Acworth United Methodist Church
Our Mission is to be INVOLVED as faithful disciples of CHRIST.
Current Events

FALL FEST is October 26!
Mark your calendar now for Trunk-r- Treat, carnival games, face-painting, inflatables, pumpkin patch and more! Don’t miss the fun! This event will be in the lower parking lot from 4-6pm and is open to the community! AUMC groups, scouts, etc. can sponsor a trunk, game or other activity. See Darlene for more information. It’s an afternoon of fun for the whole family! Support the AUMC Food Pantry -bring canned goods for their trunk!



G3 - Growing God’s Girls - for 4th-6th graders meets October 5 from 11:45am-4:30pm for Merrick’s Walk at Chastain Park. Meet in the FLC at 11:30 - we’ll board the bus and leave at 11:45. Pickup in FLC at 4:30pm. AUMC Medical Release & Permission form and Merrick’s Walk for edin Registration Form are required for participation. Cost is $5 for lunch and $15 to walk. Friends and families are welcome! More information is available via email and at (Okay to register online)

B4C - Brothers for Christ - for 4th-6th grade boys - we’re going to Swift-Cantrell Park on Sunday, October 5! Bring money for lunch at Zaxby’s - we’ll eat lunch then it’s game time! Parents - each child must be signed in with Chris & Ed in the choir room after church. Pickup in FLC at 2:30pm. Dads & friends are welcome! Questions? Contact Chris Derrick or Darlene.

QUEST - for 3rd-6th graders – will go to Cagle’s Farm Corn Maze on Friday, October 3 from 6-10:30pm! Cost is $20 each. Watch your email for details! QUEST will meet DownUnder only once this month… on October 12 from 5-7pm. QUEST logo choices are being finalized - we’ll vote on the 12th! QUEST will not meet on the 26th - Bring the family and join the fun at Trunk-r-Treat from 4-6pm! Friends are always welcome at QUEST activities!

FIRE !!! Acolyte Training for 3rd Grade & up on October 5 at 9:45am in the Chapel.

Children’s & Family Ministry Team will meet Sunday, October 19 after church for lunch - location TBA. We’ll finalize Fall Fest/Trunk-r-Treat and holiday plans. Everyone is welcome! Call or email reservation to Darlene.

Got an hour? Serve Mon, Tues, and/or Wed 1-2pm during Playball or Ballet! Just help pick up kids from class, observe activities, and assist with restroom and dismissal. Safe Sanctuary Training is required. Contact Darlene!

Coming in December...
Live Nativity - Downtown Acworth 6-9:30pm on December 5. Be a part of the nativity or help with popcorn! FREE!
Family Activity Night in the FLC on Wednesday, December 10.
Children’s Craft Camp - 9:30a-1:30p on Saturday, December 13. Kids ages 2-5th grade create memorable gifts to share and keep! $25 Registration opens November 2. Space is limited. Volunteers needed!


Upcoming Youth Events:

October 10: Girls’ Night Out. 6-10pm. More info coming soon

October 12: Middle and High School to Cagle Dairy Farm. $20. Corn Maze, Bonfire, and Dinner. Registration Forms are available.

October 18-October 31: Pumpkin Patch

Find details of events and more info about the Youth on our website:


One Day Women’s Retreat
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Two buses will head in Two DIFFERENT Directions!
1-Day Trip to Dahlonega & lunch at Smith House / 2-”All Fired Up” Pottery in Alpharetta followed by lunch.
Flyers available in the Hall of Memories

AUMC Prayer Circle
Mondays, 4 p.m.
Gathering Area
Join us as we raise up the concerns of family, friends and the community.

It’s time to catch up on your reading! Come to the AUMC book review club the last Thursday of each month and join the discussion about the current book., Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Our next get together is October 30 at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Sr. Adults Fish Fry is October 13, at noon in the Family Life Center. The men will be frying up the fish while the women folk will be setting out the coleslaw, etc. Y’all come now, ya hear?!

October is Staff Appreciation Month: AUMC is blessed to have a wonderful staff of dedicated, talented people who serve all of us with true servants' hearts. The Staff Parish Relations Committee invites you to show your appreciation for the many tireless saints of the church staff by sending them notes of appreciation and/or gifts such as baked goods, gift cards for a car wash, a restaurant, Amazon, Starbucks, or anything else you think they could use. Place these items in the offering plate or bring them to the office any time during the month of October. Thank you very much.

A list of our current Because we have had a number of personnel changes this past year, here is a list of AUMC staff members and their positions:

Rev. James Gwin, Senior Pastor

Rev. Linda Birchall, Associate Pastor

Darlene Soyars, Children’s/Family Director

Hannah Stubblefield, Youth Director

Joan Bates, Church Secretary

Kim Stokes, Finance Secretary

Dan Martin, Music Director

Sonya Peebles, Children’s Choir Director

Vicki Frey, Organist/Handbells Director

Ivy Pirl, Chancel Choir Pianist

Jody Hornbeck, Property Maintenance

Leigh Ann Spencer, Nursery Coordinator

Christine Cartwright, Preschool Director



We are very fortunate at AUMC to have a true artist at the piano every Sunday! Ivy Pirl is a wonderful musician and extraordinary pianist. She has a special gift to be able to convey to her audience the beauty and emotion of the music she performs so totally flawlessly.

The Music Ministry was excited to present Ivy Pirl in concert on Wednesday, August 27. She played a variety of music from standard piano literature to hymn arrangements in several styles. We have all enjoyed and been lifted by her playing during the services. Now we have the opportunity to hear her alone.

Thanks to the Men's Bible Class for the wonderful dinner they provided.
We look forward to many more musical evenings .

The Chancel Choir is up and running and looking forward to beginning Christmas preparations soon. If you enjoy singing come join us Wednesday at 7:15 pm.

The Hand Bell choirs are starting now and would love to have you come and ring whether you have any experience or not. There is a hand bell group for you.

The children's choirs have begun and are having a fabulous time on Wednesdays. K, 1st, and 2nd grades meet at 6:00 pm. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades meet at 6:30 pm in room S108. All kids who enjoy having fun, singing, and laughing a lot should come!!!

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