Acts of Christian Kindness

re:Vision - Serving God, Serving Neighbor at Ariel Bowen UMC



  By Rev. Arundel Hope Thursday, July 20, was a day filled with anxiety, excitement, anticipation, relief and fulfillment in the life of Ariel Bowen Memorial United Methodist Church.  Pulling into the church parking lot, it was running over with TV cameras, reporters, government officials, community leaders, church members and local residents, everyone eagerly awaiting a truck load of fans to be distributed to neighbors, especially seniors, in the community.  These fans are to relieve the ...

Volunteers Give of Themselves So No One Need Go Hungry

Guest Blogger


Nov. 10-16 is Guest Blogger Week at The Conference has invited leaders of Action Ministries to write about hunger issues and how NGUMC churches can and are making a difference! They'll be posting all week and you are invited to share the messages with your own church and community. Follow along on social media by using #‎ngumcHungerAction.   Volunteers Give of Themselves So No One Need Go Hungry By Rev. Lisa Caine Guest Blogger  It’s a simple fact of life that we get hungry every ...

The Gnawing Stress of Hunger in Georgia

Guest Blogger


By Rev. John R. Moeller, Jr. Guest Blogger   As a parent, it hurts my heart to think that many of the 28 percent (more than 1 out of every 4!) of Georgia's children who are food insecure can't focus in school because they are worried about their next meal.  You and I both know that a child's brain needs a consistent, nutritious diet to fully develop. I’m distressed by the fact that far too many Georgians can't focus on finding or maintaining a good job because they’re worried about how they will...

Welcoming A New Pastor


In a few short weeks, Methodist ministers across the Annual Conference will be moving to new appointments.  I recently received from the Lewis Center for Christian Leadership an article entitled “50 Ways to Welcome your New Pastor or Associate Pastor.”  The article is easy to find on line with practical ways to welcome and say goodbye. Among the list are: Open your heart and decide that you are going to love your new pastor; begin praying for the new pastor and family; send cards of welcome to ...

Ways to Meet Your Community: From St. Paul Grant Park


"Everyone said that Halloween trick or treating was huge in the Grant Park neighborhood. So we had the idea that we could open the church fellowship hall up as a Halloween Hospitality station. We recruited eight adults who did not have children, and asked them to be Halloween Hosts. We all dressed up in costume (the pastor was a Starbucks barista) and we did some minor decorating, simple orange and black streamers and three pumpkins. A new member here, a graphic artist, designed and made street ...

October is Clergy Appreciation Month


Did you know October is Clergy Appreciation Month? I like what Lovett Weems suggests in the Leading Ideas newsletter. Showing Appreciation for Your Pastor Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Some of you may know that October is designated Pastor Appreciation Month in some denominations and congregations. This is not a major national observance, but some churches do use the designation to make sure they show appreciation for their clergy leadership. While such gestures are thoughtful and appreciated, most ...

Layaway in A Manger - Wesley UMC in Evans


Rev. Greg Porterfield invites his congregation to take an envelope with a $20 bill in it as they leave church this Sunday. He suggests that they add another bill of the denomination of their choosing then head to a local retailer that has a layaway. Just walk up and ask the person at the Layaway Desk to put the money in the envelope toward the gift and give the card to the person when they come to pick up their item. In a recent sermon, Greg wondered why it is that we "just can't seem to trust ...

I'm Not a Christian, but I'm Coming to Your Church This Sunday


"The Resurgence" website ( introduces the person who may show up at your church this Sunday. Thanks to Bob Winstead for sharing.  Want feedback on your church from the perspective of a first-time visitor? Sign up for a Mystery Worshiper at

A Blanket To Combat Infant Mortality


Our conference efforts in the East Africa Conference of the United Methodist Church are many, and the work of our denomination in the area are legion.  Here is yet another simple yet effective approach from the secular quarter helping to stave off infant mortality in Uganda, the infant highest mortality rate in the world. Are there other simple ideas that address human need as a powerful witness to the loving and saving power of Jesus Christ? Infographic Of The Day: A Blanket To Combat Infant ...

Change the World Weekend: A Few Ideas


May 14-15 is Change the World Weekend for the entire United Methodist denomination! If you're still thinking of ways to reach out that weekend, or anytime, UMCOM has five ideas in this enewsletter article -- including "Retirement home dance part-a-a-ay!"¬oc=1&tr=y&auid=8119938

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