Powder Springs UMC Welcomes The Potters House Congregation into Membership


May 21 was a special day in the life of Powder Springs First UMC. The members of The Potter's House, a Hispanic congregation that has rented the Power Springs UMC chapel, became United Methodists. 

After three years of building friendships and doing ministry together, 41 new persons were received into the membership of Power Springs First UMC. The church worshipped in both English and Spanish on Sunday with the congregation singing praise songs in both languages. 

"Since The Potter's House started renting the chapel three years ago, it has been a wonderful partnership," said Rev. Roger Vest, pastor of Powder Springs First. "Our children have participated in Vacation Bible School together, we have had meals together, we have held multi-lingual sunrise services, and we are planning a joint mission trip to Colima, Mexico in July."

About 18 months ago, Pastor Roberto Martinez and Vest began discussing what it would take for Martinez to become a United Methodist pastor.

"He and his wife Martha joined Powder Springs First UMC last May and, now that he has been a member for a year, we will begin working through the candidacy process," said Vest. 

Those discussions between Vest and Martinez eventually led the congregations to decide to join their ministries.

"Sunday was simply incredible," said Vest. "We are very excited about what the future holds and, as I said Sunday, Powder Springs First UMC now looks more like our community and Potter's House ministry adds so much to our ministry. God is surely smiling."

At the close of the service, Rev. Dr. Juan Quintanilla, Associate Director of Church Development, prayed a special blessing over the new congregation as everyone in attendance held hands.