Tucker First United Methodist Church | 5095 LaVista Road, Tucker GA 30084 | 770-938-3030
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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We're always adding events so check back often!

We've highlighted a few of our events below. Scroll down and check them out!

Also, be sure to check out our newsletter, for more information about all that is going on at Tucker First UMC! 

Join Us for Worship

We offer three worship services:
8:30 am - traditional worship service in the Sanctuary
11:00 am - traditional worship service in the Sanctuary
11:00 am - Table 153 (casual, contemporary) worship service in the Activities Center


Christine Anderson in Concert at Tucker First on July 13
World renowned solo handbell artist, Christine Anderson will present a concert at Tucker First on Sunday evening, July 13 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Her solo handbell artistry has thrilled audiences in concert halls across the country and around the world. She dances with her hands and feet, weaving melodies with incredible grace and dexterity. Come experience the handbell artistry of this world-renowned bell ballerina. You can view her performance at: http://tinyurl.com/andersonchristine.



Join Us for Wonderful Wednesdays. 

Every Wednesday from June 11–July 30, a group from Tucker First (children, youth, and adults) will be going to Northlake Inn and providing a “Wonderful Wednesday” full of activities and crafts. This is an unstructured time to play!   Activities will include crafts, four square, jump rope, games, and more!  If you would like to volunteer, contact Mimi Sanders at mimi_sanders@tumc.org for more information.



 Bike Rodeo at Tucker First.
Our church parking lot will be the site of a Bike Rodeo for children ages eleven years and under on Saturday June 28 from 8 am–12 noon. The event will be hosted by the DeKalb County Police, Tucker Precinct. No registration is required. Bring your bike and helmet to participate. The fun will include an obstacle course, basic bicycle inspection, child identification program, safety information, and food. A parent/guardian must be present during the entire event. This is a great opportunity to invite the children in your neighborhood to this fun event. For more information contact Owen Skinner at owen@tfumc.org.


Lunch and Learn - The Methodist Debate on Homosexuality.


On Sunday, June 29 in the Activities Center, join the Rev. Beth Larocca-Pitts, Senior Pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church, for her discussion on this timely and important topic. In 2010, Reverend Larocca-Pitts became Senior Pastor at St. Mark UMC, where over half the members are LGBT. She will discuss the United Methodist position on homosexuality, biblical rationale for both sides of this debate, implications of this issue on global Methodism, and current proposals at the General Conference.

We will be hosting a covered dish meal for this lunch and learn. The church is supplying the meat and drinks. Please provide a side dish with enough to feed four to six persons. Child care will be offered. Contact Brian Friedman at bvfriedman@comcast.net for more information.


Summer Lunch Buddy Slots Still Available.


For the sixth summer, the Children First Committee is partnering with local restaurants to provide lunches for about twenty children at Northlake Inn for the fifty-five weekdays of summer vacation. Thank you for your overwhelming support. We still have several slots in June and July for volunteers to fill. Please consider volunteering on one of these days.

If you can volunteer to pick up lunches from a local restaurant at 11:30 am and drop off at Northlake Inn on Northlake Parkway near LaVista, please sign up by clicking on http://tinyurl.com/tuckerlunch or contact Robin Pounds, 770-279-7238, robinpounds@bellsouth.net. Thank you for your support of this outreach ministry which serves children in our Tucker community!


Reaching Out to Our Community.


ESOL Classes Begin August 19

Lots of excitement is building around Tucker First’s community outreach through classes in English for speakers of other languages. The first session begins on Tuesday, August 19, and we are soliciting the prayers and support of the congregation for this important program. You can help by spreading the word to your friends and neighbors.

Volunteers are needed to help with greeting and registering our guests, and we would love to have additional helpers with the childcare component of this outreach. All volunteers who will be working with the children of our students will need to participate in a Safe Sanctuary class. Mimi Sanders has scheduled classes for August 10 and 13. There will be a volunteer orientation session on August 5.

If you would like to be part of this ministry or have questions, please contact Leigh Andersen, lcandersen@bellsouth.net or Jonnie Johnston, jjjohnston@bellsouth.net.  You can sign up online at http://www.tfumc.org/ESOL.  Thank you for your prayers and support. The ESOL Committee


Wanted: Your Outstanding _________.

Do you have an outstanding athlete, scholar, or musician in your family?  Did someone graduate from high school or college?  Have they earned an accomplishment, award, or letter?  Let us know about it so we can share your family's celebration in the June newsletter. Send your information and news to communications@tfumc.org



VBS Volunteer Corner
The Tucker First Vacation Bible School will be daily, July 7 -11 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Check back here and see how you can help with Vacation Bible School. You can register your child online or volunteer at http://2014.cokesburyvbs.com/tuckerfirst.

Monday Fitness
Join us Mondays at 5 pm for a group run, jog, or walk. We will meet at the Wesley Center back parking lot. If you have never run before and would like to start, don't hesitate - join us! All ages and fitness levels are welcome. There are different pace groups so don't worry about being left behind and we will have running and walking programs laid out for you.  All routes will be around the Tucker First campus, and downtown Tucker. For more information, please contact Tina Sjogren at Sjogren@bellsouth.net or Chris Moss at cmoss@tfumc.org


Giving Cards
Recognizing that not all members tithe on a weekly basis, the finance committee has developed a special offering card for Sunday morning worship. The card acknowledges persons who donated to Tucker First online, by mail, or on a non-weekly basis. You may pick up a card weekly and place it in the offering plate as a symbol of your offering. In the traditional service, the cards will be in the Narthex, and at Table 153, the cards will be on each table. Thank you for your gifts and continued generosity.

Kroger Community Rewards
for the United Methodist Children's Home

Now your grocery budget will do more than feed your family nutritious food - you'll nourish the hearts and minds of our children, too! The United Methodist Children's Home is a member of Kroger's Community Rewards program. When you sign up online, the Children's Home will receive a donation every time you shop using your Kroger Plus Card. It is really that easy! Here's how to sign up:


1.  Visit https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards.

2.  Sign in or create an account with your Kroger Plus Card number.

3.  Click "Enroll Now."

4.  Search for their name (hint: just type "the united" and it'll find them!) or the number 56630.

5. Click the box next to our name, and click "Enroll."


That's it! The next time you scan your Kroger Plus Card, Kroger will automatically make a donation to the mission and ministry of The

United Methodist Children's Home.


Your Online Purchases can Benefit Tucker First
UMCmarket allows members of Tucker First the opportunity to shop online at some of their favorite places while generating a donation to our church. Church members can shop online whenever they want. With each purchase, a percentage of the sale will come directly to Tucker First! Membership is completely free and it takes less than a minute to join.  Find out more at www.umcmarket.org. This program was developed through the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Office of Corporate Partnership.

Did you know that Tucker First has a prayer shawl ministry? We have a group in the church that knits prayer shawls or lap robes for persons in the church or the community. The shawls can mark an event such as celebrating a new baby or they are given for comfort when someone is sick or grieving a loss of a loved one. They are distributed freely to anyone who requests one. The prayer shawls are a reminder of the great love of God for his children. If you know someone who would appreciate a prayer shawl, please contact Gloria Jones at redgloria@comcast.net.

Service and Mission Opportunities


NET Food Pantry - Please help our neighbors in need. Bring spaghetti noodles and sauce to the box in the reception area in the church office.   

NETWorks - NETWorks pantry is VERY low and would appreciate donations of ready-to-eat food items and bottled water.
4th Sunday Trinity Meal - Take a meal and eat with the men at Trinity House the 4th Sunday of each month.  
Saturday Snacks - Help provide food for hungry children living at Northlake Inn.
Volunteer to be a Reading Partner at Nesbit Elementary. Provide some extra attention to help a student improve their reading. It only involves you sitting down with a student at the school for thirty minutes a week , but it makes a world of difference in the student's life (and your own)!  
Northlake Inn Children's Library - pairs of volunteers are needed to supervise the library on weekdays from 3-5 and Saturdays, 12-2pm.  The manager converted a vacant hotel room at this extended-stay hotel into a cozy children’s library full of books, magazines, board games, and a computer.    

 Learn more about these and other opportunities you have to be in mission and service 


Men's Fellowship     

Other ways to connect...
red arrow Learn about some of our small groups like our Pioneers (senior adult group), poetry pals, men's fellowship and United Methodist Women (UMW) circles.