Just Thinking... Life Verses

Dana Everhart


There was a period of time, not to long ago, that everyone was discovering their "life verses" from the scriptures. Everyone I knew in the church, both clergy and laity, were coming up with a verse of scripture that directed their life or talked about their life.  I jumped on the band wagon and searched the scriptures, andI came up with mine so as to not be left out. Joshua 29:11 became the verse I hung my life upon. It fit me well, and it did express my understanding of God's love, direction, ...

Just Thinking... Big Hearts


Just Thinking ... "A man with a big heart!" I heard this phrase over and over from those who came to witness to the life and ministry of Jeff Johnson. No, Jeff was not clergy, even though he studied at Candler School of Theology. Jeff was a lawyer and an excellent layperson at Briarcliff United Methodist Church. He was the person I was priviliged to work closest to as we continued to look for a future for Briarcliff. I can confirm for you that his heart was large and full of love for ...

Just Thinking... about Sharing


Just Thinking ... The third part of our Vision statement as a district lifts up the aspect of sharing. We believe that one of the best ways to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ is through our sharing.  This sharing takes on many forms.  We are encouraged to share our witness with others so that they, too, might know the saving love of Christ. We are asked to share our talents and gifts so that each congregation and the district as a whole will be poised to offer a relationship to all people. ...

Just Thinking... A "Can't Miss" Invitation

Dana Everhart


You are cordially invited to attend the  Service of Installation  for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on Sunday, September 18th  at 4:00 PM   The Service of Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference will be held Sunday, September 18th, at 4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta.  You are encouraged to attend this historic event which also marks the installation of the first female Bishop to serve as the episcopal leader of the North Georgia ...

Just Thinking... about Excellence in Worship

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Worship is still one of the chief portals for guests to enter the faith community, and it is for this reason we will be encouraging all pastors, lay leaders, worship leaders, musicans, greeters, ushers, and all others to make sure that, in the Atlanta Emory District, our worship is done with excellence. We vow to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ through our Worship as a district. It is not news to any of you that this one hour can be the make-or-break of whether a guest will...

Just Thinking... Exciting Days Ahead

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Time stands still for no one, not even the Church of Jesus Christ. Ours is a faith that continues to move forward, that continues to change shape and scope. Our faith is called to grow and develop into a perfected faith.  Over the last 5 years we have been blessed to study Bishop Robert Schnase' book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. This is our last year as we conclude with the final chapter, "Extravagant Generosity." Our Cell Group Charge Conferences and our ...

Just Thinking... Answers to Prayers

Dana Everhart


God answers the prayers of a sinful person. Even when we fail God, God is faithful to us. The sin of despair, anger, self-pity, and negitivity had taken hold of me pretty good. Yes, I still prayed, reading my Upper Room and Jesus Calling with Dale Smith each day. I also read the scriptures of the Moravian Daily Text and prayed through my prayer beads, but it all felt empty. Still I prayed for God's intervention in my life and ministry as I faced this sixth year as a DS.  I stumbled across a ...

Just Thinking.... about Family

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... I want to thank each of you for the prayers offered up on my behalf when I shared that I had to travel to Florida for an emergancy family issue. Knowing that you were back here praying for me meant the world to me, and it helped me get through a most difficult time.  Many of you know that I was adopted at birth and raised in a home where abuse, both physical and verbal, were the norm. I had been told from my earliest memories that I was adopted and that I had not been wanted ...

Just Thinking .... Starting Another Year Together

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking  ... On June 16th, I began my sixth year as your Superintendent. I remember the joy and excitement I had as I started. I remember the holy moment of being installed as your Superintendent at Oak Grove UMC. I remember that first week, wondering, "What do I do now?" I remember the first email and the first phone call, and so it began. Now after 46 moves, 5 Set-Up meetings, 6 District Conferences, untold dCOM meetings, and the welcoming of Global Ministries and the United Methodist ...

Just Thinking... Rainy Days and Mondays

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking  -  Rainy Days & Mondays I grew up in era when the music was not always easy to understand or even simply to feel. I know I am old, because I have become like my parents as they said my music was too loud and that they could not understand it; this is now how I respond to the music of the younger generation. I'm no rapper, no hip hopper, and no fan of heavy metal. (Is that even still a type of music?) Yes, I'm a Carpenter's kind of man.  In the 70s Karen and Richard Carpenter ...

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