri, a counseling student. The course is free and held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road, Marietta. Classes will be held every Wednesday evening starting Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the CLC building. Registration is requested but not necessary. For more information call 404-788-0002.

 

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To have your religious organization’s events included in the EAST COBBER please send details to editor@eastcobber.com

 

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Upscale Garage Sale at RUMC

A gigantic, church-wide garage sale at Roswell United Methodist Church will be held on Thursday, July 24 (a $10 donation gets you into this Early Bird Sale, 4-7 p.m.); Friday, July 25, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The public is also invited to a furniture pre-sale event on Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. – noon at 1255A Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell.

Thousands of items will be available at the garage sale, to be held indoors in the church’s fellowship hall area. Items will include furniture, books, collectibles, art and frames, jewelry, household items, sporting equipment, seasonal items, linens, craft items, baskets, vases, outdoor furniture, children’s toys and clothes, and adult clothes. Credit cards (add $2 fee) and cash accepted. Bring your friends and neighbors for this incredible garage sale!

The church is located at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell’s historic district. Information: www.rumc.com/garagesale

 

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LAVISH LOVE – Camp Meeting Luncheon

 

“They said…‘Why waste the perfume? This perfume could have been sold for almost a year’s pay and the money given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. Jesus said, ’Leave her alone…She has done a good thing for me.’” (Mark  14:4-6)

Mark 14:1-9 tells the story of a time when, during a dinner hosted by Simon the leper for Jesus and his Disciples, a woman interrupted, bringing a jar of costly perfume, opened it, and poured it over Jesus’ head. Simon, the Disciples, and other guests were floored!  Didn’t she know how expensive that nard was, and that a much more efficient and beneficial use of it would have been to sell it and use the money to help the poor and needy?! If you know the story, then you also know that Jesus’ answer was equally surprising:  this woman has “done a good thing for me,” he said. “She has done what she could,” and that “wherever in the whole world the good news is announced, what she’s done will also be told in memory of her.”

This story illustrates the concept and practice of LAVISH LOVE – that there are times, places, and situations that sometimes call for us to go a bit overboard in our actions and behaviors in order to demonstrate love for others.  It illustrates that at times “ordinary” acts of love just won’t suffice – that we occasionally need to do extraordinary things in order to demonstrate our love (we sometimes refer to this as “going the extra mile.”)

Well, at about 12:15pm on Sunday, July 20th, our church will be sharing “lavish love” for our “spiritual parents” and partners in ministry at Marietta Campground by hosting a catered “old fashioned” picnic following our combined 11am worship Camp Meeting service across the street from our church. There will be fried chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, potato salad, dessert, drinks and all the “fixins” to enjoy. But most importantly, it will be an opportunity to get to know and interact with the tentholders of Marietta Campground as we help them celebrate 177 years of ministry! (For those who don’t already know, our church came out of Marietta Campground back in 1872, which makes them our “spiritual parent,” and we their 142-year old “spiritual child.”)

There may be some who say that our free hosting of this catered event is an exorbitant (or perhaps unnecessary) expense on our part. But your leaders and I disagree. Instead, we believe it to be one way we at East Cobb UMC can show “lavish love” for our Campground friends – a small way for us to say “thank you” and “we love you” to the ministry who spiritually “birthed” us as a congregation all those years ago.

So, whether or not you normally attend 11am worship at ECUMC, I hope that on Sunday, July 20th you will join us in worship celebrating our heritage and partnership under the arbor across the street at 11:00am, and then join us for our catered picnic following the service. Even Jesus commended occasional “lavish love” when it’s done in the right spirit – So I hope you’ll join me in sharing this at Camp Meeting on Sunday, July 20th! Remember that God loves you and I do, too!

(To find out more about all the services and events of Camp Meeting this year, visit their website HERE)

 

 

Rev. Dr. Brian Germano

Brian is an ordained Elder of the North Georgia United Methodist Church, has been pastoring churches since 1989, and currently serves as Senior Pastor of East Cobb United Methodist church in Marietta, GA.

Reposted from East Cobb UMC’s enewsletter

 

Family Promise of Cobb County announces One Family Concert Fundraiser

Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) invites everyone to the “One Family-One Promise-One Song” concert on Friday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church.

“Choirs and musical groups from 13 local congregations will perform to help raise money for homeless families in Cobb County,” said FPCC Executive Director Camilla Worrell. “Now in its second year, the One Family concert will be one of FPCC’s biggest fundraisers of the year[GH1] .”

Tickets are $20 for premium seating and $10 for regular seating and available at participating churches or at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org or at the door. Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta GA 30066

“Homeless families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population,” said Family Promise President Fred Massey, owner of Massey Automotive and member of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. “Here in Cobb County, we may not think of it, but single mothers and veterans are the new faces of homelessness. With over 1,600 homeless Cobb school children, there is a clear call for more action by the faith-based community.”

FPCC’s Host congregations assist families with children by providing lodging, meals, and caring hospitality for one week, four times each year on a rotating schedule. Additional support congregations assist the FPCC network by providing volunteers, meals, and funds.

Local congregations that serve as FPCC host congregations are: Acworth UMC, Annunciation Episcopal, Christ Episcopal Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, East Cobb UMC, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, St. Andrew UMC, St. Benedict’s Episcopal, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Mt. Zion UMC, Smyrna Church of the Nazarene, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Unity North Atlanta Church, and Zion Baptist Church.

FPCC, which opened in January 2014, is a non-traditional shelter where homeless families spend one week with local area faith based congregations. The local organization is an independent affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization founded in 1988. This interfaith organization was founded with the mission of addressing the immediate needs of homeless families with children. To find out more about Family Promise of Cobb County and to donate to this cause, please visit www.familypromisecobbcounty.org.

 

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Marietta Campmeeting is July 18-27

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Marietta Campmeeting’s 177th Year of Praising God! Starts with a covered dish picnic at 6pm on Friday followed by the first service at 7:30pm. Services will be held twice daily (11am and 7:30pm) the remaining days ending with the 11AM Communion Service on Sunday, July 27. Guest pastors and speakers. Free and open to the public. 2301 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: www.mariettacampmeeting.com.

 

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Summer Movies continue through July

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church FREE Summer Movie Series continue this week. Movies will be screened at JFBC, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta on Tuesday nights at 7 pm in Room 341/343.

Enjoy popcorn, candy, soda and water for a small donation. Movies dates are:

  • July 8 – King’s Faith
  • July 15 – Johnny
  • July 22 – Finding Normal
  • July 29 – The Moment After

Not all of the movies are appropriate for all audiences. Please go to www.christianfilmdatabase.com to watch the trailers and read the movie summaries and reviews beforehand. For more information please contact theresecondon@bellsouth.net

 

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A Fourth of July Prayer

We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration in gratitude for the gift of being Americans.We rejoice with all those who share in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all.

With flags and feasting, with family and friends,we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunity to bring to fulfillment our many God-given gifts.

As we deny all prejudice a place in our hearts,may we also clearly declare our intention to work for the time when all people, regardless of race, religion or sex, will be granted equal dignity and worth.

Come, O gracious God,who led your children Israel from slavery, keep us free from all that might hold us in bondage.

Bless our country and join our simple celebration that we may praise you, our Source of freedom, the One in whom we place our trust.

(Ed Hays, A Pligrim’s Almanac: Reflections for Each Day of the Year, p. 111)


A spiritual reflection

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Trust in God
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8, NRSV)

 

When we send our kids off to camp or help our parents settle into a retirement center, or when we surrender ourselves to a doctor’s care, we are invited to a place of trust. We give up a little of our power (the power we think we have) and wait for the outcome. We can wait anxiously, mired in worry. We can wait recklessly—giving up our care and concern. Or we can trust God in that moment. We can trust that God is the better father to our kids, the better caregiver to our parents, and ultimately the Great Physician in whose shadows our medical world labors. That doesn’t mean that life never dishes out hard times. God certainly grieves with us when sin and death and inexplicable tragedy strikes. But all our experiences are somehow transformed by trusting in God in the process.

How have you trusted God? When were you in a tight spot in your life, where you decided to surrender (even a little bit) to God? How have you found God trustworthy? What might have wounded your ability to trust?

If you have tasted of God’s trustworthiness, don’t forget that moment. Spend time remembering how you felt, knowing that the Holy Spirit is with you, sustaining you and strengthening you through your challenges. As you remember what it felt like to bask in God’s trust, apply that to other parts of your life. Stewardship is trusting God’s will with your resources. Discipleship is trusting Jesus to guide you and teach you. Prayer is trusting that the Holy Spirit will hear and speak to you in just the right way at just the right time. What would it be like to live all your life immersed in the trust of God?

God bless you with that trust and the riches of his grace!

(Written by The Rev. Tom Pumphrey, rector of The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in East Cobb) 

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Car Wash to benefit Powers Ferry UMC Youth

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Powers Ferry United Methodist Church Youth Group will have a car wash on Saturday, July 5th from 10 am until 2 pm.  Donations are welcome.  A free hot dog is being served for each car washed.  Proceeds will benefit the youth mission trip in July.

The church is located at 245 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta. For further information please contact the church office at 770-973-5271 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10 am until 3 pm or go to www.powersferryumc.com for further information.

 

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