A Letter from Phil

Dear Dunwoody UMC,

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God every time I remember you.

These are the words of Paul from the beginning of his letter to the church at Philippi and are now my words to you after being here for almost 90 days. In fact, our October Sermon series will help us to embrace joy while we study Philippians together in worship.

Elizabeth and I have met so many wonderful people in this church and the Dunwoody community. If we have not met you yet, please reach out so we can set up a time to get to know each other. Thank you for seeing the possibilities in how we can continue to do ministry together, even in the midst of the pandemic’s challenges.

We had 411 in attendance for outdoor worship last Sunday in two services, with Sunday School classes meeting outside all across our campus. We are blessed by the dedicated volunteers who are willing to serve to make this happen each week.


1. We are confirming 44 young people this Sunday at the 6:30 p.m. outdoor service! We also gave out 25+ Bibles to our third graders last Sunday.

2. A third Sunday outdoor worship service at 11:22 a.m. will begin next week, October 4, for World Communion Sunday. Bring your lawn chairs and dress for the weather!

3. Wednesday Night Suppers To-Go have started! Click here to sign up for Sept. 30 supper.

4. Annual Conference met a few weeks ago, and the biggest news is that we are now part of the Central South District which includes DeKalb, Newton, Henry, and Rockdale Counties. Dr. Quincy Brown is our new District Superintendent.

5. October 25 is Laity Sunday, and Coach Bill Curry is our guest speaker.

6. Foodstock is set for the weekend of November 13-15.

7. We launched a new podcast called “Our Story,” which you can find on all major podcast platforms.

8. Our Health and Welfare task force is carefully and prayerfully considering how to go back inside for worship. It is our intention to give you a two-week notice before we plan to be back in the Sanctuary.

Finally, I want to thank those who took the time to fill out the Census of Caring Survey. This information has helped us to increase our awareness and connection as we seek address needs in our congregation.

What a joy it is to be in ministry here in Dunwoody! I look forward to all God is doing in and among us through next generation ministry with our children and youth, strengthening our worship, and being in mission to this community and far beyond.

Blessings and Peace,