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‘Lemonade People’

Terry Walton

11/21/2017

  I Was Thinking… I am thankful for the grateful hearts of people whose lives have crossed my life’s path.  I have been privileged to know some of the most grateful people.  These are the people that even when life tosses them lemons they have a knack for making the sweetest lemonade.  They are the kind of people that you enjoyed being around because they ‘en-joyed’ your life (their presence brought joy into your life). My maternal grandmother was such a person.  I can’t think of a single ...


Being Thankful

Quincy Brown

11/15/2017

Being Thankful Thanksgiving, the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday, is often overlooked in department stores.  I guess this is to be expected since other than grocery stores chains; there isn't a lot of fanfare behind the sale of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie (personally, I’m partial to sweet potato pie) and cranberry sauce!   Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You can buy a few Thanksgiving decorations, and there is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ...


A Great Awakening

Terry Walton

11/14/2017

  I Was Thinking… Do we need another ‘Great Awakening’?  The ‘First Great Awakening’ swept through the British American colonies beginning in the 1730’s in reaction to many ministers concerns that this new country was swept up in the ‘Age of Reason’, also called ‘The Enlightenment’.  People were relying more on their minds than their hearts and there was concern of losing touch with our Creator God.  Preachers like George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards preached boldly the Gospel with countless...


Grace

11/14/2017

I recognize that sometimes it is best to start small, so I decided recently to stop eating French fries. Not long afterward I was at a BBQ establishment and ordered the pulled pork plate.  “Instead of the tater tots (a French fry facsimile) can I have banana pudding?”  Remember, small steps!  The waitress responded curtly, “No.”. That was it.  No counter offer like, “I can but I’ll charge you an extra $3.95 and you’ll get the tots anyway.”  Just “No.”     A week later, I was in another ...


Save the Date: Building Worship Bridges with Cathy Townley April 18, 2018!

Connection Points

11/14/2017

WORSHIP is the BRIDGE that connects the church to its community. Unfortunately, most churches today do not worship in a way that connects with the people in their communities.  Cathy Townely will help you understand how relevant and creative worship can accelerate the connections you make with people in your community.  So, save April 18, 2018 and plan on attending to learn how worship connects the community to your church. Details will be forthcoming!


Community, Conversation, and Chicken Wings

re:Vision

11/13/2017

A Wing and a Prayer By Rev. Blake Trent Like so many of the churches in our conference, LaGrange First UMC has been working hard to connect with younger generations. This year we started our first Fresh Expression with the hopes of getting to know those outside of our own walls. In September we launched Wing Church, a conversation-based worship experience that happens twice a month on wing night at Brickhouse Grille, a local restaurant in downtown LaGrange. We gather there to share ...


‘Complete the Sentence’

Terry Walton

11/7/2017

I Was Thinking… Complete the following sentence:  “Where there is smoke there’s…” A first grade teacher had 25 students in her class.  She presented each child the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to complete the sentence.  It’s hard to believe these were actually done by first grade students.  Their insight may surprise you. Don’t change horses…until they stop running. Strike while the…bug is close. It’s always darkest before…Daylight Savings Time. Never underestimate the ...


Does Your Worship Move?

Connection Points

11/7/2017

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Impact UMC, in partnership with the Office of Congregational Development and the Office of Connectional Ministries hosted a Worship Design Conference, led by Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions. Approximately 120 people from across the conferenced attended this event to learn about creativity and how it gives worship momentum. 


Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation & Tenth Street Underwood UMC Partner to Serve

Connection Points

11/7/2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2018, the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation, Tenth Street Underwood Memorial UMC and over 60 students from across the Georgia Tech campus, partnered together to bag potatoes provided by the Society of St. Andrew, an ministry committed to feeding the hungry and eliminating food waste. -- Herzen


We Got it Today! ATHN Children's Ministry Gathering

Connection Points

11/7/2017

I had the best time yesterday in Athens! (No, the Dawgs weren’t playing, though I did visit the Bulldog Store for Christmas gifts.) I was invited to join nine people who are serving in local congregations in the Athens Elberton District. All of them are committed to ministries that engage children and their families. We were invited to share our excitement and joy, our biggest challenge, and out most extravagant hope for our ministries. What a delight to be a cheerleader for those creating new ...


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