Church Spotlight: Cumming First UMC


District: Gainesville
Address:  770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA  30040
Mailing: P.O. Box 606, Cumming, GA  30028
Senior Pastor:  John L. Cromartie, Jr.
Associate Pastors: Ken Hagler, Kathie Stasko, Hispanic Minister: Eduardo Stevens-González
Sunday Services:  8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional, 9:51 a.m. contemporary, 1:30 p.m. Servicio en español
History: Cumming First UMC began as a mission in the early 1800s. The church purchased its first site in 1832 from the town of Cumming.  From that start with a handful of families in a log cabin near the square in Cumming, CFUMC has grown through five sites to our present location and is the church home to more than 3,300 people.
What we do: You can recognize Cumming First UMC by our services and our service.  Our worship services, no matter the style, are dedicated to helping each person grow in his or her relationship to God through praise, worship, study, and reflection.  From that starting point, we as a church go into the larger community in service.  We have a dynamic UMW that supports its members through spiritual growth and leadership opportunities, and supports women and children’s missions locally, district wide, and worldwide through its programming and semi-annual consignment sale.  Our mission outreach works locally through our food pantry and within our Hispanic community, nationally in Henderson Settlement in Appalachia, and internationally in Honduras, Ecuador, and with our overseas military members among other areas.   Our children’s programming is bursting at the seams and is constantly busy. With our weekday preschool program, Upward Sports program, Scouting,  “More than Sunday School,” children’s choirs, and a variety of summer camps, the halls are always filled with the sounds of children laughing, learning, and growing in their faith. 
Each year during Lent, our One Great Day of Service [3/24/2012] takes us out to work on projects not only into the Cumming area, but as far north as Camp Glisson and as far south as St. Francis’ Table in Atlanta.  On Thanksgiving, we also open our doors to all who are hungry or have need of community to share in our Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  We offer other opportunities and groups to serve or grow, such as Stephen Ministry, Walk to Emmaus, grief support, Rainbows, Bible Studies and other small groups.
 Our largest service area by far, however, is our Intercessory Prayer Ministry.  Each week, a group of dedicated intercessors reviews each prayer request, then sends those on to our more than 400-person intercessory prayer team.  Our intercessors not only pray for others, but they also send hand-written notes of encouragement to those on our prayer list.  This ministry has touched more than just the lives of those in this church and has reached around the globe.  It also currently is being used as a model for other churches to build their own prayer ministries.
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