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A Prayer for Super Bowl Sunday












Here’s a prayer for Super Bowl weekend, penned by scholar and prophetic voice Walter Brueggemann, from his book Prayers for a Privileged People:


Super Bowl Sunday

The world of fast money,

and loud talk,

and much hype is upon us.

We praise huge men whose names will linger only briefly.


We will eat and drink,

and gamble and laugh,

and cheer and hiss,

and marvel and then yawn.


We show up, most of us, for such a circus,

and such an indulgence.

Loud clashing bodies,

violence within rules,

and money and merchandise and music.


And you – today like every day –

you govern and watch and summon;

you are glad when there is joy in the earth,

But you notice our liturgies of disregard and

our litanies of selves made too big,

our fascination with machismo power,

and lust for bodies and for big bucks.


And around you gather today, as every day,

elsewhere uninvited, but noticed acutely by you,

those disabled and gone feeble,

those alone and failed,

those uninvited and shamed.

And you whose gift is more than “super,”

Overflowing, abundant, adequate, all sufficient.


The day of preoccupation with creature comforts writ large.

We pause to be mindful of our creatureliness,

our commonality with all that is small and vulnerable exposed,

your creatures called to obedience and praise.


Give us some distance from the noise,

some reserve about the loud success of the day,

that we may remember that our life consists

not in things we consume,

but in neighbors we embrace.


Be our good neighbor that we may practice

your neighborly generosity all through our needy





—Walter Brueggemann

Are you a Mom in Prayer?

Southern Baptists Diversity

Moms in Prayer groups meet weekly at area schools.

Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms in touch) for parents of Dickerson Middle School meets every Thursday at 1pm. Meeting location available upon request. More info: Movita Stallworth, 770-321-1783 or

Moms in Prayer for East Side Elementary parents meets every Thursday at 10am. More info: Rachel Bloom, 770-973-4705 or

Do you know of another Moms in Prayer group? Email


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Run the JFBC Polar Bear Run this Saturday


The 27th annual Polar Bear Run is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015. The Polar Bear Run is sponsored by and held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb. The Polar Bear Run benefits high school music students who participate in Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s Student Music mission trips/choir tours.

The winter race began in 1989 and was originally held on the Mercer University campus in Atlanta, benefitting Easter Seals. Johnson Ferry began hosting the Polar Bear Run in 1992, after being approached to take over the race. The first race had 300 participants, and has steadily grown to its current 2,000 participant limit.

Proceeds from the race benefit members of Johnson Ferry High School Student Music who need financial assistance for the annual Mission/Choir Tour. Students rehearse weekly to learn songs, drama skits, and dance routines to use both in local worship and tour opportunities. In past years, students have traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Poland,
Dallas, and Washington, DC, just to name a few. This race will be one of the most enjoyable January, cold-weather runs you will ever participate in! Not only does it offer runners a fast, flat course, but the fun, food, and great looking long-sleeve technical t-shirt, make this a must run! Only the running is outdoors; the rest of the time, you stay in the warm surroundings of the church’s Activities Center. Times for 2K & 5K will be recorded using finish-line chip timing devices.

Registration fee for the 5K & 2K races are $30; Cub Run (age 2-5 only) is $20; Phantom Runner (Don’t make me sweat! – just send me the shirt) is $30. Race packet pickups are Friday, January 30, 9am – 7pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 105; and, Saturday, January 31, beginning at 6:30am in the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s Activities Center. For more information, visit


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Jewish networking at Capozzi’s

Expand your circle at East Cobb Jewish Networking every Wednesday, 8-9:15am, at Capozzi’s, 4283
Roswell Road, Marietta. For details contact Rob Kornheiser, or 678-336-7345.


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Attend the ICM’s Celebration of Children Conference and Resource Fair



Sponsored by Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM), this educational event will focus on improving the well being of Georgia’s children through the engagement of the faith community and the community-at-large. The keynote speaker will be Bobby Cagle, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and  Children’s Services.

This FREE event will be held on Thursday, January 22. Forum: 11am-3pm. Resource Fair: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Event held at Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info/to  register:


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A Sunday Devotional from Pilgrimage United Church of Christ

Mark 1:9-11


The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Devotion by Holly CothranDrake

Do you remember your baptism? I was seven years old. I was baptized by our southern Baptist preacher, Willard MacAllister in rural northwest Georgia. I don’t remember my experience as a “spiritual one.” At seven years old, I signed up to be baptized because my older brother had, and I usually followed his lead. I remember changing out of my wet clothes and being presented with a Bible at the end of worship service. Members came up and shook my hand. I knew something special had happened, but I wasn’t mature enough to understand the true meaning. That’s why I was so excited last year when Pilgrimage had a “re-baptizing” Sunday. At forty-five years old, I chose to be re-baptized out of a commitment to God and my Savior, Jesus Christ not out of copying my brother. It was such a powerfully spiritual moment for me. I felt God speak to my heart. I felt God saying, “You are my daughter, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Almighty God and Great Creator, thank you for loving us even when we go through motions without understanding their true meaning. Thank you for showing us that you are pleased when we finally realize your meaning. In the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 


(Devotion by Holly CothranDrake, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, 3755 Sandy Plains Road)

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Days in the Mist


This has been a grey week of mist and rain and cloud in East Cobb. When I make the time, I head into the mountains for a white water kayaking trip. They call them the Smokey Mountains for a reason. All the cold creeks sliding under the Rhododendron covered hillsides react with the summer sunshine to carpet the valleys in cloud each morning. Driving in and out of those mist-filled valleys is a hide-and-seek game with road visibility. Sometimes you know the road is there, but you just can’t see it. On some of those mountain roads, you turn corners hanging on and hoping that a truck is not crossing the yellow line around the next sharp turn. Some days, the rapids feel safer than the journey through the mist to get there.

The Christian life – the human life, I suppose – is filled with cloudy, mist filled journeys. We don’t quite know what is around the corner and sometimes we lose visibility of the road ahead. Our first passage through uncertainty and risk is intense, especially if we’ve had “wrecks” in our past. But God has not left us without knowledge of the road and the gift of faith and trust in his abiding presence. God shows us how to journey with him through the mist. God gives us brothers and sisters in Christ who join us in the journey. We may not see what God is doing, and we may not know what God has in mind, but we can trust that God will bring us through those strange days. We may be changed, perhaps, but only as God molds and shapes us to grow as his children.

May God lead you through whatever clarity or mist lies in your path today. God bless you always!


(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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Sunday sermon from LCR

Enjoy this Sunday sermon on Repentance from Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, published on January 11, 2015, by Pastor Dave Helfrich at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. For more from LCR visit

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Mt. Zion Music Minister Honors Wife with Book

Author, Robert "Bob" Fraumann

Author, Robert “Bob” Fraumann


Robert “Bob” Fraumann, the Minister of Music at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in East Cobb has published a book celebrating his wife’s life and how she lived with God after her recovery from polio at
the age of 12. Bob tells the unique story of his wife’s life in his book, “God’s Blessed Angel,” published by Yawn’s Books & More, based in Canton, GA.

The book begins when Jan, from Columbus, GA, was 12 years old and contracted polio when no cure was available. Her left side was paralyzed, and the doctors were considering putting her in an iron lung. Jan heard the doctors telling her parents this in the hallway of the hospital while she was in isolation at night time. They said she would never be normal, be able to walk or have children. She prayed to God to heal her, and said she would give her life to Him if He would do so. She was completely healed and she did give her life to Him. For 62 years, she sang, taught Bible studies and supported her husband in music  ministry.

“She lived an incredibly, wonderful and fulfilled life,” says Bob.

It took several months for the healing, so she was placed in a private school where she progressed as fast as she learned. She completed 10-12th grades at age 15. Jan went to Asbury University in KY (1954-1958) where she and Bob met and got married at age 18, and when she was 19, she was teaching 9th grade, helping to put Bob through graduate school at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. (1958-1960).

One of the chapters in the book is devoted to Jan’s dating. She had 30 qualifications for the man she
would marry and would check them after each date. Interestingly, she was proposed to three times before Bob. Bob said he somehow qualified!

“This a great list for anyone who is dating, “ says Bob.

Another section of the book highlights conversations Janice has with God, where Bob said she wrote both sides of the conversations in her journal. She wrote 300 pages of conversations with God over a 16-year period, Fraumann said.

Seventeen 5×7” “frameable blessings” are printed in the book. “God’s Blessed Angel” also includes six
chapters on Jewish traditions that Fraumann said honor Janice’s interest in the blessings of the Old Testament, which Christians can apply to their lives.

Her exciting life of 75 years ended in 2013, but Janice survived through polio at age 12 and cancer at age 65. Even after her leg was amputated from the cancer, she never lost her faith, Fraumann said. They have two children, Rick (graduate of Walton High School) and Greg (graduate of Lassiter High School),
four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.

The book “God’s Blessed Angel” is available at Yawn’s Books & More, in Canton, or online at,, amazon. com and


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