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KidQuest: Bremen First Offers a Weekly 'Mini-VBS' to More than 100 Kids

By Rev. David Blackwood I have been appointed to Bremen First UMC since July of 2021. Bremen, a small town of about 7,000 people, is seeing growth as the Atlanta suburbs move west and Carrollton expands north. We know from MissionInsite that the majority of people moving to Bremen are young families drawn to the area for the school system and housing. The church is working to welcome these new families to our community and to help them find a place of community and connection.   KidQuest gives ...

Seven United Methodist Clergy to Participate in 'The 7 Last Words of Christ'

On Good Friday, April 15, seven United Methodist clergy from the Douglasville area will participate in "The 7 Last Words of Christ" at 7 pm at Golden Memorial UMC. This shared service will also be live-streamed at www.goldenmemorialumc.org.   "We are so grateful to God for this kindred, connectional spirit we share among the churches in Douglasville," said Rev. Robert King, pastor of Golden Memorial.  The participating clergy are Rev. Dr. Sam Newman of Midway in Douglasville, Rev. Orlando ...

9-Year-Old Raises Funds for UMCOR with 'Pound Cakes for Peace'

March 28 Update: To date, Smith has raised more than $3,500! When 9-year-old Senoia UMC member Smith heard about the crisis in Ukraine he wanted to do something to help. Today, with a kitchen (and family) covered in flour, he's sold nearly 50 pound cakes to raise funds to support the humanitarian work of UMCOR.  "Smith is the youngest of our four sons," said Smith's mom, Emily Wilson. "We have had many dinner discussions about the horror that is taking place in Ukraine. Our pastor [Rev. Ashley...

Grace UMC Covington Open as Warming Center

This winter Grace UMC in Covington has opened its doors as the local warming center location and will continue the outreach through the end of March. In partnership with the City of Covington, nine churches in the area are assisting with this project, including Covington First UMC.   The warming center operates 7 days a week from 5 pm through 8 am for people who need a warm place to sleep. The Rev. Dr. Robert Crawford, pastor of Grace, shared that guests are served dinner, breakfast, and given a...

Atlanta First UMC Welcomes Mayor, Faith Leaders for Affordable Housing Press Conference and Summit

“Lord, have your way in this place. Bring a fresh anointing. Show us the impossible because you make all things possible. We give you all the honor, glory, and praise” —Rev. Jasmine Smothers, prayer before a Faith Leaders Summit on Affordable Housing PHOTO ALBUM By Sybil Davidson Last week, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens held a press conference at Atlanta First UMC to announce the City of Atlanta’s Faith-based Land Development Initiative and introduce the inspiring work of Atlanta First UMC to ...

Acworth Food Pantry Meets Community Needs, Donating More than 1 Million Pounds of Food in the Pandemic

Acworth United Methodist Church has operated a food pantry every Tuesday for many years. Before COVID, a small group of closely-knit mostly senior volunteers served about 30 families per week through the food pantry. But since March of 2020, there has been a great increase in need in the community. Within a matter of a few weeks, the ministry went from seeing 30 families a week to more than 300 per week. At its peak, the church served 400 families a week. Obviously to meet those needs the ...

Global Ministries to Lead Webinar on “Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic”

Free Webinar Slated for Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 An update on “Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic” and UNICEF’s 2022 priorities for equitable vaccine distribution around the world through ACT-A/COVAX will be shared during a webinar slated for Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET. Registration is free and open to the public at https://unicefusa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5INLxfmDRLy4_h09XJHXdA.     Kathy Griffith, Global Health Team Lead / Senior Technical Adviser ...

Celebrating United Methodist Scholarship Recipients

We celebrate that the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education Office of Loans and Scholarships awarded more than 2,100 students a total of $5 million in financial assistance for 2021! These future leaders range from first-year Freshmen to Doctorate level students across the denomination.   North Georgia United Methodists received $177,250 in GBHEM scholarships this school year. See the names and churches of North Georgia Conference GBHEM scholarship recipients this year who have ...

Harmony Grove UMC Opens a Little Free Pantry for its Community

By Becky Nicovich In October 2021, a Little Free Pantry was installed on the campus of Harmony Grove UMC in Lilburn. For those unfamiliar with the Little Free Pantry concept, it is based on the Little Free Library® model, except the box is stocked with food and hygiene items instead of books. And though the box "lives" on the church campus, it belongs to the community. Anyone is welcome to take items from the box and anyone is welcome to place items in the box. The box is accessible 24/7. There...

Hero Tree: Madison First Member Remembers Fallen Colleagues

Ellen Welch has placed more than 400 ornaments on the Hero Tree recognizing members of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty this year. By Sybil Davidson In her everyday life, Ellen Welch is a Crime Scene Specialist and Investigator in the Morgan County Sherriff's Office. She's an active member of Madison First UMC where, among other roles, she has served as a nursery volunteer for 17 years. (She volunteers at the 9 a.m. service and attends 11 a.m. worship, her pastor Rev. Grady ...

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