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

January 1
Happy New Year!
11:00 a.m.
Matthew 2:1-12
Light in the Darkness:
Rev. Alex Smith
January 8
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Matthew 3:13-17
Light in the Darkness:
Lighting a Fire
Rev. Alex Smith
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
Acts 10:34-43
Resolution: Covenant
Rev. Hannah Garrett Johnson
January 15
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
John 1:29-42
Light in the Darkness:
Following the Light
Rev. Alex Smith
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
John 1:29-42
Light in the Darkness:
Following the Light
Rev. Alex Smith
January 22
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Matthew 4:12-23
Resolution: Empowered
Rev. Hannah Garrett Johnson
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Service
Matthew 4:12-23
Resolution: Empowered
Rev. Hannah Garrett Johnson
January 29
Youth Sunday
 Many, many thanks for all of your caring cards, notes and offers of help during my illness. It has been since Sept. 23 and you have been such loving, caring friends. I truly do appreciate all that you do. It certainly helps to know that I am surrounded by such wonderful friends. May God bless you all.
Betty Mullennix
We extend our Christian Sympathy to the family of Michael Turner for the death of his father, Michael Turner, on December 4.
Ruby Norwood
Ninetta Powell
Horace Stone – Sunrise in Decatur
Mel Mehlinger
Ethan Adams
Pat Kenoyer
Georgia Heckler
Judy Garland,
 (sister of Jerry Taylor)

Mary Ellen Buckingham
Betty Mullennix

In memory of Doris Croom to the Crafters Mission Fund
Joseph & Kimberly Rosen
Martha Rayford
Mr. & Mrs. William Smithweck
Bob & Joanne Mathis
Friendship Sunday School Class
Linda Persall-Huber
Craig & Pat Helenbrook
In memory of Doris Croom to the General Fund
Betty Mullennix
Monday, Jan 9, 11:30 am
 Fellowship Hall
  Our program this month is David Hodgson, who will give us a program on the Clock and the Cannon during the Civil War. Bring your sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided. Come and join us!
 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.
Jan. 1, 11:00 a.m.
Happy New Year!


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. 1                                                 January 2017

A-Men Chorus
Parenting Classes
Christmas Trees for Kids
Advent Festival
Stephen Ministries
Alive in Roswell
Angel Tree
Scripture Readers
Community Baby Shower
Bibles for upcoming 3rd graders
Blessing of the Backpacks
Mother/Daughter Tea
Brown Baggers
Camp Glisson
Holy Communion
Communion Rail Offerings
Upward Soccer
Metal Club
Northbrook Cafe
Confirmation Classes
Daddy/Daughter Dance
Family Mission Trip to Murphy Harpst
Decorating for Christmas
Super Bowl Party
Drive-by Prayer
Easter Breakfast and Services
Father/Son Truck Fun
Lemonade Socials
Grace Notes Choir
Wednesday Night studies
Greeters and Ushers
Hand Bells
Alternative Christmas Shop
Sunday School for All
Living Nativity
Men’s and Women’s Bible studies
Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
Youth Ministry
Mimosa Elementary School Partnership
Summer lunch program – MUST
Lent and Holy Week Services
Mother/Son Matchbox Fun
Tuesday Morning Prayer Group
Children’s Ministry
North Fulton Community Charities
Parents’ Time Out (PTO)
Drake House
Pumpkins for missions
Great Day of Service
Red Cross
Altar Guild
Restore Banquet
Men’s Big Group
Community Bible Study
Annual Conference
Family and Youth Mission Trips
Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’
Science and Steam Camps
Easter Activities for Kids
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
Support of Missionaries
Crafting Ministry
Trunk or Treat
Men’s and Women’s Wesley Groups
Chancel Choir
Vacation Bible School
Young Adult Mondays
Free Dinner and Child Care
Our “Random Acts of Christmas” campaign during Advent was a tremendous success.  Now, what great opportunities for “togethering” we’re going to have in 2017!  All of the ministries above and more are available to you (special thanks to Northbrook member Judy Waits for compiling the bulk of the list!).  Be sure to look for your “Togethering” form beginning January 8, and return it to the church by January 29.  Let’s make 2017 a year dedicated to Encountering God, Loving Everyone, Serving the Community – Together!
                                My best for you and Christ,



January – The January Communion offering will benefit North Fulton Community Charities. NFCC assists families with basic needs such as food, rent and utilities, clothing, and adult education classes during short term emergencies.
December – The December Communion Rail benefitted The United Methodist Children’s Home. The Children’s Home works to heal children, unite families, and change lives.

Guatemala Update from Craig & Carol Hill

We have been here for 6 weeks now. We have had many blessings along with trials. Jesus told the disciples that they would have trials but he would be with them to the end of the earth. We do no regret one instant the decision to follow Christ to Guatemala. He has blessed us in so many ways since we have been here. We have found a church home in Shoreline, a church plant from Dallas, Texas. Every you meet other missionaries and Guatemalans to worship the same God. It remains me of how the church should be in many tongues and many backgrounds we can worship together.  The Adventures Guatemala team has more than welcomed us. They are our family. We pray together and worship together once a week. Beginning in January we will be adding 3 new members to our team. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for His Kingdom in Guatemala.
       Over the past 3 weeks we have been in a construction mode. We put in a new water pump, built a large deck on the roof including spiral staircase, added an event tent to the roof. Eventually we hope to be able to host racers on the roof along with the rooms. We want to give a great shout out to Lewis Poley and Mike Johnson for coming down and helping us build 54 wooden bunk beds. We saved a queen sized bed for anyone who can’t manage one of these amazing beds. We now can host pretty much any size group. With the roof we will be able to accommodate around 60 at a time.
     Tis the season with Thanksgiving and Christmas arriving to give thanks and to look forward to the birth of our Lord and Savior. We want to thank everyone who has prayed for us and supported us financially. This is God’s ministry that is being supported by you. We want to invite you to come visit and do ministry with us sometime. We hope that this season brings you and your family hope and joy.
 Mi Casa es Su Casa
(My house is your house)
Merry Christmas,
Carol and Craig


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Tours for the 2017-18 School Year
The preschool will be conducting tours on January 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and 25. Please call 770.998.6667 or send an email to
northbrookumc.com for an appointment time to come and tour our program while school is in session. Tours are by appointment only. Please share this information with anyone you know with a child who will be between 12 months and 5 years on Sept. 1, 2017.

Registration for 2017-18
Registration for 1-year-olds
Church members have the first priority for registration for our 1-year-old classes. Children should be either between the ages of 12-18 months or between 18-24 months on September 1, 2017. We have one class for 12-18 months that meets on Thursday. There are 2-day classes for 18-24 months that meet on MW and also on Tues/Fri. Registration for church member swill be on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. at the preschool office. A lottery will be used if there are more children than spaces permit.
Church member registration for 2s-5s will be Thursday, January 26 at 9:45 a.m. in Room 226. We will also be holding registration for previous parents and for public kindergarten at the same time. Church members will be registered first, then previous parents, and finally public kindergarten. A lottery will be used if there are more children than spaces permit.
Please download and complete the Student Information Form from the preschool website found on the preschool website registration page www.nortbrookumcpreschool.com and bring it with you to registration. You will be expected to pay a $125 registration fee and the first tuition payment if your child is accepted. We will do a lottery if there are more parents who show up for registration than we have spaces to accommodate.
Community registration will be Monday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 133. It will be a lottery. It isn’t necessary to show up early, but you should be in line before 5:00. If a child is accepted, the parents are expected to pay $125 registration fee and the first tuition payment. Please share this date with any friends who are not church members.

Silent Auction Coming in March 

Can you donate something? The preschool will have an on-line auction from March 13-26. You will want to check out the auction website once it is up and running to bid on wonderful items. Be thinking ahead to determine if you can donate something to the auction or if you would be willing to be a sponsor. Sponsorships can be donated by individuals or businesses. The sponsorships cover the costs associated with the auction. If you have something to donate, please contact Emily Johnson at ejohnson@northbrookumc.com. Vacation homes, special skills of something you make, an evening of babysitting, a restaurant gift card, etc. are all ideas of things that would make wonderful auction items. The proceeds from the auction will provide scholarships and some special professional development for the teachers. In addition, the funds will support the ministry of the preschool.


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.

January 15
Details TBD!
Grace Notes
January 29
12-2 pm
Meet in Temple Treats. Pick up in the adult choir room. Bring $5 for lunch.

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!
January 29      – Grace Notes Choir                12-2 p.m.
February 5      -Super Bowl Party                       6-7:30 p.m.

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:
1/1/17     New Year’s Day – One service at 11 am
1/8/17     First Sunday Night Youth of 2017
1/11/17   First Small Group of 2017
1/29/17   Youth Sunday
2/5/17     Super Bowl Party
2/10/17   Valentine’s Babysitting Fundraiser
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!

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)