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February 23, 2024
Great Day of Service 2024
Dunwoody United Methodist Church's Great Day of Service is a family-friendly event that organizes 600 volunteers in different service projects. Most projects are onsite at Dunwoody UMC, and some are within the surrounding community. Many of the projects can be completed in as little as 90 minutes. Others (like Potato Drop) allow for families to drop-in for as little or as long as volunteers are able. Get involved in this year's Great Day of Service by visiting dunwoodyumc.org/great-day/.
Join Us for In-Person Worship
We'd love to see you at one of our worship services on Sunday: Chapel Communion at 8:30 a.m., Modern in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m., and Traditional in the Sanctuary at 11:15 a.m.
Join Us for Online Worship
We offer distinct Modern and Traditional Worship Services online. On-demand streaming begins on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for our Modern Service and 11:15 a.m. for our Traditional Service on YouTube and Facebook. You can also catch a pre-recorded version of each week's sermon on YouTube. We hope you'll tune in!
If you prefer an audio version of the sermon for on-the-go listening, check out our podcast! You can listen online or subscribe from your podcast app of choice. Search "dunwoodyumc" to subscribe.
Register Your Attendance
Please register your service attendance online. There will be a code on the back of the bulletins and handouts to do this. If you've never used a QR Code before, don't worry...it's easy! Open the camera app on your device. Allow the camera to frame the code until a yellow link appears. Click the yellow box. Complete the form. Or, feel free to click HERE.
Devotions written and contributed by our clergy and congregation and shared with our community through daily emails and printed devotion books (available at any welcome desk). Visit dunwoodyumc.org/lent to download or click HERE to sign up for daily emails.
Wednesday Night Supper
Join us for Wednesday Night Supper! Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 6:15 p.m. If you would like to register for WNS, please fill out the form below. You also have the option of emailing Debbie Collins or calling at 770-394-0675, ext 111. Reservations are due by the end of day on Monday. Please do your best to adhere to this reservation deadline so there will be a meal prepared for you. The cost for Wednesday Night Supper is $10 for an adult meal, $5 for a child meal (3-11 years). Children under 3 years eat for free. Menu for February 28: Salad Bar with Dinner Rolls, Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Soup, Honey Fried Chicken, Grilled Chop Sirloin with Mushroom Gravy, Turnip Greens, Zucchini, Carrots & Yellow Squash, Sweet Potato Casserole, Apple Cobbler a la Mode - with Vanilla Ice Cream, Assorted Cookies Children's Entree: Honey Fried Chicken OR the other regular entree | Register HERE!
District At-Large Delegates
Applications for District At-Large Delegates are now open. Adult/Young Adult applications close after March 13. The Youth At-Large Application can be found HERE. The Adult/Young At-Large Application can be found HERE.
DUMC Grounds Beautification Team
The DUMC Grounds Beautification Team is a group of members who love God's creation and want the DUMC grounds to be an expression of that love. The team began its work last fall restoring flowerbeds near the entrances of the church. Work will resume on March 4. The focus will be on the area at the side of the gym. Volunteers are needed on Monday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. The team will gather at the Activity Building entrance. For more information call Carol Head at 478-731-5850.
Please consider purchasing Easter lilies in honor or memory of someone special. Easter lilies will be displayed throughout the Easter worship services and the cost is $12 per plant. The deadline to order is Friday, March 22. Click HERE to place your order. Flowers can be picked up after the last service on Easter Sunday. Your Easter Lily purchases will be presented in a handout that will be available Easter Sunday morning in the Parlor and Narthex Welcome desks. Easter Lily Deliveries to Homebound: Volunteers are needed to deliver Easter Lilies on Tuesday, April 2 to our homebound members. Contact Becky Springer or 770-394-0675 ext. 205 to volunteer.
Special Membership Sunday
Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder and the congregation of Dunwoody United Methodist Church invite you to become a member on Special Membership Day, Sunday, March 17 at any of the worship services: 8:30, 9:00, or 11:15 a.m. We hope you will take this opportunity to join Dunwoody United Methodist Church. If you have questions, please reach out by emailing Hospitality or by phone 770-394-0675 Ext. 128 or 136.
Laity GatheringsHosted by the Conference Board of Laity, this session is a time for members of North Georgia Conference United Methodist churches to come together for fellowship, relationship building, and strengthening our United Methodist identity and our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. Laity may attend any gathering in any region. Registration cost is $20. Register Here
Hospitality Trailer Volunteers
Serving with the DUMC Hospitality Trailer is a fun way to share the DUMC experience with our community! Sign up to be added to our list of volunteers who pull and set the trailer, who serve treats from the trailer, and/or who provide periodic maintenance to the interior and exterior of the trailer. This is a low-commitment opportunity, based on your availability, and tons of fun! Sign up HERE.
The DUMC Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Ted Bowden. You can view the tips for March HERE. Sign up HERE to subscribe to the monthly United Methodist Creation Justice Tips.
Are you or someone you know expecting a new baby? If so, please click HERE to fill out the New Baby form. Whether it’s a birth or an adoption, DUMC wants to celebrate the new babies joining our community! Our Knitting Group and United Women in Faith circles have joined forces to create a welcome pack for the newest members of our community and their families. Contact Rev. Garrett Wallace for more information.
Did you know we now have a Nursing Nook in the Fellowship Hall? Mothers who are nursing or caring for infants are welcome to use the enclosed area of the Fellowship Hall to nurse and/or soothe infants while still hearing the service. You may have also noticed that you can now hear the service in the hallways and bathrooms of the 2nd floor Activities Building - we don't want you to miss the message when you need to step out. Please reserve the nursing nook for infants to ensure privacy for nursing mothers.
Golf Cart Ministry
Need a ride? We have a golf cart team that is happy to get you to and from the building on Sunday mornings. Look for the banners in the parking lot to see the path that the golf cart will drive. Just stand by your car and someone will be by to get you! Our golf cart is currently running three shifts: 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Anyone may place a name tag order HERE. All requested name tags may be picked up on the magnetic board behind the Parlor welcome desk. Feel free to leave your nametag on this board during the week for easy access on Sunday mornings. If you need a replacement nametag feel free to leave your current nametag at any of the welcome desks and we'll get it fixed!
Please check our prayer concern list (updated regularly) to remain in prayer for the members of our congregation. Do you have prayer concerns that you would like to share with the church? Email them to our confidential email address HERE, and we will be praying for you. View our previous month's joys and concerns by clicking HERE.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, March 8, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., DUMC Gym. Make a difference in our community and beyond by helping to ensure blood is on the shelves before it is needed for trauma victims, transplant recipients and those being treated for cancer and sickle cell disease. Antibody testing will also be included. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, and enter sponsor code: dunwoodyumc, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Dunwoody UMC will pack and serve meals at Trinity Table at Trinity UMC in March. On Sunday, March 10, we will assemble 160 to-go lunches for Trinity Table. Volunteers will meet in the service hallway outside the kitchen after the Modern Service and assemble to-go meals. On Sunday, March 17 volunteers will take a hot meal and the to-go meals to Trinity to serve during Sunday Dinner. Registration will be available by mid to late February. Please contact Sean Penn for more information.
North Georgia UMC Disaster Response Trip
Dunwoody UMC has the opportunity to join the North Georgia UMC Disaster Response teams in Central and West Georgia on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. Teams will be assisting with response to recent tornado damage. Click HERE to learn more and sign up. Contact Brian Savory with questions.
Great Day of Service 2024
Save the date for the Dunwoody UMC 2024 Great Day of Service! This event will be held on Saturday, March 23. Thank you to all who have volunteered in the past. Registration for the day is available now. Review the list of projects on the Great Day of Service page on the website and complete your registration to join us for another successful event!
Hightower Homework Club
Volunteer with Hightower Homework Club at Crossroads Church (4805 Tilly Mill Rd.) from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday during the school year. There are classrooms and plenty of room for the kids to play outside. Children, from kindergarten to 5th grade, receive instruction and homework help from qualified teachers. Volunteers are needed to assist the teachers, give individual homework help as well as provide playground supervision. Volunteers are welcome to make their own hours. If interested contact Rich Reynell or visit Corners Outreach for more information or to start the process for volunteering.
Backpack Buddies of Metro AtlantaBPBMA has a mission to provide weekend meals to food-insecure children in the Metro Atlanta area to enhance their mental and physical health. Dunwoody UMC is supporting that mission as a Community Buddy. Each week DUMC will have volunteers pick up nonperishable food from the BPBMA warehouse here in Dunwoody. The food is delivered to DUMC and packed by volunteers to be taken to area elementary schools for students to take home for the weekend so that they have food to replace the meals they would receive at school during the week. You can register here to participate in Backpack Buddies. There are three different opportunities: picking up food and delivering it to DUMC for packing, packing meals (approximately 35 meals), or delivering packed meals to Dunwoody Elementary. There are specific times for some jobs and others have some flexibility. Check DCB for more information or contact Bo Lane for details.
Habitat for Humanity Spring Build
Dunwoody UMC will build our 33rd Habitat for Humanity house this spring. The plan is to begin our build by mid-April and conclude by the end of June. This will be an 8 week tradition build schedule with work done on Saturdays during the build period. Look for details and registration links to be available by early March. We look forward to having you join us as we continue our Habitat tradition this year!
Community Assistance Center - Fourth Saturday Volunteers
Dunwoody UMC is supporting the CAC’s main location in Sandy Springs by providing volunteers for the Mini-Market food pantry and the Upscale Thrift clothing shop. At least Fifteen volunteers per month are needed on the fourth Saturday of each month to serve the needy in our community. Some positions require some prior training with CAC staff, while others do not. Interested individuals can click HERE to join the list of participants. If you want to train on the advanced positions, please contact Anne Hicks for more information.
Conversation Club Volunteers Needed
Interested in helping someone from another country practice their English-speaking skills? Join other DUMC volunteers for the Conversation Club at Dunwoody Baptist Church on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Volunteers and learners engage in casual conversations in a fun and relaxed environment. No training required! Just a heart to help others. DUMC Contacts: Marty Fritts and Elaine Edwards. To register, click HERE.
Making Plans: Wills, Directives and Funerals
Do you have a will? How about an advanced directive? What about leaving your wishes for a funeral or memorial service for your family? We will talk about these topics and more on March 3 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; March 14 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mark your calendars! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy Brockman at 770-542-1677.
Compassion: Encountering Dementia with Meaningful Action
Wondering how you can help family members and others who have been touched by Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia? Daphne Johnston, founder/executive director for the Respite for All Foundation, will share insights at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 3, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all. Click HERE for more information. Registration is requested but not required.
"Reasons to Stay Alive" Book Study
Join us for an enlightening 3-week book study on Matt Haig's transformative work, "Reasons to Stay Alive.” This study offers a profound journey through the author's personal battle with depression and anxiety, providing invaluable insights into mental health, recovery, and the importance of hope. Over three one-hour sessions, we will delve into the heart of Haig's experiences, discussing key themes, sharing personal reflections, and exploring how his lessons can be applied in our daily lives. This study runs Wednesday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 241. Register HERE or contact Becky Springer at ext. 205 with questions.
Connected is a small group of individuals ages 14 & up with disabilities that meets at the church. We share a meal, complete activities, and engage in fellowship. We’d love to see you! We will meet on March 6, April 10, May 1, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. You can register HERE for Connected Ministry activities. To learn more contact Jenny Rolfes or Amy Penn.
Sundays with Connected
Our Special Needs Ministry, Connected, is growing! Join us for a small group Sunday school class focusing on life lessons & spiritual growth. This group is designed for individuals with special needs ages 14 and up! For more information contact Nicholle Hansen or Jenny Rolfes.
Dunwoody UMC has a congregation filled with unique individuals with fascinating backgrounds and accomplishments. If you have an hour or so to spare each month to meet some of our members who may not be able to get to church, you will bring joy and friendship to those you visit, and you will be blessed to meet them and to get to know them. Our Visitation Ministry is currently looking for friendly visitors who are willing to visit their assigned person(s) at least once per month and to stay in touch with them by phone call or cards. We will provide all the training you need. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to Rev. Kathy Brockman at 770-542-1677.
Grief Support Group
If you are grieving the death of a loved one - no matter when that death might have occurred - there is a support group just for you. This group meets virtually via Zoom every week, Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. For further information call Stan Hibbs at 404-625-8451 or JoAnn Akers at 404-434-9467.
When do I need a Stephen Minister? Are you going through a difficult time—emotionally, spiritually, or relationally? A Stephen Minister is someone to listen when we don’t want to burden our friends and family. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for and encourage you, pray with and for you, and provide confidential one-on-one Christian care to help you through whatever it is that you are facing. To find out more, talk with Pat DeBolt 404-931-5443.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group for Caregivers
If you are trying to cope with caring for a loved one with a form of dementia, even if long distance, there is a monthly support group to help you! Come and join others who are on this same journey. Confidential meetings are held the second Thursday of each month in the Wesley Room from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For further information contact JoAnn Akers at 404-434-9467.
Margin - A Book Study
Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by. This book study is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and find the real source of your identity. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose. Wednesdays, February 7 - February 28, 7:00 p.m., Asbury Room. Cost is $20 per book. Click HERE to register.
Want to Learn How to Play Mahjong?
Lucia Chian created thriving communities around her love of playing Taiwanese Mahjong! In honor of her Mom's passion for the game, Nancy Gresham would like to teach Mahjong to everyone interested! Come learn and play on Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Young Adult Suite. Mahjong sets will be provided. RSVP HERE by Monday, February 26.
General Conference 101
In anticipation of April's United Methodist Church General Conference, join Dr. Phil Schroeder & Pastoral Resident, Nicholle Hansen, for an engaging, three-week introduction to how United Methodist policy is made. Wednesday, March 6 - Wednesday March 20, 7:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. Click HERE to register.
"Reasons to Stay Alive" Book Study
Join us for an enlightening 3-week book study on Matt Haig's transformative work, "Reasons to Stay Alive". This study offers a profound journey through the author's personal battle with depression and anxiety, providing invaluable insights into mental health, recovery, and the importance of hope. Over three one-hour sessions, we will delve into the heart of Haig's experiences, discussing key themes, sharing personal reflections, and exploring how his lessons can be applied in our daily lives. Wednesday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Register HERE or contact Becky Springer with questions.
The Long & Tragic History of Antisemitism
Of all the questions surrounding the many crimes against the Jews throughout the ages, we often ask, "Why the Jews?" Join us for a two-part, Community-wide event in the Dunwoody UMC Sanctuary. This will be a multimedia presentation regarding the long and tragic history of antisemitism, led by The Marist School's renowned and award-winning Holocaust educator, Mr. Brendan Murphy. Sunday, March 17, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Dunwoody UMC Sanctuary | Click HERE to register.
Celtic Treasures of Ireland
Join Elizabeth Schroeder and Rev. Kathy Brockman as they discover the Celtic Treasures of Ireland leaving May 7 and returning May 16, 2024. This trip will include time with Rev. Dr. Brett Opalinski who has preached at DUMC and is a professor at Candler School of Theology. One of Dr. Opalinski's research interests is Celtic Spirituality so his knowledge and input will be invaluable. This trip is for singles or couples, men and women. For more information, click HERE or contact Elizabeth Schroeder or Rev. Kathy Brockman.
Financial Peace University
Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson class, created by Dave Ramsey Solutions, designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind. Each lesson is based on biblical wisdom and common sense. Wednesdays, January 24 - March 20 (with February 14 / Ash Wednesday off), 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Young Adult Suite. Cost: $20.24 per participant/couple. Click HERE to register.
Finding Jesus in the Psalms
Barb Roose guides the reader through a meaningful encounter with the Psalms through the season of Lent. Combining an interpretation of the psalms with real life stories, the study moves through the familiar words of Psalm 23 toward the painful cries of Psalm 22 uttered by Jesus on the cross. The study includes reflections on the life of King David and the original context of the writings, along with connections between the psalms and the life and death of Jesus the Messiah. Join us as we discuss this book on Wednesdays, February 21 - March 27, 7:00 p.m. in Room 240/242. RSVP HERE.
Midweek Moms' Meetup
Calling all moms! While the kids are in Wednesday night programming, take a moment for yourself. Learn and grow with other moms in one of our midweek meetups. Join us in the Kids Activity Room at 5:00 p.m. (look for the signs) for a casual, drop-in session of sharing and study. Contact Rev. Calissa Dauterman to learn more.
UWF Quarterly Newsletter
Check out the seasonal highlights from our UWF Ladies! Check out our United Women in Faith newsletter HERE to see what our Circles were up to in Q2 & Q3, 2023. To learn more about our UWF Circles at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, please visit our church website at dunwoodyumc.org/women.
Hall of Famers
The Hall of Famers are a group of senior men that gather on the second Friday of each month at DUMC for a full breakfast, fellowship, conversation and the occasional speaker. Join them in the Epworth Room on March 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. They would love to have some new faces, invite a friend! A full breakfast and coffee will be provided for a cost of $10. Contact Johnny Stone at 404-401-0550 for more information.
Oak Mountain Golf Outing
In lieu of our normally scheduled 18 Steps to Spiritual wHoleness Breakfast, before the 40 Hours: Men's Ministry Retreat, take part in this optional round of golf at Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton, GA! Friday, March 08 at 1:00 p.m. | $55/player | Registration for Men's Retreat is not required | Click HERE to register.
BEST MAN Bible Fellowship
Men: Are you hungry for spiritual growth? BEST MAN Bible Fellowship starts with hot coffee, breakfast, and fellowship at 6:45am in the Fellowship Hall followed by an in-depth scripture lesson from 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and guided small group discussion from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. We end promptly at 8am so you can get on with your day. Led by our pastors, we encourage each other to prioritize JOY in our lives - Jesus, Others, Yourself! No registration or RSVP needed. Don't miss a Tuesday due to travel or absence; join via Zoom HERE: Meeting ID: 840 8951 4181 Passcode: 668875. Take a step this Tuesday to become your BEST MAN!
VBS & VBX
VBS & VBX will be held June 17 through 20. Registration is NOW OPEN! There are some pricing changes for VBS/VBX this year, so make sure to head over to dunwoodyumc.org/kids to get all the latest updates. See you this summer!
"You've Been Egged" - Bunny Signup
If you would like to spread some Easter cheer around town, sign up for Egging Kits HERE. You pick who you egg! It can be a neighbor, a friend, a grandchild (or even your own family!). Kits will be available for pickup beginning March 17 at the Main Office Lobby.
Save the Date - Easter Bash
Sunday, March 24; 3-5 p.m. Dunwoody Kids invites families to prepare for the excitement of Easter with fun for the whole family! Enjoy a family Easter message, egg hunt, petting zoo, play games, and share treats while connecting with other families. All are welcome!
Now Hiring Weekday Nursery Caregiver
Dunwoody United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time/flexible caregiver with a loving, nurturing heart for our weekday nursery program. Make a difference in the lives of our youngest children by providing age-appropriate guidance as they learn about Jesus’ love and grow in their faith. The successful candidate is gifted in the ability to connect with children and their families, committed to safety, thrives in a collaborative, fluid environment, and balances a sense of humor with a steadfast dedication to serve the ministry and mission of the church. Job Type: Part-time, Hourly. Non-Exempt. Pay: From $15.00 per hour. To apply, please send your resume to Meredith Dunn.
Morning Blend is our version of Sunday School. We have a light breakfast and a lesson. Each week is a little bit different - from local missions projects, to worship experiences, to games days. It’s an awesome time to be with your friends while learning more about Jesus. Sunday Morning (Year-Round) 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Youth Lounge | 6th-12th Grade
DYM Worship is from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. DUMC is the place to be on Sunday Nights! Our Worship night is filled with engaging games, dynamic speakers, a live worship band, and some of your favorite small group leaders. Plus, there is FOOD! Sunday Nights (August - April) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Youth Lounge, Gym & Fellowship Hall | 6th-12th Grade
Bible(n) at Bar(n)
Calling all young adults (ages 22-34): Join us every 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Bar(n) in Dunwoody Village for fun, food and fellowship. We will discuss the week's scripture lesson and anything else that comes up. No RSVP necessary. Hope to see you there. For more information contact Rev. Garrett Wallace
Please join New Friends on Monday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. as we dine out at MAXIMOS at 4947 Winters Chapel Rd N Ste 1, Dunwoody. Please RSVP to Betty Moreland by noon, March 9 at 770-641-8519.
Pryme Tyme St. Patrick's Day Party
You are invited to a St. Patrick's Day Party on Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Young Adult Suite at DUMC. There is no cost to attend; however, you need to register so we will know how to plan refreshments. To register contact Becky Springer in the church office, 770-394-0675, ext. 205. Please register by Monday, March 11. Mark Lamback will entertain us with his accordion, and you will have the opportunity to play games with your friends, or just observe. Also, be sure to wear something green - - or risk being pinched! Come, join the fun!
Outdoor & Adventure Ministry
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Creating the environment to Listen and Hear the voice of God through active and enjoyable experiences in nature. Please join us as we get outside to hike, kayak, fly fish, bird watch (and more) as we explore God’s creation together. Each activity in which we participate brings new people. You are welcome regardless of outdoor experience or where you are on your faith journey. To get on the mailing list, please contact Jim Labus at email@example.com
Sports and Leisure
Spring Soccer Registration
2024 Spring soccer registration are still open for DUMC Families. Our recreational soccer league offers programs for boys and girls ages three through twelve years. Children learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun, supportive environment. Register HERE. If you would like to be a coach, contact Devonta White at Devonta White.
DUMC Sports and Leisure Summer Camps
Join us for summer fun! Camps run Monday through Thursday and are open to the community. Online registration is now open at dunwoodyumcsports.sportngin.com
Thursday Afternoon Bridge Group
The second and fourth Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., Young Adult Area. Adults of all ages are invited to play. Contact Fred Bounds 404-428-6630 for details.