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A Fourth of July Prayer

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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)


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Temple Kol Emeth welcomes new youth and family director

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Temple Kol Emeth, a reform congregation in East Cobb County, announces the hiring of a new Youth and Family Director, Ezra Flom. For more than ten years, Ezra Flom has crafted experiences for learners both young and old that ignite an excitement for life and Judaism.

In that time, he uncovered the mysteries of gardens with preschoolers; led Negev hikes for retirees; taught in Jewish Day Schools; ignited a love for learning during Hebrew School; taught university courses in service learning, rock climbing, social media, and marketing; and facilitated youth engagement across the spectrum.

He earned a master’s degree in Education at American Jewish University, a California Teaching Credential from Hebrew Union College, as well as a BA in Rabbinic Literature, and a BA in Spanish Culture and Literature.

Ezra states, “I am very excited to join the TKE family. I have already been very warmly welcomed by staff, volunteers, and the youth and parents from the two retreats I staffed. I find myself impatient to meet the rest of the wonderful community.” For more information on Temple Kol Emeth, please visit www.kolemeth.net.

 

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President Obama Sings ‘Amazing Grace’ during Eulogy at Clementa Funeral Charleston Shooting Speech

 

Obama sings Amazing Grace at funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa Pinckney. President Barack Obama ended his at times solemn, at times rousing eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight other African-American churchgoers last week, by leading the congregation in “Amazing Grace.”
After repeating those words, “Amazing Grace,” several times, the president paused before launching into the song as the mourners joined him.
Related: President Obama Delivers Eulogy at Charleston Shooting Funeral of Clementa Pinckney [FULL SPEECH] Obama Addresses Confederate Flag During Charleston Funeral Service
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims in last week’s church massacre, calling him a “man of God who lived by faith.”

“We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith,” Obama said. “A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed.”

The President’s remarks both memorialized the victims and touched upon the current controversy surrounding the Confederate flag and what he said was a need for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy.

“By taking down that flag we express God’s grace,” he said.

Obama finished his remarks by breaking into song, leading the assembled in a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Friday’s funeral service for Pinckney isn’t the first time Obama delivered a high-profile eulogy, and with a year and a half remaining in office, it may not be the last.

But when the President stood in historic downtown Charleston to remember the slain pastor and eight others shot down in their church last week, his speech moved beyond just grief for the victims — Obama stepped directly into a national conversation about race in which he plays a central role.

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Celebrate the Sounds of the Spirit at RUMC this weekend

The Roswell United Methodist Church will present Sounds of the Spirit Concert Series: Patriotic Celebration  this Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28.
The RUMC Sancturary Choir, conducted by Michael O’Neal, and the Atlanta Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Cliff Towner, lead this popular community celebration of American music. Free but ticket required for seating. Friday: 7:30pm. Sunday: 4pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. More info: 770-594-0512.

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VBS Opportunities remain around East Cobb

A few VBS opportunities still remain in East Cobb this summer. Check out our special section on East Cobb VBS programs and get all the information you need to keep your kids learning and spiritually engaged all summer long. But hurry – spaces are going fast!

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Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering

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“Fathers young, fathers old
Remembering good times are our gold.

Value earned through guidance given
Helping us go forth in livin’.

Each father adding to our trove
A treasure chest of love untold.

Remembering fathers in our lives
Taking time to realize.

Fatherly love brings wealth to living
Remembering this, we go forth in giving.

Fathers young, fathers old
We remember you all
As life unfolds.”

~ Susan Kramer

 

 

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Mt Bethel UMC’s middle school summer camp spots still available

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Camp for rising 7th & 8th graders | June 15-19

We’ll be at Camp Whitewater Express in Copperhill, Tennessee, where we’ll go rafting on the Ocoee and Nantahala and mountain biking, as well as play paintball, swim in the lake with the BLOB, hear incredible teaching, and experience authentic worship. We have a few more spots available so sign up now! Watch the video to find out more. Click here to register »

‘From the Barn to the Cross’ is Friday at Powers Ferry UMC

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Powers Ferry United Methodist Church invites the community to “From the Barn…to the cross…Know that I am God”, a free puppet drama presented by the church’s P.U.S.H. (Power Using Serving Hands) ministry. The program will be Friday night, May 29 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. There will be a dessert social in the Fellowship Hall immediately following.

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.

 

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Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute

Volunteers Needed For WinShape Camp at JFBC

 

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain some volunteer hours this summer?  WinShape Camp offers the chance to earn over 30 hours and have a blast helping with camp.

The camp runs June 1-5 and you can specify which days and times you are available in the application.  WinShape is very strict on that you have to be at least 16 years old or completed the 10th grade in order to volunteer. Please click the link below in order to sign up to be a volunteer.

Make sure you select the week of camp that is June 1-5 and is located at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.

 

 

Click HERE for a WinShape Volunteer Application