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Our prayer is that you will be blessed and strengthened by the power of God and that you will find hope, love and encouragement through these pages.  Collins Memorial is not just a church.  It is a community of believers joining together to declare the glory of God by serving our community through worship and service.  We know life is hard and that we need each other to help and encourage us along the way.  So, we study the Word of God, work side by side to practice what we have learned and in the process grow in fellowship with one another.  And, we have found when we do we live richer, fuller more joyful lives.    May the Lord bless you as richly as He has blessed us!
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I am glad you have found our website.  We are warm traditional church with strong family values.  We are a diverse congregation representing the many faces of our community, young and old, black white, and wealthy and those just getting by.  We are united, though, in our deserve to worship and serve God.

We invite you to get to know us better through these pages.  Please feel free to come and visit with us anytime for our 11AM for Worship Service and 9:45 for Sunday School.  Dress comfortably.  All are welcomed.
If I can be of any assistance to you please feel free to contact me at (404) 316-4146 or by email at
In His Service,
Rev. Theresa Coleman
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 Sundays:  9:45 Sunday School (all ages)  11:00 AM  Worship
Traditional worship isn’t old, outdated, or dead.  At Collins Memorial United Methodist Church traditional worship brings new life for the church and the individual.  We celebrate Christ and His work in today’s world every Sunday,  using hymns, choral anthems, liturgy, community prayers and relevant preaching as we come together to lift our voices to honor God.  We utilize the discipline and history of faith to draw us deeper into a relationship with the LIVING present God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  
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Prayer is an important element of our traditional worship.  We would be honored to pray for you.  If you have a prayer requests, please submit it on the following form and know we will be praying for you.  

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Children and Youth  Ministry
2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth,
unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
Matthew 18:2-5 (NIV)
Transportation for children is available in some areas. 
Please contact the church office to arrange for pick up.  404-794-5842
Collins Memorial Food Pantry
“Feeding the Body and Souls of Northwest Atlanta”
Founded in 2009 by a few faithful souls, our first food distribution was to 14 families representing approximately 100 people.
In 2018, Collins Memorial distributed 1.8 million meals.  
Who is eligible to receive assistance?    Anyone who lives in the 30318 zip code can receive food.  Or anyone over the age of 65 no matter where they live can receive assistance. 
What must you bring with you?  Photo ID and proof of residence. 
What will I receive?  Food items vary each distribution. 
Wednesday Distribution
Dates  for  2019
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
Wednesday SCHEDULE will resume in
8:00 AM Distribution of Numbers
8:30 AM Worship on the Lawn
9:00 AM  – 1:00 PM  Food Distribution
You can help support the Food Pantry by making a donation online today!


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Total Amount:
Food Distribution will be limited to 500 persons maximum per week.  Numbers will be given to those with proper ID beginning at 8:00 AM.  Your number will show an assigned time for you to return for food.  Please do not enter the parking lot or Church grounds prior to 6 AM. 
Collins Food Pantry is run entirely by Christian volunteers.
Collins Memorial UMC is a Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco and Weapons Free environment.  If you are found using or under the influence, you will be asked to leave the Church grounds immediately. 
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I’ll Do It

Perhaps you have seen the new viral video of six-year-old Jordan Warrick’s baptism at a church in Louisville, Kentucky.  Standing in the baptismal pool with the greatest of pomp and circumstance the Pastor declares “By the profession of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  I now baptize you in the name of the Father and the…”  But before the pastor can finish the words young Jordan cries out …


Doctor Crowe

Doctor Crowe

You may not have heard but I have decided to become a doctor.  In three short years I will be Doctor Reverend Mother (at least that’s what my kids say my title will be.)  I am currently taking classes through Emory University Candler School of Theology.  Yes, that is a Doctor of Ministry not a Doctorate of Medicine. 

It has been thirteen years since I co …


How Hot Was It?

How Hot Was It?…

 It was so hot….

            Chicken were laying hard boiled eggs

            Birds were using pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.

            And, Satan decided to take the day o …




2 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.


Tuesday evening, I ran home for a couple of minutes to eat dinner before choir.  Gene, “Did you go pick up the prescription and get the milk today?”  Me:  “No, sorry,  I just keep forgetting.  I know you asked me several days ago.   I will be sure to do it after choir.”  Gene, “Okay, great,  thanks sweetheart you are amazing,” (okay, maybe I embellished that a little bit).

At dinner:  Misty:   “Mom, did you remember to get the spiral notebooks I needed?”  Me:  “Ummmm, I, uh, yeah, I plan on getting them when I go to get the prescriptions and milk after choir.”

Choir is over.  Whew, what a day, 7:3 0Pm.  I grab a drink and drop into the recliner.  Gene:  “Weren’t you going to go to the store tonight?” Me:  “Oh yeah, I am on my way.”  Grocery store run done, prescription picked up- check.”  9:30 pm, yay, got it all done!  Whoo hoo.

Wednesday morning, 6:30 AM. Misty:  “Mom, did you get my notebooks?”  Me:  “Darn, I knew I forgot something!”  “Mommmmm, I have to have one today and you have been saying you would pick them up but you keep forgetting. ”   Did you know the Family Dollar store doesn’t open until 8 AM and that Race Track and the quickie stores around here don’t care spiral notebooks?  Sigh.  As Gene would say, apparently my “forgetter” is working really well right now. 


Sheetrock Dust and Yeast

There is an avalanche of controlled chaos happening this week around the church.  In only two weeks we move back into the sanctuary to celebrate and rededicate our building to the glory of God.  Leo and his construction crew are putting the finishing touches on the building and rebuilding the ramp.  Paving crews are pouring cement.  The sound system is being reinstalled.  Cleaning crews are desperately trying to rid the church of all the buildup of sheetrock dust that has permeated EVERYTHING!

This morning in anticipation of the installation of the sound system.  Jesse and I were cleaning out the sounds room.  I was dressed appropriately and prepared to get dirty.  But as I sit here and type I am keenly aware of sheetrock dust in practically every crease and wrinkle of my body.

If you have ever been through a renovation you know sheetrock dust is worse than a whole herd of dust bunnies.  Nothing is safe from it.  It gets into every nook and cranny.  Unfortunately, most of my clergy robes were not protected by the onslaught of construction so I was going through them trying to decide which ones needed to go to the cleaners, when I came across one in a garment bag.  I thought at least one won’t have to be cleaned.  Wrong!  Even inside the zipped up garment bag there was an accumulation of enough sheetrock you could have plastered the whole wall.


The Shape I Am In

Now you may not have noticed but I am just a little bit over weight… well all right I am a lot over weight.  But I don’t understand why?  Good grief, I must do a thousand  crunches everyday as I bend over pick up toys.  I lift weights, I carry a really big Bible and Gene is always telling me my purse weighs a ton.  And can I run?  I am running after my kids all the time but still  I am slightly larger than a size three.  And I can’t figure it out that is I couldn’t figure it out until recently when I was reading another minister’s newsletter.  It went like this:


“And God populated the earth with green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so man and woman would live long and healthy lives.  And Satan created McDonalds.  And McDonalds brought forth the 99-cent double cheeseburger.  And Satan said to man,  ‘You want fries with that?’ and Man said, ‘Super-size them.’ And man gained pounds.   And God created the healthy  yogurt.  And Satan brought forth chocolate.  And woman gained pounds.  And God said, “I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.  And Satan brought forth chicken fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And man gained pounds and his cholesterol went through the roof. 


A Game of Tug of War

We have two new dogs, yes, two.  I know I am obviously missing a few brain cells.  Anyways, Samson and Goliath have come to live with us.  Samson is a little four pound Yorkie with extra-long legs.  He is not much bigger than a squirrel.  Goliath is a ”papdachiwennie,” a Papillion-Chihuahua-Dachshund, which is just a fancy way of saying he is a mutt with really short legs.  He weighs about 9 pounds.  Despite their size they are fully grown adult dogs. They are not going to get any bigger; however, nobody told them they are little mutts.  They think they are royalty in our house.

These two adorable pounds of wet tongues and hair have wiggled their ways into our hearts.  Their food is hand mixed to their delight every morning and night.  They lay around all day lounging in the warmth of the sun.  They expect and demand your attention and we willingly give it to them. 

If we sit down the next thing you know one or both of them will soon follow wriggling their little bodies in beside you on the chair.  It is amazing how much space their little bodies take up.  Gene will be squeezed over into a few inches of his recliner while they are stretched out beside him with their feet up in the air reclining and basking in the glory of his attention. 


A Little Stinker at Christmas

My father was a quiet man of faith.  His father was a preacher.  Two of his brothers became preachers.  He even felt at one time the calling into ministry.  He and I didn’t talk theology or even ruminate over scripture very often; but, I knew he loved the Lord.  He was a Superintendent of his Sunday School department.  He would lead singing at Wednesday Night Prayer meeting and would t …


“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

Sam Walter Foss addresses the proper way to pray in his poem, “The Prayer of Cyrus Brown”:
“The proper way for a man to pray,”
Said Deacon Lemuel Keys,
“And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees.”

“No I should say the way to pray,”
Said Reverend Doctor Wise,
“Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no,” Said Elder Slow,
“Such posture is too proud:
A Man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed.”

“It seems to me his hand should be
Austerely clasped in front,
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,”
Said Reverend Doctor Blunt.


Do You Believe in Prayer?

2″ If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

 Jesus did.  He modeled prayer.  He practiced prayer.  He prayed with others and he prayed alone.  If he needed to pray, we need to pray.  If he needed time alone with God, we need …



Office Hours: Monday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and by appointment.
Church Location & Address:  2220 Bolton Road NW
Atlanta, GA  30318
Telephone: 404-794-5842


If the case of death or emergency please contact our Senior Pastor.
  • Rev. Theresa Coleman 404-316-4146


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