North Georgia Notebook June 20, 2014


Ebenezer UMC of Jefferson to Hold Homecoming Service June 29th
Ebenezer UMC is proud to celebrate 182 years of active ministry and service to the Jackson Trail and surrounding communities. Services will begin at 11:00 AM with a covered dish luncheon to follow. This year, our guest preacher will be The Reverend Gerry M. Davis who served the Ebenezer-Lebanon Charge in 1979 and 1980.

Current Pastor, The Reverend Tim Taylor says, “It is always an honor to welcome back one of our leaders from the past to celebrate the influence they had on our congregation. Ebenezer UMC has such a rich history of loving and serving the community. She has served well for over 18 decades. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for us and the community.”Ebenezer United Methodist Church is located at 1368 Ebenezer Church Road, Jefferson, GA. For more information, please contact the church by calling 706-367-4269 or by email at You can also find additional information on their website,
Salem Campground Hosting 186th Campmeeting July 11-18
One of the most historic Camp Meetings in the North Georgia Conference will take place July 11-18 at Salem Campground between Covington and Conyers.

Dr. Leslie Holmes of Erskine Theology School of Augusta and Dr. Alice Rogers, pastor of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church of Atlanta, will be preaching at 10:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. services.  Dr. Hal Brady, a retired pastor and noted United Methodist evangelist, will preach Sunday, July 13, at the 10:45 a.m. service. Mr. Thomas Roberts will be song leader and special area choirs will be at each service. Also at each service, Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, the famous twin duo pianists, will be playing great sacred music selections on grand pianos.           
The hotel features a 125 seat dining hall and meal reservations can be made by calling 770-786-4916.  Church groups are urged to attend campmeeting.  Salem is interdenominational and everyone is welcome to attend. Youth are invited to a special youth service on Saturday, July 12 at 10:45am.      
For complete information on Salem, go to

Congratulations to Denman Award Winners
The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards are sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism and began being given out in 1981. They honor United Methodist clergy, lay, and youth persons in each annual conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for the work on Christian evangelism. At Annual Conference every year, the North Georgia Conference honors clergy and lay persons who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for the work on Christian Evangelism with this award. Neither the size of the local church with which the person is affiliated, the age or gender of the person, nor the length of their service limits a person’s eligibility.

This year, the following conference recipients are youth, Brandon Leo, laity, John Upchurch, and clergy, Ronny Brannen. Each year every district also selects someone to receive the Harry Denman Award for the district.  This year’s recipients include: Athens Elberton District- Anna Marie Lawrence, lay person at Bethlehem FUMC, Atlanta College Park District- Debie Marshal, lay person at Impact UMC,   Atlanta Decatur Oxford District- Robert Ward, clergy at Clifton UMC, Atlanta Emory District- Lisa Enberg, lay person at McKendree UMC, Atlanta Marietta District- Gigi Warren, clergy at Leland UMC 
Tom Davis, clergy at Due West UMC, Atlanta Roswell District- Stacey Hanson, clergy at Midway UMC in Alpharetta, Augusta District- Mark Maund, clergy at Riverview UMC, Gainesville District- Mark Burgess, clergy at First UMC of Union County, Griffin District- Kevin Barnes, clergy at Griffin FUMC, LaGrange District- Janey Allen, lay person at Cornerstone UMC, Northwest District- Angela Gilreath-Rivers, clergy at Douglas Street UMC, Rome Carrollton District- David Campbell, clergy at Trinity UMC in Rome.