LAGR Special Events and News


All District Clergy Please Note:

District Ministers’ Meeting & Dinner

Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:00pm @ Peachtree City UMC

(this is a change in date from what was on the calendar distributed at Set Up Meeting!)

Clergy Spouses will also meet.


End of Year Reports

It's that time of year again - time to begin work on the End of Year Reports.  Blank copies are available on the website and the online system will be open January 10-31.  Click here to download the statistician team listing and to see which team member is assigned to assist your church.


Save the Date - Sunday, February 10, 2019
District Training Event at Cornerstone UMC, 3-5pm

A variety of workshops will be offered including training for SPR, Finance and Church Council members as well as a workshop for church's with cemeteries and sessions on caring for the elderly, ministering to children experiencing trauma, Fresh Expressions, and growing the small membership church.  Watch for more details coming soon.


The District Church Development Committee is scheduled to meet on February 11.  Any church needing to appear before this committee should notify the district office by February 4.  Churches must have approval from this committee for buy or sell property, all new construction, and major renovations.


CEU Opportunity for Clergy in the LaGrange District

Dr. Nancy Long of The Center of Pastoral Engagement will be leading a second workshop on Ministry in Crisis.  The class will meet at the White Plains UMC (1549 Graham Road, Hogansville) on Saturdays, February 9, 23, March 2 and 16, 8:30-12:30.  This course will enhance the pastoral care skills of clergy by teaching and reinforcing skills in active empathetic listening, theological and narrative reflection.  Because of a special grant, cost will only be $100 per participant for the 4 weeks.  To register for the class, please send a $50 deposit to the district office by January 25.  The class is limited to 10 participants.  CEU’s will be awarded to those who complete the course.


UMCOR Early Response Training (ERT) @ Northside UMC

When:  Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

What:   Disaster Response Teams working through The United Methodist Church are known for being the first to arrive and last to leave in times of disaster. By coordinating with local and national response organizations and following established protocols, the United Methodist connection is effective and useful. ERT training will prepare you to serve appropriately on a Disaster Response Team.
Where:   Northside Church, A United Methodist Congregation (room 112)
2799 Northside Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Parking:      Please turn down Kingswood Lane and park on the parking deck.
Once inside the building there will be directional signs
Cost:           $10, training manuals, lunch and snacks will be provided
 Please email Lynette,( if you plan to attend so that we’ll have sufficient materials and seats. This class is limited to 24 participants.

The Conference Housing & Homeless Offering will be received on Sunday, February 24.  Materials for the offering are being distributed at the Minister’s Meeting on Jan. 14.  If you are unable to pick up your materials at that time, please have someone get them for you or plan to pick them up from the District Office.


Running Out The Clock on Human Trafficking

When:  Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM to Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Where:  Hoosier Memorial UMC, 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. SW, ATLANTA, 30311

Human Trafficking is everywhere, even in metro Atlanta, which is one of the largest trafficking hubs in the nation. Over 27 million people worldwide are affected. We need to run out the clock on human trafficking. The North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women along with a number of concerned organizations will host a 2-day event, January 25-26, 2019 at Hoosier Memorial UMC (2545 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. SW Atlanta, GA 30311). It is called "Running Out the Clock on Human Trafficking," recognizing that the Super Bowl will take place the next week, and the Super Bowl always triggers increase trafficking. A tailgating event will be held on January 25th starting at 5:00 p.m. A focus on awareness and action will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We all can get educated on the issue, become aware of warning signs and get involved in the fight against Human Trafficking. It's a despicable crime and all of us need to be aware and help bring it to an end. FREE Registration available on line at Registration requested by January 4, 2019. This is a FREE event sponsored by North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women. Contact: Jessica Godfrey Phone: (404) 229-7214 Email: if additional information is needed.

Link to Additional Information →

Marriage Enrichment Retreats at Lake Junaluska

We are created for a lifetime of love and intimacy, but relationships can be hard, even for the happiest couples. Distance, frustration and disconnection can enter through any number of life's events. This retreat will help you better understand your partner and learn to cultivate a warmer, more joyful and loving relationship. Learn more at or call 800-222-4930.

Cost: $669 per couple. Includes two nights lodging, five meals and sessions.


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-           August 18-20, 2019

-           September 29 - October 1, 2019