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June 2013

Acworth United Methodist Church Rev. James Gwin, Senior Pastor Rev. Linda Birchall, Associate Pastor 4340 Collins Circle Acworth, GA 30101 770-974-3312

United Methodist Men

June Dates to Remember

UM Men's Breakfast Women's Bible Study Youth Summer Mission Carrie Ruff Faith Circle Rebuilding Your World Annual Conference Circle of Prayer Fusion to Murphy Harpst Angel Watch Trip Vacation Bible School OWLS to Marietta Museum UMM Wild Game Dinner OWLS Covered Dish Mission Committee Summer Camp Family Promise Meeting Scout Court of Honor 2 4-1118-25 5-9 6 10-14 11 12

Our guest speaker is Derrick Moore, former professional football player (Atlanta, Detroit, Carolina) from Albany GA, and currently the team chaplain for the GA Tech Yellow Jackets. He is a dynamic and emotional speaker as well as an author, and gives frequently talks to young and old alike about the lessons to be learned from life and sports. The menu so far is: Venison country fried steak, Pork BBQ, Roasted Wild Turkey, Turtle Stew, Quail, Fried Fish, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Rolls, and perhaps a lot more.... Tickets are $7 and proceeds will go to fund purchase and installation of a well pump at a Malawi village. They will be available in sale on Sundays before and after the worship services.

June 22, 2013 6 p.m. AUMC Family Life Center Tickets ($7.00) available from Daryl Still & other UM Men [email protected]

Women's Summer Bible Study June 4-July 16 10-11:30am Family Life Center We will discuss: "Fear, Faith & a Fistful of Chocolate" by Debora M. Coty Childcare by Reservation Only Contact [email protected] or 770241-1329


MUST Summer Lunch Program Has Begun

Summer is here and the Must Summer Lunch program has begun. Listed below are items that are needed to make this program a success. Please place them in the food cart in Hall of Memories or the kitchen in the Family Life Center. Juice boxes Salty snacks-i.e. individual bags of chips, crackers, popcorn Sweet snacks i.e. individual wrapped brownies, cookies, "Little Debbie" cakes Fruit snacks or fruit cups New & Gently Used children's books (given out every Friday) Each lunch contains a sandwich, a salty snack, a sweet snack, and a juice box. You may also choose to make a financial donation, please make the check to AUMC and designate the Must Summer Lunch Program. For more opportunities to serve with this ministry, follow the link on our church's website or contact Susan Croft at 404 375-2863 or [email protected] Acworth United Methodist Church Preschool has limited openings in our 18 month- 5 year old classes for the 2013-2014 school year. Please visit our website at or call the preschool office for more information or to schedule a tour, 770975-8754.

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Looking Ahead to July July 4 Office Closed July 15 Administrative Council July 16 CancerCare July 18 OWLS Peach Trip July 21 Fusion Parents Mtg July 25 Lit n Latte July 30 Mission Committee

Dan Martin, Director of Music Ministries [email protected] Diane Taylor, Children's Music Director [email protected]

AU M C M u s i c Ministry

Thank You Kids on the Hill

A huge thank you goes out to all of the members of the Kids on the Hill and to the parents of those kids. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that went into making "Land of the Lost and Found" a huge success. I would like to especially thank Carolyn Luense, Sylvia Saleeby, Jennifer Huffman, Caitlyn, Emily and Ken Barra, Rosalie Barnard, Janice Stoneman and Christine Kowalczyk. All of these people gave hours to help with the play and the kids and I thank each of you. I would also like to thank Susan and Joe Croft and Lindsey Corris for heading up the dinner after the kids' play. A wonderful time was had by all. I really appreciate the generous gift cards that I received from the KOH and Tom and I will enjoy using them. I will have such fond memories of the kids and all of the parents who helped. Like I always say, "Acworth UMC has the best kids and parents you can find anywhere! You are all near and dear to my heart! Below are just a few pictures from our program. Thanks to Staci Hamilton sharing the pictures with us!

Coming August 25, 2013

The African Children's Choir will be singing and worshiping with us during the 11:00 service on August 25. Dan Martin is looking for families to host the children and chaperones on August 24. Each host family is asked to keep 2 children and a chaperone, If you are willing to host a group please contact Dan at [email protected] Mark your calendars and invite all of your friends and family. You will be blessed by this group!

Chancel Choir News

Thanks to all of the Chancel Choir members who sang for the "One Family, One Promise, One Song " concert on May 17. The choir sounded great! This concert was a benefit concert for Family Promise of Cobb County. Family Promise is a non-denominational organization that brings shelter, meals and support services to families in transition. AUMC is partnering to support this vital ministry. If you would like to learn more about this ministry go to or you can learn more from Eileen Collins or Pastor James.

Don't miss out the fun! Let the kid in you come out and play this summer during Sunday School! You'll have a BLAST!


Be a summer leader or assistant! Choose 4s-Kindergarten, 1st/2nd Grade, or 3rd-5th Grade. Call or email Darlene for more information!

Summer Camp Flyers and Camp Registration cards are available in the Hall of Memories, in the church office or register online! Cost: $ 70 + $5 registration for 1 camp $130 + $5 registration for both camps. ***************************************** Camp #1 June 25-27 (register by 6/3)

Mother Goose Time (15mos ­ 2years) Under the Big Top (2-3yr boys & girls) Fabulous Fairies (3-5 year old girls) Ahoy, Matey's! (3-5 year old boys) Girl Power! (finished K-2nd grade girls) Where the Wild Things Are! (K-2nd grade boys) Mr Ed's Mystery Bus! (fin 3rd-5th gr boys & girls) Under the Big Top (Angel Watch ­special needs)

Only a few openings remain! Space is limited to 12 openings per class. Child is registered when full payment received.

Summer Camps

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 17-21 9am-12noon

$15 each child/$45 family max Includes a music CD for each family! T-shirts $5 child/$8 adult/$10 X sizes Ages 3 (potty trained)- finished 5th grade Don't miss out on the fun while you learn to STAND STRONG FOR GOD!

Registration is online at for kids & volunteers or in Hall of Memories or office. VBS Training is June 4 @ 10am & June 9 @4:30pm. VBS Workdays: Monday-Friday June 3-14 10am-3pm Saturday, June 15 10am-4pm Sunday, June 16 12-7pm Safe Sanctuary Training: June 2 @ 9:30am in the conference room and June 9 @ 3:30 pm in Chapel.

Camp #2 July 9-11 (register by 6/21)

Mother Goose Time II (15mos ­ 2years) Animal Planet (2-3yr boys & girls) Pretty Princess (3-5 year old girls) Super Heroes! (3-5 year old boys) American Girl Doll Camp (fin. K-2nd gr. girls) Boys WILL Be Boys! (finished K-2nd gr. boys) ANYTHING GOES! w/Mr. Ed (fin 3rd-5th gr boys & girls Animal Planet (Angel Watch ­ special needs)

Youth & Adult Volunteers needed!


G3 - Growing God's Girls - 4th & 5th grade girls will meet on Sunday, June 2 from 12-2:15pm in the FLC for a picnic lunch and summer fun activities. Bring shorts & a friend! Sister's are welcome, too! Cost is $5. Safe Sanctuary Training will be held at 9:30am on June 2 in the conference room and on June 9 at 3:30pm in the Chapel. Training is required for anyone working with infants through high school students. Contact Darlene for more info.

Water Day!

Come and play on the big water slide on Tuesday, June 4 from 11am3pm! Come early & stay late to help with VBS prep. Bring lunch and have a picnic! Everyone is welcome at this free event. Parents must stay with their kids. Donations will go towards VBS expenses. IBM- In-Between Ministry for 3rd-5th Grade - is taking a break until August 25. Have a great summer!


6/2 9:30a Safe Sanctuary-Conf Rm 12-2:15p G3 - in FLC 6/3-7 10a-3p VBS Prep Workdays 6/4 10-11a VBS Training - Chapel 11a-3p Water Slide Fun! 6/9 3:30p Safe Sanctuary - Chapel 4:30p VBS Training 6/10-14 10a-3p VBS Prep Workdays 6/15 10a-4p VBS Prep & Decorate 6/16 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! 1-7pm VBS Final Prep & Deco. 6/17-21 9a-12p Kingdom Rock VBS 6/23 11am Children's VBS Sunday 6/25-27 9:30-1:30p Summer Camp #1

Looking forward to July:


9:30-1:30p Summer Camp #2

5th Grade Flight date TBA! Watch for information!

June 5-9 Summer Missions Camp Sundays Summer Bible Study 5-7p (except June 9) June 28-29 High School Rafting Trip Find details of events and more

June 2013

Adult Ministry

Newt Hendrix, Director ([email protected])


We'll meet on Tuesday mornings this summer beginning on June 4 (except for June 18, the week of VBS). UPCOMING SENIOR ADULT ACTIVITIES _______________________ Sunday, June 2 7AM in the FLC Guest Speaker: Rev. Glen Leckman,

Campus Minister with Christian Campus Fellowship

All women are invited to join us in the FLC from 10:00 until 11:30 AM for this helpful and interesting study!




If you would like to be a part of this group, come join us on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM in the Choir Room. . AUMC ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT GROUP Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 13 7:00 PM in Room E104 ______________________ REPORT FOR MAY 2013 Sunday School Enrollment 675 Attendance Average YTD 256

Mon, June 24 12 Noon at Proctor Landing

Come join us for a fun time as we picnic together at Proctor Landing. Fried Chicken and drinks will be provided!


Everyone is welcome!

Rehearsals in June: June 5, 12, 26 _______________________

THURSDAY TRIP June 20 Marietta Trolley Co. Tour of Marietta Cost: $20

Leave AUMC 10AM UNITED METHODIST MEN WILD GAME DINNER Saturday, June 22 6:00 PM in the FLC Tickets are $7.00 and are available from UM Men.

Donations needed - if you know of someone who might have wild game they could provide for this meal, please contact the church office or Daryl Still.

Small Groups Attendance

(includes Sunday School)




AUMC FALL WOMEN'S RETREAT October 25-27, 2013 Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross

The Mission of the United Methodist Church:

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Ongoing Concerns... Shirley Butcher, Walt Fidler, Mary Geraldson, Peggy Guthrie, Diane Martin, Ryan McGarity; Sara McGarity, Pearl O'Dell, Emory Paulsen, Irene Sawyers, Karen Thompson, Becky Tyler, Joseph Visone, for those in harm's way and those unspoken. Assisted Living...Mary Austin, Townsend Park, Cartersville; Jane Barlett, Heritage of Brookstone, Acworth; Patsy Black, A.G. Rhodes; Helen Holt, Signature Healthcare, Marietta; Charles Holt, Sadie Williams, Atherton Place, Marietta; Marion Black, Gaines Park, Kennesaw; Wiley Cabe, Ross Memorial, Kennesaw Missionaries: Dorothy Mutambara, Zimbabwe; Inna Mezalumo, Malawi; Local Mission: Middle School Outreach Program; MUST Summer Lunch Program; Murphy Harpst children & staff in Cedartown UM Methodist Children's Home, Regional Youth Detention Center, Rome, GA Military Prayer List... Nick Chicarello, Charle Gothro, Graham Martin, Gary Phillips, Luther Rice,

Memorials and Honorariums

To the glory of God and for the General Fund In memory of Ham Palmgren by Judy & Jesse Bowles, Julia & Pat Killimett In memory of Ashley Ivey by Connie & Ronnie McGarity To the glory of God and for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund In memory of Ham Palmgren by the Bob McGoldrick Sunday School Class Tornado Relief: If you want to make a donation to UMCOR Oklahoma Tornado Relief, make your check to Acworth UMC and mark it "May 2013 Tornado Relief". 100% of your donation will go to relief. This is the best way we can help. Here are a few of the places to check for information on United Methodist relief efforts: United Methodist Committee on Relief North Georgia Conference Facebook Page North Georgia Conference News Page at United Methodist News Service Facebook page

One of our oldest programs is our Food Pantry. The food pantry has grown from having a few cans of food available in a closet to feeding as many as fifty families a week. The first Sunday of each month has been designated Food Pantry Sunday. As we are being fed The Lord's Supper, we will have a chance to feed His sheep by leaving an offering on the alter rail or food in the shopping carts in the Hall of Memories. Do you love me? Feed my sheep. Please Note: Please check expiration dates on all food donations.

Feed my sheep

The Church Office will close at noon on Fridays during the summer. The regular schedule will resume in August.

Marybeth & Casey Purvis Unaudited Numbers thru Week 19 2013 YTD Contributions Expenses Apportionments Paid Average Sunday Worship Attendance 2012 YTD


$409,701 33% 531

$403,411 $386,920

33% 572

From Your Senior Pastor

Rev. James Gwin

Fuel Finder

Have you ever run out of gas? I have. That was not a happy day for me as I was on my lunch break. I was in my early twenties and knew the gas gauge was on empty. I intended to stop for gas, but got distracted. Apparently, my `72 Dodge Dart did not have a blinking low-fuel light or a voice that announced my gas was gone. So I began my walk of shame feeling very un-smart. Fortunately, Joe Ivey drove past and stopped. Although I was further embarrassed by the fact that Mr. Joe was one of my former scoutmasters (imagine echoes of "Be Prepared" ringing in my ears), I still accepted his offer of help. Joe (also a member of my church and friends with my parents) graciously gave me a ride to the gas station, drove me back to my car, and made sure I got going again. Running out of gas was embarrassing, but not a matter of life of death. Imagine how critical it would be if a fire-truck failed to reach a burning building due to a lack of fuel. Or, what if an ambulance driver had to stop and ask for gas donations in order to deliver an injured person to the emergency room. For me, it is just about that bad when a church runs out of gas. Momentum stalls. Staff members get stressed. Maintenance is deferred. Blame is bandied about. The lack of money trumps the need for ministry. Attention is focused on survival instead of service. Sadly, churches who are low on fuel flounder in their ability to bring life-changing power to those in need. Well, just so you know the financial fuel gauge at Acworth UMC is hovering "just above the "E." A modest increase in expenses this year combined with a slight "fall off" in offerings is resulting in a scarcity of funds needed to sustain the power-filled ministries at AUMC. We can't wait until the fall to catch up. By then, we'll be on the "walk of shame." Praise God for the "Joe Iveys" of the world. AUMC has many faithful saints that step forward and help in generous ways when there is a need. I am praying you might be (or become) one of them. I invite you to join the Gwin family in stepping up financial support of AUMC. If you tithe already, praise God! If you are willing to take a step towards tithing, praise God! If you cannot give financially, but are willing to offer more of your time and effort, praise God! Together, we will support AUMC's ministries and sustain the current growth we are experiencing. Because the last thing I want is to strand someone by the side of the road while I am doing the walk of shame.

Your servant in Christ,

Come and Connect! at a mission committee meeting.

You are invited to attend the Mission Committee Meeting, which is held at 7pm on the last Tuesday of each month. All you need is a heart to serve with the "Love of Jesus" in missions . Please contact Ben Green if you are interested: [email protected] or 404-775-2007.


Rev. Linda Birchall

When I was a kid, we got out of school in June, not in May, and so June always marked the beginning of summer to me. Oh, sure, we had watermelon, burgers, potato salad and homemade ice cream on Memorial Day, but we still had to go back to school for a week or two before we were out for the summer! Summer brought a variety of chores, too. It wasn't just lazy days and warm nights. One summer, Mom (who worked outside the home) planned for me to plant a huge bed of irises for her. The flower bed was at least 50 feet long. I had explicit instructions on how far apart all the iris bulbs had to be and how deep they had to be. And, by the way, I am happy to report that I succeeded, because years later, those wonderful irises were still blooming. We also had to clean our rooms, make our beds, and help around the house in the summer. If anything, we had to do a little more, because we weren't at school all day and didn't have homework. Even with all those chores and all the extra plans Mom and Dad made for us each summer, my brother and I still had ample time for fun. We played tennis. We went to the pool. We rode our bikes. We read. We chased fireflies and put them in mason jars. We played kick the can. We did all those fun things, too, without feeling like we were missing anything. So what does this have to do with Church? Well, I think there was a lesson here from Mom and Dad. Just because many of our regular activities (school, clubs, school events) slowed down or came to a stop in the summer, it didn't mean that all work ended. There were lessons to be learned, things to be cared for, seeds to be planted. The same is true of our life in faith. There is a tendency when summer starts to get out of sync with our schedules. Sometimes the lure of the lake is so strong that we skip church. Another time, a backyard cookout beckons and we forget to do our Scripture reading and devotional. Or, we go on vacation and never find a local church. But God is still here, all summer long, waiting on us. God wants our relationship with Him to continue. He is reaching out to you and me all the time. And we grow in that relationship through worship, Bible study and prayer. So I figure my Mom was onto something: working in the summertime prepared me for a lifetime of remembering that all good things are worth working for, even in June when the pool is open. Even in July when barbecues are happening. All year long seeds of faith need to be planted; people are there to be cared for. And there's plenty for you and me to learn about God and our faith, even in the summertime. Grab a scoop of homemade peach ice cream, but don't forget time with God and keep growing all summer long ­ grow in faith and in love of God and each other.

Blessings, Linda


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