Atlanta Emory District



March 18, 9:00 am       DCOM, Oak Grove UMC
March 19, 11:45 am     Red Cell Lunch, Panera Bread
March 24, 4:00 pm       General Conference Debrief, Hamilton Mill UMC
March 25-27                Cabinet Meeting
April 8                          Cabinet Meeting
April 14                         Announcement Sunday
April 23                        Gold Cell Lunch, Newks

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A Message from Mike

The AMRY District is very unique and I have often said our district is a microcosm of the United Methodist Church.  Most of our district churches are near I-85.  Starting in downtown Atlanta, our churches tend to be progressive.  As we travel north of I-85, our churches become more moderate.  Once we pass the Pleasant Hill exit, our churches become more traditional.  We are an interesting mix in the Kingdom of God.

Since General Conference, I have been reading many of your pastoral responses to your churches.  Thank you for your hopeful, loving, caring messages to your church members.  Just as our district churches have theological differences, the members of your churches also share those differences.  And yet in the middle of those differences we can still be church, still offer love and kindness, still be instruments of God's grace.

Now after a difficult General Conference, we are still the church.  Thank you for offering hope to the homeless and for feeding the hungry.  Thank you for the creative ways you are reaching your communities with the love of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your faithful witness in these challenging days.  Thank you!

Call me if I can be helpful.

In Christ,

Please note the following opportunities:

March 24th - District Gathering at Hamilton Mill

Atlanta-Emory, Atlanta-Roswell, and Gainesville Districts
clergy and laity are invited
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hamilton Mill UMC

March 30th - Dinner Church

9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Salem UMC
3962 Salem Road, Covington, GA 30016
There is a different Fresh Expression event, a Dinner Church Encounter, which will be in Covington on March 30.  We are finding numbers of churches find Dinner Church to be a good match with the skills of the congregation and some of the needs in the community.  Visit: Dinner Church

March 31st - UMCOR Sunday

Did you know that the United Methodist Committee on Relief doesn’t receive apportionment funds? Because of gifts received through offerings like UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing), UMCOR is able to cover its administrative costs. 

When your church joins with other United Methodists to support UMCOR, you equip UMCOR staff to work globally to alleviate suffering and advance hope and healing. Through relationships with local organizations and trained community leaders, UMCOR can activate its network and provide emergency funds as soon as they know of an urgent need. 

For ideas about engaging your church in celebrating UMCOR Sunday, print and share this infographic

Also available for you are worship, social media, and other resources to prepare for UMCOR Sunday

If you don’t already have offering envelopes for UMCOR Sunday, please order them today. 

Thomas Kemper 

General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries 

Russell Pierce 
Executive Director Mission Engagement / Advance Director 
General Board of Global Ministries

April 6th - Fresh Expressions Vision Day

9:30 am - 3:30 pm at Jonesboro First UMC
142 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
A Vision Day is a one-day training event that provides an opportunity to discover what it means to be the Church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through fresh expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for your region, community, or neighborhood.  There is active discussion as well as opportunity to build networks and relationships among those in your area.  Visit: Jonesboro Vision Day

April 8th - Done in a Day Workshop
Rodrigo and Kellyann Cruz and The Nett Church (Berkmar Campus) Children's Ministry have graciously agreed to host the Done in a Day training event in the Atlanta Emory District for 2019. For the last 6 years these conference-wide regional training events for those working with children have grown and grown. We anticipate the best year yet as we build on the conference initiative to create intentional discipleship pathways in our congregations. What better place to start than with our youngest disciples! 

Registration is open at

Rev. Debby Fox
Children's Ministry, Christian Education, Safe Sanctuaries
Center for Congregational Excellence
North Georgia Conference

April 23rd - Retirees Spring Celebration

Conference Retirees are invited to welcome the upcoming retirees of the North Georgia Conference at the Retirees' Spring Celebration. This great day of food and fun is April 23, 2019 at Oak Gove UMC from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.

You will learn about the 2019 General Conference from delegation leaders Mr. Matthew Pinson and Dr. Phil Schroeder and hear from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. You will also have a chance to meet the ordinands who will move into full connection at the 2019 Annual Conference. Registration is available at Retirees Spring Celebration.

The deadline for registration is March 29, 2019  

YoungER Men's Ministry Training - March 23, 2019
Noon - 3:00 pm at the UMM Office
1967 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 400
Tucker, GA 30084
Cost: $10
If you know young men who are interested in leading their peers, please inform them of this event.  Visit: YoungER Men's Ministry Training.

Odell Horn

Have you heard that the United Methodist Children's Home has become Wellroot Family Services?

Please check out their website and spread the word.  Special thanks to the 22 churches in the AMRY District who gave $40,000 in 2018.  Well done!

Calling all Gwinnett UMC Churches  
Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that we are hosting a Thrivent Faith Build which will begin July 6th and end in October and we need your help to make this build a success! This is an opportunity to live out your church's ministry, engage your members, and see the miracle that occurs when God touches the hearts of new homeowners and the volunteers who work alongside them. 
Please join us at one of our informational meetings to learn how you can help support this effort.
2019 Faith Build Informational Meetings:
March 7 @ 7pm
The NETT Church
675 Pleasant Hill Road
Lilburn, GA 30047
Please RSVP for the informational meeting through this link:
See links for Faith Build Informational Flyer and a Church Partnership Agreement for your review. If you have any questions, please let us know. We hope that your church can help us share God’s love through the 2019 Faith Build!
Thank you,
Jen Welch
Volunteer Coordinator

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 646, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Physical Address: 52 Gwinnett Drive – Suite B, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Office: 770-931-8080 X1010
Fax: 770-931-6839

Effective January 1, 2019, District Work Fund payments will be received and accounted for by the North Georgia Conference.  Include on the memo line: AMRY DWF.
Please provide the change in remittance address to the proper person at your local church.

North GA Conference Treasurer’s Office
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417

If you have any information you wish to share throughout our Atlanta-Emory District, please send the information to Mozelle Mitchell at



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Rev. Dr. Mike Long, District Superintendent
Mozelle Mitchell, Administrative Assistant
Robert Gilleo, Lay Leader
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 Nominations Open for Denman Evangelism Award
Every year, the North Georgia Conference (and many other United Methodist conferences) honors clergy and lay persons who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for the work on Christian Evangelism with the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. This award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by their local church and selected by the Annual Conference, live their call to “Offer Them Christ” daily as modeled by Dr. Harry Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism that sponsors these awards. There is a Clergy, Laity and Youth Award. Please complete and submit nominations to Rev. Joyce Banks Gross at by March 25. 



District Superintendent

Mike Long
(404) 335-0321

Administrative Assistant

Mozelle Mitchell

Contact Information

One Georgia Center
600 W. Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 335-0321 Phone
(404) 209-7794 (Fax)