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...

1st Impression Survey from the Church We Visited Sunday


It was really good to have you at Harvest this week. I hope you enjoyed the service. I don't know if you're looking for answers, a church home, or just passing through. Whatever the case, I'm glad you chose to check us out.   We think church should be a fun practical place to get the answers we need for life and help us grow in a relationship with God. Helping people connect with God is what Harvest is all about.   By the way, as a first-time guest, you have a special point of view that we are ...

Two Books Worth Reading


Check out the reviews from (United Methodist Communications' website) of two books worth reading, "Blest Be The Tie That Binds," from Richard Wilke and "Living Grace" by Bishop Walter Klaiber and Dr. Manfred Marquardt. The Tie That Binds “Blest be the tie that binds . . .” Whether or not the words of this hymn are familiar to you, the notion behind them—and this book—is one of connectedness and community. Twenty years after his best-selling And Are We Yet Alive? Richard Wilke observes ...

Bullying: Resources for the church

Sybil Davidson


Back to school means another chance to take a look at what churches can do to help prevent or respond to bullying. I came across these resources for a pastor last year and they are still worth looking into now: General Board of Church and Society has a printable flyer on bullying as part of its domestic abuse material. Domestic Violence Brochures United Methodist News Service did a three-part series on bullying in 2010. You can find the stories here: Child ends life because of bullying  ...

Tools of the Trade

Sybil Davidson


I have heard rave reviews of several online tools lately that help church members do some good old fashioned United Methodist ministry. Here are a few worth looking in to: Instant Church Directory (and other programs like it) allows you to upload digital photos of your members any time so that you always have a current online member directory. It can be printable or just housed online. Meal Train is a free online tool to help you schedule ...

Meeting Scheduling Made Eas(ier)!


How many emails and phone calls does it take to schedule a meeting? If your experience has been like mine over the last few weeks, the answer is: way too many! Everyone is so busy that it's almost impossible to find a time that works for everyone. Why not cut down on some of the back and forth by using one of the online scheduling services to help you find the perfect time to have your meeting? Here are two great (and free) websites that can help: Doodle: When2Meet: http://...

'Working at Worship' Website


Jerry Newsome, a retired North Georgia pastor in Smyrna, just shared his new website with me. His goal is to help ministers by offering a "week by week exposition of the Sunday lectionary." He writes a synopsis of each lesson, gives worship suggestions and shares other ideas. Here's the link:

Great Ideas


I presented a power point to the Athens District yesterday full of great ideas I've seen around the conference. Feel free to check it out. Click Here to View as a pdf 

Looking for a Lent Devotional?


Imagine No Malaria is offering an online Lent devotional. A daily email will  will provide a centering moment for each of the 40 days of Lent, connecting us with the people of Africa. Sign up today at

UMCom says Facebook is a Good Place to Advertise


United Methodist Communications says that advertising on Facebook is a great idea. The article explains, "When you advertise on Facebook, you can reach almost any demographic imaginable, efficiently and effectively. This focused advertising helps you reach those who may be interested in your specialized ministries, day-care facility or other offerings." Click below to read the full article:¬oc=1&tr=y&...

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