LAGR Special Events and News

Sunday, March 24, 4-6pm
Cascade UMC (3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta)

Clergy and Laity in the district are invited to join with others from the Atlanta College Park and Griffin Districts for this informational update on the activities of the recent General Conference. 

Clergy Retiree Spring Celebration

Clergy retirees are invited to welcome the upcoming retirees of the North Georgia Conference at the Retirees' Spring Celebration. This great day of food and fun is April 23 at Oak Grove UMC from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. You will learn about the 2019 General Conference from delegation leaders Mathew Pinson and Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder and hear from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. You will also have a chance to meet the ordinands who will move into full connection at the 2019 Annual Conference. The deadline for registration is March 29, 2019.

Messy Church Competition

We all have places in our churches that get messy from time to time; a Sunday school room, the coffee station or the corner of the gathering area that holds the lost and found items.

The LaGrange District Strategic Growth Team is challenging you to “Clean Up Your Messy Spaces”. Our Visitors sometimes see our messy spaces first.

  1. Locate that messy part of your church and take a before picture
  2. Clean/ Organize/ Take out the trash and take an after picture of your cleaned-up space
  3. Send your before and after picture to

Include the name of the church, church address, and who to contact if you win. Also include the name of the area that is no longer messy

  1. A Professional Organizer will judge who does the best in getting rid of their mess.
  2. All entries must be sent to by Monday March 11, 2019

The prize will be a free meeting at your church with Heidi Leonard, a Professional Organizer.  She will come to your church and guide you on how to organize another space you think needs work.

District Nominating Committee will meet April 11
Anyone interested in serving on a district committee should contact their pastor and request that the pastor submit their name to the district office.  Committees are made up off both clergy and laity, so we need interested clergy as well.


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


Denman Award Nominations

Starting on February 8, 2019 we will again be accepting nominations for the Harry Denman Conference Evangelism Clergy, Laity and Youth Awards. Below are links to the Denman award brochure and the nomination form. Please complete and submit your nominations to Rev. Joyce Banks Gross by March 25, 2019. (NOTE: Please use the form below.)

We would like the nominations sent to us in a digital format (examples include PDF or DOC files), which can be e-mailed to If you need help in getting the form into that format, please e-mail Joyce and she can help you.

Nomination Form and Brochure

There is one form for clergy, laity, and youth nominations.


The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Is Offering Scholarships To College Bound Students

4 people between the ages of 17-35 will have the opportunity to win a $1000.00 scholarship within the four conferences:  Florida UMC Conference, Alabama – West Florida UMC Conference, North Georgia UMC Conference, and South Georgia UMC Conference.  Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019 and each winner will be notified during the month of prior to each Annual Conference. The Winner of each Conference will be announced at the Conference. For Eligibility and to Apply Online click here  UMCFCU2019COLLEGESCHOLARSHIP.  A hard copy of the application can be downloaded from the website,, or obtained at either the Georgia or Florida branch offices.

Other UM scholarship opportunities are available at,, the website for the Georgia UM Commission on Higher Education & Campus Ministry.

Kindling the FireMonday, March 18, 2019 to Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Camp Glisson

What Will You Do at the Retreat?
• Hear lectionary lessons read aloud by District Superintendents and church leaders  as you take notes and record your ideas
• Spend quiet time developing your themes, objectives, and images for each Sunday
• Identify potential preaching series within the lectionary
• Discuss themes, observations, and insights season-by-season for the months ahead 
• Coordinate your preaching schedule with vacation plans and other personal calendar considerations
What Will You Take Home?
• A plan for preaching August 2019 - Easter 2020
• A coordinated worship calendar with themes and texts that can be shared with worship leaders, staff and key laity.

*New this year: Hands-on experience creating original altar-scapes and worship visuals to enhance your congregation's engagement in worship.  


 Suicide Intervention Training – led by Chaplain LTC Kenneth Koon

Newnan First UMC, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9am to 3:30pm

In the past 10 years, suicide in 4 of the 5 counties in the LaGrange District have experienced suicide rates higher than the national average by as much as 41%.  Nearly 13,000 caring individuals have participated in the Intervene Challenge featuring the Listen/Learn/Lead curriculum.  Participants will:  Increase personal awareness, Identify risk factors & warning signs; Discuss attitudes that help and hurt; and Gain the skills that save lives. The training is open to all with a desire to turn the tide on suicide in our communities and offers .5 CEU’s to those who request it. Cost for the event is just $12 for lunch.  Register today at


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.


-           March 10-12, 2019

-           August 18-20, 2019

-           September 29 - October 1, 2019