Church News

Please keep these members of the RUMC community in your prayers today and throughout this week.


Brooks Michael Lok was born to Jen and Derek Lok on Nov. 29.
Jessica and Michael Halpin welcomed their baby daughter, Samantha Ann, on Dec. 1; grandparents are Gary and Lisa Brant and Mike Halpin.
Easton James was born to Patrick and Hannah Kennedy on Dec. 5; grandparents are Allan and Marsha Kennedy.


In hospital: Steve Burwell in Kennestone, Alan Camp in Emory, Sid Disher in Kennestone, Ron Kemp in Northside, Paula Pope in MD Anderson 

Recently released: Greg Davidson, Mary Alice Kranz now in Manor Care, Walter Troxel

Operations Giving Update: The December goal is $1,009,206; gifts through Dec. 9 totaled $125,004.

Worship Attendance for Sunday, Dec. 9: 1019 (YTD avg. 1277)

RUMC Job Openings

  • Invitation and Connection Coordinator. Provide an effective means to find, involve, and connect visitors and new or inactive members at RUMC. This is a part-time opportunity (20 hours/week) and includes some Sunday hours.
  • Handyman. Perform skilled handyman and painting tasks involved in construction, maintenance, and repair. This is a part-time job (25 hours/week).

Detailed job descriptions: Please send resume to

Upcoming Church Events

Interested in Joining the Church?

We will hold an Inquiry Luncheon for those interested in finding out more about the opportunities at RUMC and how to become a church member. Rev. Nancy Lane will host the class on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Trinity Cafe, Chapel building. Clergy and staff will be on hand to help you learn more about how to get involved. Childcare is available. Information/Registration: Patty Hampton, or 770.261.1767

Acting UP Auditions – Thursday, Jan. 3 

RUMC’s adult drama ministry will be holding open group auditions for the murder mystery comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Choir Room, Sanctuary building. Registration is not required. Information:

An Afternoon with Anita Renfroe – Sunday, March 17

The Sounds of the Spirit Concert Series is excited to host “An Afternoon with Anita Renfroe” on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at RUMC. Anita is a Christian comedian and author who became famous for “Momisms,” her comic rendition of everything a mother would typically say to her children in the course of a day, set to the “William Tell Overture.” With her unique brand of musical comedy and blend of sass, audiences at her comedy concert tours say, “She just says what everyone is thinking but won’t say out loud.” Anita is a regular commentator and comedy contributor for Good Morning America. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 16–$20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors (65+). Information: Ann Moore, or 770.261.1719. 

Blood Drive – Wednesday, Jan. 30

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on campus Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 2-7 p.m. in the Dining Room, Chapel building. For information or to volunteer: Mary Stokes, or 770.261.1741. Register online at 

Global Impact Celebration – Feb. 28-March 3

If you are interested in being a part of the creative and planning teams, please contact Rev. Marion Brown, or 770.271.1716

RUMC’s Annual Garage Sale Extravaganza – May 2-4

Our church-wide garage sale is moving to a cooler location on the calendar in 2019. Be sure to save the date—you won’t want to miss it! Proceeds benefit Job Networking.

Youth and Children News

Pancakes and Pajamas – Sunday, Jan. 6

Kick off the new year in Roswell Kids with Pancakes and Pajamas! All children are invited to wear their pajamas to Roswell Kids on Sunday, Jan. 6 and the Investigate group (first-fifth graders) will enjoy a pancake breakfast during Sunday School.

Roswell Kids Parent Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 6

Want to know more about what we do in Roswell Kids? Want some tools to help build your child’s spiritual education? All parents are invited to a brief Roswell Kids Parent Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12 p.m. in the Dining Room, Chapel building. Whether you are new to Roswell Kids or have been around a while, stop in, meet our team, and learn about your child’s spiritual development. Childcare is provided.

Worship Arts on Wednesday (WOW) resumes Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. with an Epiphany party. All children ages three through fifth grade are invited. Information: Lisa Stover, or 770.261.1709

Created by God – Sunday, Jan. 27

Created by God is our annual workshop on human sexuality for fifth graders. Parents must attend one of two informational meetings to understand what their child will be learning and how they can be involved, to ask questions, and to make a final decision on whether their child should attend. These meetings are on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Childcare is provided at both and lunch will be provided at the Sunday meeting. Information: 

Altar Your Life – Feb. 8-10

During this annual, in-town retreat, middle and high school students will participate in worship sessions, mission projects, small group time, and the beloved dance party. Groups of students stay overnight church members’ homes; transportation and food are provided. Early bird registration ends Dec. 11. Registration/volunteer opportunities:

Ongoing Church Events

Charis Gallery

Come by and enjoy the variety of interpretations of the new exhibit theme, “Gratitude,”  and be sure to sign the guest book. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Jan. 13. Charis Gallery is located in the hallway outside the Welcome Center, Sanctuary building.

Charis Gallery’s Fifth Annual Silent Auction“On Board for Missions” will benefit RUMC’s Mission Partners. You may pick up a board made of reclaimed wood for embellishment from the Worship Arts Office, Sanctuary building; submissions are due by Thursday, Feb. 14. Information: Ann Moore, or 770.261.1719

Bridge Club is open to all ages and skill levels and meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in room 258, Sanctuary building. Information: Sieg Hoogstraal, or 770.312.8379

Fitness Classes 

A variety of fitness classes are offered at RUMC; go to for information. Gentle, Therapeutic Yoga is also offered on Wednesdays from 9:45-11 a.m. in rooms 123 and 125, Chapel building. Gain health benefits from this relaxing experience, strengthening breath and flexibility. Instructor Dennis Kast has been teaching this class for 17 years and has advanced certifications in yoga and relaxation. No prior experience is necessary. Questions: Esther Collins, or 770.261.1705

Wednesday Night Out (WNO)

Wednesday Night Out will resume on Jan. 9 from 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Chapel building. Information/Menu: or Jacob Crane, or 770.261.1713.

Prayer Walk

Consider a new Advent tradition in 2018—bundle up and take a brisk walk on RUMC’s Prayer Walk. We have 10 prayer stations, each with a meditation and prayer—one for adults and one for children on the reverse side. The path is approximately one mile long and is accessible by car if walking proves difficult. Maps are available online, in the Welcome Center, and in the Main Office. Information: Mary Stokes,, 770.261.1741 or

Things to Know

Sunday Parking Shuttles

Parking shuttles are available on Sunday mornings from City Hall and the Wells Fargo bank at the corner of Magnolia and Mimosa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for the RUMC/Chapel Roswell parking sign in the City Hall parking lot and take the shuttle to the RUMC Campus.

Shuttle Drop Off/Pick Up Locations:

  • The Chapel building, main entrance
  • Scout Hut – Drop off for the Dod, Fellowship Hall, Dining room.
  • The Sanctuary building, North Entrance

Using this “door-to-door” service will help serve our first-time guests and visitors on campus and enable growth at RUMC. Thank you for considering this option.

The RUMC Online Portal is one way to connect on your schedule. When you sign up for a portal account, you can manage your family’s contact information, upload your profile photo, and view your contribution statements. The online church directory is also available. Create your RUMC portal account today at Questions/Information: Camisha Corporan, or 770.261.1761

Library Book Return

A friendly reminder that if you have books/DVDs checked out of the RUMC Library, you may drop them off in the parlor. New books are on display so please stop by and browse our selections.

If You Wish to Dedicate Sanctuary Flowers for a particular Sunday, contact Carole Brusa, 770.977.2065 or

If you would like to be notified about Sympathy Notices and Funeral Service Arrangements for RUMC members, click here and fill out the form.

The RUMC Devotional Line is updated daily. Start or end your day by calling 770.640.2266 to hear a short devotional and prayer.

Support Groups and 12-Step Groups are offered at the Counseling Center located on the RUMC campus. Groups include: Parkinson’s Support, Survivors of Suicide, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), Women’s AA (“Sober Sisters”), Al-Anon (Families of Alcoholics), Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA), CASA (Kleptomaniacs/Shoplifters Anonymous), CMA (Crystal Meth), EA (Emotions Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), SA (Sexaholics Anonymous), and S-Anon (Families of Sexaholics.) Information: Patty Hampton, or 770.261.1767

Please Consider Receiving RUMC Financial Updates via email rather than postal mail. This is a huge savings for our church. To update your email address, email or call 770.261.1775.

Have You Moved? Changed Your Phone Number? Let us know by emailing Camisha at or calling 770.261.1761.

RUMC Provides Professional Name Tags to members. If interested, call 770.261.1767 or email your request with name to