New to ECUMC? Want to learn more about who we are as a church community? Join us on Sunday, May 5 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. for "This is East Cobb," an informational session with Pastor Kristin and other church leaders. You'll get a chance to hear more about ECUMC, take a tour of the building, and ask any questions you have about getting more involved in this church. Register here today.
Register today for our school-age camp at Lighthouse Academy here. Children in our program will experience "A Summer of Wonder" while studying weather related events and their effects on nature, animals, geography and more. We will focus some on astrology, constellations, tides and seasons as well. Teaching is approached through hands-on learning from certified instructors. Education could not be more fun!
There is a $65 flat fee for the camp required at registration. Each week is $185 per child. Tuition is due prior to the camp starting, but not required at check-out. If registering multiple children, there is a discount. Please call or email for code.
Questions? Contact Lighthouse Academy at email@example.com or call 770.971.3671, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
A weekend full of worship, small groups, fun and games, outdoor activities and much more, this retreat hosted by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church is sure to nurture you spiritually and help develop a deeper connection among your youth group as well as with a network of other groups across the conference. This year's theme is "Room at the Table," centering around making room for listening to each other, understanding one another, and inviting people to gather in one body. Check out the schedule and other details at ngumc.org.
Cost for the weekend is $145 per person. That covers four meals, lodging for two nights, all program costs, a t-shirt, and an amazing time with your group. We’ll depart the church at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29 and arrive back at the church around 1 p.m. on March 31. Register here today!
In our recent leadership retreat, we identified a need to focus on how we welcome guests into our church. As part of that focus, we will be hosting a Hospitality Training on Sunday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served as we learn together best practices for engaging visitors and helping them get connected to our wonderful church community. Childcare is available. Register here today.
Join our adult adventure group on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Acting Up Theater, Roswell United Methodist Church's Drama Ministry, for dinner and their production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Tickets for the evening are $15 per person. Contact Jim Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your tickets. If you need a carpool, please let him know that as soon as possible.
Winter Jam is an incredible evening of live concerts by the top artists in Christian music, plus worship and ministry to encourage believers and share the good news with those who have yet to trust Christ. The national tour will be hosted at the State Farm Arena on March 16, 2019 at 5:00pm.
This year, East Cobb UMC would love to attend as a group. Youth, young adults, and chaperones may all sign up here. If our group reaches 10 or more, the church may consider chipping in for guaranteed tickets rather than having us line up for 3-4 hours at the door. Invite your friends and sign up as soon as possible. Tickets are $15 per person. They sell out quickly and unless we go as a group, they must be purchased individually at the door.
Let's hear from God and celebrate together at Winter Jam!
More information can be found at http://2019.jamtour.com.
Ash Wednesday, March 6, marks the beginning of Lent, the forty days of prayer, fasting, and repentance in preparation for Christ’s death and resurrection at Eastertide. Join us for a Youth Pancake Supper at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall before worship and the imposition of ashes at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
The 11th Annual East Cobb UMC Women’s Retreat will take place at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Dahlonega, Georgia the weekend of March 1-March 3. The cost is $185 and includes meals and lodging. Registration begins on Jan. 20 at eastcobbumc.org/adults and goes through Feb. 24. More details to come.
As you may or may not be aware, there is called General Conference (a meeting of the global United Methodist Church) in St. Louis, Feb. 23-26, to discuss the church’s position on human sexuality and options to strengthen the unity of the UMC. Pastor Kristin understands you may have questions regarding this conference. Therefore, in preparation, she will be hosting an information session about General Conference in the Sanctuary on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Share the company of family and friends during the month of love! All are invited for an evening of coffee and sweets on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7-9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This is a free event, but donations are always accepted. As they say, “Life is short. Eat dessert first!”
All are invited to attend the called Charge Conference scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The agenda will be to receive a presentation from the Church Trustees recommending the sale of the church-owned parsonage and to vote on such a sale.
East Cobb UMC is proud to partner with Family Promise of Cobb County to host families who are experiencing times of transition without housing. Several times a year, ECUMC hosts families for one week at a time, providing meals, fellowship, and a place to stay. Servant leaders are always needed to prepare our space for guests; to cook, serve, and host meals; and, to stay with guests overnight.
Our next service opportunity is Jan. 27 - Feb. 3. If you are interested in helping out then please sign up here.
Questions? Contact the church office.
Come celebrate the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week by watching Ava DuVernay’s award winning film, Selma, with the East Cobb UMC Youth. All are welcome. The popcorn and presentation will be ready at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth House following Wednesday Night Dinner.
Adults-On-the-GO!!! join Mt. Zion UMC on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. for a health and nutrition presentation by Richard Dumont. After his presentation on healthy eating, the group will enjoy a nutritious lunch together. A $5 donation is requested. Please R.S.V.P. to Rev. Perry at email@example.com by Jan. 14. Everyone will meet at Mt. Zion (1770 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30062 ). If you need to carpool, let Jim know at the time of your reservation.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Celebrate Christmas at East Cobb with a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. in the East Cobb United Methodist Sanctuary. Our chancel choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra will present a heart-warming, foot-tapping, inspirational hour-long program that is certain to uplift souls and send you out in celebration of the season! No tickets necessary, but show up early to secure your seat. Nursery provided. See you there!
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Celebrate Christmas at East Cobb with a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. in the East Cobb United Methodist Sanctuary. Our chancel choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra will present a heart-warming, foot-tapping, inspirational hour-long program that is certain to uplift souls and send you out in celebration of the season! No tickets necessary, but show up early to secure your seat. Nursery provided upon request to church office. See you there!
ADULTS-on-The-GO!!! is an older adult adventure group at the church. They will join Mt. Zion UMC on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m (at Mt. Zion) to enjoy brunch and entertainment provided by the Y-Kickers. The Y-Kickers are a Dancing Group from the East Cobb YMCA. All dancers are 60 years of age or older. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 for the event.
Reservations are required, so please contact Rev. Jim Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 14, if you plan to attend.
Join us on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12-2 p.m. for a free pizza and gingerbread building party in the Activities Building. All families with kids fifth grade and younger are encouraged to attend. RSVP to our Director of Children’s Ministry, Rebecca McConnell at email@example.com.
The East Cobb United Methodist Church is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide scholarships to active members of the congregation. Scholarship awards are administered by the Scholarship Committee, and a dedicated account for scholarships has been established by the Finance Committee to accumulate the funds; which, in turn, provide the Scholarship Committee with the money for the scholarship awards. Presently there are two active memorial funds being administered by the Scholarship Committee; the Jean K. Pratt Memorial Scholarship and the Freda Bedelle Brown Memorial Scholarship. Also, there have been additional contributions from the Moon Fund. the Burnside Fund, the Men’s Club and members of the congregation.
In the past, there have been various methods used for selecting the awardees. IN cases where an award is made for tuition, ECUMC will send the award check directly to the school; and it is the responsibility of the student to timely provide the necessary information for cutting the check; e.g., student number, bursar’s address, etc.
JEAN K. PRATT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jean Pratt passed away in 1997 and the irrevocable Jean K. Pratt Memorial Trust was established with the North Georgia United Methodist Foundation which disperses an annual payment to East Cobb United Methodist Church on July 1 each year. When this annual payment is received, the funds are placed in a designated Jean K. Pratt Scholarship Account and are used by the Scholarship Committee to create awards. The Trust gives the committee latitude in selecting the awardees, other than they must be used for college tuition.
FREDA BEDELLE BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
Freda Brown, a beloved former Director of Music, passed away in 2015 and a dedicated account was created to receive donated funds for a memorial scholarship. The Scholarship awards up to $1,000 annually to ECUMC students who are participating in the Performing Arts while in college. The award may be used to offset the costs associated with participation in these activities that are not normally covered by academic scholarships and grants.
DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
The Scholarship Committee needs to be involved with a student applying for a scholarship through The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. This program assists Methodist students with their tuition if they are, or will be, attending a Methodist institution. ECUMC students wishing to apply for this aid should go directly to the umhef.org website for more information. However, students must discuss their UMHEF application with a member of the ECUMC Scholarship Committee. Note: the UMHEF application process must be done between Jan. 1 and March 1 each year, and the program requires that the initial $1,000 check come from ECUMC; i.c., no personal checks.
On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12-2 p.m., the Women’s Ministry of East Cobb UMC will host a Christmas Tea and Luncheon for all who want to come. The program is called “Women at the Manger.” They will serve chicken salad, frozen fruit, greens, rolls, hot tea and coffee. Ladies are invited to bring their favorite tea cup or coffee mug. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. to Pat Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.791.3582 by Wednesday, Nov. 28. There is a suggested $5 donation.
All youth are invited for a lock-in at the church on Friday, Nov. 30. There is going to be loads of games, loss of sleep, and really real talk. If you are interested in attending, having your youth attend, or serving as a chaperone, please contact our Youth Director, Gary Mak at email@example.com.
Every year, over 20 different faith traditions including East Cobb UMC join together in prayer and song, Harmonizing the Voices of Humanity. Come join the interfaith community on Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Temple Kol Emeth for a music-filled, inspiring, and humorous night of food and fellowship, celebrating culture, faith, unity and peace in North Metro Atlanta. This year, we are accepting canned food donations for Must Ministries and an offering for Give-a-Gobble. Overflow seating is available at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just 3 miles away at 3155 Trickum Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Livestream at http://bit.ly/TKEstream.
After the Service of Hope on Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m. in Room 103, we will host a program called GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays. Gather with others to share your losses and learn how to cope during what, to you, might be the “Most Difficult Time of the Year.” All resources will be provided and yours to keep. This program is sponsored by the church Stephen Ministry.
The holidays are coming, and we are not ready, nor do we want to be. Dread is the increasingly strong emotion we experience as those once special days draw closer. Perhaps it was the death of someone dear to us. Perhaps it was a loss of a job, a relationship, or a diagnosis that changed everything forever. Whatever loss you have experienced, there is hope. We prayerfully claim that hope on Nov. 14 at 6:15 PM in the Sanctuary. In a meditative service of silence, guided prayer, and the lighting of candles, we will all have space to deal with our loses in constructive ways. Caring Stephen Ministers will also be available during this time to pray with you. If you know someone who has had a loss, please come and invite them to come with you. All are welcome.
Family Promise is a nonprofit partner of the church that helps families in housing transition. We host community members in need of a place to sleep/eat for the last time this year Nov. 4-10. Sign up today to serve here. There are tasks for everyone. Please consider how you can be a part of this vital ministry.
All church members are invited to our annual Charge Conference on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary We will join with other churches from our area in worship and celebration of all our great ministries over the past year. Communion will be celebrated with Rev. Terry Walton, our District Superintendent.
Trick or Treat around decorated trunks in our side parking lot on Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Serving spooky food, inflatables and games galore, this free, family-friendly event is a must attend for costume and candy lovers of all ages. No registration necessary, but if you are interested in decorating your trunk, sign up here. Candy donations are also accepted in the Sanctuary lobby.
This year the Men of East Cobb are serving BOTH lunch and dinner as part of our Annual Churchwide BBQ in the Fellowship Hall on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Have your choice of pork or chicken, baked beans, coleslaw and Texas toast. Assorted cookies and cakes will be available for desert. Dine with us for $10 (includes drink and desert) or carry-out for $9. No registration necessary. All proceeds benefit church ministries.
Join a group of fun-loving adults on Oct. 17 as they head to the gorgeous Gibbs Gardens of Ball Ground, Georgia for a day enjoying God’s beloved creation. Anyone is welcome. Admission is $18 plus lunch on your own. The group departs at 9 a.m. from the side parking lot. RSVP: Jean Shumpert, 770.714.8357