Church spotlight: Faith UMC / Cartersville


District: Northwest
Address: 501 Grassdale Road, Cartersville, GA 30121
Pastor: Rev. Charlie Marus
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (blended service of worship and celebration)
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Mission statement: “Honoring God, Sharing Christ, and Serving Others.”
History: Faith United Methodist Church (formerly Atco Methodist Church) was established in 1922 by a small group of Christians who saw a need for a Methodist Church in the American Textile Company (Atco) Village near Cartersville. For more than 30 years, Methodist and Baptist congregations shared facilities. As both congregations grew so did the need for separate facilities, and the Methodists built a new church on the corner of Goodyear Avenue and Cassville Road. The first worship service was held in the new church on Easter Sunday, 1953.
     During the next 45 years, the church ministered to an ever-expanding community. In 1962, when Atco Village was incorporated into the city of Cartersville, the church was renamed Faith Methodist Church. It became Faith United Methodist Church when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. The church took a major step forward in faith in the mid-1990’s when land was purchased and new facilities were later built at 501 Grassdale Road. Dedication service was Nov. 7, 1999.
 What we do: The church has a long history of service and study in the Wesleyan tradition – in other words, our teaching is Bible based, our fellowship is genuine, and we live our faith outside the four walls of a building.
Faith UMC is a strong presence in the community. The church hosts several family oriented outreach events each year, including Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, Trunk & Treat, Christmas and Easter events, and even Football Tailgate lunch.  We always seek to offer a fun family experience, and always with the love of Christ. Perhaps our most far reaching ministry is our ‘Manna Pantry’ and commodities food ministry. Operating from a single modular building on our campus, each week this totally volunteer led group gives food and hope to hundreds of hungry people in our community. Last year Faith UMC fed over 4,500 people, and we are on track to serve even more than that in 2012.