Atlanta Decatur Oxford District








“A woman is like a teabag –she never knows how strong she is until she is in hot water” (quote by Eleanor Roosevelt)

Guest Speaker: Patsy Thomas, SEJ United Methodist Women Officer


Saturday, March 11, 2017      Mountain Park United Methodist Church 10:00 am


The North Georgia Conference has had many “hot water” occasions with disasters lately, and we are asking participants to bring items from the attached UMCOR Health Kit list.  We will use these items for our District UBUNTU Day in April when we gather to make the kits.

This event is for all ages and is a way to fellowship with the women who are important in your life while encouraging membership in our wonderful organization.

There will be prizes for:  1. the church with the most members present; 2. the family with the most members present; 3. the oldest and youngest attendees; 4. the church with the most hatted members; 5. the family with the most generations present, and 6. everyone bringing a non-UMW guest.

To make reservations for the tea, please go to

Early Response Team (ERT) Training
An Early Response Team (ERT) is a self-contained team that enters a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials. ERTs provide emergency repairs and/or assistance to help people be safe, sanitary and secure until insurance and other help are available.
United Methodist ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. Teams are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the North Georgia Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement with emergency management to get help where it is needed most after a disaster. 

ERTs are taught the types, phases and levels of disaster as well as the unique role and purpose of "early response". Training also includes team leadership, team needs and equipment, spiritual and emotional care, faith-based disaster response, chainsaw safety, how to tarp roofs safely and how we coordinate with UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).
This one-day training focuses on helping individuals develop the skills needed to serve on an Early Response Team. During an ERT call out, teams are put together based on the availability of trained individuals to serve. Since everyone is trained to the same standard, ERTs are typically made up of volunteers from several churches.

Attendees receive a disaster response manual and certification credentials identifying them as Early Responders for the North Georgia Annual Conference and UMCOR. A background check is required. 
To register for the event, please contact Claudia Minge at Covington First United Methodist Church at 770-786-7305 or, by Friday, March 17th, 2017.
The cost of the event is $18.00 which covers the expense of the disaster response manual, refreshments and a box lunch. If you have dietary restrictions please indicate this as you register. Checks should be made payable to Covington First UMC.
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
8:30 am    Check In and Refreshments
9:00 am    Training Begins
12 noon    Lunch, Fellowship and Conversation
3:00 pm    Dismissal

Covington First United Methodist Church
1113 Conyers St.
Covington, Georgia 30014


ADOX Lay Servant Ministries March 2017

The Spring Session of the 2017 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for three weeks during the month of March (7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23). The classes will be held from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at Columbia United Methodist Church, 2067 Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30032 and includes a Basic and two advanced classes.

The dedication service for this session will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Course descriptions:
Lay Servant BASIC Course --This class requires a letter of recommendation from the pastor. This course is the foundation for all the other texts in the Learning and Leading series for lay servants. In this course, students are encouraged to recognize and employ personal spiritual gifts for the church in order to use them as God fully intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and outlines a number of ministries in which you as lay servants may assume roles.

God’s Mission Our Journey --This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts-- This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it is to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)

Important: Please register by March 1 using one of the following ways: 1. Sending to email address: and include name, address, phone number(s), district and home church and send registration fee to Atlanta Decatur Oxford District, Attn: Lay Servant Ministries, 1000 Main Street, Suite C, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 or 2. Mail all of the information above along with your registration fee to Atlanta Decatur Oxford District, Attn: Lay Servant Ministries, 1000 Main Street, Suite C, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Cost: $40.00 Note: Please make all checks payable in the amount of $40.00 per participant to ADOX District (Please include the class your are taking in the Memo field. For example: Memo: Leading Worship).

Feel free to contact me directly at if you have questions or need additional information or assistance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Debora Constable
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries



The Annual Homeless Offering is February 26

The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council awards capital and operational grants to ministries throughout North Georgia who are working to alleviate poverty and homelessness in their communities. These grants are made possible by your contributions to the Homeless Offering, collected each February across the  conference. 100% of the offering goes to support programs that serve persons experiencing poverty. These ministries include housing programs, food pantries, Habitat for Humanity builds, and many others. Your contribution to the offering allows you to make a difference in the life of someone in need.  We thank you for your support! 





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District Superintendent

Coy Hinton
(770) 879-9016
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Administrative Assistant

Renee Farrar
(770) 879-9016

Contact Information

1000 Main Street, Suite C
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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