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St. Andrew UMC Reminds Everyone That “Church Is a Fall Sport” at Tailgate Party on August 16


St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Marietta will invites everyone to an August 16, 2014 Tailgate Party featuring food, games, inflatables, and live music performed by Greater Lights Christian band. The fun at the St. Andrew Youth House beside the St. Andrew UMC Sanctuary will last from 4 – 6 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the “party” will move into the St. Andrew UMC Keheley Center.

“Most people think of autumn as the time when children go back to school and football season kicks off,” said Lisa Springer, director of program ministries at St. Andrew UMC. “We at St. Andrew scheduled our Tailgate Party to remind everyone that ‘Church is a Fall Sport’, too.”

“We encourage everyone to join us for food, fun, and musical entertainment as we celebrate the arrival of autumn and everything that goes with it,” added Rev. Mack Riley, senior pastor at St. Andrew UMC. “Friends, neighbors, and anyone looking for a nurturing church family are all welcome. A lot of us look forward to this time of year for various reasons, and we encourage everyone to make Sunday School and worship an integral part of their fall calendar.”

Musical entertainment for the Tailgate Party will be provided by Greater Lights, a Christian Rock group from Marietta. Based out of Marietta, Georgia. Greater Lights is an up and coming Christian rock band formed in 2013. Though each of its five band members live in different cities spread across Georgia, the chemistry between them musically and spiritually is undeniable. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tim Nugent once said, “I’ve never been in a band that meshed so well. It’s like we’ve all played together for years.” Members of the band have shared the stage with accomplished musicians and bands such as David Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Mercy Me, and Lecrae. Their intense love for Christ and spreading the Gospel can be heard in their music and seen in their live experience.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. Founded in April 1962 by a small group of dedicated Methodists who originally met at Blackwell School, St. Andrew United Methodist Church takes pride in being a family of caring, nurturing followers of Jesus Christ who welcome all those seeking to know and grow in God’s service.

Church founders chose the name St. Andrew because the apostle Andrew is considered a “do-er,” doing the work of the Lord. The first sanctuary, completed in 1964, is now our Community Room. Today, our church family has grown to include more than 350 families dedicated to doing the work of the Lord. Church members accomplish this through a wide range of ministries.


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A Christian Devotion

Summer in Vermont

Acts 2:44-47

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Reflection by Jim Kennedy

All who believed were together and had all things in common. This was a community of believers, a community who shared the same values and thereby had all things in common.

And they decided as a community that they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all. They would just do it as people had need for their generosity, so it wasn’t a redistribute the wealth gig, but as they saw people who had need they sold their goods and possessions and made sure that those in need got the proceeds.

After doing this they were able to spend much time in the temple, breaking bread and eating their own food, the food they had not given to the needy. And they did this with glad and generous hearts because they had followed God’s wish that they share their bounty with the needy.

And this was a statement of praise to God, their giving of their goods to the needy as they needed them. And the community had the goodwill of the people in the rest of the society, the people who were watching them give their goods to the needy as they needed them.

And this is what God wanted in the world, for people to give as a community to those in need as their need arose. So God added to the community who was willing to do so from the people who were watching the community give their goods to the needy as they needed them. The community was doing God’s work on earth, and for this God saved them.


Dear Lord I pray that I may work in community to give my goods to the needy as they are needed and thereby do your work and be saved.

(Source: Pilgrimage United Church of Christ) 

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Presbyterian church plans anniversary celebration

Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at the intersection of Canton and Piedmont roads, is planning a celebration July 26 to 27 to mark its first half century.

Activities include a homecoming celebration with dinner, a car show, a silent auction, music and special activities for children on July 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Activities on July 27 will include a special worship service honoring former pastors, a fellowship and a luncheon. Sunday’s events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The community is invited to attend.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. View the original article HERE.) 

‘Power Up Your Marriage’ – FREE course for couples

Young couple kissing in an old European town square.

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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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:


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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 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


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Marietta Campmeeting is July 18-27


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:


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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 to watch the trailers and read the movie summaries and reviews beforehand. For more information please contact


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