1315 Concord Rd Smyrna, GA Service Times: Sundays at 8:45, 8:55 (Contemporary) & 11am

Your Feedback Is Needed and Would Be Greatly Appreciated!

As you may or may not know, Smyrna First UMC is currently contemplating a major capital campaign to raise the funds needed to reduce debt, renovate Fellowship Hall and possibly acquire land for future growth.  In fact, we are now in the process of conducting a Fundraising Feasibility & Planning Study to assess how much we can feasibly expect to raise and to get member feedback and suggestions about our proposed project and plans.

This process has already involved conducting a member-wide informational meeting and a number of personal, confidential interviews with select members.

Now, we are inviting all of our member households to participate in this study by going to the following on-line webpage to read about the proposed project and complete a brief, online survey questionnaire.   Individual responses on these survey forms are encouraged but we also ask that only one survey per household be completed.  All surveys responses will be strictly confidential and will only be seen and tabulated by Walsh & Associates, Church Fundraising Specialists – the firm we’ve hired to conduct the study for us.  Here is the link to information about the project and the online survey questionnaire.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1846412/Smyrna-GA 

To be included in our analysis and report, all responses must be received by no later than Saturday, November 1. So please plan to participate by or before then.

Thank you for your helpful feedback and support of our church.  This project, we believe, is another positive step that will help us to better do

Warm-Up Sundays – Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9

Our annual mission effort of donating new or gently-used coats, hats, and gloves to MUST Ministries.  Note cards are provided throughout the church for writing notes of encouragement to put in each item (sign your first name only).  Donation boxes in Welcome Center, Narthex, and double red doors at Preschool entrance.

The Pumpkins are Here!

Come to the Pumpkin Patch! The Pumpkin Patch is the annual fall fundraiser for Student Ministries. Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and fall décor will be available from 4:30-8 PM weekdays and 9 AM-8 PM on weekends. Bring your friends and neighbors! All proceeds benefit our youth mission projects throughout the year. Stay tuned for info regarding a Fall Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Smyrna First UMC Preschool Announces a New Cookbook

Tired of the same old standby meals every week, but scared that your picky eaters might turn their noses up at something new?  Smyrna First UMC Preschool announces a new cookbook, “Try It, You Might Like It: Kid-approved meals for the whole family”.

This cookbook features tried and true recipes from our own preschool families.  Whether you need a quick weeknight recipe or a special dessert to take to the next family party, we’ve got you covered. Many of our recipes are easily prepared ahead or freezable–perfect for a busy schedule or to take to a friend during a trying time.

At a price of just $15, this makes an excellent holiday gift. Books will arrive in time for Christmas. All proceeds benefit the preschool scholarship fund and library.

Order deadline is Friday, October 31st.

Cookbook Order Form

Music Ministry Notes

Chamber Choir – Rehearsals Sunday, 4:30-5:45 PM, in the Matthews Chapel (Rm. B110). If you are a dedicated vocalist interested in singing a classical repertoire, please join us.

Christmas Choir – Everyone is welcome to come sing and celebrate through song the birth of our Risen Savior. Christmas Choir rehearsals are each Wednesday evening, 7:30-8:15 PM, in the Choir Room (Rm. A202). Chancel Choir then works on regular weekly anthems from 8:15-9:00 PM.

The Christmas Cantata – which will include the handbell choir, all adult ensembles, and the Christmas Choir – will be
held on Sat., Dec. 13 and Sun., Dec. 14, at 6:00 PM.

Sarah Davidson Foundation Third Annual Golf Classic

Mrs. Sarah was one of the wonderful teachers in our SFUMC Kindergarten, and this year marks the third year for a golf tournament in her memory to raise scholarship funds for our Preschool and Kindergarten. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, November 3, at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. Registration begins at 9:30 AM, Shotgun Start at 11 AM. Four Ball Better Ball format. Dinner at 4:30 PM. Early Registration Discount by October 17. Contact TProper@bellsouth.net or (678) 443-9222.

Hands on Christmas – November 8th!

Hands on Christmas!

November 8, 2014
10am—2pm

Hands on Christmas logoCome and make memories and crafts with your children and grandchildren. Bid on the Silent Auction, have a tasty lunch in the Candy Cane Café and shop your way through your Christmas List at the Gift Mart! Bring a change of clothes and sign up to get your child’s picture taken with Santa! Sponsored by our MOPS group – to pre-pay and get your timeslot, visit: smyrnafirstmops.com

NEW THIS YEAR: Bring your Wee Ones (under 3 years of age) to their own room for 30 minutes as our Nursery Team of Caregivers help them create appropriately aged crafts of their own while you walk your older child around.

Money raised benefits SFUMC Children’s Ministries. For more info, call or email Marla Arnold at (770) 436-4108 ext. 229

Want to get in on more of the Hands on Christmas spirit?

Then, join us for Holiday Preview Week beginning Wed. Nov. 5.! The Holiday Gift Mart begins Nov. 5th at 4 PM in the Welcome Center. Then, on Nov. 7th we have Festive Friday, a ladies event at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall with tickets sold at the door. We will have Hands on Christmas (annual children’s Craft Fair) on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 AM – 2PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Also, we operate on many generous donations and awesome volunteers! Below is a list of supplies needed for Hands on Christmas. You can drop off any donations in Marla Arnold’s office (Room

Inquirer’s Class – Now thru November 9

The Inquirer’s Class is for newcomers visiting Smyrna First UMC, preparing them to make an informed decision regarding membership at Smyrna First. The current class continues through Sun., Nov. 9, at 10:00 AM in Room A105. Throughout the class, we will:

  • Engage in dialogue about Christian faith and become better acquainted with each other, the pastors, and the
    church staff.
  • Explore United Methodist beliefs and Traditions.
  • Explore the nature of the church and its mission in the world, specifically the vision and mission of Smyrna First UMC.
  • Explore the opportunities for spiritual growth and development and discover where you can best serve.
  • Learn where people and places are located in the church and how to get around the building.

For info, contact Alan Nicely at (770) 436-4108, ext. 259, or anicely@smyrnafumc.org.