Pay It Forward

Jamie Jenkins


Thanks to Chris Barbeiri for the following: Sandy Springs UMC emphasized a “Pay it Forward” theme during Lent, with a slogan of “Acts of Christian kindness can spread throughout the world and change it.”     They printed up business cards with the church logo, “Faith in Action”, “Pay it Forward” and the slogan.  Kathy Wright is the evangelism chair and she also happens to volunteer for the Iditarod dog-sled race every year.  She’s been doing this for years and flies to Alaska for a week or so ...

Youth Room

Phil Schroeder


There's no doubt that Mt. Vernon UMC in Rocky Face welcomes youth. They had a professional grafiti artist paint the room.

Can You Hear Me Out There? The Art of Making Announcements

Phil Schroeder


Making announcements? Kem Meyer of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership wrote a great article about how to get your message out. Whether it's at your service, meeting, or event, there are things you should know about people if you want them to hear what you're saying. This list may not make your job easier, but I guarantee it can help make you more effective. A few of Meyer's points are: People multi-task and can't remember squat. People feel left out and frustrated when you use insider ...

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Phil Schroeder


This beautiful poetry put to music seems very appropriate for Easter The lyrics are: Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glint on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle, gentle autumn rain Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep When you awake in the morning hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in ...

How Do New People See Your Church?

Phil Schroeder


Lovett Weems, the director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, wrote a second part to his interesting commentary on how new people see your church. It's worth a read.  He reports on a few of the findings from a recent Lewis Center project which asked church members in different states to attend nearby churches as visitors and report on their findings for the benefit of the visited churches and other churches. A few key points he got from the reports are: While the visitors were ...

North Springs Pins 'Radical Hospitality'

Phil Schroeder


North Springs UMC in Sandy Springs just ordered some pretty radical buttons and stickers. Rev. Will Zant just shared the prototype with me. 

A Good Sign

Phil Schroeder


The Korean UMC of Atlanta has some great signage. There are 39 parking spaces saved for parents of young children. What is your church saying, literally, with its signs?

'No vitality without reality'

Phil Schroeder


A column in the Feb. 19 UM Reporter got my attention. Donald Haynes writes about a church consultant who's philosophy is "There is no vitality without reality."  Haynes thinks that's a message we United Methodists might find helpful. Here's the link: 

USA Today: 'Churches say, Be Our Guest'

Phil Schroeder


I came across this USA Today article that says 'Hospitality has found a home in the world of worship--and there's a lesson in this for the nation at large.' 

A Gallop Through the History of Methodism

Phil Schroeder


Have you seen this John Wesley Clayride? It has 'confirmation' written all over it. Do you have any suggestions for other confirmation material? Post below in Comments. 

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