Weekly Top Ten – July 19

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This Week’s Top Ten!

1. This Sunday

This Sunday, July 23rd in Worship
Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am
God is with us always – that is Good News! Join us on Sunday morning for Rev. Natalee Dukes Hamby’s first sermon here are HMUMC. We’ll be taking a look at the Great Commission and then tour some of the big hitter stories in Scripture that “prove” God’s promise of presence with us. Many of these stories are representative of what we are going through in our own lives. There is great hope in Christ’s words “I am with you always.” In the end, God’s presence in our lives is what enables us to go out and make disciples so they too can know that God is with them even to the end of the age.

2. Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, Aug 6 in all services
Join us for the 3rd annual “Blessing of the Backpacks!” We will pray a special blessing over students (and their backpacks), asking God to guide, protect, and nurture them this year. This is a Family Worship Sunday, so students of ALL ages are invited to join us for services in the Worship Center – and BRING THEIR BACKPACKS!
In addition to our students, we will also take the opportunity to recognize, thank, and pray for all who are involved in the education of our students: teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and all school workers. They will also be prayed over during service and invited to a special Thank You Reception in “The Rooftop” after service.
Be sure to invite a friend, neighbor, or teacher to join you for worship on August 6 at 8am, 9:15am or 11am.
Learn more at www.hmumc.org/backpacks

3. New Growth Groups Starting Soon!

Jonah and the Amazing Ways of God
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:45pm | Aug 16 – Sept 13
Led by Mark Westmoreland | No cost | Childcare Available
The Book of Jonah is one of a kind. It’s called a book of prophecy, but the only sermon offered is one line long. It’s the story of a prophet, but this prophet wants nothing to do with the job. It’s about a well-placed big fish, and it’s about some really bad people who are loved by God. But, mostly, it’s about the God who loves those bad people, who calls that reluctant prophet, who is the Lord of all creation and cares about the fish (large and small), the cattle in the field, and everything else. And it all ends with a question.
Parental Guidance Required: How to Enhance, Advance, & Influence your Children’s Relationships
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:45pm | Aug 16 – Sept 20
Led by Suzanne Holman | Cost $10 | Childcare Available
We have all been shaped by our relationships. They impact the decisions we make, the places we go, and the things we do. That’s why it’s so important for parents to develop strong relationships with their children. As a parent, you have the opportunity and the responsibility to guide your child’s relationship with God and with others. While culture offers many suggestions about parenting, this 6-session study looks at what God has to say about navigating the road ahead of you.
Women’s Bible Study | Present Over Perfect
Wednesdays 9:30am – 10:45am | Sept 6 – Oct 11
 Led by Jennie Jackson and Shelby Harper
Cost: $8 | Childcare upon request
Join a great group of ladies on a journey from frantic pushing and proving, towards essential self. We’ll have fun getting to know each other as we reflect on Shauna Niequist’s book Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.
Disciple Bible Study 2:
Into the Word, Into the World
Sundays 5pm – 7pm | Aug 20 – April 29
Led by David Watkins
Cost $35 | Childcare upon request
This in-depth study of two foundational books in the Old Testament (Genesis & Exodus) and two in the New Testament (Luke and Acts), emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives.
Grief Support
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:45pm | Aug 16 – Nov 8
Led by Jason Mincey | Cost: $15 | Childcare Available
GriefShare is a small group series designed to help people work through the emotional and spiritual challenges that accompany the death of a loved one.  The video and discussion-based format provides a non-threatening, supportive and informative environment for all who participate, and all are welcome.

4. New Members Class

Starting Point: Our New to HMUMC Class
Sundays at 9:15am | Aug 20 – Sept 10
Starting Point is a four-session orientation class for people who are considering membership, whether you’re brand new to Hamilton Mill UMC or you’ve been here for a while!

5. College Class

18-25 @ HMUMC Bible Study
EVERY Sunday at 11am
If you’re between the ages of 18 and 25, we hope you’ll join us on Sunday mornings at 11:00am for the chance to meet others your age in the church and grow closer with God.

6. Women’s Meeting

Women’s Ministry Monthly Meeting
Thursday, July 20 at 7pm
Aloha! Come Hula yourself over to the monthly Women’s meeting. Our new Associate Pastor, Natalee Dukes Hamby will lead our devotional this month. We will also have a fun craft and some refreshing fruit to snack on. Take a break from your busy summer schedule and catch up with friends old and new. Everyone is invited to bring a friend and have some fun.
Join us tomorrow night!!

7. July Mission Projects

The Pantry July Food Drive – PB & J!
A yummy PB&J is an all time favorite food for kids of all ages. Drop a few extra jars of peanut butter and jelly in your shopping cart this week and help us reach our July food drive goal of 1,000 jars.
Donations may be dropped off at Hamilton Mill UMC from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday or on Sunday mornings before and after worship services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am. You may also make a monetary donation online by clicking here.
While we are focusing on PB & J during the month of July, please remember that we would love additional food donations as well. Our most needed items include: canned fruit, cereal, pasta, canned meats and soups with meats.
Thank you for your support! Together we can make a difference!
Learn more about The Pantry and how you can volunteer on Saturday mornings at www.hmumc.org/thepantry.
American Flag Retirement Project
HMUMC’s Military Support Group and our Scouts are working together on a flag retirement project. During the month of July, please bring in your worn American flags and place them in the collection bins located through the double doors to the right of the Worship Center’s Welcome Desk. Please add a note with the flag giving information as to where it was flown, how long flown, any special events at the site where the flag was flown. The cub scouts will cut out the stars that are embroidered on the flags; then the flags will be retired by the scouts in accordance with American flag rules. The collected stars will then be given out close to Veteran’s Day.

8. Driving Class

AARP Smart Driver Course
Friday, August 18  9:00am-3:30pm
In this AARP course, hosted by HMUMC, you will learn defensive driving methods and safety strategies to help refresh your knowledge of the rules of the road. After course completion, you may even be eligible for a multi-year car insurance discount. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Click here to sign up.

 9. Student Ministry FUN!

Student Bible Study
8am to 9:30am on Thursdays in July 
at Chick-fil-A Hamilton Mill
Join your friends at Chick-fil-A as we grow deeper in our understanding of God’s word this summer. This Bible study is for all students rising 6th-12th grade. Students will need to be picked up and dropped off at CFA, Hamilton Mill and will also need to bring money for breakfast if they would like to eat. Come just once or all month long.
We’re going to be studying the Bible and asking tough questions. Can I Ask That? Sure, why not? We will be looking at a number of difficult questions about faith and religion. Some of the questions we will be talking about are “Is the Bible real?” and “Does the Bible Contradict Itself?” We will be using a curriculum called “Can I Ask That,” written by Kara Powell, the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, Jim Candy, and Brad Griffin. We will be tackling these tough questions together and enjoying some amazing CFA at the same time! Join us on Thursdays and bring a friend!
7th & 8th Grade Rush Event
July 19 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
The elusive Waldo and some of his friends are once again hidden in the crowd. You and your friends are invited to go on the hunt this summer at the Mall of Georgia where we will have one hour of scavenging followed by dinner at the mall food court. We will meet by carousel in the food court to start at 5:30pm and pickup from the same location at 8pm. Bring money for dinner in the food court.
6th Grade Rush Event
Wednesday, July 26th  5:30pm-8pm
As initiation into Student Ministry our new 6th grade students are invited to a Nerf War Battle! We will start off the night with a pizza dinner in The Shed then spend the next two hours playing capture the flag, last man standing, and other scenarios over in the Rooftop. We will have some Nerf guns available for use and provide the ammo, but you can also bring your own Nerf guns and eye protection if you so desire. It’s going to be a great night so invite all your friends! We are serving dinner, so please click here to sign up, we want to have enough food for everyone!
Serving Our Schools
July 31, Aug1, and Aug 2  
Rising 6th-12th graders, join us for our upcoming service days. We’re giving back to our community and our local schools! On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we’ll be visiting a local school and helping staffers set up classrooms, distribute books, and prepare for the upcoming year! Join us one day or all three days to give back to our community! One of these days, we’ll also be taking a smaller group to Arbor Terrace senior living to share some time hanging out with their residents.
High School July Events!
All Rising 9th-12th grade students are invited to join us for:
  • July 24 – Fishing Excursion at Twin Bridges 2-5pm. $12per person
  • July 26 – Disc Golf at Little Mulberry Park 10am-1pm
  • July 25 – Coffee at Mocha Moe’s 2pm – 4pm
  • July 26 – Menchies at Hamilton Mill 2pm-4pm

No registration required! Provide your own transportation.

 10. Volunteers Needed!

Crosstown Kids Volunteers Needed

Adults are needed to work with children from Pre-K – 5th grade. No experience is needed: simply a desire to make a difference in the lives of our children who are both our present and our future!  All volunteers are background checked, and lesson plans are provided to make teaching as easy as possible. Join our team today, email traci.lowry@hmumc.org.

Upcoming Events
  • 7/17 – 7th & 8th Grade Rush Event at 5:30pm
  • 7/20 – Student Ministry Bible Study 8am at Chick-fil-A Hamilton Mill
  • 7/20 – Women’s Ministry Third Thursday Meeting at 7pm
  • 7/22 – The Pantry @ HMUMC
  • 7/23 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 7/24 – High School Fishing Excursion
  • 7/25 – High School Mocha Moe’s Meet
  • 7/26 – High School Disc Golf & Menchies
  • 7/26 – 6th Grade Rush Event
  • 7/27 – Student Ministry Bible Study 8am at Chick-fil-A Hamilton Mill
  • 7/29 – The Pantry @ HMUMC
  • 7/30 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 7/31 – 8/2 – Student Ministry Service Days
  • 8/5 – The Pantry @ HMUMC
  • 8/6 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 8/6 – Blessing of the Backpacks (during worship services)
  • 8/7 – First Day of School
  • 8/9 – Family Ministry Leadership Training
  • 8/12 – The Pantry @ HMUMC
  • 8/13 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 8/13 – Kickoff Cookout
  • 8/15 – Chancel Choir Resumes
  • 8/16 – Wednesday Night Super and Growth Groups Resume
  • 8/18 – AARP Driving Class
  • 8/20 – Starting Point Class Begins at 9:15am
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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