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Is Your Church Ready to Receive Guests?

Connection Points

11/3/2017

Worship is the most important thing we do on Sunday as the Church - the body of Christ. Pastors and worship leaders, choir members, worship bands and media teams spend hours preparing to proclaim the gospel in word, music and image. But is your church ready to receive the guests that the Holy Spirit will send you? Jason Moore, with Midnight Oil Productions, spent time today helping pastors and laity at the Conference Center understand how important it is to prepare to receive guests into the ...


Seeing God's Gifts in People of All Abilities

Connection Points

11/3/2017

What a joy it is to be able to be in ministry with "people of all abilities!"  That was the "take away" from yesterday's meeting of the Connectional Ministries team which has been focusing on creating awareness of the "special needs" members of the community that surround our churches. In fact, one of the bright moments was when one of "special needs" persons in attendance, who is a leader in the "special needs" ministry at Due West UMC, inspired us to reconsider the term "disabilities" and ...


A New Way of Seeing

11/1/2017

Ever since I was a child in Sunday school, I have always been fascinated with Jesus.  As a child, I saw Jesus as a Magician, since many of the lessons in Sunday school focused on his miracles.  And in my mind, I connected Jesus' miracle stories to a David Copperfield-like holy man.   As I’ve gotten a bit older, I’ve come to see that Jesus’ spirituality is a dramatically different than mine.  Jesus seems to embrace the most ordinary of circumstances and places, finding within them rich sources of...


United Methodist Children's Home finds a new Home!

Connection Points

11/1/2017

Today, members of the Board of Trustees, local dignitaries, long time supporters, former residents, Bishop Sue and the staff of the United Methodist Children's Home celebrated the opening of their new offices in Tucker with the Sacrament of Holy Communion and a ribbon cutting.  Bishop Sue reminded those present that as the Holy Spirit leads the UMCH into a new future, "new wine needs new wine skins."  -- Herzen


‘Masks and Make-Up’

Terry Walton

10/31/2017

I Was Thinking… This is the season of masks and make-up.  I remember so many disguises across the years.  Everything from a Pirate to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (I was the Beast!).  I’ve been Casper the Friendly Ghost and I’ve been a clown.  You have your history of masks and make-up as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a holiday like ‘Halloween’ for us to wear masks.  The word ‘persona’ from its Latin origin refers to a theatrical mask.  Persona is embedded in the word ‘personality’.  We all ...


UMCOR Badge Makers

10/27/2017

This week offered the usual rhythm of email, phone calls, miles, and meetings. One new gathering was for volunteers who will be assisting our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as they create badges for the trained Early Response Team (ERT) members in all the annual conferences. While the average United Methodist might think of UMCOR as a building full of responders ready for the disaster call the reality is that UMCOR is a paid staff of 3, with twice as many consultants who usually ...


Georgia Higher Education Commission

Connection Points

10/26/2017

As a member of the board of the Georgia Commission on Higher Education, I was privileged to participate in today's meeting as we received reports from campus ministries and Wesley Foundations across the state. They are doing tremendous work wherever the UMC is present on college campuses in our state.  Special props to Rev. Blair Tolbert for her wonderful ministry at Young Harris College! -- Herzen


‘Friday the 13th’

Terry Walton

10/24/2017

  I Was Thinking… On Friday the 13th, I had my 6 month check-up with my physician.  I’m not sure why I would schedule that on Friday the 13th, but nonetheless there I was having that conversation about how I need to lose more weight and keep my cholesterol below 200 (you know the drill).  It is true what my doc says but it can be so difficult to do. I went to the lab to have my blood drawn.  While drawing my blood the nurse asked me the most unusual question.  “Who’s Sharon”, she asked.  I ...


600 Students and Volunteers Participate in Rooted

Connection Points

10/24/2017

This October, nearly 600 students and volunteers from all over the North Georgia Conference traveled to Glisson Camp and Retreat Center for the 3rd annual ROOTED Retreat. Our fantastic retreat band, Edenfield (Villa Rica), came back to lead worship this year, and the speaker, Michael Adkins (Forest Hills UMC - Macon) delivered the messages surrounding the theme: “Everything.”  ROOTED is a retreat designed by North Georgia Conference youth workers to give youth leaders and volunteers an ...


SEJ Black Methodists for Church Renewal

Connection Points

10/20/2017

The Black Methodists for Church Renewal met in Atlanta October 19-21 for its 49th year. The meeting was attended by clergy and lay members representing African American United Methodists across the Southeastern Jurisdiction. The highlight of the event was the Episcopal Town Hall on issue of racism. Bishops Sue Haupert Johnson from North Georgia, David Graves from Alabama West Florida and Leonard Fairley from Kentucky took part in a challenging and meaningful conversation about race and the ...


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