St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Marietta will continue to celebrate 50 years of doing the Lord’s work this spring, with special Homecoming festivities on April 29, 2012, and an old-fashioned revival during the first week of May.
“On Sunday, April 29, 2012, St. Andrew will welcome former St. Andrew Pastor Dr. Gerald Thurman to deliver our message on the 50th anniversary of the church’s original worship services,” said Rev. Mack Riley, senior pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. “After serving as pastor here at St. Andrew in the 1980s, Rev. Thurman went on to serve other churches and retired as District Superintendent of Gainesville District.”
“St. Andrew will host only one service that morning, beginning at 10 a.m.,” said Rev. Angie Crummie, associate pastor. “We will then keep the celebration going with a special 50th anniversary dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m.”
The cost of the Homecoming Dinner will be $6 for adults and $3 for children. The church welcomes everyone who wants to join congregation members for the dinner, but reservations must be made by calling the church office at (770) 926-3488 by noon on Friday, April 27. The reservation deadline is necessary to ensure that St. Andrew’s food preparation team has time enough to make adequate preparations to feed everyone.
“Beginning on Sunday, May 6, St. Andrew will continue its 50th anniversary celebration with an old-fashion revival featuring evangelist Rev. Tom Atkins. Rev. Atkins will deliver the message at all three services on Sunday (8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.), as well as at evening services Sunday through Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. each night.
“We’re confident that everyone who hears Rev. Atkins messages at the revival will get a great deal out of it,” Rev. Riley said.
Church founders chose the name St. Andrew because the apostle Andrew is considered a “do-er,” doing the work of the Lord. The first sanctuary, completed in 1964, is now our Community Room. The Education Building opened in 1973, the present sanctuary was built in 1986, and our Keheley Center opened in 1999.
Today, our church family has grown to include more than 350 families dedicated to doing the work of the Lord. Church members accomplish this through various ministries in which we hope all members of our congregation will become involved. These ministries include Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives, wellness ministries, the Appalachia Service Project, the Andrew Christian School in Haiti, and ministries for men, women, children, youth, and seniors.
“We believe that every single person who we have the pleasure of welcoming into our church has a talent that is theirs through the grace of God,” Riley said. “We strive to help people discover and cultivate that talent in ways that glorify Him.”
“We welcome everyone who wishes to become part of our church family and help us accomplish our mission,” Crummie said. “Whether a person wishes to serve on a church committee, volunteer to help beautify the sanctuary, work with the children or youth, or sing in the choir, we value each individual and look forward to embracing more members of our community into our church family.”
St. Andrew UMC’s congregation includes residents of Marietta, Kennesaw, and other communities in northern Cobb County, as well as residents of Woodstock, Towne Lake, and other communities in southern Cherokee County.
St. Andrew UMC’s Mission statement is: “St. Andrew United Methodist Church strives to be a family of caring, nurturing followers of Jesus Christ welcoming all those seeking to know and grow in God's service.”