Preparing for Easter

We will continue our Lenten Sermon Series,

Pray Like Jesus, Rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer

by Don Underwood

on Sundays through Palm Sunday


Easter Egg Hunt!

Sunday, March 25th / 3pm / Lake Lot

Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks


Holy Wednesday Service March 28 / 7pm / Sanctuary

Service of Nails March 30 / 12noon / Sanctuary

Easter Morning Sunrise Service / 7am / Lake Lot,

Easter Worship Services April 1

9am Sanctuary

10am Worship Center

11am Sanctuary


2017 Christmas ShoeBoxes for United Methodist Missionaries

Churches in Honduras receiving Christmas Shoe Boxes

Costa Rica missionaries

Carlos and Karla Brown minister to the families of prisoners.

Their prisons are a far cry from our prisons.



Each shoe box should have a coloring booklet in it telling the story of

the Birth of Jesus.


In 2017 you shipped 12,695 Shoe boxes to

Methodist Missionaries in nine (9) different countries.

This is a lower number than expected, but we were busy

with Hurricanes in:

Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and the virgin Islands.

We are looking for more missionaries.


For more information on the Christmas Shoe Box Ministry


The United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse

3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F

Decatur, AL 35603


for your closest “HUB.”


In Other News

Calling All Seamstresses

We need your help repairing our fellowship hall chairs.

Contact the Church office if you can help.

REPORT: From the Land-Use Task Force

We were informed during the week that the Surface Transportation Board in Washington has denied our request for the forced abandonment of the railroad tracks east of Athens Street.  This is a disappointment but not the end of the matter.  The Board also ruled that the railroad’s remaining amended lease with TORCH is still improper and gave the railroad  30 days to clean up the lease issues, and the railroad must report to the STB and the church every 6 months on its rehabilitation and utilization of the tracks for legitimate rail service.  If the railroad doesn’t rehabilitate and utilize the tracks as proposed within a reasonable period of time, then the Board has indicated it will entertain a further request from the church for abandonment.  We also believe the STB cleared the way for State court to determine the related property matters.

As previously reported there have been three legal actions pending:

  • Hart County Superior Court injunction stopping the work behind the church
  • Our STB request to abandon the tracks east of Athens St.
  • The railroad request to condemn church property behind the church

Our original objective was to eliminate a walking trail permanently dividing our property and remove the safety threats it posed in our back yard to our members, programs and ministry.  This has been accomplished but other matters surfaced during our work.

Our intent will be to vigorously defend against the condemnation of our church property by the railroad, and to follow closely the implementation of the full STB ruling.  If you would like to see the STB ruling in its entirety go to the Service Transportation Board website and search Case # AB-1242.

Please continue to pray for our work and for all parties involved.

Land Use and Planning Task Force

Joe Whittemore, Jack Edmunds, Flo Brown, Luanne Burgess, Allen Stewart

Small Groups (Sign ups end on Sunday, Feb. 4th) and Other Reminders

Small Group sign-ups end on Sunday, Feb. 4th.

If you would like to participate in the church-wide study, “Pray Like Jesus”, or one of the other variety of groups, please fill out a Connection Card. Connection Cards can be placed in the offering plate, Small Group table outside the FH, or brought to the church office.

Groups will begin the week of February 18th and run for six weeks.

For more information, please contact the Church Office

 Missions and Reminders

The Hart County Clothes Closet Food Pantry

Please bring your food items on Sunday, February 4th. Let’s help the Food Pantry get off to a good year by bringing food. Winter can be a hard time for many. Please bring canned meats, mac & cheese, canned fruit, peanut butter, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, soup, beef stew, canned vegetables, mixed beans, powdered milk, cereals. Please leave items in the basket at the back of the Sanctuary; in the box near the door of the Gathering Area; or bring by the Church office.

Used Ink Cartridges

The John Benson Chapter, of our local DAR is collecting used ink cartridges. Please bring them to the red box at the overflow table or for larger items please bring them to the church office.