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It's a New Sunday

Common Questions and Answers about the New Sunday Schedule

In May, Church Council approved new Sunday service times recommended by the Worship Service Times Task Force. To make the change as smooth as possible, here are some common questions and answers about the new Sunday schedule. If you have additional questions, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the church office at 770-394-0675.

Why are we changing times?
The Worship Service Times Task Force studied how we can support worship enhancement, the top priority of our five-year Strategic Plan. They concluded that adjusting times helps make each worship service more meaningful, gives families the opportunity to worship together, and allows the whole church to be gathered during a common Sunday School hour.

When does the new schedule begin?
Sunday, August 6, 2017

What is the new Sunday schedule?
It includes three distinct hours – two for worship and one for Sunday School.

8:45 am – Contemporary Service in the Fellowship Hall
8:45 am – Morning Prayer & Communion Service
9:55 am – Sunday School for all ages (see below for specifics on Children's Sunday School)
11:05 am – Traditional Service in the Sanctuary

What should I expect from each hour?
8:45 a.m. Contemporary Service – This one-hour worship service features our Praise Band leading contemporary Christian music. The informal atmosphere is punctuated by moving sermons and prayer. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of every month.

8:45 a.m. Morning Prayer & Communion Service in the Sanctuary – This is a liturgical worship service in the Sanctuary with morning prayer, a message, and Holy Communion each week.

9:55 a.m. Sunday School – All Adult, Youth and Children's Sunday School classes will meet for one hour. Sunday School is an integral way to grow and learn more about your faith in a small group.

11:05 a.m. Traditional Service – This one-hour worship service in the Sanctuary is led with music from the Chancel Choir. A traditional order of worship is followed and includes engaging sermons. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of every month.

Will my Adult Sunday School class room change? If so, when?
We evaluated room assignments based on the number of people on the roll, average class attendance and the needs of each class. Room assignments are as follows:

Class Room Number
Agape 245
Brand New Day 252-253
College Class Young Adult Suite, 110B
Crusaders 258-259
Early Birds 252
Enlightened Rogues Coke Room, 104
Faith Focus 244-246
Faith Quest 254
Family Focus 255-257
Friends in Christian Growth Asbury Room B, 105B
Generation Y Believe? Young Adult Suite, 110D
Gravity Young Adult Suite, 110C
Half-Time 240-242
Interpreters Asbury Room A, 105A
Late Blessings 241
New Adult Class (9/10/17) 243
Pacesetters Parlor, 215
Wing and a Prayer Women’s Activities Room

I'm not in an Adult Sunday School class. Are any classes available?
Yes! We encourage everyone to be a part of a class, and we have many different types of groups for many different types of people. Contact Mary Celeste Llaurador at 770-542-1679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Will there be somewhere to get a cup of coffee and visit with people on Sunday morning?
Yes! We encourage everyone to gather for coffee and fellowship before and after Worship and Sunday School. You'll find coffee available in our Coffee Room (Room 250) starting at 8:15 with additional stations located conveniently throughout the building.

How will the new Sunday schedule impact the Nursery and Children's programs?
Children – Age 6 months to 3 years
Starting August 6, the nursery hours are 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Children – Age 3 by 9/1/17 – Pre-K/Young Fives
8:45 am – Small group worship in the Preschool, Room 171.
9:55 am – Spark! Sunday School in the Preschool with First Look curriculum.
11:05 am – Small group worship in the Preschool, Room 171.

For more about the preschool age Children's Sunday program email Katie McCann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Children – Grades K - 5
8:45 am – Children are encouraged to worship with their family in the Contemporary Service.
9:55 am – Plugged In! Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall with a small group meeting and large group worship.
11:05 am – Children are encouraged to worship at the Traditional Service with their family. At a designated time, K-2 children may go to Foundations and Traditions in the Chapel. Children grades 3-5 will stay for the entire Traditional Service. All children stay in worship on first Sundays when Holy Communion is celebrated.

For more about the Children's Ministry contact Diane Morgan at 770-542-1671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What is available for youth during each hour?
Youth – Grade 6 - 12
8:45 am – Youth are encouraged to worship with their family.
9:55 am – Meet in the Youth Area beginning August 6. On September 10, Youth Sunday School will begin for grades 7-12 and Confirmation Classes for grade 6.
11:05 am – Youth are encouraged to worship with their family.

For more about the Youth Ministry contact Karen Bass at 770-394-0675, ext. 102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What if I have other questions?
Please email your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the church office at 770-394-0675. We will respond to your question within 2 business days. You will also be able to see an updated Q&A on the church website.

Choir Tour Registration

We are so excited for our annual Choir Tour. This June 4-10, 2017 we will be traveling to Charelston, SC and singing in every city along the way. This trip will cost $350 per person. You can register using the link below. If you have any question or concerns about the trip please contact Mark Lamback at the email above or Patricia Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are looking forward to having another amzing trip spreading the word of God through music. 

 

Click Here: https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/9400497-378402413/?OrgKey=05822fb0-5594-4d6a-88e0-2747fd644147

 

 

2017-2018 Calendar

2017-2018 PRESCHOOL CALENDAR

August

Tuesday, August 29 ~ Parents’ Night

Wednesday, August 30 ~ Meet & Greet morning for students

 

September

Monday, September 4~ No School, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5 ~ First Day of School

Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, September 14 ~ Toddlers Gentle Adjustment Schedule

Thursday, September 7~ New Family Welcome Coffee with Director

Monday, September 11 ~ EXD Begins for Threes, Fours, and K

Monday, September 18 ~ Morning Carpool Begins for Twos

Tuesday, September 26 ~ Pancakes & PJS Supper/Scholastic Book Fair

 

 

October

Dates TBD: Individual Photos, Vision Screenings

Monday, October 2~ 2s Lunch Bunch begins

Tuesday, October 3~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD; noon dismissal for all; Staff Meeting/Training

Thursday-Monday, October 5-9 ~ No School, DeKalb County Schools Closed

Thursday, October 19~ Parent Education with Brenda Fitzgerald

Wednesday, October 25 ~ Conference Day; No School for Infants, Toddlers & MWF 2s

Thursday, October 26~ Conference Day; No School for Any Students

Tuesday October 31 ~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD & noon dismissal for all, Staff meeting

 

November

                Dates TBD: Speech Screenings

Tuesday, November 7 No School, Dekalb County Schools Closed;

Friday, November 10 ~ No School; Dunwoody UMC Holiday Festival

Monday-Friday, November 20-24 ~ No School; Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27 ~ Winter Enrichment classes begin

 

December

Tuesday, December 12 ~ Last Day Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, December 13 ~ Threes Christmas Program; Noon Dismissal for ALL; Teacher Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 14~ Fours and K Christmas Program; Noon Dismissal for ALL

Friday, December 15 ~ Noon Dismissal for ALL; Last Day First Semester

Monday - Wednesday, December 18 – January 3 ~ Christmas Break

 

January

Wednesday, January 3~ No School-Teacher Workday & Staff Meeting

Thursday, January 4 ~ Second Semester Begins; Lunch Bunch/EXD Resumes

Friday, January 12 ~ 2018-2019 Registration Forms due for currently enrolled families

Monday, January 15 ~ No School; MLK Jr. Holiday

Thursday, January 18~ 2018-2019 Registration for New Families

 

 

February

                Dates TBD: Class Pictures

Tuesday, February 6 ~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD; noon dismissal for all; Staff Meeting

Wednesday, February 14 ~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD & noon dismissal for all

Friday, February 16 ~ No School; DeKalb County Schools Closed

Monday, February 19 ~ No School; DeKalb County Schools Closed

Monday, February 26 ~ Spring Enrichment classes begin

Monday-Friday, February 26-March 2 ~ Teacher Appreciation Week

 

March

Tuesday, March 6~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD; Staff Meeting; K Early Release

Friday, March 9 ~ No School; DeKalb County Schools Closed

Wednesday, March 21 ~ Conference Day; No School for Infants, Toddlers & MWF 2s

Thursday, March 22~ Conference Day; No School for Any Students

Friday, March 30 ~ No School- Good Friday

 

April

Monday-Friday, April 2-6 ~ No School; Spring Break

Sunday, April 22 ~ Ice Cream Social

 

May

Tuesday, May 1 ~ Tuition Payment 1 Due for 2018-2019 School Year

Tuesday, May 1 ~ No Lunch Bunch/EXD; K Early Release; Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 ~ Last Day of Lunch Bunch/EXD

Wednesday, May 16~ Noon Dismissal for ALL; Threes End of Year Program; Teacher Luncheon

Thursday, May 17 ~ Noon Dismissal for ALL; Fours/Kindergarten End of Year Program; Last day of School

Friday, May 18 ~ Post Planning; Teacher Workday

 

A Vision with Flesh and Bones!

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One year ago, DUMC adopted our vision "to be a dynamic Christian community of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ." Last spring we adopted a five-year strategic plan that began September 1, 2016, and puts flesh and bones on that vision.

Several of the 112 strategic plan initiatives can be grouped together as "Enhanced Worship." While enhanced worship is a part of our strategic plan, it is always on the radar screen of our church's leadership. For example, over the last three years much energy and effort has gone into enhancing our contemporary worship service, and we have seen dynamic results.

One aspect of our strategic focus on enhanced worship deals with our traditional worship services – specifically with the possibility of moving the Chancel Choir and organ from the balcony into the chancel area.

Over the last several months, this has been discussed with the Leadership Roundtable, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Organ Committee, the Choir, the Board of Trustees, and the Committee of 100. Each has given overwhelming support to explore this possibility.

At Monday night's Church Council meeting, the Board of Trustees made a motion to form a building committee to study moving the Chancel Choir and organ to the chancel area of the sanctuary. The motion was unanimously approved

This is the first of many steps before any final decisions are made. The Nominations Committee needs to nominate members for the Building Committee. The Building Committee will meet and report their recommendations back to the Church Council. Should the church choose to move forward at that time, a capital campaign will be conducted and final approval must be given by the Charge / Church Conference.

It's an exciting time in our church as we consider this and other initiatives approved by our Church Council as part of the Strategic Plan. As your pastor, I ask you to keep the Church Council and leadership of our church in your prayers as we seek to be faithful to the Christ who stands out ahead of us saying, "Follow me."

Your Pastor,

Dan

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Worship Times

Contemporary Service
8:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall

Morning Prayer & Communion Service
8:45 a.m. Sanctuary

Traditional Service
11:05 a.m. Sanctuary

Contact Information

Dunwoody UMC
1548 Mt. Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA. 30338
770-394-0675
770-394-8492 FAX
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