My New Companion - Oak Grove United Methodist Church



My New Companion - Oak Grove United Methodist Church
May 31, 2015
My New Companion
I have walked the path hundreds of time, but I have always led the procession until May 16. On that day I was in the
unenviable position of following other clergy as we rounded the corner to enter the sanctuary. I would not step into the
pulpit that day. Instead our family walked to the rows in front of the pulpit to be seated for Andrew's memorial service.
There we would turn another page in the story of our grief.
Grief is a socially awkward companion and teacher who comes upon us suddenly at inconvenient times and places. In
surprising moments I find myself in tears, unable to connect my tears to anything particular. Regardless of where we
are, grief refuses to be ignored, quieted, or dismissed. Grief demands our full attention. Grief, though seldom welcome,
teaches us about ourselves, our values, and our faith.
From henceforth, grief will be my teacher and companion. Grief will walk with me forever, but in time I will learn to
manage the relationship. At present grief is burdensome, smothering, but in time we will learn to walk together. The
bitter side of grief will make room for sweet memories, and both shall be a part of me.
Here is what I know so far about my relationship with grief. If I am to participate in defining the terms of our relationship I must name the grief. I cannot ignore it or pretend it doesn't exist. No I will name it. I will name where it hurts,
how it hurts, and when it hurts. Unspoken grief or grief denied has more power over me than named grief. As I name
grief I come to understand it a little more.
I learned early in the journey that I should also name my faith. Naming the faith, singing the faith, reading the faith
allows faith room to grow. Grief with no faith leads me to despair. When we name faith we build faith. This is the
model of the Christian funeral. We sing our faith. We read the scriptures. We affirm the creed. We are giving voice to
our faith. As the choir sang one of Andrew's favorite anthems – I Wanna Be Ready – Cathy and Kristin sang along. At
other times we dropped out on a verse or phrase, but you sang for us. Together we named our faith.
Writing is my therapy. In my writing you will hear grief, and you will hear faith. And I will share with you what my
new companion and teacher is showing me about myself.
In time we shall grow strong together. For now I know it is important to me (everyone is different) to get back in the
saddle. I do not want any one thing to become larger than life so I will be back in the pulpit May 31. Soon thereafter I
will take extended leave but for now I need to be in the pulpit doing what God has called me to do. I hope to see you
May 31 in worship!
And I will proclaim faith in the company of my new companion grief.
8:30 and 11 a.m. ORDER OF WORSHIP
May 31, 2015
First Sunday after Pentecost
(In preparation for worship, please silence all cell phones.)
Gathering Music
Baroque Suite
adapted by David Johnson
(Please complete and pass the red friendship pad at this time.)
Rev. Susan Allen Grady
Disciple Bible Study Recognition (11:00)
*Hymn of Praise
Rev. Allen Grady
The Church’s One Foundation
UMH 545
*Affirmation of Faith
The Apostles’ Creed
Rev. Allen Grady
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ
his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose
from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father
Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the
Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
A Morning Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Allen Grady
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Our Tithes & Offerings
It is Well with My Soul
Oak Grove Orchestra
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Hymn of Preparation
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
(At the 11:00 a.m. service, children are invited to come forward during the hymn.)
arr. Cranfill
UMH 95
UMH 557
Children’s Time (11:00)
Rev. Allen Grady
(At the 11:00 a.m. service, children in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade are invited
to attend Children’s Church after the Children’s Time. Pick up in room 206.)
Oak Grove UMC
Youth Choir
Music Mission 2015
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us Stuart Townend
Penny Fonner, Soprano Jack Moore, Tenor
Galatians 6:2-5
Ms. Angela Schaffner
The Word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Healing and Hope
*Sending Hymn
How Firm a Foundation
Dr. Ethridge
(Those who wish to join the church are invited to come forward.)
UMH 529
Dr. Ethridge
You Are My All in All
Oak Grove Orchestra
arr. Winkler
Sunday, May 31, 2015
6:30 p.m. Homecoming
Concert in the Sanctuary
The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in memory
of Bill and Eva Marie Watson by their children, Susan Pippin,
John Watson, and Marty Watson.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear our
excellent Youth Choir as we explore the
image of God reflected in every living
*Congregation stand as able.
UMH: United Methodist Hymnal / TFWS: The Faith We Sing
Large print hymnals and bulletins and hearing assistance devices
are available from an usher.
thing and in all of the God-created
beauty of nature. We sing so that others
may see His reflection through our lives.
May 31, 2015
As we travel to destinations far and wide this summer,
our sermon series will do the same! We kick off
Destination: Church, Traveling Through the Letters
of Paul on Sunday, June 7. Join in every Sunday or
any Sunday you are in town—you won’t get lost!
Andrew Ethridge
Scholarship Fund
The church has established a scholarship fund in memory of Andrew
Ethridge. If you would like to make a
donation, please make your check
payable to “Oak Grove Community
Ministries Foundation” with the
memo line of “Andrew Ethridge
Memorial Scholarship”.
See the website and posters for specifics on where we will
land each week. If you are traveling this summer, send
us a postcard from your destination. We will post them
all on a bulletin board at church. This will be a fun way to
keep up with your church family over the summer!
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Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
Take the opportunity this summer to get to know Oak Grove and our
clergy a little better by attending Table Talk. Amity and Derek Farrar
will host Table Talk in their home at 2442 Glen Oaks Court, Atlanta,
30345, on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Rev. Susan Allen Grady will be the host pastor, and
the conversation is up to you! Come ready to enjoy an evening of conversation and getting
to know others at Oak Grove. RSVP by Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m., in the church office
([email protected]; 404-636-7558).
Join the United Methodist Men on
Saturday, June 6, as we travel to Cool
Ray Field and enjoy a night of
Gwinnett Braves baseball.
Game time is 7 p.m., and
tickets are $9 each.
Transportation will be available to the
first 52 folks to register. The buses will
leave the church at 5:45 p.m.
Deadline for ordering tickets is
Monday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
To order tickets, and for additional
information, contact Bill Widmayer
(404-313-8965 or
[email protected]).
School’s Out –
It’s Time to Read
We invite all OGUMC children and young
adults to read with us this summer, to help
themselves and others. Participants will
collect pledges for the books they read, and
the proceeds will go to Heifer International
to buy animals, clean water, and farming
supplies for families abroad who are in need.
All those who complete the program will get
to vote on where we direct the funds we raise.
Water Buffaloes? Llamas? Irrigation Pumps?
Trees? Our readers will choose.
Please stop by our booth outside the
library May 31 or June 14 to sign up to read
or sponsor a reader. Readers will get a prize
just for signing up and another tasty treat
when they turn their reading logs and pledges
in on August 9. If you have any questions
about this summer’s reading program please
contact Lacey Unger ([email protected]),
Claire Metzloff ([email protected]),
or Annalisa Bloodworth
([email protected]).
Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship
Available for 2015-2016
The first award of the Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship will be for 2015-2016.
To apply write a letter to Dale Smith, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033.
Letters are due by June 30. Eligible applicants are active in Oak Grove United
Methodist Church and will be attending Oxford College of Emory University. This
year’s award will be $2000 per year, per student.
Reception for Kathy Brockman
Join us after the communion service Wednesday, June 10, from
5:30 to 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a reception honoring Kathy.
She has been appointed as pastor of the Colbert United Methodist
Church and Comer United Methodist Church, a two-point charge
in the Athens-Elberton District. She has served as the Executive
Assistant to the Senior Pastor for the past two years and helped in
countless ways with ministry at Oak Grove. We are excited to
celebrate Kathy’s new appointment and to let her know how much
she has meant to our church.
Lunch Bunch
Oak Grove Memorials
Angela McDaniel & Sharon Wildman
by Keller & Lynette Smith
Will Hawkins
Mark & Stephanie Byrne
Kim Cody
by Jack & Vicky Graves
Burke Linder
by Avery & Betty Severt
George & DeDe Slappey
Esther Keyt
Barbara Adams
OGUMC Midweek Book Club
Ed & Sarah Wiley
Burke Linder
by Jim & Carol Wright
Tom & Helen Dykes
Mary Morgan
by Lou Brown Jewell
Tuesday, June 2
We’ll leave the church at 9:15 a.m.
and return around 2 p.m.
$7, plus lunch cost
Let’s Fly Away to the Delta Airlines’ Museum! This huge facility is loaded with wonderful
memorabilia! It has flight attendant and pilot uniforms, airplanes, two original hangars,
and much more. Reservations can be made in the church office (404-636-7558) or via
email ([email protected]). Your reservation is not complete until you submit your
medical form and pay your fee in the church office.
Theater Camp 2015
Did you see The Wizard of Oz at Lakeside High
School? Did you hear how good it was? Did
you catch their earlier productions of You're a
Good Man Charlie Brown or Music Man? Well,
Dorothy and Charlie and Harold Hill all got
their start right here at Oak Grove and Theatre
Work's drama camp! If your child or grandchild
wants to star on stage or simply acquire
confidence when speaking in school, the
For 10 days during the summer we will meet
summer drama camp at OGUMC led by
in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy Drama Ministry Director, Lee Knippenberg, is
fellowship and lunch, then assemble 600 sack a great choice. Children learn while having fun.
Space is limited.
Assembly Dates
For most children, summer vacation is the
best time of year. But for many children,
summer also means a vacation from the
meals they receive at school. For these
children, no school means no lunch. At Oak
Grove, we want to make sure that children
have the food they need.
You can make
sandwiches to feed
hungry kids this
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:
• June 16-17 • June 23-24 • July 7-8
• July 21-22 • July 28-29
To sign up: Add your name to the sign-up sheets in the Portico Commons.You may also sign
up by calling Rachel in the church office (404-636-7558). Monetary donations are appreciated for purchase of lunch supplies. Contribute online or by check to “Oak Grove UMC”
with “Smart Lunch” indicated. For more information contact Becky Mynatt (404-2723697), Cindy Mynatt (404-272-0439), or Dr. Amy Morgan ([email protected]).
Camp Dates: Monday, June 22 to Friday, June
26 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $105 for members of Oak Grove UMC
and $130 for others. Additional discount for
more than one member of a family.
Registration Forms can be downloaded
( Contact Bob Unger
with any questions ([email protected]).
Leonard Auton
May 21, 2015
May 22, 2015
Bryceon (B.J.) Sumner
May 26, 2015
Sam Howard
May 26, 2015
In the Hospital…
Northside – Lou McCreary, Buddy McCloud
New to Care Facilities…
A.G. Rhodes – Martha Deming
Emory Rehab – Marshall Cartmill
Our Homebound Members...
For a complete listing of homebound members,
please contact the church office.
Serving in Our Armed Forces...
Captain George Parks Bunch, LTJG Alexander
Cody, Petty Officer Steven Jones, Sgt. Joshua
Portwood, Col. Janet Seufert
Oak Grove News
Submission Deadline
Please be reminded that Thursday 12
p.m. is the deadline for information that
you would like to add to the Oak Grove
News. This will enable your information
to be in the following week’s bulletin.
Submit your written article to
[email protected] Thank you!
Our Wednesday Communion service takes place
in the Sanctuary each Wednesday evening at 5
p.m. This 30-minute service includes music,
scripture reading, a short sermon, and Holy
Communion. This service continues over the
summer and all year long. Reservations will be
required for nursery care. Please be sure to
contact Tricia Fazio ([email protected]) by
Monday prior to the Wednesday you will need
nursery care during Wednesday Communion.
Supplies Needed
for VBS
G-Force VBS is quickly approaching. More
than 300 children will put God’s love in
ACTION June 8-12 at Oak Grove! Will you
help provide needed supplies? Registration fees
cover t-shirts, music CDs, lanyards, name
badges, etc. for each child. Your donation will
help with basic supplies, snacks for volunteers,
decorations, and Smart Lunch Smart Kid
mission project. A collection barrel is located
in the Church Portico. Thank you for your
support of Children’s Ministry! Contact Kim
The Oak Grove Christian School has several
Cody ([email protected]) with any questions. openings for the full-day Pre-K classes in
August. Children must be 4 years old by
Decorations: white duct tape (white please;
September 1, 2015. Contact Nancy Brooks at
not clear), white LED Christmas lights, bike
[email protected] for more information.
helmets, skateboards, scooters, pool noodles,
hula hoops, plastic balls (ball pit size), blow-up *************************************
Record of Our Faithfulness
pool toys that look like “tires". Please label
items with name and phone number if you
Our Presence
May 13, 2015
Communion Chapel
wish to have them returned.
Continued Prayers...
Beth Benefield, Jayme Cartmill, Jennifer Casabonne,
Tad Day, Bill Dillingham, Betty Gates, Jim Golden,
Louise Guy, Charlie Hamilton, Lee Holloway, Betty
Hudson, Matt Hudson, Betty Lester, Lee McFall,
Louis Miller, Dick Muth, Cindy Mynatt, Anne
Otwell, Ferg Rood, Nancy Rood, Kristen Sanders,
Jean Smith, Clarice Thompson, Carolyn Tomlinson
(hospice), Rob White, Nancy Woodall
Year-Round Wednesday
Frank Robertson
Oak Grove Office Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M–F
Sunday, May 31, 2015
4:00pm Sonshine Camp Parent Meeting
5:30pm Youth Choir Homecoming Dinner
6:30pm Youth Choir Homecoming Concert Sanctuary
Monday, June 1, 2015
7:00pm Trustees Meeting
Rm 217
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
9:15am Lunch Bunch
Delta Museum
6:30pm Grief Sharing Group
Rm 219
6:30pm Aerobic Exercise Class
Heritage Hall Gym
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
5:00pm Chapel Communion Service
6:00pm Recycling Friends
7:30pm Boy Scout Troop 77 Meeting
Scout Hall
Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:30am Turban Ladies
Rm 114
1:00pm Mobile Soup Kitchen Prep
Fellowship Hall
6:30pm Aerobic Exercise Class
Heritage Hall Gym
7:00pm Table Talk
8:00pm 9.35 Band Rehearsal
Fellowship Hall
Friday, June 5, 2015
10:30am Go Forth Class Playdate
YCS Playground
11:30am Mobile Soup Kitchen Delivery
Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:00am Youth Caring for Clarkston (C4C)
9:00am 9.35 Band Rehearsal
Fellowship Hall
5:00pm UMM
Gwinnett Braves Game
Openings at the
Christian School
Smart Lunch Smart Kid: VBS kids will make
150 lunches each day! Needed: 750 sandwich
Ziploc bags, 750 individually packaged salty
snacks, packaged dried fruit, applesauce or
fruit cups, and 750 (8 oz.) bottles of water.
Our Presence
Church School
8:30 Service
9:35 Service
11:00 Service
Total Worship this Week
Basic supplies: markers, crayons, 9 oz. paper
cups (a zillion!), 400 gallon-size Ziploc bags
napkins, paper plates (snack size), and bowls.
Our Offerings
Snacks for volunteers: We love homemade
snacks, but also appreciate fresh fruit, granola
bars, cookies, chips, and other goodies!
Pledged to date:
Given to date:
Received to date
May 24, 2015
Needed to date
Oak Grove Memorials
Andrew Ethridge as of May 21, 2015
A Neighbor
Barbara Adams
Joe and Kay Adams
Sid and Marie Adams
Advance Parking Services
Gary and Marilyn Akins
Ed and Jeanine Andrews and Family
Danny and Lynda Askew
Aspiriant, LLC
Sylvia Babu
Stephen and Michelle Bailey
Carol Bates
Sandie Hershberger Berger
Jean Blanchard
Frank and Rebecca Blanton
Jan Bond
Mark and Lisa Bowling
Bob and Robin Bowling
John and Laura Boyden
Rob and Stephanie Brawner
Briarlake Baptist
Maynard, Jennifer and Meagan Cain
Michael and Margaret Caldwell
Cancer Ministry of Cannon UMC
Peggy Carter
Mike and Janet Cavin
Ray Chapman
Ann Clark
John and Sherry Clenney
Judy Cochran
Gerry and Charlotte Cooper
Coralwood Elementary School
Joseph and Janet Couch
Barry and Jan Cox
Coxe Curry and Associates, Inc.
Gene and Betty Ann Craft
Tom and Jeannette Crawford
Kim and Jim Creviston
Philip Creviston
Milton and Mary Pat Crouch
Tracy Crump
Robert and Verdery Cunningham
Lillian and Buddy Darden
John and Sally Darden
Amanda McMillan and Teresa Thi Dau
Lindsey and Jennifer Davis
Angela DeLorme
Steven and Sandra Dendy
Frances DeWitt
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Dillard
John Dillard
Diana Durie
Martha and Jim Dye
Tom and Helen Dykes
John and Ann Eckler
Larry Edwards
Bobby and Faye Elder
Lawrence and Bonnie Evans
Morris and Lyn Evans
Jane Evans
Cameron Fahsel
Terry and Jill Fair and Family
Foundation of Wesley Woods
Bob and Beth Garvin
Thomas and Susan Gilbert
Michael and Sheila Graybeal
Ken and Susan Greene
Jane Griffin
Joel and Emily Gunnells
Celene Hall
Bobby and Florence Hammond
Jay and Amy Hanson
Lou Ann Harkleroad
Smoky and Zoe Hicks
Harriet Wilburn, Ann and Alan Watkins, Joan Hearn,
and Janet and Chip Higginbotham
Beverly and Joe Hines
Pam and Dan Horton
Ken and Sally Houghton
Jim and Julie Howell
Stephen and Leslie Hurst
Richard Ingwersen
Lou Brown Jewell
Bucky and Janet Johnson
Don and Linda Jolley
Emmett and Jane Jordan
Ed and Cindy Kallal
Sara Kantala
Lucie Kenimer
Marvin and Judy Kilgo
Yayoi Kitta
Marjorie Lackey
Ding and Lilyc Lau
Bob, Suzanne, Mary Charlotte, and Robert Leicht
Ned and Laurie Lenhart
Stephanie Lin
Kelly and Julie Ludwick
Bob and Cindy Lyles
Karen Maddox
Thomas and Beverly Mahon
Michael, Patty and Luke Martin
Byron Matthews
Dan and Margaret McAvoy
Bill and Martha McKoy
Jenny McMillin
Louis and Dale Miller
Steve and Susie Mobley
Jack and Lisa Moore
Alec and Mary Morris
Sherry Farr and Andrew Mus
David and Ann Myers
Martha "Tot" Nations
Max Neese
Blackie Scott Neese
Kristen and Lanny Nixon
Kerry and Carroll O'Brien
Carole Oglesby
Anne Otwell
Deborah Virginia Rice Parker
Louisa Peacock
Philip Pingree
Claud and Eloise Pounds
Nancy Purcell
Jason and Cheryl Rambler
Jan Reene
Barbara Richardson
Betty Ridley
Randy and Susan Riner
Tom and Linda Robinson
Charles and Mickey Robinson
Ann Rouquie
Liz and Bill Schleicher
Jill Lanman Schneider and Greg Schneider
Joyce and Jay Schwartz
Zixu Mao and Qing Shi
Steve and Shelley Simmons
Helen and John Simmons
David and Bonnie Sisler
Keller and Lynette Smith
Norman and Mary Ann Smith
Jim and Virginia Sowell
Mark and Sharon Spears
Crystal Starr and Betty Ralston
Scott and Julie Stevenson
Bob and Beth Swett
Ken and Carla Taylor
Dixie Tempel
Greg Thye Family
Frank and Melissa Tobakos
Roger and Brenda Toebben
Kirby and Carolyn Tyler
Lynsley Tyler
United Methodist Men of OGUMC
Eric and Jen Wahlen
Al and Wilma Walker
Chuck and Sherry Warner
Warren Averett Companies, LLC
Bill and Susan Widmayer
Ed and Sarah Wiley
Ron and Jeannine Williams
John Yeager
Today’s Worship Servants
Guest Organist: Fred Childers
Offering Counters: Anthony Frilingos, Judy Frilingos, Ed Hong, Cathy Huffines, Joe Whipple
Ushers: Scott Bazemore, Tom Branch, Harold Chambliss, George Jeffares, Jeff Jeffares, J.C. McBee, Ed McCarvey, Bob McCreary, Connie Mebane,
David Morgan, Ruth Primm Penland, Mary Riddle, Avery Severt, Matt Stambaugh, Sam Still, Mike Ulven, Alfred Walker, Bob Walton,
John Weatherford, George Wilkerson
Altar Guild: Regina Haynes, Becky Mynatt, Cindy Mynatt, Carol Wright, Diane Young
Children’s Church: Hollie Meglio, Vince Meglio
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:35 a.m. Sunday School
9:35 a.m. Contemporary Worship
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship
Fellowship Hall
Church Office
Office Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M–F
Emergency Contact After Hours
ext. 9
ext. 211
ext. 212
Dr. Amy Morgan – Pastor of Nurture and Service
Rev. Mary Lou Gilbert – Pastor to Senior Adults
ext. 210
Dr. Glenn Ethridge – Senior Pastor
Rev. Susan Allen Grady – Associate Pastor
Director of Administration – Dale Smith
Children’s Ministry – Kim Cody
Oak Grove Christian School
YCS (Young Children’s School)
ext. 225
ext. 218
Music Ministry – Ed Scruggs
Organist – Leanne Herrmann
Youth Ministry – Caroline Paris
Dir. of Contemporary Worship – Atticus Hicks
ext. 226
ext. 203
ext. 208

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