LAGR Special Events and News

The District Office/Denise Wilson email address is changing to  Please discontinue use of the address.



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!




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

Plans are being made to send a district mission team to El Salvador January 18-25, 2020.  We are looking for team leaders and volunteers. Please contact Rev. Tommy Holder ( to volunteer.  If you are interested in participating in the trip, a $100 check, made payable to LaGrange District UMC will reserve a spot for you.  Total cost will be around $1500 and will cover all transportation, accommodations, and food.

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.


Leadership UMC
LUMC is recognized throughout the country as a premier program for equipping laity to serve in partnership with clergy for mission and ministry within the community and around the globe.  LUMC is unique in its design to offer Methodist laity an experience that mentors graduates for a life-long journey “in the connection”.  Applications are now available for the 2019-20 classes.  There are 4 weekends of sessions over a 6 month period and the cost is shared between the participant, their home church and the district.  For more information and an application, contact the district office or click here.  Application must be received in the district office by September 15.

Murphy Harpst Special Offering

Remember this year's Special Offering Sunday benefiting Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers will be held on July 21st!  While the conference has designated this date, your church is free to select any Sunday that works best in your schedule. Materials are being distributed to churches who have participated in the Special Offering Sunday in any of the previous three years; however materials are available if your congregation would like to participate this year! Supplemental handouts such as Informational Sheets and Newsletters are also available for your church. Individuals may also give online at:

If you would like to request additional materials, or to find out more about getting involved with  Murphy-Harpst, please contact Claire Wood at Thank you for supporting the children at Murphy-Harpst!


Grant for Advent and Christmas Outreach Events ( FREE MONEY!)

United Methodist Communications is providing a brand new grant opportunity to help you reach out to your community this holiday season! Complete the online interest form to receive updates and early access to the grant application. Then, pick a date between Nov. 28 and Jan. 6 and plan an event that is outreach-focused – such as a table along a race route, a holiday music concert in the park, a live nativity scene, etc. UMCom will partner with you to provide customized marketing materials and planning resources to ensure your event is a success! (Can’t plan an event? Don’t worry – the Advent outreach print materials you’ve come to expect are also on the way in early fall!)


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