Mt. Bethel UMC 

January 6, 2013

Randy                    New Year - New You
Many people make resolutions this time of year. Resolutions are made for many reasons. No doubt, the chief reason is to improve or enhance one's own living, or perhaps the life of a loved one. Every year, many of us make the resolutions: "get into shape," "practice more patience," "lighten up and smell the roses," etc., etc. Usually, after a few weeks (or days, depending on the resolution), we revert back to old routines, thus, our lives do not become enhanced or improved.
I believe one of the most important principles of successful living is to rely more upon God and less on self - - just the opposite of some of the so-called "self help" books. Consider, for example, the notion that one principle in successful living is to turn to God in every aspect of our living. Perhaps, the principle becomes reality once we realize the truth that God, unlike the world and many people, never uses us, nor abuses us, and He never, never rejects us. He loves us! I truly believe that the "abundant life" begins with our understanding of the Grace of God. What should be our understanding of God's grace?  . . .
    to succeed without ability, and create without talent;
    to be confident in doubt and secure in turmoil;
    to have hope in sorrow and peace in battle;
    to believe when doubtful and trust when suspicious;
    to walk straight on a crooked path and firmly on shifting sands.

We will be discussing His grace throughout our new series, "New Year, New You." May this New Year witness a New You without worry, fear of confusion.
                        Happy New You!

Winter Bible studies begin the week of January 6.
To register, visit the Mt. Bethel Bookstore, or go to and click on Studies.  On the website, you will find class descriptions for short-term studies and a Disciple III class along with the link for online registration. For any questions, please contact Gayle Haden at or 678-560-7427.

Worship Services  

January 6              

8:15am Sanctuary - "What Lies Ahead?"  - First in the Series "New Year, New You" - Philippians 3:13, Matthew 12:9, Hebrews 11:8 - Rev. Kim McGarr


9:30am God's Garden Worship Service for ages 3 (by 9/1/12) through Pre K - in A35.


9:30am & 11:00am Sanctuary - "No Worries!"  - First in Series: "New Year, New You"  - Luke 12:22-31 - Dr. Randy Mickler


11:00am Encounter Contemporary - "Moving Forward to Possession"  - First in Series: "New Year, New You?" - Exodus 14:13-22 - Rev. Glenn Ray


11:00am Kid Quest Children's Worship for K-2nd Graders in F015 - "Jesus Is Baptized" - Matthew 3:1-6; 13-17


11:00am The P.O.D. Children's Worship for 3rd to 5th Graders in the Upper Room - "Kingdom Keepers, Part I - A New Way" - Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17


St. Philip UMC - 11:00am Worship Service - Rory Macdonald




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Our Joys & Concerns

The Paschal Candle burns in honor of the baptism of Madeline Kristi Smalley, daughter of Jesse & Janie Smalley; and Alexander Philip Zimsky, son of Matthew & Kristi Zimsky.

Recently hospitalized:  Luke Albano, Bobbie O'Kelly, Danny Quillen.

We extend Christian sympathy to Hoyt & Nina Hunt in the loss of their son, Keith Hunt; to Robert, Dina, Chandler, Preston & Tyler McMichael in the loss of Robert's grandmother, Alice McMichael; and to Jim & Marilyn Verhey in the loss of Jim's father, George Verhey. May God hold you in the palm of His hand during this time of grief.

We wish to congratulate Evie Hamilton & Wayne Stolz who were married in our Chapel on December 28, 2012 by Dr. Randy Mickler; and Nanci Quattrochi & Steve Love who were married in our Chapel on December 29, 2012 by Rev. Diane Parrish.

Church News 


Please visit for more details about our ministries, programs and events. If you are visiting Mt. Bethel for the first time, please stop by  the Visitor Information Booth. There you can find information about Children's Worship, Nursery & Sunday School options. If you wish to become a member or would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please  contact our Membership Office at



We wish to thank everyone for their faithful attendance throughout the Advent Season! Our Christmas Eve's Eve service was a huge success and our Christmas Eve services all were record breakers! God bless you, and let's keep it going . . . invite your neighbors and friends and let's pray that they'll join us.


Do you know of any visitors to Mt. Bethel? Tell them about this . . . we will have a questions and answers session on Sunday, January 13, 11am-12pm [Room B118]. We would like to share with them Mt. Bethel's history and the current opportunities we have for them: everything from worship services and events to missions and service options. For more information, contact Krista Downing at or 678-560-7226.


Winter Bible studies begin the week of January 6.  To register, visit the Mt. Bethel Bookstore, or go to and click on Studies.  On the website, you will find class descriptions for short-term studies and a Disciple III class along with the link for online registration. For any questions, please contact Gayle Haden at or 678-560-7427.


Student Ministries needs host homes for DNOW weekend, February 22-24!

* DNOW is Student Ministry's in-house retreat & the biggest thing we do all year.

* Students stay in the homes of church members throughout the weekend.

* If you have space in your home where 8-10 students and 2 college leaders can sleep, we would LOVE to have you as a host home!

* We can provide you with a host home helper to aid with transportation & food.

* Sign up to be a host home online at  Send all questions to  


"Raising Children Other People Will Like" - Parenting Nights with Catherine Hickem, family coach and parenting expert - Wednesday nights, January 9 & 16, at 6:30-8:00pm in F011. Age-appropriate childcare for children ages 6 weeks - 5th grade - Reservations necessary when you register online. $10 per couple, register online at


Coming Summer 2013: Kingdom Rock - A Family Revival - where families learn to stand strong with God! Parents please  join us Monday night, January 14, in B116 at 7pm for a meeting.  If you are interested in leading your children into the Kingdom of God and help them stand strong, you will not want to miss this meeting.  You can learn about this new family adventure we are having Summer 2013.  The dates are July 7-10(Sunday - Wednesday) from 6-8:30pm we will be celebrating our faith through music, worship, stories, activities and missions.  You can help us in Children's ministry by joining us as we strengthen our families in faith.  For more information, please call Dianne Hylton at 770-971-5074.


Need a listening ear? A Stephen Minister can share God's love to help get through the confusion, stress, hurt, or loneliness. Contact Kibbie Jones  678-560-7230.


The Special Project Committee (SPC) will meet in January as follows:

January 9 - MUST

January 16 - Project Mail Call

January 23 - DNOW for  Student Ministry

January 30 - DNOW for Student Ministry

Please join them at 11:30am in B116 each week.


Altar flowers are available to reserve by calling Debi Wyatt at 678-560-2437 or emailing Arrangements are $60 each or $120 for both.


The Career Ministry of Mt. Bethel UMC will meet on Tuesday, January 8, at the Mt. Bethel Community Center (4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA  30068).  Resume reviews begin at 6:30pm with the presentation at 7:30pm. The topic for the evening will be "Building Your Resume."  Your resume is a critical component of your job search. In today's competitive job market you must be able to communicate who and what you are and identify the skills and knowledge that you bring to a prospective job. This session focuses on developing your employment brand and integrating it into new and existing job search materials.  There will be plenty of exercises and examples to help you understand and implement this critical step. You will leave with a new sales and marketing approach to your search, plus a process and the tools to successfully position yourself to compete.  For more information visit the Mt. Bethel UMC website ( ) or contact Kibbie Jones at 678-560-7230 /


Nursery, Preschool & Children's Ministries

Mt. Bethel Day Care Center is now enrolling:

Children for the Pre-K class. For prices and tour information, please call Dee Stolz at 678-560-8005.


Special Needs Ministry

Georgia Special Olympics Winter Games | January 25-27 - Venues all over Cobb County. This is a great way to serve as a family!  Come volunteer and support the amazing athletes.  Contact Kim McGarr for volunteers forms and questions.


Recreation Ministry

2013 Spring Sports:  Registration is underway. Register online or in the CAC for:

* Boys baseball, grades K - 3

* Boys and girls soccer, grades Pre-K thru 6 (Pre-K must be 4 years old by March 1, 2013)

* Boys flag football, grades 1 - 7

* Girls Volleyball, grades 4 - 8

* Co-ed T-Ball, Pre-K (must be 4 years old by March 1, 2013)


Youth Basketball - Make up pictures will be Saturday, January 12, from 1-3pm in the Olympia Room of the CAC.


2013 High School Co-Ed Volleyball: Registration is underway. Games begin February 11. Get your team together and register or contact Melissa at or 678-560-7438 for more information.  Registration forms available to print online.


Chair Massage:  Wednesdays from 8:30-12:00 in the CAC - Will Graham of "Unseen Touch" is giving relaxing chair massages for $1 per minute - No limit.  Stop by or call 770-971-5280 to schedule your time.


Recreation Facebook: Join us on Facebook at We have posted Fall Sports pictures.


Fitness: Join us for one of our many fitness classes. Now offering Barre Class ($6/class). New session began January 2. Go to for complete schedule and pricing.


Women's Ministry

The Dorothy Summerour Circle will meet on Wednesday, January 9, at 9:00am (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE), at the home of Mary and Ed Ettel, 3661 Sope Creek Farm, Marietta, 30067, where we will have our meeting as well as participate in a Mail Call packing session. For more information, please phone Saundra Taylor at 770-952-8521 or Bonnie Andrews at 770-988-0177.


The Lynn Smith Circle will meeting on January 9, at 12pm (noon) in room B109. This circle is a service-oriented group of women mostly age 50 and over. Light refreshments are provided at the meeting. After our business meeting we will have a small project. If you would like more information about our circle, please contact either Barbara Benton at 770-973-2449 or Gayle Hollinger at 770-953-9633. We would love to have you come and fellowship with our members as a guest or new member.


Aloha to Aging

Monthly Education

Growing Through Grief - Monday, January 14 at 2:30pm. Come experience an uplifting and interactive approach game show style. Join Sandra Karem of Crossroads Hospice as she shares an engaging program focused on strategies for growing through the grief of losing a spouse or elder loved one. Whether your grief is new or experienced, this program is for you. Please RSVP to 678-439-1177. Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068.


Virtual Dementia Tour - Thursday, January 10 - 10:30-12:00 (30-min. time slots)

The Virtual Dementia Tour, a personal experience for those individuals who would like to better understand the world of dementia. The simulation of dementia will help you better appreciate and care for a loved one with this disease. RSVP by 1/8 to reserve your 30 minute time slot. 678-439-1177 or Please call for location.


Brain Health Game Day Lunch & Learn - Thursday, January 17, from 11:00-1:30

If you are 55+, come learn ways to revitalize your brain while having fun!  There will be a healthy lunch served and multiple brain building games and prizes. Limited seating!  RSVP by Tuesday 1/15. Cost is $15. Please call for location.


Alzheimer's/Caregiver Support Group Meeting: Monday, January 7 at 10:30am. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one both inside and outside of the home. Free respite care is provided for your loved one while we meet, but must call in advance to 678-439-1177. Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068.


Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Tuesday, 1/8 at 10:30 a.m. This month's meeting will be open just those diagnosed with Parkinson's to discuss coping strategies for lifestyle changes. Caregivers are welcome to meet for fellowship in another room during program. Program held at Aloha To Aging, Inc., 4608 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068.






Sunday, January 6                                                

7:30-9:15am Fellowship Breakfast - Fellowship Hall

8:15am Worship Service - Sanctuary

9:29am Student Ministries Nine29 - Fellowship Hall

9:30am Sunday School

9:30am Worship Service - Sanctuary                                 

9:30am God's Garden - A35

11:00am Worship Service - Sanctuary

11:00am Encounter Worship in the Fellowship Hall

11:00am God's Garden - A35

11:00am Kid Quest Worship for Children K-2nd Grade - F015

11:00am The POD Worship for Children 3rd-5th Grade - Upper Room

11:00am Sunday School

12:15pm Healing Service - Chapel

5:30pm Stephen Ministry Training - H House

6:00pm Student Ministries Bonfire


Monday, January 7

9:30am Corrigan Care for Special Needs - D08

10:00am Ola Jones Circle - B116

5:00-10:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym

7:30pm Boy Scout Troop 1011 - Scout Meeting Hall


Tuesday, January 8

9:00am Membership Committee - B112

9:30am Bible Studies

9:30am Mother's Morning Out - D5-8

10:30am Knitting Angels - B109

11:30am Tuesday Lunch - Dining Room

5:00-10:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym

5:30pm Middle School Bells

6:30pm Career Ministry Resume Review & Networking - Community Center

7:00pm McDaniel Handbells - A25

7:30pm Career Ministry Program - Community Center


Wednesday, January 9

9:30am-12:30pm Corrigan Care Mom's Morning Out for Special Needs Kids - D8

9:30am Adult Bible Studies

10:00am Righteous Bells - A25

10:00am Book Talk - B106

11:30am Special Projects Committee - B116

12:00pm Lynn Smith Circle - B109

1:00pm Bridge Group - Community Center

4:30pm iPraise/weePraise

4:30-6:45pm Fellowship Dinner - Fellowship Hall

5:00-10:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym

6:00pm 4th & 5th Grade Life Groups - 2nd floor F Building

6:00pm Student Bible Studies - B Hall

6:30pm Preschool SPLAT - C14/16

6:30pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal - A23

6:30pm "Raising Kids Other People Like" - F011

6:30pm Pre-Baptism Class - Chapel

6:30pm SPLAT U Children's Programs - F Basement

6:30pm Divorce Support Group - H House

7:00pm Orchestra Rehearsal - Sanctuary

7:15pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary


Thursday, January 10

9:30am Mother's Morning Out - D5-8

9:30am Adult Bible Studies

9:30am Mothers of Elementary Students - B118

12:00pm Lynn Smith Circle - B109

12:00pm Aloha to Aging Lunch & Learn - Community Center

5:00-10:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym

7:00pm Prayer Ministry - B106


Friday, January 11

6:30am Friday's Faithful - B112

7:00am Charlie Oates Men's Bible Study - Community Center

9:30am Mother's Morning Out - D5-8

5:00-10:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym


Saturday, January 12

8:00am-8:00pm Winter Recreation - Gym

10:00am Alcoholics Anonymous - Community Center

10:00am FOCUS Respite - Day Care Center