Piedmont UMC welcomes Boy Scout Troop 2010 thanks to UM Connection
On Jan. 7, members of Boy Scout Troop 2010 of Cumming drove up Dahlonega Highway and saw the sign in front of Piedmont UMC welcoming the troop to its new home. For both troop and church, it is a
great way to start a new year. It is also a testament to how effective the
United Methodist connection can work for the good of church and community.
The history of Piedmont UMC goes back to 1911 when it was part of a circuit
which included Cumming First UMC. Troop
2010 came along just 101 years later. This fall, with Troop 2010 growing in
numbers, the leadership felt the need to look for a new charter organization. This set up the opportunity for two churches with a history and a connection to renew a relationship.
Ken Hagler, associate pastor at Cumming First UMC and an
assistant scoutmaster in Troop 2010 and Brian Warner, the scoutmaster of
Troop 2010, began to talk about the needs of the troop. Piedmont UMC was
the first place considered, even though it was new to the idea of being a
charter organization for scouting.
"Our family has driven past Piedmont UMC over and over," said Hagler. "My son, Logan, even mentioned one day this would be a great church for a scout unit. The UMC's commitment to support scouting as a ministry made this seem like a perfect fit."
After a phone call and conversation with Rev. Gene Brown, the Pastor of Piedmont UMC, a meeting with the congregation was held.
After a few logistics were ironed out, Piedmont UMC unanimously voted to become the charter organization for Troop 2010.
Boy Scout Troop 2010 meets at 7p.m. on Monday nights at Piedmont United
Methodist Church, 1170 Dahlonega Hwy in Cumming, GA.