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Atlanta Roswell District UMCs Provide In-Home Care Program to Older Adults

12/9/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist During his 24 years of preaching at Dunwoody UMC, retired pastor Rev. Wiley Stephens expressed a desire to provide more aid and activities for older adults. This request eventually transformed into Perimeter North Villages: a “virtual retirement village” of sorts, formed by six Atlanta-Roswell District UMCs. The communities surrounding Dunwoody UMC, Kingswood UMC, St. James UMC (Atlanta), Sandy Springs UMC, Chamblee UMC, and Winters Chapel UMC have...



Hartwell First UMC Small Groups Bring Generations Together

11/24/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist  Hartwell First UMC has always had a great attendance record during their three worship services, but they wanted to form a deeper connection between congregants across all services. Small Group Ministry Coordinator, Marci Garringer, discovered that members who went to different services didn’t know each other, and that only older adults attended Sunday School classes. She and her pastor, Allen Stewart decided to open up a new opportunity in the form...



Rabun County UMC Connectional Group Celebrates Clothing Closet Ribbon Cutting

11/18/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist On Thursday, November 5, the Rabun County UMC Connectional Group held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location of First Impressions: A Work Ready Clothes Closet. More than 60 people attended the celebration of the ministry’s new, larger space, including Gainesville District Superintendent Richard Chewning. The dream of First Impressions began in Dillard UMC in 2011, a church who sponsors local employment fairs. Ministry coordinator, Janine ...



KSU Wesley Foundation Connects Undergrads to Job Opportunities

11/12/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The Wesley Foundation at Kennesaw State University is helping to solve a very common problem that graduates face, especially those majoring in a creative field. The job world tends to seek the impossible: recent college graduates with career experience. With that in mind, KSU Wesley Director Evan Deyoung and Creative Director Nick Smith created a program that pairs the marketing and advertising needs of local churches and businesses with students ...



Rome UMCs Get into the Fall Spirit

10/19/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Several United Methodist Churches in Rome have celebrated the fall season by providing fun and helpful events for their community on Saturday, October 17. Second Avenue UMC hosted a unique spin on the usual Blessing of the Animals. The church invited their neighbors and pets to Paws Fur Prayers for an afternoon of free hot dogs, kibble, and clothing, blessings, and a yard sale. They also invited local animal rescue organizations to set up displays ...



For Fun and Fundraising: Cross and Flame Pumpkin Stencil

10/8/2015
For a variety of United Methodist Churches across our Conference, October means pumpkin patch fundraisers!  Trinity UMC's 18th annual Pumpkin Patch was even covered by their local paper, the The Rome News-Tribune. “The whole church comes together to do this,” said Steve Davis, church member, to the News-Tribune. “It’s wonderful. I’ve been participating since we started.” Read the full story here.  For extra fun in your church pumpkin patch or your own fall pumpkins, you're welcome to ...



Atlanta-Emory District Proves Church Can Happen Anywhere

10/6/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist United Methodist Churches across the Atlanta-Emory District are looking past the walls of their church building to find new, creative ways of worshiping and serving their communities.   Random Acts of Kindness and Community Connection McKendree UMC of Lawrenceville has a vast assortment of ministries, including a Popcorn Ministry where members hand out treats at local RedBoxes while inviting people to church, a bicycle repair co-op, bible studies with...



Baby Boomer Events Prepares the Generation for Things to Come

9/3/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Barbara Bruce invited North Georgia United Methodists to join her in discussing the Baby Boomer generation, hosted at two United Methodist Churches: Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta on Saturday, and Marvin UMC in Augusta on Sunday. Bruce was chosen as the featured speaker for “Are You Ready?” to encourage those in the Baby Boomer generation to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. The events also encouraged attendees to utilize this healthy trifecta...



Church Tailgates with Community

8/31/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Monticello First UMC hosted their annual Tailgate Service on Sunday, August 16, to kick off the school year for young local athletes and coaches. The evening service included two special guests with roots in the neighboring town of Jackson, Senator Burt Jones and former University of Georgia football player Paul Holmes. Holmes had a brief football career with the Dallas Cowboys after graduating UGA, then moved to Monticello where has involved himself...



Buford First UMC Breaks Ground on Christian Life Center

8/19/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The buzz that overflowed the sanctuary on Ground Breaking Sunday for the new Christian Life Center at Buford First UMC was lively and jubilant. The service, which doubled as Homecoming Sunday, was filled with music and words of encouragement from Bishop Othal Lakey of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Gainesville District Superintendent Rev. Richard Chewning. “We need a place for people to live from moment to moment,” Chewning said in his ...



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