June 3, 2022
There is a great song by Adele, and it starts, “Hello, it’s me.” The lyrics continue until they get to the main chorus, “Hello from the other side.” Every time I hear it, I envision the SNL skit written around that song. The scene was a large, family meal. Gathered around the table were sons and daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends, moms and dads, grandparents and grandchildren. Everything begins quiet, then one person says something that sparks an argument. As soon as it gets heated, a little girl in the corner puts on the Adele song. As soon as the music starts, the fighting ends. They all begin to sing. The music stops, they argue. The music is on, they sing. That is the pattern. Humorously, the more they sing, the more they all begin to look like Adele.

I was reminded of that skit when I saw this year’s theme of the annual business meeting of the United Methodist Church in this area known as the North Georgia Annual Conference: A place for you at the table. By the time you read this, it will be well into the business meetings. People of all ages and from all places of North Georgia will be gathered “at the family meal” bringing their own opinions and joys and fears and needs. 

For me, I am happy to be invited. I am officially transferring from the Kentucky Annual Conference to the North Georgia Conference. So, like Adele’s song, I will begin my time with the lyrics “Hello, it’s me!” Then, I imagine, like the skit, it will be followed by much conversation. There will be learnings about what people believe—what they agree with and what they don’t—with much singing in between!

But, what I ultimately hope is that through more introductions, more conversations, more music, we will all begin to look more and more like our creator: taking on images of kindness, traits of patience, characteristics of love. Because having a place at the table really means we all recognize the sacred image that lives in us all. And, that is worth gathering and celebrating.

I will see you on the other side of Conference!


 We will be holding in-person worship services led by Dr. Tom Davis at 9 and 11:15 a.m. this Sunday. A digital bulletin will be available at

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First Sunday Communion

First Sunday Chapel Communion is taking a break on Sunday, June 5 and July 3 and will return Sunday, August 7 in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. 
Thank You, Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall
Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall will be appointed as Associate Pastor to Covington First UMC beginning on July 1. A church-wide reception will be held on June 12, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to thank her for four years of ministry at RUMC and celebrate as she goes to her next assignment. Cards and gifts can be dropped off at Martha Graves’ office or the main office, Chapel building by June 9. Share your best wishes by participating in a love offering by June 19 online or label cash and check donations as “Love Offering.”
Patriotic Celebration Concerts
The annual Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts are Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m. with complimentary tickets available beginning Tuesday, May 31, in the main office, Worship Arts office, online at, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to RUMC Patriotic Tickets, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. For more information, visit our website.
Second Fridays on The Commons
Second Fridays on The Commons is back! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and gather on The Commons from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 10 for live music, friends, and fun. This month, we welcome Giggle Monkey Toys from Dahlonega, Georgia as they share some of their newest outdoor games for families. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Jeff Ross.
Men's Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be Thursday, June 9, at 6:45 a.m. All men are invited to attend either in person in the Dining Room, Chapel building, or on Zoom. For more information or to register, contact Kevin Barre. Hope to see you there!
Job Networking
Job Networking meets in person on Monday, June 13 starting at 3 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a new job, career change, or just new connections, join us for informative professional workshops, dinner featuring speaker Andy Kalajian, evening workshops, and other activities. For the full agenda and registration, visit our website.
The Commons Project
After the Church Conference vote to proceed with The Commons Project, the Building Committee has been finalizing an agreement with a contractor and planning a capital campaign. In the coming weeks, there will be additional activity on The Commons that is necessary for construction documents. The Building Committee welcomes any questions about the project. Please call the church office at 770.993.6218 for a list of the committee members.
Emergency Response Team
Volunteers with medical training as RN, BSM, PA, EMT, or DR are needed for the Sunday Emergency Response Team. Flexible assignments for Sunday morning worship services are available and based on weekly availability. For more information, email JoAn Hobbs or call 770.261.1731.
Summer Grocery Program
MUST Summer Lunch/My Neighbor’s Pantry is back on Mondays with a new location—The Porch at 846 Mimosa! Donations can be dropped off on Sundays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Mondays 12-4 p.m. beginning June 6. Needed supplies include cereal, blocks of cheese, shredded cheese, 1 lb. yellow rice, 1 lb. black beans, 1 lb. dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products (pads especially), and fresh produce. For more information or to sign up for the volunteer e-mail list, contact Scotty Brewington.
RUMCK 2022-23
RUMCK has limited openings for the 2022-23 school year. Classes range in age from 18-24 months through kindergarten. For more information, email Sally Newkirk or call 770.998.8699.
School is out for the summer! If you're looking for a welcoming and FUN space for your kids or grandkids to build community and experience God's love, we have you covered! Visit our website for information on VBS, camps, and more. We can't wait to learn, play, and grow with you!
Explore Story Hour
Attention preschoolers and parents! Join us on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. this summer for a story, craft, and a snack. We will meet beginning on Tuesday, June 21 in room 169, Sanctuary building. Please note, on June 28 and July 19, we will meet in the Dining Room, Chapel building, and we will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 5. Information, go to our website or email Bailey Farmer, 770.261.1710
RUMC Musical Beginnings Preschool Summer Camps
Join us for two fun weeks of singing, playing instruments, creative movement, art, games, and more. These preschool camps are designed especially for our youngest songbirds, ages 3 to 6 years old. Camp is offered Monday-Thursday, June 27-30 and July 18-21, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp size is limited, so make sure to register online. For more information, contact Nicole Norgaard.
Serving Through Worship Arts Camp
Register your rising 1st - 5th grader for a week of learning and fun at Serving through Worship Arts Camp on July 11-15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is free, and snacks will be provided. Kids will enjoy working on art projects and rehearsing for a short musical or taking a ‘behind the scenes’ production class. A live performance will be given at the Historic Roswell Place for Seniors on Friday, July 15. To register, go to our website, and for more information, contact Crisla Paynter.
New App Experience
Our new app is available now! Download it in the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Roswell UMC."
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