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Northbrook United Methodist Church | 11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075

February 5
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Titus 1:1-4
Titus: Paul’s Message
11:00 a.m.
Matthew 5:1-12
Resolution: Rise Up
Rev. Hannah Garrett Johnson
February 12
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Titus 3:3-7
Titus: Appearance of Grace
Rev. Alex Smith
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
Matthew 5:13-20
Resolution: Unless
Rev. Hannah Garrett Johnson
February 19
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Titus 2:11-14, 3:8
Titus: A Special People
Rev. Alex Smith
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
Titus: 2:11-14, 3:8
Titus: A Special People
Rev. Alex Smith
February 26
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Titus 2:1-10
Titus: Attractive Teaching
Rev. Alex Smith
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
Preschool Sunday
Thank you so much for the generous Love Offerings that were donated during the Christmas season. We love serving this church and our Lord, and are very appreciative of your support.
God Bless,
Your Church Staff
Northbrook UMC:
I wish to express my gratitude to the church for the many words of encouragement following my knee replacement surgery. I have appreciated all the prayers, cards, visits, phone calls, and email messages from members of the church. Each of these expressions has, indeed, provided encouragement for me. My rehab appears to be progressing well.
Thanks again,
Bill Livesay
We extend our Christian Sympathy to the friends and family of Ruby Norwood on her passing away on
January 11.
We also extend our Christian Sympathy to the friends and family of Skip Greene on the death of his brother, Tom Greene, on January 19.
We also extend our Christian Sympathy to the friends and family of Ellen Harris on the death of her sister, Billie Davis, on January 22.
Horace Stone – Sunrise in Decatur
Mel Mehlinger
Ethan Adams
Pat Kenoyer
Georgia Heckler
Judy Garland,
 (sister of Jerry Taylor)

Mary Ellen Buckingham
Betty Mullennix
Tot Mohr
Ed Bell
Carla Roy
Ninetta Powell

In memory of Ruby Norwood to the Operating Fund:
Connie Stow
Bill & Jan Holcombe
Ed & Jeanette Rogers
Nan Richards
Wade & Susan Starling
Comer & Lillian Train
Peter & Marlene Fellows
John & Chiara Garthwaite
Marion McKeown
Dorothy Hightower
William & Kathryn Jones
Jacqueline James
Steve & Dede Young
Judy Hausfeld
Doris Smith
Bob & Pam Szymanski
Ken & Tina Smith
Christi, John, Dane, & Holly Long
Marc & Jill Johnson
Mary Powell
Kevin & Lynn Jarvis
Bob & Joanne Mathis
Don & Sue Carpenter
Friendship Sunday School Class
To Debt Reduction:
Gwyn & Marianne Raker
In memory of Doris Croom to Debt Reduction:
Gwyn & Marianne Raker
Monday, February 13
11:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Our program this month will be the singer, Bill Gleason, who will entertain us with a variety of songs – maybe even some celebrating Valentine’s Day. Bring your sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided. We’ll be looking for you!
 Northbrook is hosting tutoring between RHS Honor Society and Mimosa students  on  Thursdays,  from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the End Zone. Contact Alex at asmith@northbrookumc.com
for more details. Adult drivers are needed.
Sunday, March 19
LifeSouth Blood Drive
April 28-30
Women’s Retreat


Church Office




Website: www.northbrookumc.com

Dr. Hannah Garrett Johnson
Senior Pastor, ext. 225

Rev. Alex Smith

Pastor, ext. 243
Dr. Emily Johnson.

Preschool Director, ext. 231

Brian McLeod

Minister of Music, ext. 224
Ryan Young

Youth Minister, ext. 227
Leslie Bowers

Children’s Minister, ext 230
Debbie Nysewander

Office Administrator
ext. 225

Jerome Young

Facility Manager, ext. 239

Wade Starling

Financial Admin, ext. 226

                 Carlos Ortiz

Modern Worship Leader,
ext. 221
Carol Erbentraut

Preschool Assistant Director, ext. 249

Jodi Tomassi

Nursery Coordinator

Fausto & Higinia Cabadeana


Vol. 17 No. 2                                               February 2017

Love, Love, Love One Another!
     Valentine’s Day is coming!  That is a day when, traditionally, we think about love.  Guess how many times the word “love” is mentioned in the Bible:  150 times?  300 times?  No, at least 574 times!  It’s clear that God intends for love to be an important presence in our lives.
     When it comes to Valentine’s Day, maybe you and your sweetheart have made special plans.  Maybe there’s someone in your life for whom you’d like to do something meaningful.  We had a marvelous time and great things happened with our “Random Acts of Christmas” Project that was accomplished during the Season of Advent, so maybe we could do something similar for Valentine’s Day! After all, the Scriptures talk about love in many different ways, and we are specifically instructed at least 15 times to “love one another.”  So, in keeping with that, here are some suggestions for you for Valentine’s Day – and they’re not just for your sweetheart, but for all of those whom you love!
1.  Send a card not only to your sweetheart, but to a friend you haven’t seen or talked to lately.
2.  Email Valentine’s Day greetings to friends and family in your address book.
3.  Let your Valentines know why they are special to you with a heartfelt note or other gesture.
4.  Do something unexpected for another person, perhaps someone who you normally wouldn’t think of but who could use a little lift (it doesn’t have to be extravagant).
5.  Thank God for your many blessings of family, friends, and other things, and remember to love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.
     And you may be able to think of other great things to do.
     In the words of our Lord, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” [John 13:34].  Showing love to another not only makes their lives better – it makes our lives better, too.  So find opportunities where you can show Christ’s love to others in observable, demonstrative ways – not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day!
                              My love to you and Christ,



Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 5

You are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to cheer on our Falcons! Please bring tailgate foods to share.

Valentine Babysitting
Friday, February 10

The youth we will be holding our annual Valentine’s babysitting fundraiser here at the church on Friday, February 10 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We will accept any donation that parents are willing to give. Money raised will go to support youth trips.

Golf Marathon
Monday, April 24

Northbrook UMC is proud to announce that we will be holding a golf marathon as a fundraiser for youth and children’s ministries at the White Columns Country Club. We are in need of golfers, prizes, and hole sponsors. Please contact Ryan Young with further questions.

Support Northbrook Preschool’s 14th Annual Auction!

Ready, set, BID! From March 13-26, 2017, Northbrook Preschool’s annual auction will be hosted online at:
Northbrook.  The items will be displayed in the hallway of the C building upstairs from March 9 – 26.  Stop by and take a look.
Could you contribute to the auction with tickets to ballgames, vacation homes, a business that could offer something?  We are looking for auction items to supplement what the auction committee is procuring.  
To participate in the auction, visit Northbrook Preschool’s dedicated auction page starting March 13. Scroll through auction items and descriptions at your own pace – day or night – and place a bid on your favorites. Outbid? You will receive an automatic email notification and the opportunity to increase your bid. It’s that easy!
Auction items will include items for everyone – gift certificates, vacation packages, sporting events, designer jewelry, custom art by our kids, spa & beauty treatments!
100% of the funds raised by this event go directly to support Northbrook Preschool students, to provide financial assistance to families in need, and to support the preschool educational programs.
Become an Auction Sponsor!
Individuals, businesses, families or groups are invited to sponsor Northbrook Preschool’s 14th Annual Auction Fundraiser by making a tax-deductible monetary donation! Sponsorship levels include:
● Recognition in halls of preschool*
● Recognition on Northbrook website*
● Recognition on online auction website*
● Rising Star sponsorship level includes all the benefits of Star sponsorship level
● Plus:
● Logo or brief description of business included in Friday emails sent by our preschool director to every family in the preschool on Friday afternoons*
● Rising Star sponsor mention as part of auction promotional emails
● Link to your company’s website on auction website*
● Your company’s branded promotional products or brochures included in swag
bags distributed to every student in the preschool**
● Rising Star Sponsorship level includes all the benefits of Star and Rising Star sponsorship levels
● Plus:
● Company logo placed on back of Kindergarten t-shirts
● Company logo printed on auction promotional banner placed at school entrance*
To become a sponsor, write a check payable to Northbrook Association of Preschool Parents (NAPP) and mark it for “Auction Sponsorship”.



February –

Pastor’s Discretionary
January – The January Communion offering benefitted North Fulton Community Charities.

Guatemala Update from Craig & Carol Hill

 No Boundaries
Why is it we put boundaries on what God can do or what God will do? Are we really praying hard enough or are we praying safe things that we can probably control ourselves. We forget sometimes that God can move mountains if we have the faith to believe. He created the universe just by speaking. The God that created the universe is still in the miracle business. He is the same God that created everything. He has not changed. He did not stop creating and healing after the Bible was written. So why do we treat him that way?
          We have worship every Monday morning with our Adventures team. This week was the first time we all were there. Many had gone home for the holidays and we added 3 more to the team the first of January. We worshiped with song and prayer for about an hour. After that we discussed Church Mobilization. The Guatemala Adventures team is raising up Guatemalans to be missionaries in their communities, to Central America and South America and eventually in non Spanish speaking countries. Last year we went to Peru, Nicaragua and Honduras. This year we hope to go to 5 countries. Gabe who is leading the mobilization was explaining some of the training to our new director Bob Corder when Bob asked Gabe to demonstrate some of the things that we are teaching the Guatemalans. Gabe said one of the things they teach is how to pray over people especially in healing. Gabe ask if anyone had pain today so Carol raised her hand. Her legs always hurt with nerve pain. He asked her what was her level of pain and she responded a 6 out of 10 with 10 being the highest pain. Gabe began to pray over Carol and after he was through praying he ask again what is your level of pain. The level had dropped to a 2 out of 10.  So Gabe prayed once more. You guessed it the pain was gone. Carol has not taken the pain med for her leg since then. She had this pain for 6-7 years.
        So are we praying big enough? Are we asking for things only God can deliver? Take away the boundaries we put on God. We serve a loving Father who wants the best for us. He desperately wants to be in communion with us. He gave up his only son to have that relationship with us. Thank you Jesus.

LifeSouth Blood Drive – Sunday, March 19

In the U.S., about 4 million people need blood each year. That’s one person every two seconds, and the overwhelming majority of people who need it would die without it. Healthy generous donors are the only source of blood. There is no substitute for blood.
Blood is needed for emergencies, for surgeries, and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses. Every donation makes a difference in someone’s life.
Did you know?
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. receives a blood transfusion.
  • Each unit of blood can help up to 3 people.
  • One in 10 persons entering the hospital needs blood.
  • The need for blood is constant because blood only lasts a maximum of 42 days.
What should you do before donating?
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal.
  • Drink lots of fluids 48 hours before donation.
  • Bring a picture ID with you.

How do you sign up?

Sign ups for donors, registration workers, and baked goodies take place on the patio on Sundays beginning February 26. Since our last blood drive we have made the decision to partner with LifeSouth to conduct our drives. The only real difference for any of you is that you will not have access to an on-line sign-up for now. If you can’t get to the church on any of the three signup Sundays, call Elizabeth Hubby and she’ll get you set up. Her contact information is

678-919-1310 (home), 770-906-3136 (cell), or email thubby@comcast.net.


Attention Women of Northbrook!
Please save the dates: April 28-30. Though one might say we are putting the cart before the horse, we want to make you are aware of the fact that we are planning a Women’s Retreat for the weekend of April 28. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and/or helping with the planning and organizing, please contact Lenore Meeks at lenoremeeks@bellsouth.net.
P.S. Watch this space for additional information.


Kroger’s Atlanta Division customers and associates are eligible to re-enroll in the
Kroger Community Rewards program. Customers and associates can designate reward points you earn to the participating schools, charity or organization of your choice by using your Kroger Plus Card. Organizations and schools do not need to enroll each year, but
each Kroger shopper is required to re-enroll his or her Kroger Plus Card on an annual basis. Re-enrollment is now, and dollars accumulate for your choice of charity beginning Sept. 1, 2016. Please visit


Do you order from Amazon often? Please consider using Smile.Amazon.com. Purchases from Smile.Amazon.com will return a .05% of your purchase to Northbrook UMC (no extra cost to you).


Registration for 2017-18
Registration was held on January 30 and there are limited places available in our preschool. Please let us know if you have not found a spot for your child for next year, or if you know of others who are still looking for the right preschool. We are NAEYC accredited, have a  highly educated and experienced teaching staff, and enjoy a wonderful reputation in the community. Call 770.998.6667 to find out which openings still remain.


11 a.m. TEACHERS
We are looking for regularly rotating teachers for our 11:00 hour in the Children’s Ministry!  Are you looking for a place to serve when you’re already here?  Lesson plans and preparations are all done for you – you just have to read the lesson through and be willing to share God’s Word with the kids!  Email Mrs. Leslie for more info.

February 12
2-7 p.m.
*bring a snack dinner*
Grace Notes
February 26
12-2 pm
Meet in Temple Treats. Pick up in the adult choir room. Bring $5 for lunch.

Daddies (or Grandaddies) and Daughters Get Your Dancing Shoes!
February 11
1-2:30 p.m.
$10 per couple
Join us for some Daddy-Daughter fun! We’ll have lots of dancing, yummy treats, a craft to take home, a silly-prop photo booth, and a PROFESSIONAL photographer who will print your pictures for you to take with you this year!!

Hero Central VBS
June 19-22


We have put all of our LARGE events on the calendar. Now you can put them ALL on your calendar and not miss a thing!
February 5     Super Bowl Party                   6:30 – halftime
February 10        Youth Babysitting                  6-8:30 p.m.
February 11        Daddy/Daughter Dance       1-2:30 p.m.
February 26        Preschool Sunday
                             Grace Notes                            12-2 p.m.
March 1               Ash Wednesday
March 8               Mother/Son Matchbox Car  6-7 p.m.
March 12             North 45                                  5-7 p.m.
March 26             Grace Notes                            12-2 p.m.
April 3-7               Spring Break!

This is what each week looks like!
* Sunday
o 9:30 a.m. –       The Gathering Service
o 11:00 a.m. –     Confirmation class, Middle School, & High                               School Sunday school classes
o 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday Night Youth
* Wednesday
o 5:30 p.m.          Dinner with NUMC
o 6:00-6:30 p.m. Youth Worship
o 7:00-8:00 p.m. Small Groups
Here are some major events to put on your calendar:
2/5/17            Super Bowl Party
2/10/17          Valentine’s Babysitting Fundraiser
2/12/17          No Sunday night youth
3/3-5/17         Confirmation Retreat
3/17-19/17     Spiritual Life Retreat
4/16/17           Easter
4/24/17           Gold Marathon Fundraiser (Tentative)

We are looking for volunteers to help with the High School and Middle School Sunday School classes. This year Ryan has made an online signup to see who is interested. If you sign up to teach a Sunday, Ryan will contact you the week before you teach to provide you with a lesson outline and a list of discussion questions for the youth. He is trying to make this as easy as possible, so don’t be scared! Signup today!!

Sunday Night Help
We are excited to report that our youth group is growing at an awesome rate! One of the things that this means is that we need more help on Sunday nights. We need volunteers to help us minister to our youth by leading Bible Studies, building relationships, and keeping kids safe! Consider spending an evening with us!

Confirmation Retreat
This year’s retreat will be held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center. Please fill out a Conference and a Church form and turn it in with a check to Ryan Young by Sunday, February 12.

Spiritual Life Retreat
These retreats happen every spring in North Georgia on three different weekends attracting more than 1,000 youth and adult leaders from all over the North Georgia Conference. Please fill out the required forms and return them with a check to Ryan Young by Sunday,
February 12.

9:30 a.m.  – The Gathering Service
11:00 a.m.            – Sunday School Classes
5:00-7:00 p.m.     – Sunday Night Youth

5:30 p.m.          – Northbrook Cafe

6:30 p.m.              – Youth Worship
7:00-8:00 p.m.     – Small Groups

770.998.2000 11225 Crabapple Rd. Roswell, GA. 30075 9:30 Modern (Fellowship Hall) 11:00 Traditional (Sanctuary)