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EC Gazette – March 2024

March 4, 2024

The Lenten season traditionally begins on Ash Wednesday as we mark the journey of contemplation and fasting. This Lent, we are inviting our congregation to engage in an intentional season of mission and service.

Gazette Title: Journey with Jesus

Journey with Jesus this Holy Week
As the season of Lent comes to a close, we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and bare witness as he shares a final meal with his disciples, is arrested, and is crucified and buried. We then celebrate his great victory over death with joyous Easter worship. We hope you will join us as we take this Holy Week Journey together.

Palm Sunday, March 24 – Worship at 11:15 a.m. includes a Palm Processional
Maundy Thursday, March 28 – Presentation of the Last Supper
Easter Sunday, March 31
8 AM – Worship starts in Cemetery and leads toSanctuary.
9:30 AM – Potluck Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite breakfast to share.
10 AM – Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 AM – Worship in the Sanctuary
Journey with jesus this holy week.

Living Last Supper
Maundy Thursday // March 28 // 7 PM
Join us on Maundy Thursday (March 28th) at 7pm in the Sanctuary as our Chancel Choir and members of our congregation present a musical and modern dramatic representation of the Last Supper. Encounter Jesus and the disciples together at this final meal that will help bring all of us in 2024 to the table in the Upper Room. Join us for this powerful worship and communion service and invite somebody to join us as we celebrate Holy Week and the actions of Jesus.
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Living last supper flyer.
Easter Lilies on Sale Now
Do you have a special family member or friend you’d like to honor this Easter? Purchase an Easter Lily at $15 per Lily.  
Grab yours today!
Easter lilies honor love one with an easter lily.
Be the Sheep: Worship
We continue our Lenten series based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, seeking to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned. By serving the least among us, we serve our Savior and answer the call to Be the Sheep. Join us each Sunday morning in March for more participatory worship as we hear the word of God and then live it out together!
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Be the sheep let's hear the word live out together.
Gift Card Challenge
The East Cobb UMC Pastor’s Benevolence Fund recently received a needed update to reflect the current needs of our community and the church’s ability to address those needs. The new policy was approved by Administrative Council and can be viewed on our website.

As part of the update, we plan to have a collection of Kroger gift cards that can be used to purchase food and gas for folks in need. Help us build this collection by purchasing $20 Kroger gift cards and donating them to the Pastor’s Benevolence Fund. A collection box will be in the Narthex beginning Sunday, March 3.

We have set a goal of 50 gift cards, and we will keep track of our progress by adding sheep to our pasture. With every gift card you donate, please add a paper sheep to our display in the Narthex. Together, we will be the sheep in our community. We are wooly thankful for ewe!
A flyer for the gift card challenge.
Family Promise Host Week
ECUMC will be hosting Family Promise the week of March 17-24. As part of the Rotational Shelter Program, ECUMC provides shelter, meals, and caring hospitality services to families currently experiencing homelessness. We are currently signing up volunteers to bring dinner, spend the evening as dinner hosts, and spend the night at the church as overnight hosts. Please contact Richie Cullom for more information and to sign up as a family promise volunteer. 
A flyer for the family promise host week.
Bible Sunday and Bible Retreat
Sunday, March 24
It is tradition in our church to gift the 3rd graders a new Bible to mark a transition in their faith journey. As their reading levels increase, they move from a storybook bible to a full translation of our holy scriptures. This year, we will celebrate Bible Sunday on March 24. In addition to our 3rd graders, we will also gift our rising Confirmands with a new Bible that they will use for their confirmation journey. Following worship, we will host a special “Bible Retreat,” to help us all engage in a more meaningful way with our bibles. Save the Date now, and registration will begin March 1. If you have a child in 3rd grade or higher that has not received a bible, please contact Pastor Kristin.
A book open on a table.
Our Tuesday Bible Studies Continues
Psalms Study
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Our Tuesday Morning Bible study meets every week at 10:30am in Room 101. Contact Rev. Joe Palmer for more information.

Women’s Study
Tuesdays at 7 PM
The Women’s Bible Study meets at 7 pm on Tuesdays in room 103. We are studying “Messy People” by Jennifer Cowart. It is a 6-week study on life lessons from imperfect Bible heroes.
Our tuesday bible studies continues.
Common Grounds with Zachor Shoah
Discover the symbolism of Jewish Passover with coffee and conversation during this month’s Common Grounds with Zachor Shoah.  Zachor Shoah strives to help create a world where young people have the tools necessary to actively participate in a democratic society, while combatting hatred, Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism in all its forms.
Registration Required
Common grounds with zacho shah.
Great Day of Service
Save the Date for our annual Great Day of Service to take place on Saturday, April 13. Projects will be available onsite and off-site for participants of all ages and abilities. Registration will begin soon!
Great day of service poster.
Justified: Youth Study
Anger is such a big, powerful emotion. When we’re angry about things that matter, our anger can lead us toward action. Anger can even inspire us to make the world a better place! But other times, our anger can lead us to make choices that are harmful to ourselves or others. There’s no escaping situations or people who make us angry, but how we respond when we’re angry is up to us.

So if we can’t completely avoid getting angry, what can we do? In this four-week series, we’ll explore four passages of Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments that might challenge our view on anger. We’ll learn practical skills like when we feel angry, pause to ask God why. We’ll see how, when we’re angry, Jesus shows us how to respond. And in our anger, we’ll be challenged to show grace and not get hurtful.
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Justiced on youth sunday mornings at 10 am.
Lunching Out Ladies
Let’s gather on International Women’s Day to support our Family Promise ministry and then enjoy lunch together at a restaurant nearby. We will gather at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall/Activities Building to make no-sew fleece blankets for the families that will be arriving March 17th as we start our week of hosting the Family Promise rotational shelter program. At 12 PM we will move our fun to a local restaurant (to be determined and announced before 3/8).

Women of all ages are invited to work and play together. Come meet some people you’ve seen but perhaps yet not met.
A flyer for the location fellowship hall out ladies.
Gospel Mass
Sunday, March 17  // 5 PM
Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center
488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus (GSOC), accompanied by the orchestra, presents Robert Ray’s unique and powerful Gospel Mass, and other choral works. East Cobb UMC members in the GSO/GSOC include Wates Keller, Jeff Kershner, Ann Hixson, and Linda and Bob Bonstein. Come cheer them on!

The concert will be held in the acoustically fabulous Dr. Bobbie Bailey Performance Center at KSU.  Bonus: the concert begins at 5pm on Sunday, March 17th.  Follow this link for more information and ticketing.
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Gospel mass with the georgia symphony orchestra.
Women’s Retreat
April 26-27, 2024

Ladies, mark your calendars because something special is on the horizon! Join us for a rejuvenating Women’s Retreat on April 26-27. Get ready to unwind, connect, and be inspired at East Cobb United Methodist Church. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements! We’ll be revealing more information soon, including registration details, workshop schedules, and exciting surprises in store.

Women's retreat at cobb united methodist church.