United Methodist Men

We welcome all men to come share in fellowship each Wednesday night at Eatonton First United Methodist Church. We meet in The Great Hall at 6:30 pm and will promise to have you out of there at 7:30 pm on the dot.

Please explore all of the opportunities we have for you to plug into our group and make a difference not only in your own life but also in the lives of everyone around you.  Our men’s group is one that you can speak as much as you like or not speak at all.  We welcome everyone and will never put you on the spot or embarrass anyone.

Maybe you are not a biblical scholar well neither are we.  We are just a few men that are interested in learning more about God’s word and have come to the realization that we are not meant to live life alone.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 tells us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

That’s what this group of guys is all about.  We’re here for each other.  If that sounds like something you want to learn more about, don’t hold back.  We’ll see you this Wednesday.

Bacon, Eggs and Jesus

On Friday mornings we meet at the Waffle House at Lake Oconee/Harmony Crossing at 8 am for a time of prayer, food, and fellowship. Come and eat; we’re casual. Stay as long as you like.

Getting Back to Basics

The Very Basic Bible Basics class is going on now.  They meet on Tuesday nights, 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women, or UMW, is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

The 2018 UMW General Officers were installed in December 2017.  They held their first meeting for 2018 on Monday 2/5/2018. New officers pictured are as follows (left-right): 

Linda Moore-President

Ann Tyson-Secretary

Brenda Manley-Treasurer

Linda Baker-Spiritual Growth 

Carolyn Hawkins-Outreach & Night Circle Chair

Carolyn Dex-Social Action

Gerrye Jenkins-Historian Chair

Becky Stuart-Local Church Activities Chair

Ann Van Houten-Mother’s Day Bulletin Chair

Elizabeth Nipper  


Not pictured: Susan Fuller-Vice President; Ann McLeroy-Program Resources; Cindy Willis-Membership; Dot Shaw-Memorials Chair; Linda Elkins-Nominating Committee Chair; Lynn Gary-Publicity & Day Circle Chair; Mona Betzel-Publicity.

All women attending Eatonton First United Methodist Church are invited to participate in UMW.  Please contact any of the 2018 officers for more information, or attend either the Day Circle or Night Circle meeting.  Information about both Circles is listed below.

Prayer Team

How It Began

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry at Eatonton First began in August 2010.  After two Wednesday night Bible studies in 2009, several participants were convicted by the Holy Spirit that Eatonton First needed a prayer room.  Here, an individual may come in quiet to the Lord to bring to God, through Jesus Christ and the help of the Holy Spirit, the praises and concerns of our congregation, our community, our nation, and the world by the prayers of individuals and groups.


The prayer room of Eatonton First is located in the Taliaferro House (the white house on the corner of Madison Avenue and Magnolia Street).

How To Join

There are two sessions per year for volunteers to sign up for one hour a week in the prayer room.  Sign ups typically take place in August and January.  However, if you’re interested in signing up at other points of the year, we would be happy to plug you into a weekly time slot. Although not part of the two sessions, prayer warriors may choose to continue their time slot during the summer months.

How Prayer Requests Are Received

There are two ways to send a prayer request to the prayer room.

  1. While attending Sunday morning worship, you may fill out a prayer request card (located on the back of pews/chairs) and return it to the offering plate.

  2. You may also call the church office at 706.485.5871.


The requests will then be typed up and delivered to the prayer room once a week.

Sunday School


Robinson – Dance Class

This robust class of mainly retired folks meets in the classroom behind the Upper Room.  It is taught by Ted and Gerrye Jenkins, who alternate presenting the Cokesbury New International weekly lesson.  This lively group enjoys discussion and gets together for Christmas parties and other social events. Robinson-Dance is one of the larger adult Sunday School classes.

The Seekers: Johnny Harrell Class

Johnny facilitates the weekly meeting in the parlor of the Taliaferro House.  They are a Spirit-led Bible study class comprised of all ages who engage in in-depth discussion about the Bible.  They usually choose a book of the Bible and spend whatever time it takes to study completely through the book. They take time for prayer for needs of class members and the community.  They are very informal and would love to have new members.

Dickey-Douglass Class

This small group is led by Karen Williamson and meets in the dining room of the Taliaferro House to have a presentation and in-depth discussion of areas of interest determined by the group.

Gleaners (aka the Harry Hudson class)

Led alternately by Harry Hudson, Marty Phillips and Chris Huskins, this class meets under the Historic Sanctuary.  It is a large group of young adults and middle-age folks who enjoy studies and lively discussion of the Cokesbury New International lesson.

ANEW: A Never Ending Walk

This large group selects a variety of Bible-centered books to study for 6-10 week periods.  The teaching rotates weekly as numerous class members volunteer to teach a lesson. Studies have been on books of the Bible (recently Genesis) and other topics e.g. prayer, leadership characteristics of figures in the Bible and the nature of sin.  Active discussion is always a part of this class. The ANEW class has several social events and is comprised of mostly retired folks. They meet on the second floor of the Bauman Annex.

GIFT: Growing In Faith Together

Lessons have been DVD based studies by well- known Christian teachers e.g. Max Lucado, David Jeremiah, and Margaret Feinberg.   The presentation is followed by open discussion which relates current events to relevant Scriptures. The facilitators for the class are Bob Betzel and Tim Nipper.  This group of young –middle age folks meets in the old choir room, under the historic Sanctuary beside the playground.