Augusta District

 

Augusta District Newsletter

April 15, 2019

1.  Appointments

https://www.ngumc.org/projected-appointments-2019

At this link you will see our district appointments, including Beth Sanders our new District “Mission Specialist!”  We welcome Rev. Dr. Sanders to her new post and we pray for her and Rev. Porterfield as they handle the leadership of this great district!

2.  Register online for Annual Conference

The Annual Conference session will be June 11-14 at The Classic Center in Athens with the theme "One With Each Other."

https://www.ngumc.org/eventdetail/2019-north-georgia-annual-conference-11589098

3.  HealthFlex Participants: Blueprint for Wellness Coming to Annual Conference

For those who have their health insurance with our group plan –

Blueprint for Wellness is an opportunity for HealthFlex participants to learn about their health. You’ll receive personalized data on 30 health factors plus $100 PulseCash and up to 140 Wellness Points.  Register in advance for North Georgia's on-site event by going to wespath.org, selecting HealthFlex/WebMD and choosing “Quest Blueprint for Wellness.” Register by phone at 1-855-623-9355. Employer group is HealthFlex or United Methodist Church. Deadline for registration is May 28.

(NOTE – The Walmart in Evans, GA, is a site at which you can also undergo the blood test and the bio-metrics screening.)

4.  Mother's Day Offering Material

Your support of the Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering will provide critically needed funding for Benevolence assistance, Wellness programming and Pastoral care for older adults living at the 10 Wesley Woods communities throughout North Georgia.

In keeping with the mission of Wesley Woods – to help older adults age with grace, please support the Mother’s Day Offering by downloading the materials which include:

Three 90 second videos for use on your church website, newsletter and worship services

Flyers in 3 sizes to promote the offering in the way that works best for your church: newsletters, bulletin inserts, worship screens, posters and Sunday School announcements

Messaging for use on your website, worship screens, newsletters and bulletins

Text-to-give and online giving slides

Pulpit talking points that take 2 minutes

Wesley Woods logo and photos to use as needed

GET RESOURCES

5.  NORTH GEORGIA NATIVE AMERICAN GATHERING – see attachment

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:30 AM, Pine Log United Methodist Campground

6.  From the DS - Worthy is the Lamb

In Revelation, John weeps because no one is worthy to open the locked scroll.  Then he is told that the Lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed and is worthy!  John turns his head to see the Lion; instead, he sees a “Lamb, looking as if it had been slain.”  The Lamb is alive, but somehow the Lamb carries the scars of its death.

Later in Revelation we learn that “the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8)

The Lamb was God’s plan to redeem us from before creation!  Yes, Christ died for us while we were yet sinners (Rom. 5:8), but in the plan of God, the Lamb was slain before the world began.  In the mysterious foreknowledge of a saving God, the cross was there; the lamb was slain; the sacrifice of blood was prepared as a ransom.  Worthy is the Lamb!

E Stanley Jones wrote this in “A Song of Ascents,” his autobiography -

"This verse is decisive: “The Lamb who is at the heart of the throne will be their shepherd” (Rev. 7:17 NEB). What is at the heart of the throne of the universe? What is the nature of the ultimate power? The answers have been various and different:

Among the Greeks - Zeus and his thunderbolts.....Buddhism – desirelessness.....Semi-Christianized modernized cults – goodness and love; Christianity - “The Lamb is at the heart of the Throne” – self-giving, redeeming, sacrificial love is the center of power in the universe.

That is the most startling thing ever announced about our universe. And the most important. If sacrificial love is at the heart of the throne, then sacrificial love must be at the heart of my motives, my very life, at the center of me. If it isn’t, then I’m at cross purposes with the throne – the final power – therefore bound to get hurt, to come out badly. But suppose I see this and respond by my own self-giving to the divine self-giving; then the universe is behind me, the sum total of reality approves of me. I’m afraid of nothing. What can death do to me? I’ve already died. You cannot defeat defeat. You cannot break brokenness. I’ve come back from my own funeral. I’m alive in the Alive.”

 

 

 

District Superintendent


Terry Fleming
(706) 651-8621
terry.fleming@ngumc.net
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Administrative Assistant

Tina Lancaster
(706) 651-8621
agst@ngumc.net

Contact Information

Office Address:
3332 West Cliffe Court
Augusta, GA 30907

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 204600
Augusta, GA 30917

(706) 651-8621 Phone
(706) 651-8622 Fax

agst@ngumc.net
http://www.ngumc.org/agst