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Today’s Lenten Devotional

Monday, March 27, 2017


So do not fear, for I am with you… Isaiah 41:10
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

(New International Version)

There was a brief period when I stopped praying to God and reading my daily devotional book.  I was shut down from a life crisis.  Now that I am back on my feet, I believe God was with me all along, and still is.

He saved me and brought peace and a sense of purpose back into my life.  I am now able to notice and appreciate His countless blessings without searching for them.  I am thankful:

  • to wake up each morning, alive
  • to be able to get up and ready for a job that I love
  • for my two children, who are my love and joy of life
  • to see my students excited to learn
  • when my child runs to me with a smile and hugs me after work
  • when I see the beauty of God’s creation in nature
  • for friends and family checking on me at just the right time
  • for God’s words
  • for uplifting Christian music such as Laura Story’s “Blessings”:

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights

Are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise.


Dear God, thank You for my life and all Your blessings. Please have the Holy Spirit work in me to give me strength, wisdom, and courage to face trials of this life and do the best I can with everything. Amen.

Kathy Yang Updegrove

Lenten Offerings

Lenten Lunch Series
Thursdays, March 2 – March 30
11:30am Fellowship Hall
Construction Zone
Lenten Sermon Series
March 12 – April 2
Palm Sunday Special Music
This Is How Love Wins
April 9
Choir and Orchestra
Maundy Thursday
Tenebrae and Communion
The Lenten Sketches
April 13
7:00pm Sanctuary
Good Friday Service
Seven Last Words
April 14
12:00 Noon Sanctuary
Easter in the Park
Community Egg Hunt
April 15
Cobb Park, Sanford Place

Habitat For Humanity – Volunteers Needed


Smyrna FUMC Volunteers Needed

  • April 29, 2017 – Week 1-Exterior Framing – 4 Volunteers needed
  • May 6, 2017 – Week 2-Interior Framing – 7 Volunteers needed
  • May 13, 2017 – Week 3-Insulation/Siding – 5 Volunteers needed
  • May 20 – Week 4-Siding and Ext Paint – 6 Volunteers needed
  • June 10, 2017 – Week 6-Interior Paint/Trim – 7 Volunteers needed
  • July 8, 2017 – Week 9-Landscaping/Final Punch – 6 Volunteers needed

House Dedication – Sunday, July23, 2017 @3:00 p.m.

Link for online Sign up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aca622a1fe3-habitat1

Volunteer Sign-up Sheets are also in the Welcome Center!

Address of Build: 443 Lee Road, Mableton, 30126



Join the Smyrna First Relay for Life Team!

Relay for Life is on Friday, May 5, from 6:00pm-11:00pm, at Jim Miller Park. The Smyrna First Relay Team will join other teams in Cobb County and across the globe to help finish the fight against cancer.

We will honor survivors and caregivers, remember those lost to the disease, and raise funds for the American Cancer Society to find a cure.

To join our team or to make a donation, go to http://main.acsevents.org/goto/SmyrnaFirst

For more information, visit the Purple table in the Welcome Center or contact Judy Waldrip, 770-319-9791, waldripw@bellsouth.net or Janet McMeans, 770-955-2215, mcmeansj@bellsouth.net.

Outreach Wear

Show your support for SFUMC by purchasing our new SFUMC Outreach Wear!

What is SFUMC Outreach Wear?
We have 3 items available at this time:

  1. Fleece Jacket – $25
  2. Fleece Vest – $25
  3. Sweatshirt – $20

For now, adult sizes ONLY: S, M, L, XL, XXL* (We hope to offer additional sizes and options later.)

*$2 Additional cost for XXL

How do I get it?

Log on to: http://www.smyrnafumc.org/store

Select item and size

Payment required at time of order: Debit Card, Visa, Mastercard or AmEx

When do I get it?

Orders will be processed weekly. We will email you when your items are ready for pick-up. Two week turn-around time for all orders. For example: orders placed by midnight, Sunday, February 5, pickup will be Sunday, February 19

Pick up items in the Welcome Center between 8:30-10:30

Buy Fleece Jacket
Buy Fleece Vest
Buy Sweatshirt

Vacation Bible School

“Hero Central – Discover Your Strength in God”

Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

(Check-in between 8:45 AM-9:00 AM; Check-out between 11:55 AM-12:05 PM)

Family Fun Night on Wednesday, June 21 st from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Suggested donation of $25 per child (T-Shirt and VBS music CD included)

Want to help?

If you are interested in serving at Vacation Bible School this year, there is child care available for those younger ones that are not able to attend VBS. Even if you can commit to serving one or two days, we need you! Please contact Marla Arnold if you feel led to serve. There is a place for everyone!


Contact Marla Arnold, Director of Children’s Ministries at (770) 436-4108, x229 or marnold@smyrnafumc.org.