Mission u, the mission education event of the North Georgia Conference, will take place July 18-19 at Athens First UMC. The annual event is co-sponsored by the conference United Methodist Women and the conference Missions/Global Ministries team
Three topics will be explored over the two-day period: a spiritual growth study, "How is it with your Soul?"; a geographic study on the "Roma of Europe"; and an issues study on "The Church and People with Disabilities."
Something new this year will be an optional fellowship event during the evening of July 17 at Princeton UMC in Athens.
Mission u will begin the next day with a worship service with the Rev. Ken Hagler, associate pastor of Cumming First UMC, preaching. Two class sessions will be held July 18 and two July 19 before a closing Communion service.
"How is it with your Soul" will be offered in English, Korean and Spanish languages for adults. "The Church and People with Disabilities" will include adult, children and youth classes. An adult study also will be offered on the "Roma of Europe."
The purpose of Mission u is not only to inform United Methodists about current topics but also spur them to become more actively involved in mission efforts, not only around these topics but mission activities overall. Thus the reason for the "u" (you) in Mission u -- it's about motivating each individual to be more involved in mission.
"How is it with your Soul?" will be taught by Marian Kim, Mary Anne Brannon and Sara Worden, all long-time leaders in United Methodist Women; the Rev. Brett DeHart, chair of the Missions/Global Ministries Team of the North Georgia Conference and pastor of Boynton UMC in Ringgold, Ga.; and the Rev. Juan Quintanilla, who serves in Hispanic ministries with the conference New Church Development office. This study will look at four facets of Christian life -- praying, learning, mentoring and transforming.
For the second year, the class on the Roma will be taught by the Rev. Eric Powell, pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC in Covington. The Roma are a group many in America know little about but they are a very marginalized and persecuted minority in Europe. This class also will explore how the United Methodist Church is in mission and ministry with the Roma.
The adult class on the disabilities study will be led by Jean Bouts of McDonough, who is the mother of a child with developmental disabilities. She is active in Special Olympics and advocacy issues concerning zoning for personal care homes. This class will raise awareness around disability issues by looking at scripture, lifting up the importance of full inclusion of all persons in the life of the church, and discussing ways the church can be attentive to people with special needs.
The children's class will be taught by Sue and Terry Raymond, and the youth class by Allyssa Green. Sue is president of the Conference UMW and Terry is co-secretary of Global Ministries. Allyssa is a special education teacher and a second-year seminary student.
The registration cost is $70 for both days (two lunches and one dinner included), while the cost for Friday only is $40 and Saturday only is $30. The cost for youth and children for the complete event is $30. There is no charge for the fellowship event on Thursday evening, but please indicate when you register if you will be attending.
Those attending will need to make room reservations at either the Holiday Inn or Holliday Inn Express. A block of rooms has been reserved at each place.
To register go to www.ngumw.org.