News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


  Time to Register for Glisson Summer Camp
     Since 1925, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church has invited children and youth to experience summer camp at Glisson Camp & Retreat Center. While Glisson's 367 acres surrounding Cane Creek Falls are a natural haven of creation, it's not our waterfall, pool, or high ropes course that cause families to send 2,500+ campers to Glisson each summer. The reason we hear time and time again? The Christian community experienced at camp. Small group Christian camping contributes uniquely to the development of the whole child: helping campers grow spiritually, experience daily physical activity, develop social skills, increase self-confidence, and develop leadership all within a supportive group of peers and counselors. Make sure the children and youth in your life know about this powerful opportunity for growth this summer. Learn more and register today at
UMM Golf Tournament at Rivermont Club
    The UMM’s fourth annual golf tournament is planned for April 23 at Rivermont Country Club in Alpharetta. The entry fee is $125, and includes a $20 PGA card, a $10 Golfsmith card and other items.
Hole sponsors are needed. For more details, visit under the events header.
 Deacons Day Apart at Candler
     The North Georgia Conference Order of Deacons are invited to a day of fellowship and support 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11 at Candler School of Theology, with an open invitation to all seminary students or inquiring candidates interested in learning more about the ministry of a deacon. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required at
 Calling all buckaroos to SonWest Roundup
   Join us June 17-20 for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Roswell United Methodist Church. Round up your friends and bring them, too! Go to for details and to sign up. Registration deadline is May 17, but don’t wait too long – some age groups fill up fast!
 Dunwoody UMC: Folk music concert
     The Atlanta Balalaika Society will present a concert of Russian and Eastern European folk music and song at 4 p.m. April 14, part of the Concert Series at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.  The concert will showcase Russian, Gypsy, and Jewish folk music, as well as classical selections. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody 30338. 770-394-0675. A $10 donation at the door is suggested.
 Encounter Weekend offered for clergy/spouse couples
      Marriage Encounter United Methodist has seven weekends planned across the United States, with an Atlanta weekend set for April 26-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross 30092. The goal is to support married clergy and church staff by helping them grow in their marriages. Clergy who attend also can earn 1.5 CEUs. To apply, visit  For more information, contact Dana & Mark Turpin at or Gary & Lisa Morris at 678-819-8885 or
  Children's ministry webinars
      Are you involved in children's ministry? The General Board of Discipleship has several upcoming webinars on Children's Ministry topics. Webinars are a great way to learn more about our work in ministry with children while in the comfort of our own homes or offices. Each webinar features two knowledgeable and experienced guests who take questions at the end of the session.  Find information at: Log-in information is posted at least 48 hours prior to each webinar.
     Concert pianist Howard Hill will join illusionist and funny guy Greg Davidson along with Roswell’s Believe Ministries for a celebration of music, magic, and M’mmm at 7 p.m. April 25 at Roswell UMC. Also featuring coffee and desserts, silent auctions and prizes.
     The event will take place in the church Fellowship Hall “B” building, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, in historic Roswell.
     Howard Hill may be best known for his beautiful rendition of the world famous “Chariots of Fire.” During this special event, he’ll also share incredible interpretations of favorite show tunes, concert melodies, a taste of his beautiful spiritual arrangements, and more.
     Illusionist Greg Davidson says, “I’ll be performing some of my favorite magical illusions, share a short message from Believe Ministries and some crazy laughs. After that, it will be time to hold on, because you’ve never heard a person play the piano like Howard Hill! This night has something great for everybody!” 
      Co-host Jane Riley adds, "There’s no ticket cost, but you’ll need a ticket to attend. Seating is very limited, so be sure to RSVP now to guarantee a seat. A donation will be received to support the ongoing work of Believe Ministries.”
     Reserve your seats by April 18 by calling 770-587-1292 or email or
 Atlantans to head Emory's Episcopal program
     Candler School of Theology at Emory University has named the Rt. Reverend Keith B. Whitmore, assistant bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, as director of its Episcopal Studies Program. Whitmore has served as interim program director since August 2012 and assumes the director role through the summer of 2015. In addition, Bishop Robert C. Wright, 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, has agreed to chair Candler’s Episcopal Studies Advisory Board. More information at
 Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years 
      On June 25, 1913, Lake Junaluska wrapped up five years of planning and hosted its first events. At the time, Lake Junaluska consisted of Stuart Auditorium, which was an open-air structure with a dirt-covered floor, a man-made lake, and a small number of homes.
      Over the past 100 years, Lake Junaluska has grown into a much beloved retreat center and residential community. Today, Lake Junaluska looks to a bright future as a place of Christian hospitality, where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.
      A series of signature Centennial events has been planned for June 30-July 7, including:
•         The Centennial Concert Series, featuring Balsam Range, the Lake Junaluska Singers and singers alumni.
Historical lake crossing re-enactments, and tours of the Lake Junaluska train depot, historic homes and the gardens.
Family Olympics, with field day relays and activities, water competitions, and scavenger hunt.
Replication of the 1913 opening worship service photo in front of Stuart Auditorium. All are welcome to be a part of this historic photo.
July 4 festivities, including the annual parade (“Lake Junaluska Through the Years”), BBQ picnic with bluegrass band, evening performance, and fireworks.
Singers and staff reunions
Charity golf tournament, with proceeds to support the Lake Junaluska Annual Fund.
Special showing of The Swan, starring Alec Guiness and Grace Kelly. Portions of The Swan were filmed at the Lake Junaluska train depot.
      Additional information about Lake Junaluska Centennial Homecoming Week can be found at or by calling 800-222-4930.
 Opportunities at Hinton Retreat Center
    Family weekend has been planned for May 24-26 at Hinton Retreat Center overlooking Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, N.C.  The Christian retreat and conference center builds community through sacred space for retreat, reflection, and renewal. The family weekend will begin with an ice cream sundae get-together on Friday night. Saturday’s activities will end with a lakeside worship service, bonfire and s’mores. Sunday morning’s inspirational worship wraps up the weekend.
    A Pathways through Loss retreat is planned for June 14-16 at the center.  The event offers an exploration of the nature of loss, how we face it or avoid it, and some of the ways that we walk (or run) through it. Beginning with an introductory session on Friday evening and continuing through morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on Saturday, participants will delve into the nature of loss and the human response to it. Included in the workshop will be a discussion of the many kinds of losses experienced throughout life, an exploration of images surrounding them, the emotions they elicit and a variety of pathways through them. The workshop will conclude with worship on Sunday morning.
     For more information on both events, visit

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