Mission teams needed in Mississippi


Mission teams needed in Mississippi
    The Mississippi Conference has sent a request for mission teams to help with roofing, drywall and other home repair along the Mississippi Coast. When Hurricane Isaac hit the area in late August, tising tides, river flooding and the release of water from a resevoir in Mobile left hundreds of homes flooded. 
   Affordable housing is available for volunteers through Camp Love ($15 per day), as well as the following churches: Picayune FUMC, St. Paul UMC Ocean Springs, Camp Victor, Ocean Springs, Safe Harbor, Moss Point, Heritage UMC,d'Iberville.  
  Teams need to be self sufficient and ready to contribute toward material costs.
   Inquiries should be directed to Beth Dean, Mississippi Committee on Relief Program Coordinator at: disastercenter.msumc@gmail.com or beth@mississippi-umc.org, or call: 1-866-435-7091.
For more information on becoming a trained UMVIM Team leader, contact Dalton Rushing at dalton.rushing@ngumc.org.
Mt. Pisgah UMC: Makes contribution to Water@Work
     Water@Work, a faith-based 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clean water to the poor in the Dominican Republic, received a donation from the Johns Creek church that will enable the group to install a complete state-of-the-art walter filtration system in one of the 400 sugar cane camps.
     Mt. Pisgah’s water purification ministry works with ministry partners native to the areas it serves to make sure any system installed fits the culture and capabilities of the community, according to Dan Blevins, coordinator of Mt. Pisgah’s clean water ministry. 
     To learn more about Water@Work, its guiding principles and the urgent need for clean water in the DR, follow on www.facebook.com/Water@Work.   
 Orange UMC plans for annual fish fry
     The church is hosting its annual fish fry 3-7 p.m. Nov. 3. The menu will include fried fish, potatoes, hush puppies, cole slaw, iced tea, and dessert.  $10 per person.  Dine-in and carry-out orders available (drinks not included on carry-outs). The church is at 220 Orange Church Cir., off Ga. 20 East in the Lathemtown community, Canton 30115 . For tickets or more info, call 770-886-9662.
     The Canton church is holding its Fall Bazaar 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov.10. Features local artisans, crafts, pottery, knitted items, baked goods and BBQ lunch. Free admission.
 Sixes UMC : Performance by actor Brad Sherrill
      Off-Broadway actor Brad Sherrill will perform “Red Letter Jesus” at 7 p.m.  Nov. 3. The actor has to his credit 600 live performances of The Gospel of John, touching the lives of more than 200,000 people worldwide. This performance is Sherrill’s 2011 adaptation of Jesus’ words from Matthew, Mark and Luke, communicated through his live performance against multimedia imagery from Israel and Jordan. Tickets are $15. The church is at 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton 30114. 770-345-7644. mail@sixesumc.org. www.sixesumc.org.
 Roswell UMC: Advice for parenting adult children
     The church is offering a Nov. 7 session on “Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children” at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s chapel, presented by Ron Greer, author of “Now That They are Grown” and pastoral counselor at Peachtree Road UMC. Questions to be addressed include: “How can I be supportive without being intrusive?” and “How can I be caring without enabling dependency?” Many parents struggle with these and other issues as their sons and daughters move into young adulthood. Roles change; old methods are no longer appropriate.
     The public is invite to this free event. Reservations are not required. The weekly RUMC fellowship dinner is available 4:45-6:30 p.m. the evening of the event. See www.rumc.com/WNO for menu and prices. For information, call Patty Hampton at 770-261-1767 or email phampton@rumc.com.
Mt. Zion UMC: Casserole pool part of craft show
      The 27th annual Mt. Zion Craft Show will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta.  The show features 52 arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, door prize, bake sale, casserole pool, (Saturday only), quilt drawing, pictures with the REAL SANTA,  and fresh baked apple pies and cookies prepared throughout the show.  The show is sponsored by the Mt. Zion United Methodist Women; proceeds benefit charities that help women and children. No admission charge. 770-971-1465. www.mtzionumw.org.
 Bascomb UMC: Fall festival to feature two floors of arts, crafts
    A fall festival is planned for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 at Bascomb United Methodist, featuring light breakfast, lunch and a bake sale. More than 45 vendors and two floors of arts and crafts. 2295 Bascomb Carmel Rd., Woodstock 30189. 770-926-9755. www.bascombchurch.org. 
 Hillside UMC: An event for outdoorsmen
      The Woodstock church’s second annual Wild Game Dinner is planned for 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10. “If you’re a hunter, a fisherman or just like to cook, we would love for you to get involved and share your wild game ‘catch’ and cooking talents for this event.” Contact Mike Long at 770-630-7341 or email printman0622@gmail.com.
 Atlanta Music Festival Concert set for Nov. 11 
     Emory University, Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, and Meridian Herald present the 2012 Atlanta Music Festival Concert: Songs of Aspiration, Hope and Progress, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street NE.  This concert tradition was begun more than a century ago by First Church in an effort to unite Atlantans with what was then known as the “Atlanta Colored Music Festival.”
      This year’s concert will feature performances by spinto tenor Timothy B. Miller, the First Church Chancel Choir directed by Norma Raybon, and the Meridian Chorale and soloists. Dwight Andrews is Artistic Director and Steven Darsey is Music Director.  
      The concert will include works by composer T. J. Anderson. Famous for his orchestration of the Scott Joplin opera, Treemonisha, Anderson has written notable works in most classical forms, including opera, symphony, and ballet. A former composer in residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has recently moved to Atlanta and will be present at the concert. 
     Timothy B. Miller is well known to Atlanta audiences for his performances in opera, oratorio, and churches. On the voice faculty of Morehouse College, he is also featured soloist for the Atlanta Braves home games.
     “The Atlanta Music Festival is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect an important musical expression with its original meaning and context,” says Emory music professor and Dwight Andrews, who also is pastor of First Congregational Church.
       Admission is free. An offering will be taken to benefit the Atlanta Music Festival. For more information, visit www.meridianherald.org
  Louisiana Conference ready for help
      The Louisiana Conference is ready to welcome UMVIM teams to help with clean-up from Hurricane Isaac, which hit the area on the seventh anniversary of Katrina. While the destruction from Isaac isn’t as extreme as Katrina, a reported 178,000 residences around the New Orleans area were hit.  Hardest hit are many areas that were not usually in the flood prone areas. 
      We are currently organizing a team of case managers, a project manager, and a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of response and repair.  We are now inviting our UMVIM friends to register to come to the Gulf Coast to help with this ongoing response. Every team must have a trained and certified UMVIM team leader.
      Volunteer housing has been organized in five churches in close proximity to the worst hit areas.There will be cots, restrooms, kitchens, showers, and washers and dryers available for visiting groups. The case managers will be identifying those who need help the most, and the project manager will provide the guidance for the work to be done. 
     Volunteer today to serve on a disaster response team by visiting  <http://www.la-umc.org/pages/detail/1761>
 Clergy sexual abuse response line is open 
      Skilled volunteer clergy listeners of North Georgia can be called to listen, to provide spiritual guidance, and to give information on how to how to contact appropriate authorities regarding alleged clergy sexual abuse. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous. Call 866-612-2770.
 Action Ministries seeks feedback
     The board and staff of Action Ministries are making plans for the future and are looking for input from North Georgia United Methodists. They have developed a survey that will provide valuable feedback as Action Ministries considers the expansion of existing services and the creation of new services in Georgia. 
      "In order to plan well, we need to hear your perceptions of Action Ministries and its programs and services," said Rebecca Wicker, Vice President of Strategic Marketing. 
      Action Ministries is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference and leads communities and volunteers in serving their neighbors in need by providing hunger, housing and education solutions to Georgia's most vulnerable citizens. Action Ministries has offices in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Decatur, Gainesville, Rome, and serves many other communities in North Georgia.  
     To take the survey, click on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ActionMinistriesSurvey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
 Schedule set for required training seminars
     Registration is open online at www.ngumc.org for the Clergy Sexual Ethics Seminar, required training for all effective and appointed clergy in North Georgia between November 2011 and June 2013. Cost is $10/person. Click on Registrations at the conference website.  Your payment is your registration.   .5 CEU will be given for participation in a seminar.  At each location there are two sessions, each with up to 50 participants: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. including lunch or 3-8 p.m. including dinner.  You may participate in any one of the times or places. All North Georgia clergy who are appointed must have participated in one of these seminars by June, 2013.  
     The following is a list of dates and places for seminars.  All will have two sessions (9:30-2:30 and 3-8) with clergy participating in one of the two, except as noted:
• January 24, 2013- Gainesville – Gainesville First UMC, 2780 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville
• March 9, 2013 (Saturday) – Atlanta Roswell, TBA - 9:30-2:30 only

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