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Pastor Mark’s eNote – In the Bleak Midsummer

  There is a beautiful Christmas hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”  This is my version for a week when the heat index is over 100. In the bleak midsummer, in muggy heat I groan, Dehydration, blinding storms, hail and kidney stones. Radar shows more clouds ahead, rain on rain on rain. Till the monsoons ease…

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Weekly Top Ten – July 19

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….

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Pastor Mark’s eNote – Normal

        Outside our office door right now, 420 kids are raising a ruckus. It’s a good ruckus, mind you, but a ruckus nonetheless, and a loud one (Is there such a thing as a quiet ruckus?). It’s Camp Winshape week here, and that means things are exciting and crazy and fun. It…

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Weekly Top Ten – July 5

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday, July 9th in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am Join us on Sunday for worship, and Rev. Jason Mincey’s sermon to learn how getting a ‘no’ from God can turn out to be good…

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Pastor Mark’s eNote – When July is January

        United Methodists are different. For instance, we have at least two calendars (We could probably come up with several, but let’s keep it to two here). There’s the one we share with the rest of the world that begins January 1, and there’s another that begins six months later … or…

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Weekly Top Ten – June 28

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday, July 2nd in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am As we approach the Fourth of July, we’ll sing some of our beloved national hymns and hear the psalmist’s song of joy as he approached…

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Please Welcome our New Associate Pastor, Natalee Dukes Hamby

    Natalee Dukes Hamby, our New Associate Pastor will be with us in worship this Sunday. Please join us in welcoming Natalee and her husband, Montana to our church family. Natalee Dukes Hamby’s focus will be on serving our children and youth teams, supporting our mission work in the community and abroad, and engaging…

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Weekly Top Ten – June 21

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday, June 25th in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am Martin Luther called John 3:16 the “Gospel in a nutshell,” so it seems the perfect verse for our “Good News!” series.  We all carry our incomplete images…

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Pastor Mark’s eNote – Good News

        As I write this on Thursday morning of Annual Conference (yes, I’m skipping a little), we have good news. Jonathan Andersen was ordained as an elder in full connection last night, and Natalee Dukes was commissioned for ministry (She’ll be joining us at HMUMC next week—more good news). We celebrate these…

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Weekly Top Ten – June 14

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. Tonight Service of Ordination & Commissioning  TONIGHT, June 14 7:30pm  at the Classic Center in Athens, GA Jonathan Andersen will be ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of the UMC on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Our new Associate Pastor, Natalee Dukes Hamby, will be…