LAGR Special Events and News

Clergy Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference - Thursday, June 13 at noon at the Classic Center.  Cost is $25 and reservations must be made through the District Office by June 2.  Checks made payable to LaGrange District UMC can be mailed to the District Office (200 Church Street, LaGrange, GA 30240) or given to Denise at the Pre-Conference Briefing on Sunday, June 2 at LaGrange First.


Georgia Pastor's School is July 15-18, 2019 at Epworth By the Sea - There are a limited number of First Time Attendees Housing Scholarship ($100) available.  If you are planning to attend Pastor’s School for the first time, let Denise know by June 10.  These are first come, first served, so the earlier the better!  Also, the district has 3 $110 tuition scholarships available for those with financial needs.  Deadline for requesting one of these scholarships is also June 10.  You can find additional information on the Pastor’s School speakers, schedule, and registration at



The District Set-Up meeting will be held on Sunday, August 18

at 3:00pm at Newnan First UMC, Annex Building.

At this meeting we will distribute the district calendar, district directory, apportionment notices, charge conference information, clergy evaluation information and much more!

More information will be coming soon, but make plans now to attend this very important meeting!


Retirement Reception for former LaGrange DS, Dr. David Naglee

Sunday, June 9, 3-5pm

Douglasville First UMC (61617 Prestley Mill Rd., Douglasville)





The District Church Development Committee has set aside funds to assist churches with the separation of cemeteries from the church.  Conference Chancellor and local Real Estate Attorney, Jim Thornton, led a workshop on this process at the district training on Feb. 10.  Grant forms are available below and from the district office that will provide up to $1500 on a first come, first served basis to churches who need financial assistance with this process.  All churches with cemeteries are encouraged to begin working on creating a Cemetery Association to run the cemetery separate from the church.

Procedure for creating a cemetery association

Grant Application


Mission News

The next Bridge to El Salvador mission trip is June 8-15, 2019. Team leaders are Blair and Laura Harlin.  They are still taking volunteers to serve on this team. Projects may include light construction and food distribution.  A $100 deposit made to the LaGrange District Office with "El Salvador June 2019" will reserve your place on the team.  Please contact Blair ( or Laura ( Harlin for more information. Total cost for the trip is approximately $1,100 per person.

Plans are being made to have two district mission trips to El Salvador in 2020, one in Jan/Feb and the second in Aug/Sep. We are looking for team leaders and volunteers. Please contact Rev. Tommy Holder ( to volunteer.

The LaGrange District will host an UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) Team Leader training on July 13 from 9 am - 12 pm at Turin United Methodist Church (20 Longstreet Ave., Turin, GA 30289) for anyone wanting to become certified or to recertify as a mission team leader.  All Bridge to El Salvador mission trips require UMVIM certified team leaders.  Rev. Tommy Holder and Maggie Clarke will lead the training session. Cost is $20 per person for the Team Leader Handbook and breakfast. Sign up with Denise Wilson at the District Office by June 30.

If you are interested in having a team come to your church or mission board and make a presentation about the LaGrange District Bridge to El Salvador, please contact Rev. Tommy Holder (

Board of Laity to Host Lay Candidate Forum 
Laity have an opportunity to hear from confirmed lay candidates for the North Georgia Conference 2020 General Conference Delegation. Candidates will speak briefly at a Lay Candidate Forum on Tuesday, June 11, at 10 am during the Laity Session of Annual Conference in the Grand Hall of the Classic Center. The Lay Candidate Handbook, including a brief statement from each candidate, will be available on or before April 10 at


Wesley Heritage Tour
with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

February 3-13, 2020
Starting at $3998, from Atlanta, GA
For more information, visit
    Tour – HE20, Date – 020320, Code – G

$300 Scholarships available for Clergy & $150 Scholarships available for Clergy spouses.  Email to apply.


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.


-           August 18-20, 2019

-           September 29 - October 1, 2019