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'Biggest Loser' Finalist coming to Rome First

Joe Ostaszewski, finalist from last season’s The Biggest Loser, will share his story as part of Rev. Chris  Barbieri’s sermon on January 5 at Rome First UMC.   Joe was a star football player at Florida State in the 80s. After his playing days were over, his weight ballooned and his health declined. Drawing on his faith and sensing he was called to take action, Joe applied for The Biggest Loser and was accepted on to last season’s show. He made it to the final episode and in the end lost nearly ...

Registration Now Open for 2014 Large Church Initiative: Event To Be Held in North Georgia

Conference Set for April 28-30 at Mount Pisgah UMC Registration is now open for Continuum - “Engaging All Generations," the 2014 Large Church Initiative Conference of the United Methodist Church. LCI 2014 will be held April 28–30 at Mount Pisgah United Methodist in Johns Creek. Online registration, early bird rates, and a complete conference schedule are now available at www.LCI2014.com.   “We are extremely excited about hosting LCI and clergy, staff, and lay that will come as teams to ...

Renovation Renders Cannon Chapel More Inclusive, Tech-Savvy

By Rachel Reiff Ellis Candler School of Theology   After more than three decades of almost daily use, Emory’s iconic and central worship space, William R. Cannon Chapel, has undergone its first building-wide systematic renovation. Built in 1981, the chapel hosts daily classes and five worship services a week for Candler School of Theology students, plus regular gatherings for other religious groups at Emory.   Updating Cannon was essential to Candler’s mission, according to Dean Jan Love. “...

Friendship UMC Offers Unique Worship Variety

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist for North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church Most churches maintain a certain “vibe” when it comes to their worship; however Friendship UMC of Hephzibah has a vibe like no other. Pastor Mark Taylor leads the congregation of 80-100 people with a laid back approach and casual dress code. The church does not currently have a website, but instead has a YouTube account. A visit to the account immediately reveals why. While there are ...

Leonard Sweet to Preach and Teach at Duluth First

Dr. Leonard Sweet, a distinguished professor, evangelist, United Methodist minister, and author of many inspiring books including The Gospel According to Starbucks and Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who’s Already There, will be preaching and teaching at Duluth First UMC August 2- 4.   Sweet will be keynote speaker at the “Gather Us In” church revival August 2-4.  The public is invited to hear him speak at revival services on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and at two Sunday services. ...

Bob Farr, author of 'Renovate or Die,' spends a week inspiring North Georgians

By Sybil Davidson Bob Farr, author of the book "Renovate or Die: 10 Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission," spent several days with North Georgia clergy and laity giving practical tips on reaching their communities. Farr was keynote speaker for more than 550 clergy and laity, who attended the Atlanta-Emory/Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford district training at Snellville UMC. He then led a two-day retreat for AMRY District clergy. Later in the week, Farr spent a day with the 2013 START (Strategic ...

Preachers called to Kindle the Fire at Lectionary Reading Week

By GLENN HANNIGAN       It is a question every pastor has heard at one time or another: How far in advance do you plan your sermons?       In previous years, Zack Martin, pastor of Lanier UMC in Cumming, answered in a manner similar to many preachers. “I don’t plan ahead,” Martin would say. “I preach the lectionary.”       As Martin recalls, “I worked week to week. But I think you could spell week with an ‘a’. It was not the most effective use of my time.”       Though Martin still follows the ...

Several United Methodist churches will hold Election Day Communion Services

Several North Georgia United Methodist churches are holding Holy Communion on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Each communion table is open and you are invited to take part. If we are missing a church or a time, add it in the Comments section below. For directions to any of the churches and contact information, type the name of the church in our Church Locator. Held Tuesday, Nov. 6, unless otherwise noted Acworth UMC - 6 pm Berkmar UMC, Lilburn - 7:15 pm Boynton UMC near Ringgold - noon and 7pm ...

Consider sharing Holy Communion on Election Day

Election day is almost here. We as citizens of this country hold differing viewpoints and opinions that will influence the ballots we cast. Yet, as members of the body of Christ, the church, we confess our belief that the Sacrament of Holy Communion can make us one with Christ, “one with each other, and one in service to all the world”.    It is in this spirit that the North Georgia Conference Worship Ministry Team shares with you this information about an opportunity to invite persons in your ...

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