LAGR Special Events and News

The District Office/Denise Wilson email address is changing to lagr@ngumc.net.  Please discontinue use of the bellsouth.net address.

 

CHARGE CONFERENCES

Sunday, November 10 @ LaGrange First UMC, 3:00pm
Special Guest Preacher:  Dr. Byron Thomas
(All paperwork due to District Office by Nov. 1)

Sunday, November 17 @ Providence UMC, 3:00pm
Special Guest Preacher:  Dr. David Naglee
(All paperwork due to District Office by Nov. 8)

For more information on Charge Conference reports and which churches meet on which date, please see the Reports Due page of the District

 

Move Input Forms Due

Forms are due from every appointed pastor and SPR Committee by November 21.  Forms can be downloaded from the Reports Dues page of the District Website.  Please be sure SPR Committees have scheduled meetings to address this issue and that the forms have all required signatures!

 

District Training Event, February 1

The LaGrange District Board of Laity is sponsoring the annual District Training Event for 2020 on Saturday, February 1, at the Fayetteville First UMC.  The date and format are a little bit different this year as we will begin the day with a “Breakfast Church” event, very similar to the “Dinner Church” that many congregations are using as a Fresh Expression ministry.  This will allow workshop participants to not only eat breakfast together, but experience how the Dinner Church works.  Following that group activity, there will be 8 workshops that participants can choose from including:  Church Finance, Cemetery Associations, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Local & International Missions, and Regional Disaster Response. 

Please mark the date for this important event and be on the lookout for more details in the next couple of weeks.  PLEASE NOTE that because of the breakfast that will be provided, we are asking that participants register in advance.  There will be more information on how to do this coming soon.  Check back here or with your pastor.

 

Healthflex Participants, It’s Annual Election Time

Clergy and Laity that participate in the conference health insurance should take note that the Annual Election period is now through November 14.  You must log onto the Wespath site and make your elections for 2020.

North Georgia Delegation Schedules Two Listening Sessions

The North Georgia delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference has scheduled two listening sessions to hear from North Georgia United Methodists. The first session is set for Saturday, November 16, at Marietta First UMC. The second will be Saturday, February 1, at Griffin First UMC. 

Registration is now open for the first session.

Clergy and laity of the North Georgia Conference are invited to address the delegation on topics related to the 2020 General Conference. Maximum length of presentations will be communicated to registrants prior to the session. 

Information and Speaker Registration: Listening Session 1

Marietta First UMC
Saturday, November 16
1 to 2:30 pm
REGISTER
 

Clergy CEU Opportunities

The first week of "Clergy Education" online classes was recently held with Phil Maynard, Glenna Manning, Wil Cantrell, Phil Schroeder and Kay Kotan. Attendees were enthusiastic and the reviews have been great. We continue with additional classes led by Quincy Brown, Wil Cantrell, Kay Kotan, Phil Schroeder, Glenna Manning and Bishop Kenneth Carder.  This information is meant to familiarize you with clergyeducation.com. Information concerning classes and instructors can be found at: clergyeducation.com .

Upcoming Classes at ClergyEducation.com :

Nov 5 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central: Quincy Brown: Engaging Your Community: Answering the Questions Your Community is Asking

Nov 7 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Glenna Manning and Wil Cantrell: Preaching and Teaching the Christmas Story

Nov 11 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Bishop Kenneth Carder: Being an Effective Pastor in the 21st Century

Nov 12 at 1:00pm Eastern/Noon Central: Bishop Kenneth Carder: Being an Effective Pastor in the 21st Century

Nov 12 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Phil Schroeder & Kay Kotan: Launching Leaders: Developing Leaders in the Local Church

Online classes are live, and attendees will participate in question/answer session during the final portion of each class, allowing them to ask questions of the instructors.  The fee for each one-hour classes is $25. UM clergy will receive a 20 percent discount in October and November when using the following discount code: clergy20

Upon registration and class attendance, participants will receive a certificate designating their attendance, with applicable information, which can be turned in to district or conference officials.  More information concerning Market Square Books can be found at marketsquarebooks.com. At Market Square, you will find books by United Methodist authors, including several best-selling titles over the past three years.

 

Attention Local Pastors participating in Course of Study:

Payments for Course of Study class tuition are changing!  Please review the information at this link for details:  Study  https://northga-reg.brtapp.com/CourseofStudyMEFScholarship

 

ATTENTION CHURCHES WITH CEMETERIES:

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