Dates to Remember for Advent 2019

Sunday, December 1st

Breakfast with Santa 8:00-9:30am

HFUMC Cantata 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

“Song of Joy” presented by the HFUMC Choir and Orchestra


Sunday, December 8th

Annual Celtic Concert / 6:00pm / Sanctuary

Carroll Brown and Band will entertain us with their Irish, original and traditional Christmas songs and stories. This is always a fun and entertaining night.


Monday, December 9th

United Methodist Women Christmas Dinner / 6:00pm / Fellowship Hall

Tickets are $15.00 each. They are available from a UMW member or the church office.


Wednesday, December 11th

Children’s Christmas Musical / 6:00pm / Fellowship Hall

“Christmas Is Jesus” presented by HFUMC Children


Thursday, December 12th

Spirit of Christmas Lunch at Whitworth Women’s Facility

Monetary donations are being accepted to cover the cost of the meal for all the women and staff. Any money that is left over will go to the Hart County Food Pantry for special Sr. Christmas Baskets.


Tuesday, December 17th

Hart County High School Choral Christmas Concert / 7:00pm / Sanctuary


Wednesday, December 18th

Service of Dark Night and Hope / 6:15pm / Sanctuary

A service of wholeness and healing led by the Stephen Ministers will be held at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary with special music by the Women’s Chorale of Hart County High School.


Sunday, December 22nd

One Worship Service / 10:30am / Sanctuary


Tuesday, December 24th

Contemporary Christmas Eve Service / 4:00pm / Fellowship Hall

Bring your family and join us

Christmas Eve Communion and Candle Light Service / 6:00pm / Sanctuary

Bring your family and join us


Sunday, December 29th

One Worship Service / 10:30am / Fellowship Hall


Christmas Gifts and Remembrances 2019

Instead of purchasing Poinsettias, which often wither and die, let’s honor and remember our loved ones by making a donation to our Local Missions Fund.

On December 22nd, a special bulletin insert will include these names.

The Deadline is December 11th.

Forms are on the tables.

Announcements for November 2019

In case you missed them, you can watch the services through the videos below.

9am Service, Sunday, October 27th

10am Service, Sunday, October 27th

11am Service, Sunday, October 27th

Monday Night, October 28th

Tuesday Night, October 29th

Wednesday Night 10/30 – Briarwood Brothers Concert


Thanksgiving Office Hours

The church office will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27th-29th for Thanksgiving.


Children’s Bake Sale

The children are hosting their annual bake sale on Sunday, November 17th and 24th after the 9am service, before and after the 10am and 11am services.

Proceeds go towards their Christmas Mission Project.

Baked Goods Donations

are needed for these Sundays. Please contact JoAnn Stone at or at the church office.

Everything is appreciated from whole cakes for holiday prep or individual treats to satisfy a sweet tooth craving!


Family Ministries Tailgate

Calling all families of children ages birth to graduation!

Join us for HFUMC’s first Family Ministries Event on Friday, November 8th, 5:30-7:30pm.

Hotdogs and drinks provided.

Bring a side and a chair and meet in the gym parking lot.

Childcare provided in the gym.

Don’t miss this great opportunity of fun and fellowship!


UMW Christmas Dinner

Monday, December 9th, 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Tickets will be $15 each.

Ticket sales begin November 10th and can be purchased at a UMW Circle Meeting, after the Worship Services or in the church office.

Men’s Breakfast

UMM will have their monthly breakfast meeting on Sunday, November 10th at 7:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

The breakfast is open to all men!!


Sojourners Monthly Meeting

The Sojourners will have their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 6th at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

Please bring a sack lunch. Beverages and dessert will be furnished.

The program will be lead by a local florist showing seasonal arrangements.


Sojourners Monthly Activity

This month’s activity will be a trip to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson with lunch at Village Bakery and Cafe on November 15th, 2019.

The bus will leave at 9:30am.

Please bring $3 for transportation. You will need to pay for your lunch.

Please call Beau Swafford at the church office to RSVP by November 12th.

Sojourners is open to anyone 50 years old and up. It is a great way to meet people and have fun and great fellowship.


The Piatigorsky Concert

The Piatigorsky Concert will be on Sunday, November 17th at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary. It will feature Katherine Calcamuggio and Mezzo Soprano.


Commitment Cards for 2019

Commitment Sunday was October 27th. If you couldn’t attend, you may still turn in your Commitment Card for 2020 by mailing it to the church, bringing it by the church office, or placing it in the offering plate next Sunday.

Cards are available in the Devotional Guide, the Church Office, and on the information tables around the church.

If you cannot make a financial commitment, please turn in your card to commit to pray and support the church through your presence, service and witness.


The Safety Team needs at least 12 more volunteers

In order for our Safety Team to be more efficient and not overwork anyone, they need at least 12 more volunteers.

This is an important job and not too time consuming if we can get enough people.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alan Brown, Chairman of the Safety Committee.


The Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, November 19th from 2pm-7pm in the Gym.

Call Morene Sokol at the church office to make an appointment.

Our blood drive has donated 169 units of blood so far this year.

Thank you for your support! You can make a difference!!


Hart County Clothes Closet / Food Pantry

Sunday, November 6th, is our regular Sunday to bring food for the Food Pantry.

There is a box in the Gathering Area, back of the Sanctuary, or bring it by the church office.


Caring for the Aging Support Series

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

We will have an informational series consisting of insight and valuable information from professionals in the area. Each session will offer the opportunity to ask questions as well.

Tuesdays, November 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at HFUMC.

Elder Law / Planning

Presented by Bob and Ed Ridgway from Ridgway Law Firm.

Transitional Care Options

Presented by Terri Partain, President of Lake Hartwell Active Aging Resources.

Caring for the Caregiver

Presented by Mary Jones, Social Worker at Hart Care Center.

Please RSVP by Friday, November 1st to Marcie at the church office or email


Christmas Supplies for the Women of Whitworth

Molly Boyd will be collecting supplies for the Whitworth Women’s Facility for Christmas.

Because of Security Requirements, certain items are not allowed. You must follow the list directions.

Every container must be plastic without pumps.

If you would like to participate in this Christmas Ministry, please bring your items to the back of the Sanctuary, to a box in the Gathering Area, or the Church Office.

Deadline is November 30th.

Shampoo – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic bottles-no pumps)

Conditioner – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic-no pump)

Soap – bath size bar-deodorant or moisturizing (no liquids)

Lotion – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic containers)

Toothpaste – 6 oz. thru 8 oz. – plastic tube (no pumps)

Toothbrush – NO Battery operated toothbrushes – individually wrapped

Deodorant – 2.6 oz. thru 3 oz. Suave / Secret – plastic container only (no roll-on, glass or liquid)

Socks – Plain – White only


Hairbands – (pony tail bands) Black only

Honey Buns – must be individually wrapped

Individual Bags of Chips

Peppermint – hard candy (individually wrapped)

Black BIC* Ink Pens (no click pens)

Notebooks – No wire bound

Announcements as of Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Facebook Live

9am Service

10am Service

11am Service

Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 27th

The Trunk or Treat will be at 12:30pm in the Gym Parking Lot (after the 11 am service ends).

Cars are needed to hand out candy.

The best-decorated car wins a Home Town Gift Card

Spots will be marked closer to the Gym in the back parking lot.


Children’s Choir Performs

Monday, October 28th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.


Children’s Costume Party

Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall

Best Costume wins a prize!


Stewardship/Revival Devotional Guide

In the center of your Devotional Guide, you will find a Commitment Card for 2020.

Please prayerfully consider your commitment to HFUMC through your Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness.

On Sunday, October 27th, we will have a special box at the altar to place your cards at the end of the service.

You can also mail them or bring them to the church office.


Children’s Mason Jar Project

Please keep your Mason Jars and continue to collect money through November to help with the Children’s Christmas Project.

When you are ready to turn in the money, either keep the jar and put the money in a baggie or turn in the whole jar.

Contact JoAnn at the office or email at for more information.


Caring for the Aging Support Series

Join us on Tuesdays, November 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at HFUMC.

Join us for this informational series with guest speakers from the community.

Watch bulletins and emails for more details.

For more information or to sign-up, contact Marcie at


Revival Schedule October 27-31st

Sunday, October 27th

Carol Dean Schreiner will be speaking at the 9, 10, and 11am services.

A Chili Cook-off will follow in the Fellowship Hall at 12Noon. 

Bring your favorite Chili. There will be a place to plug in your Crock Pots in the kitchen. We will put numbers on the Chili and you will have an opportunity to vote on your favorite. Fixings will be furnished. Bring your favorite desserts!


Monday, October 28th

There will be a Fried Chicken Supper in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm with a message from Carol Dean Schreiner to follow at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.

The church will provide Fried Chicken along with mac and cheese, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. A box will be available for a love offering for the meal.


Tuesday, October 29th

There will be a covered dish supper in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30pm. Be sure to bring several of your favorite dishes.

The community is welcome to attend and bring their favorite dish as well so that there is enough food for everyone. Don’t forget those yummy desserts!

There will be a message from Carol Dean Schreiner in the Sanctuary after at 6:30pm.


Wednesday, October 30th

Join us for regular WNS at 5:15pm with a Menu of Roast Beef in the Fellowship Hall.

Be sure to join us after supper at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary for a special concert from The Briarwood Brothers Quartet.

The Briarwood Brothers Quartet is from Watkinsville, GA. Dean Evans, one of the group members, was born and raised in Hart County.

Join us as we receive a great performance from a very talented group.


October 31st from 6-8pm

We will be having our annual Boo Bash that is open to everyone!

Join us in the parking lot of the gym for games, bouncy houses, prizes, rides for the little ones and more!


Basketball Sign-ups

Basketball sign-ups for Children and Youth are continuing through to October 27th.

The sign-up sheets are in the Carter Gathering Area just outside the Fellowship Hall.

Sign-ups will end Sunday, October 27th.

Announcements as of Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Past Sunday Services on Facebook Live

10am Service

11am Service


November is National Family Caregivers Month

Join us for an informational series about caring for the aging on Tuesdays, November 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at HFUMC.

These three sessions will include guest speakers from the community. Be sure to watch bulletins and emails for more details.

For more information or to sign up, contact Marcie at


Children’s Activities

Fall Festival – October 16th at the Lake Lot from 6:00-7:00pm.

Games, Crafts, Food, and Fun.


Silly Sock Night / Kid Power Presentation – October 23rd.


Mason Jars are still available to collect money to help with the Children’s Christmas Project.

We also have blue water cooler jugs on various tables around the church for you to place your spare change into if preferred.


Small Groups

Small Groups began this past Sunday at 10am and 11am.

Wednesday Groups start this week at 6pm.

Please remember to sign up for Wednesday Night Supper using the yellow reservation cards or contact the church office by 4pm on Monday if you would like to join us for supper before your small group meeting.


Stewardship/Revival Devotional Guide and Event Schedule

If you have not already received your devotional guide as part of the October Newsletter, please be sure to pick up a copy from the church office so you can follow along with our daily devotionals for this month.

There is a 2020 Commitment Card in the middle of your devotional guide.

Please consider your commitment to HFUMC through your Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness.

Revival Schedule

Sunday, October 27th – Worship with Carol Dean Schreiner at the 9, 10, and 11am services with a Chili Cook-off to follow in the Fellowship Hall at 12pm.

Monday, October 28th – Fried Chicken Supper in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm with a program by Carol Dean Schreiner to follow in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, October 29th – Covered Dish Supper in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30pm with a program by Carol Dean Schreiner to follow in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, October 30th – Regular Wednesday Night Supper in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm with a Briarwood Brothers Gospel Group Concert in the Sanctuary following at 6:30pm.

Thursday, October 31st – Boo Bash from 6-8pm in the parking lot beside the gym. Games, Bouncy Houses, Rides, Prizes and More! Everyone is Invited!!


About our Revival Guest Speaker

Carol Dean Schreiner has presented her inspiring and humorous messages in 37 states, Canada, and cruise ships in various parts of the world, sharing God’s love and encouraging others.

She has led many groups and is especially involved with Senior Adults.

She lives in Oklahoma and is looking forward to being with us October 27th-29th.

About The Briarwood Brothers Quartet

They come from Watkinsville, GA.

Dan Evans, one of the group members, was born and raised in Hart County.

They are a talented group and have just cut their first album in Nashville, TN in August.

You may want to come early to get a good seat.

Weekly Announcements for the week of Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Services on Facebook Live

10am Service

11am Service


Children’s Activities


Crazy Hair Night – Wednesday, October 9th

Colors, Spikes, Messy, Braids, Go CRAZY!


Children’s Fall Festival – October 16th at the Lake Lot from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Games, Crafts, Food, and Fun!


Help the Children’s Christmas Project by placing Mason Jars in your home to collect loose change!

The children need your help for their Christmas Project by taking a Mason Jar home to collect loose change around your home!

Remember, a little bit of change added here or there over time will add up to more than you think!

Our hope is that this method will be result in more money being collected compared to big amounts donated here or there.


Small Groups Reminder

We would like to thank everyone who signed up to be part of a small group.

We believe life is better connected.

You will receive an email this week with your group, leader, and location information.

As a reminder, these groups will begin next week, October 13th, and will continue through the week of November 10th excluding the week of October 27th for Revival.

Please send all communication and questions through our new Groups Ministry email address:

Looking forward to this journey with you and your group. – Beau Swafford


Stewardship/Revival Devotional Guide & October Newsletter

Each October, the October Newsletter is mailed with important information about our Revival at the end of the month.

There is a Devotional Guide inside the October Newsletter with a devotional for each day.

You will find a Commitment card for 2020 in the center of the book.

We ask that you prayerfully consider your commitment to HFUMC through your Prayers, Presences, Gifts, Service and Witness.

Extra copies of the Newsletter/Devotional Guide are on the tables around the church and in the church office.

Please get a copy to share with others if you didn’t get one already.


Revival Schedule October 27th-31st

Sunday 10/27 – 9,10, and 11am services –

Worship with Carol Dean Schreiner with a Chili Cook-off to follow at 12Noon in the Fellowship Hall.


Monday 10/28 – 5:15pm –

Fried Chicken Supper in the Fellowship Hall with a program by Carol Dean Schreiner to follow at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.


Tuesday 10/29 – 5:30pm –

Covered Dish Supper in the Fellowship Hall with a program by Carol Dean Schreiner to follow at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.


Wednesday 10/30 – 5:15pm –

Regular Wednesday Night Roast Beef Supper with a concert by the Briarwood Brothers Gospel Group in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm.


Thursday, 10/31 – 6-8pm –

Annual Boo Bash festival with games, bouncy houses, rides, prizes and more. Everyone is invited!!