May 2018 Announcements

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. We will have a backdrop in the Gathering Area for anyone who wishes to take pictures. Please bring your family to worship and take pictures. Let’s celebrate all Moms & those that Mother us in many ways.


Memorial Day Weekend – Worship On the Water (WOW)

On Sunday, May 27th @ 2-4pm, join us for Hotdogs and Chips on land at the shelter

Join us for WOW afterwards at 4pm

Come by boat or by car to the HFUMC Lake-Lot located at 400 Methodist Park Lane. Lake-Lot located near Elrod Ferry and POC #3

Contact the church office at 706-376-3164 if you have any questions


Storm Dancers – Personal Triumphs and Tragedies

A historical Reflection and Study lunch on six disasters in our modern era

All with a Biblical perspective

Study will be led by Dr. R. Allen Stewart at Satchamos (Downtown Hartwell, old Taste of GA.)

Held on May 15, 2018 from 11am – 1pm


May 6th Holy Communion will be held at all Services /

Acolyte Recognition at 11am


HFUMC Pre School Graduation will be held on May 16th.

The Church office will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28th.


Pray For America

Ephesians 4:3 – Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

May 3, 2018 – National Day of Prayer

Join us for prayer at 12:00 Noon at the Courthouse Lawn


HFUMC Pre School Registration

Applications are being accepted now for the 2018-2019 school year. Classes are available for 2, 3, and 4 year olds. Contact Allyson Morris, Director of the Pre School, at the church office for more information. Applications are available at the Pre School or in the church office.

Pre School follows the same schedule as Hart Co. Schools.


Picnic With A Purpose!

Want to enjoy favorite picnic foods, games, prizes, and a silent auction*? 

If so, join us for a picnic hosted by UMW’s O’Neal Perry Circle 

on Thursday, May 10th @ 5:30pm at the Methodist Park Lake Lot**!

All FUMC Women and Men are Invited!


* – Please bring a silent auction item such as plants, handmade crafts, baked goods, or re-gifted items

** – If inclement weather occurs, we will move the picnic to the FUMC gym.


UMM Breakfast

We will not be having Men’s breakfast this month because UMM will be helping with Marvelous Moms. Please join us when meetings resume in August.



The Sojourners will meet on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall

Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert and tea will be furnished.


The Sojourners activity will consist of a trip to Grits and Groceries in S.C. on Thursday, May 17th. 

Please make reservations by Thursday, May 10th by calling Beau Swafford at the Church Office

The bus will leave from the gym at 10:15am

There will be a $5.00 transportation fee, plus your meal for your cost of the trip

Wednesday Night Supper

May 9th will be the last WNS until August


Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday, May 22nd, a blood drive will be held from 2pm-7pm in the FH

To make an appointment, please call Morene Sokol at the Church Office


Hart County Clothes Closet Food Pantry

Please bring any of the following food items on Sunday, May 6th. Please leave them in the box near the door of the Gathering Area or bring by the Church Office.

Thanks again for your support!!


Final Wednesday Fun Night!

May 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Lake Lot


Vacation Bible School

VBS will be held on Friday, June 8th from 5:30-8pm,

Saturday, June 9th from 10-1am,

and Sunday, June 10th from 9-11am.

Please register your child by clicking the VBS 2018 link at the top of the page or by filling out a form from the gathering areas or the church office.


Marvelous Moms Registration

Hartwell First United Methodist needs 120-150 volunteers for a special

“One Day with God” Camp to provide women from the

Whitworth Women’s Facility an opportunity to reach, reconcile and restore relationships in the lives of those impacted by crime.

This will be the first time for many of the children of the inmates to be allowed past the visitation room to see where their mother lives.

This day will help calm their fears and anxiety about where their mother lives!

Overall, we want to help decrease the prison population through the love and witness of Jesus Christ.

Please help us to serve Christ this day through serving others!

All Volunteers need to be committed to the day of Saturday, May 5th.

The following is needed to participate as a volunteer on this fantastic day:

  • A background check which will be done by Whitworth Facility on all volunteers (Please see application for more info).
  • Fill out a set of applications to volunteer at this event by visiting the church office or contacting Molly Boyd at the Church Office (or by email at who will email you the applications.
  • Please turn in applications by April 16th.

Volunteers will need to attend training on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30-8pm at Hartwell First UMC.



April 2018 Annoucements

The following people are in our confirmation class and will be finishing their class this month. They will attend the Confirmation Retreat at Lake Junaluska from April 13th to April 15th.

Join us on Sunday, April 22nd as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday

  • Ava Carnes
  • Zachary Douglas
  • Thomas Floyd
  • Logan Gordon
  • Luke Hicks
  • Abby Morris
  • Maddie Waters

All Women Birthday Party

All women are invited on Sunday, April 15th at 2:30pm to a Birthday Party!

Enjoy cake, fellowship, and celebrate our lives!

Donations will be accepted for the Hope School in Bethlehem.


UMM Breakfast

All men are invited for a great time of food and fellowship at our monthly UMM breakfast

Held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 8th @ 7:30am.


A group for anyone over 50 that wants to have a good time with a group of wonderful people!

Sojourners Meeting for April

Sojourners will meet on Wednesday, April 4th @ 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall

Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert and tea will be furnished.

Sojourners Activity for April

The Sojourners will be going to Atlanta on Thursday, April 19th.

Plans include a tour of Atlanta First UMC, a private organ concert,

a visit to the MLK Historic site and lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

You are responsible for your lunch and gratuity.

Please make reservations by contacting the Church Office by April 11th.

New Tuesday Bible Study

Starting April 10-May 22, a new bible study will be starting on

Tuesday from 10am-12pm

Study will be based on What Love Is by Kelly Minter which is based on

The Letters of 1, 2, and 3 John.

Books can be purchased from Lillian Wysong at $13 each

Please contact the church office soon if you want her to order a book for you.


Journeys of Paul Bible Study

Dr. Allen Stewart will be leading a new bible study based on the journeys of

the Apostle Paul.

Study will be held on Wed. April 11, 18, May 2, 9, and 16

Booklets for the study are being printed and are available in the Church office.

Please let us know if you would like a copy.


Lunch & Learn – “The Sacrament of Disaster”

Please join us as we learn how, in some ways, the disasters we study,

like the Sultana Disaster and The Winecoff Hotel Disaster,

have made our lives safer and better.

Will be held on April 26th from 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall


The Hart County Clothes Closet Food Pantry

Please bring the following items on Sunday, April 1st or Sunday, April 8th:

  • 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.

Thanks again for your support!!


HFUMC Pre School Registration

Registration is taking place for the 2018-2019 school year with classes available for

2, 3, & 4 year olds.

Applications are available at the Pre School or in the Church office.

Pre School follows the same schedule as Hart County Schools.

Contact Allyson Morris, Director, at the Church office for more information.

Children’s Ministry News

Vacation Bible School Registration has begun

Vacation Bible School will be on the following dates

  • Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 8
  • Saturday, June 9 from 10 to 1
  • Sunday, June 10 from 9 to 11


to Register your child

Volunteers Needed


Kickball Game

Annual Parents vs kids kickball game

Sunday, April 15th, 12:30

Meet @ the Church Gym


Children’s Talent Show

Will be held on Wed., April 25th at 6pm

Please let Emily know if your child would like to be in the show!

Wednesday Night Wild

NO Wednesday activities on April 4th due to Spring Break


Historical Hall Photos Added

For those who have been asking about the photos on display on the TV in the Historical Hall, we have some great news!

We have added over 500 new photos to the existing photos that were being displayed. Please be sure to check them out while you are there!


LENT – time for self reflection and rededication…

Ash Wednesday marks the onset of the Lent, the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) of fasting and abstinence. It is called Ash Wednesday because at the church the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. The concept originated by the Roman Catholics somewhere in the 6th century. In the Old Testament, ashes were found to have been used for two purposes: as a sign of humility and mortality; and as a sign of sorrow and repentance for sin. Originally the use of ashes was a matter of private devotion. Later it became part of the official rite for reconciling public penitents. Putting a ‘cross’ mark on the forehead was in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism. This is when the newly born Christian is delivered from slavery to sin and the devil, and made a slave of righteousness and Christ (Rom. 6:3-18).

In this season of Lent, let’s take-on rather than give-up. Some ideas are:

  • Apologize to someone
  • Forgive yourself
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Delve into a book of the Bible
  • Serve someone in need
  • Visit a lonely person
  • Show someone you love them
  • Donate weekly to Clothes Closet
  • Celebrate with someone
  • Say “Please”
  • Say “Thank You!”
  • Have a heart of gratitude
  • Offer a word of encouragement
  • Tell someone you prayed for them
  • Invite someone to church
  • Tithe a week / month salary