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The Vine Hosts Successful First Sunday At Second Campus

8/13/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The Vine UMC in Braselton is taking a big step in its effort to make new places for new people by becoming a multi-campus church. The Springs UMC in Flowery Branch closed in 2014, but on Sunday, August 9, its building opened its doors again for the soft launch of The Vine’s second campus (new churches often have a “soft launch” before officially opening to the public, in order to best complete the finishing touches). About 180 worshippers plus more ...



United Methodist Communications Offers Grants to Local Churches

7/23/2015
United Methodist Communications offers a number of grants to local churches. These grants provide far more than monetary assistance by focusing instead on providing congregations with individual guidance and hand-picked resources. Three North Georgia United Methodist churches have been selected as grant recipients in 2015. The Vine in Flowery Branch received the New Church Start Grant in preparation of their launch date on August 9, 2015. Since about 2009, this grant for new plants has provided...



Redemption UMC Forms Special Connections Through Extraordinary Summer Camp

7/20/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Redemption UMC in College Park wanted to make a difference for the local children participating in their summer camp this year. However, they also made a difference in the lives of a youth group in Sarasota Florida. Redemption UMC has witnessed the needs of their young community. They see children growing up in housing projects, on reduced or free lunch during the school season. Rev. Robert Crawford always had big goals for the church’s summer camp....



Madison First UMC Provides Free Yoga Class for Cancer Patients

7/13/2015
Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Allie Bourgeois offers a new sense of worship through her free yoga class for cancer patients and care givers, offered at Madison First UMC. This particular yoga class focuses on relaxation, spiritual connection, as well as human touch. While working towards the master level for yoga instructors, Bourgeois took a class on leading yoga sessions for cancer patients, and it ignited a passion to provide the opportunity for patients in her home town of ...



Flat Shoals UMC Creates GED Initiative for Dekalb County

6/2/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Flat Shoals UMC of Decatur is not a large church, but they are harvesting big dreams through their new GED Initiative. Its tagline: “Welcome to Success”. The church, led by Rev. Dr. Hubert Brown, held an open house for the congregation and community on Sunday, May 17th. The program, beginning its first semester on June 4th, aims to provide education for those in the county without a high school diploma, and for only $10 a person. “They need a larger...



Due West UMC Hosts Community-Wide 'Food Truck Funday'

5/14/2015
Due West UMC hosted their second annual Food Truck Funday on their "green space", hosting five food trucks, a dessert vendor, and a band. The day also included inflatables and face painting for the children. After finding success with their annual picnic, Due West UMC decided two years ago to aim a little higher than the usual potluck style. This year, over a thousand people attended from around the neighborhood, including those driving by after their church service.  As the event continues to...



Second Avenue UMC Uses Parking Lot for Comical and Prayerful Relief

5/12/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Rev. Beth Sanders of Second Avenue UMC in Rome noticed that the church parking lot was becoming popular with those avoiding traffic, turning around, or even eating their lunch. Instead of treating them as trespassers, the congregation installed a drive-up prayer box where visitors can write and submit their prayers. Being a church with a sense of humor, the pastor inaugurated the box with “A Wing & A Prayer” on Saturday, May 2, where passersby could ...



United Methodists Respond to Baltimore Riots

4/28/2015
The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, left, superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District, speaks with the Rev. Cordell Hunter, Presiding Elder of the Eastern District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, at Bethel AME in Baltimore. Photo by Erik Alsgaard By Melissa Lauber and Erik Alsgaard Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church Fire from burning cars lit some of Baltimore’s streets Monday night, April 27. Looters seemed to strike indiscriminately. As darkness ...



Wesley UMC Hides and Hand-Delivers Eggs for Surprise Community Easter Egg Hunt

4/2/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Wesley UMC in Evans is taking Easter egg hunting to a whole new level. After watching an inspirational TED Talk about how Christmas lights influenced guerrillas soldiers to lay down their weapons, Rev. Adam Hilderbrandt decided to take Easter inspiration into the Evans community. He invited his congregation to deliver and hide Easter eggs all around town. Members were asked to take at least six eggs and fill them with small gifts, like a dollar bill,...



Atlanta-Marietta Distrct UMCs plus Housing and Homeless Council Collaborate on Habitat Build

3/27/2015
Four Atlanta-Marietta District UMCs and the Conference Housing and Homeless Council  Take Part in Canton Habitat Build Sial Khup was jailed for preaching the gospel in his native Burma. His home was then raided and watched by the police, and his wife, Esther, was forced to flee the country with their children. After living in a refugee camp in Malaysia, Esther was able to immigrate to the United States. Five years later, Sial reunited with his family here in Georgia. Last Saturday, Habitat for ...



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