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Where Will Amazing Happen?

Jamie Jenkins

5/24/2009

The theme of the 2009 NBA Play-Offs is "Where Will Amazing Happen?" Well, it happened in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday night, May 22. It was the second game in the Eastern Division Playoffs. Hedo Turkoglu scored to give the Orlando Magic a two-point lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with one second left on the clock. Game over. At least that is what I thought. Cleveland called a time out. Why? It’s over! After the time out the Cavaliers put the ball in play with one second left in the game. The ...


No funerals or weddings?

Jamie Jenkins

5/22/2009

In a conversation yesterday I was told that weddings and funerals are not conducted in a certain megachurch in the Atlanta area. If this is true- and I do not know that it is- how can they call themselves "Church"? Although the many wedding ceremonies that I have been involved in took many Friday nights (for rehearsal) and Saturdays, I cannot imiagine a pastor and congregation not being a part of such a significant moment. Likewise, for a congregation not to have a service to celebrate the life...


Good and Bad Appointments

Jamie Jenkins

5/18/2009

“We will probably decide to close the church during your time there.” With these “encouraging” words from my district superintendent I went to my first appointment. There were 14 people in attendance on my first Sunday- and that included my wife, our eight month old son, and me.   The parsonage was an old house with two big high-ceilinged rooms on each side of a wide hallway. There was a small kitchen, bathroom, and porch on the back of the house. No central heating or air conditioning and no ...


ReThink Church-We're collecting doors here!

Phil Schroeder

5/18/2009

www.10thousanddoors.org   More information about ReThink Church at UM Communications. No matter where we find ourselves in ministry, God always seems to be opening new ways for us to serve in the name of Christ. Take a look at these websites to see and hear exciting stories about the way the open doors of the UMC are making a difference in the world... The Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Eatonton recently painted their front doors red. Red is a traditional color for church doors as it...


World Refugee Day

Phil Schroeder

5/13/2009

Refugee Sunday I Kings 17:8-15 by Tom Van Laningham & Meghan Brown Saavedra (Note:  This sermon is a collaborative effort between Tom, co-sponsorship developer and Meghan, Columbia seminary intern, and it is designed as a dialogue.  V1 is voice one and V2 is voice two.  However, it can also be retooled as a solo event.  You are welcome to use it, or any parts of it, in the context of your own congregation.) V1  This story is the first of several Elijah appearances.  The most famous is the big ...


Powerful Testimonies via Cardboard

Phil Schroeder

5/12/2009

The Rome Carrolton District clergy recently visited Long’s Chapel UMC just off the grounds of Lake Junaluska. Long’s Chapel has been one of our fastest growing UM Churches over the last 7 years, growing to a worship attendance of 1000. They recently added a Saturday Night Service entitled SNL or Saturday Night Life. Here is a link to an excellent use of video. http://www.vimeo.com/2196889   Send me examples of other videos so we can learn from each other. You might want to also check out Cumming...


Great Stewardship Ideas

Phil Schroeder

4/23/2009

Twelve Specific Things Church Leaders Can Do Now to Increase Giving By Lovett H. Weems, Jr. 1. Immediately make sure your personal giving is what it should be. 2. Immediately say "thank you" and find ways to do so regularly all year. 3. Tell people regularly what was accomplished through their giving. 4. Immediately do something concrete to assist those in economic distress. 5. Ask lay professionals to conduct workshops on budgeting and personal finances. 6. Focus on worship attendance since ...


HealthFlex Participants: Enroll in the HealthMiles Walking Program

Karen Fullerton

4/22/2009

HealthFlex participants:  If you haven't enrolled in the Virgin HealthMiles walking program at www.virginhealthmiles.com/northgeorgia, what are you waiting for? 650 of us are enrolled, but there are still over 1,300 of us eligible for the program-covered retirees and spouses this includes you. 228 people have already earned $25 in the program and 23 have earned $100. The weather is mild, your health will be improved, there is cash on the table. Log on, sign up, order a free uploadable ...


Seeing Differently

Phil Schroeder

4/16/2009

Looking ahead to the Lectionary text for June 14, 2009 I Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see;  they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." View an example in today's world on how this happens. Thanks to my friend Tom Comptom for pointing this out to me.


Get In With Your New WebMD PIN

Karen Fullerton

4/15/2009

If you’re a HealthFlex participant, watch for an important letter from HealthFlex/WebMD the week of April 13. Every HealthFlex participant and covered spouse will receive a personalized letter. This letter contains a new personal identification number (PIN)—which is required to verify your authorization to access personal health information through the HealthFlex/WebMD Web site. This is a one-time authorization designed to maintain the security of your personal health data as HealthFlex moves ...


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