Weekly Top Ten – August 3

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Blessing of the Backpacks
at the 9:30am and 11:00am worship services
Join us on this special Sunday for our 2nd annual “Blessing of the Backpacks!” Just in time for Back to School, we will pray a special blessing over students (and their backpacks), asking God to guide, protect, and nurture them this year.
Students of ALL ages, invite a friend and BRING YOUR BACKPACKS with you to church for this special event!
New Sermon Series Starts THIS SUNDAY!
What Are You Looking For?
We’re all looking for something, whether it’s home, the “good life,” peace, the Kingdom of God, or maybe just … more.  Join us for our next sermon series beginning this Sunday, August 7. We’ll search God’s word and explore the life we share in Christ. Who knows? You might just find what you’re looking for.
See you in worship on Sunday at 8:15am, 9:30am or 11:00am. Invite a friend to join you!

2. Kickoff Cookout

Kickoff Cookout – NEXT Sunday, August 14
4:00pm to 5:00pm – Get Connected & Have Fun!
5:00pm to 6:00pm – Dinner in the Sanctuary
The HMUMC Kickoff Cookout is all about YOU! How can HMUMC help you Connect, Worship, Grow and Serve this fall? At this family-fun event, you will get the chance to sign up for a new growth group, learn more about serving opportunities, hang out with our Student Ministry, jump around in bounce houses with our Crosstown Kids’ Ministry, and snap a family picture in our fun photo booth. Make sure you fill out our NEW KOCO connect card for the chance to win a prize! We will end our special evening with a delicious FREE family-style hamburger or hot dog dinner in the Sanctuary. Join us and together we will discover how we can serve as the hands and feet of Christ while having a little fun too!

3. Wednesday Nights at HMUMC

Wednesday Night Programming
Resumes August 17!
Save Wednesday nights this fall for family, fellowship and fun!
  • Kids Crossing Children’s Choir – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Supper – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday Connect Growth Groups – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • The Middle for rising 6th – 8th graders – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Rooftop Kidz: 5th Grade Praise Team – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • What’s in the Bible for Pre-K – 5th graders – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
The fun begins on Wednesday, August 17. Let’s spend Wednesdays together this fall – it will be your second favorite day of the week!
Sign up today at www.hmumc.org/growthgroups!

4. Fall Growth Groups!

Fall Growth Groups Start Soon!
Start the fall season off right – join a Growth Group! You will enjoy growing in your relationship with God and others through fellowship and study. Pick up a copy of the 2016 Fall Growth Group schedule at the church Welcome Center or visit www.hmumc.org/growthgroups to sign up and learn more about all of the classes offered this fall.

5. New Worship Center Times

New Worship Center Times

As we prepare to move into our new worship space in a few weeks, we want to share with you some changes that are coming to our Sunday morning worship. Our purpose in these changes is to offer three distinct and meaningful services, create a multi-generational worship environment, and also facilitate smoother transitions in movement and parking. One thing, however, will never change. In all that we do we seek to glorify God and offer the Good News of Jesus Christ with a tone that is consistently gracious, inviting, and Wesleyan.

Learn more about our new services coming this fall –

6. The Pantry

Support The Pantry every time you shop at Kroger! Last quarter The Pantry received $450 from the Kroger Community Rewards Program. You can help increase this dollar amount simply by signing up or renewing your membership. Each year in August, Kroger requires participants to renew their membership in this special program. 
How to sign up or update! It only takes TWO minutes!
  1. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, please stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and ask for one – It’s FREE!
  2. To link your Kroger Plus Card to The Pantry, simply go to
  • click “Create an Account” or “sign in” and enter your information.
  • Once you have created an account, click on “My Account” on the top right corner
  • scroll down to the bottom of the page to “Community Rewards”
  • click enroll now
  • enter “The Pantry at HMUMC OR enter our number “49947”
  • select The Pantry from your search list
  • click “enroll” or “re-enroll”

That’s it! Now you are enrolled. Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, along with your continued donations, will make supporting The Pantry easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!


The Kroger Community Rewards program is Kroger’s way of showing their commitment to helping our community grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®. This program will not affect your Kroger Fuel Points.

Learn more about The Pantry at www.hmumc.org/ThePantry.

7. Next Starting Point Class

Next Starting Point Class

Begins Sunday, August 28 at 9:30am
Starting Point is a four-session orientation class for people who are considering membership – but it’s more than that! Whether you’re brand new to Hamilton Mill UMC or you’ve been here for a while, Starting Point offers a chance for you to make some new friends and get connected.
Sign up or invite a friend to sign up at www.hmumc.org/startingpoint

8. GroupLink

GroupLink LifeGroup Launch Event

Sunday, August 28 at 5:30pm
LifeGroups exist to help people connect relationally and grow spiritually through intentional times of fellowship, study, and support together. At GroupLink, our LifeGroup launch event, you’ll be able to meet other people interested in getting in a LifeGroup, talk to those already in one, and find a group that fits you in person. Childcare will also be provided.
Please sign up at www.hmumc.org/lifegroups.

9. Student Ministry

Student Ministry Fall Worship

Beginning Aug. 14 and every Sunday until the opening of our New Worship Center
Students in 6th – 12th grade, join us in The Shed on Sunday mornings at 9:30am for a special sermon series entitled “Church As It Could Be.” Together, we will explore worship: the role of our church body, the importance of relationships, what it means to be a leader, how the Holy Spirit inspires, and how we can stay focused on Jesus as we come together in worship. The purpose of this special series will be to prepare students for all of the exciting opportunities that multi-generational worship will bring to HMUMC when we open our new Worship Center later this Fall.

Student Ministry End of Summer Epic Event

TODAY, August 3 from 6pm- 8pm
Middle School “Redneck Olympics”
Calling all rising 6th – 8th grade students to our EPIC End of Summer Events. Join us in the lower parking lot (by the playground) for a night you won’t forget! Costumes are encouraged, but dress to get messy. There will also be some light refreshments and snacks. And prizes will be awarded for the victors!

High School Summer Chill

High School students are invited to join the Student Ministry for our last summer chill event…

TOMORROW Thursday, August 4 – Menchies Outing 
@ Menchies Hamilton Mill 3:00pm-5:00pm.
First 3 Students get FREE Menchies!!!

Student Ministry Xtreme Bingo

Sunday, August 14 Following the Kickoff Cook-out,
from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
All students 6th through 12th grades and their parents are invited to Xtreme Bingo in the Sanctuary! We’ve got some incredible prizes, a wheel of misfortunes and an evening full of fun with friends!  Come hear all about the year ahead while you play for a chance to win one of many prizes, including VISA Gift cards, lots of dining gift cards (Chilis, Italy’s, Barbaritos), and a Gwinnett Braves family fun pack.
*Please click here to sign up for childcare for siblings in rising 5th grade and younger by TODAY, August 3. 

Confirmation Orientation – Student/Parent Class

Sunday, August 14 at 11:00am in The Shed
All 6th graders and their parents are invited to join us to learn more about our 2016-17 Confirmation Class! We’ll complete registration forms, introduce you to leaders and staff, and tell you all about our program.
Please click here to RSVP!
Student Ministry Programs Resume
6th – 12th grade students, are you ready for a great year! Mark your calendars and join us each week! The Middle, our mid-week fellowship, worship and small groups for 6th-8th grade students meets on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm starting Aug 17. Ignite, a fellowship snack dinner, worship and small groups for 9th-12th graders meets on Sundays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm starting Aug 21.
HMUMC Job Opportunity
The Student Ministry is looking for a Worship Team Director to help lead weekly student worship gatherings.

10. Crosstown Kids

Crosstown Kids’ Retreat at Camp Glisson

Sept. 9 – Sept. 11 / RSVP by August 31
HMUMC and The North Georgia Conference Children’s Ministry Connection is pleased to offer a special retreat for children in rising 3rd – 5th grades. We will enjoy the unique activities available at Camp Glisson, and meet, pray, worship and play with children from other congregations across the conference. The cost is $160 per child.
To encourage chaperones, we are offering this event FREE of charge to those parents willing to come along with their child.
Please visit www.hmumc.org/CrosstownKidsRetreat to learn more and sign up for camp!

Rooftop Kidz – 5th Grade Praise Team

Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:45pm starting August 17
ROOFTOP KIDZ is a ministry team consisting of 5th graders serving as leaders in their small group and on The Rooftop as Worship Leaders, Door Holders, and AV/TECH Assistants. Rooftop Kidz provides 5th graders the opportunity to develop leadership skills, discover gifts and talents, serve their church family, grow in their relationship with God, experience worship as a lifestyle and be a role model to the younger kids.
All rising 5th graders are invited to sign up!

Kids CrosSing – HMUMC’s NEW Children’s Choir for 3year olds – 5th graders

Wednesday Nights from 5pm to 6pm Starting Aug 17
Our Children’s Choirs Leadership is working harder than ever to provide a quality, Christian-based experience for our children. We want to give children the opportunity to become worship leaders NOW, for today’s church, and also for the church of the future.
Learn more at www.hmumc.org/KidsCrosSing

Upcoming Events

  • 8/3 – The Middle End of Summer Epic Event @ 6pm to 8pm
  • 8/4 – High School Summer Chill @ HM Menchies 3pm-5pm
  • 8/6 –  The Pantry @ 9:30am to 11:30am in The Shed
  • 8/7 – Blessing of the Backpacks @ 9:30am & 11:00am services
  • 8/7 – Worship services @ 8:15am, 9:30am & 11:00am in The Sanctuary
  • 8/7 – Crosstown Kid’s Worship @ 9:30pm & 11:00pm in The Rooftop
  • 8/7 – Sunday School @ 9:30am
    • The Builders in Room 139
    • Seekers in Room 339
    • The Way in Room 149
    • Solomon’s Porch in Room 131
    • Women of Faith in Room 351
  • 8/7 – Student E3 classes at 11:00am
    • High School Students in Room 149
    • Middle School Students in Room 131
  • 8/7 – 18-25 @ HMUMC Class @ 11:00am in Room 139
  • 8/8 – First Day of School
  • 8/14 – 6th Grade Orientation Class @ 11am in The Shed
  • 8/14 – Kickoff Cookout 4pm – 6pm
  • 8/14 – Student Ministry Extreme Bingo @ 6pm in the Sanctuary
  • 8/17 – Kids CrosSing Children’s Choir, Wednesday Night Supper, Growth Groups, 5th Grade Praise Team, Children’s Choir and The Middle Resumes
  • 8/21 – Ignite Resumes
  • 8/22 – United Methodist Men’s Meeting
  • 8/28 – Starting Point Class begins @ 9:30am
  • 8/28 – GroupLink @ 5:30pm
Author: Jenn Harris

“I am dedicated to helping our church communicate the love of Jesus Christ, and passionate about helping people connect with others and our amazing God.”

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