News and events from across the conference


Dunwoody UMC: Professional singers perform    
     The Concert Series at Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents Coro Vocati at 4 p.m. Feb. 20, a “called” group of professional singers in a choral program of contemporary composers from North and South America that concludes with folk songs.  Suggested donation, $10. 1548 Mt. Vernon Road. 770-394-0675.  
Roswell UMC: Event celebrates global impact
     Mission partners serving in Roswell, North Fulton, metro Atlanta, nationally, and internationally will be honored at Roswell United Methodist's 6th Annual Global Impact Celebration Feb. 23-27. This year’s theme is "Each One Reach One," and focuses on families, fun, and first-time mission goers. The event will feature hands-on opportunities to package food for worldwide distribution, music and prayer concerts, and more. For information about the events, contact Mike Phelps, Director of Missions and Service, 770-261-1716 or, or
Conyers First UMC: A day of service
     Activity began well before dawn on a recent Saturday morning at Conyers First United Methodist.
      The busy day started at 4 a.m. when a church member opened the kitchen to heat 161 meals that had been prepared and refrigerated the day before by members of the local Catholic church. At 7 a.m., several other workers arrived to pack the hot meals, which were picked up by 10 groups of volunteers from other churches and clubs, and taken to local shut-ins.
     At 6:30 a.m., six men from the Emmaus community gathered for a weekly prayer meeting. At 7 a.m., a husband and wife team made 170 sandwiches to be delivered that night to the homeless in Atlanta. Also at 7, several women arrived to make breakfast for 25 young girls who attended an overnight Princess retreat.
    Boys Scouts arrive on campus at 8 a.m. to make rope bridges and a tower to show their skills on scout Sunday. At 8:30 a.m., mission committee representatives drove to a local neighborhood and opened the Clothes Closet Trailer so residents could “shop.”
    At 9 a.m., a group of men serving the prison community met for a planning session. At 2 p.m., 50 family members and friends witnessed a young man becoming an Eagle Scout. At 6:30 p.m., 130 members of the Emmaus community and 20 children held a praise service and enjoyed desserts.
     On that day of service, Conyers First was the hub for feeding 240 people and the gathering of others to serve or be served.
Murray County UM churches join for webcast
       The United Methodist Churches of Murray County are sponsoring “The Case for Christianity” live webcast, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 12 at North Murray High School’s auditorium. Authors Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelburg will discuss the latest scientific evidence for God and the latest historical evidence for Jesus. They will also be answering the questions “Why does God allow pain and suffering” and “Is Jesus really the only way to God?”              
        The $5 charge covers the cost of lunch and snacks. For more information, call 706-695-3211, e-mail Rev. Roger Vest at, or visit
Canton First UMC: Give blood, save lives
       A Red Cross blood drive is set for 2-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Canton church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd.  January’s snow and ice storms caused many disruptions and cancellations of blood drives, so reserves are running low. There’s a particular need for 0-negative blood. For information on other drives in the area, or how to set up a donation site at your church, call 800-RED-Cross or visit
Roswell UMC: The Gospel, Cotton Patch style
     The Cotton Patch Gospel will be performed at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at Roswell United Methodist, as part of the Sounds of the Spirit Concert Series. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Available at or at the church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. 770-594-0512.
Springs UMC member to sign books
     A book signing for “Haven's Heaven,” a Christian children's book written and illustrated by Braselton resident Katie Grant, is set for 1-3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the LifeWay Christian Stores at the Mall of Georgia. The book is based on questions the author’s children asked after children their age passed away. Half of the net proceeds from the book sales will benefit three Atlanta foundations chosen by the families who inspired the questions in the book: Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities; Brain Tumor Foundation for Children Atlanta, Inc., and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  For more information, visit
Mt. Bethel UMC: Music, messages in March
      A Manhattan Melodies evening, set for 6:30-9 p.m. March 4, features talented youth and staff members singing the best of Broadway. Other highlights include a dinner buffet and a silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the music and mission tours of Mt. Bethel’s youth choirs.
      An evening with Christian vocalist and speaker Lori Kennedy ( is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 24. A potluck meal and fellowship will be followed by worship and a dramatic presentation. Free tickets available at the church’s bookstore or at Ladies are asked to bring a dinner dish to share.
      The church is in Marietta at 4385 Lower Roswell Road.
Spring break alternative that helps others
      Harvest of Hope, a program offered by End Hunger, is offering a hunger relief mission opportunity March 6-12 in Orlando. Cost is $150, not including travel. During this year’s spring break, the college students participating saved and distributed 18,000 pounds of fresh produce, and boxed and shipped 34,000 pounds of canned goods. For more information, call 800-333-4597, e-mail or visit
Snellville UMC: Senior tradition continues
      The 17th annual XYZ Day (Extra Years of Zest Day) will be held 9:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m. March 15 at the Snellville church’s Christian Life Center. Registration opens at 8:45 am. The event, for members of all denominations, was planned by seniors from Tucker, Mountain Park, Harmony Grove and Snellville United Methodist churches.
       Phillip Shoultz, an accomplished conductor, educator, vocalist and speaker will be the keynote speaker. For details, call Linda Sallee at 770-364-5007, Jane McCombs at 770-939-0083, or Gailya Raines at 770-266-0209. Registration fee is $10 per person. Mail to Darla From, XYZ Treasurer, at Snellville UMC, 2428 Main Street, Snellville, GA 30078.  The church is in Snellville at 2428 Main Street East.
LaGrange FUMC: Sweet to preach, lecture
     Leonard Sweet will be the guest preacher for the Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m. March 9 at LaGrange First United Methodist Church. Sweet also will give a lecture at LaGrange College at 11:15 a.m. March 10. The public is invited.
     Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. In 2007, he was voted One of the 50 Most Influential Christian Leaders in America (#8). In 2006, he received the same honor (#32).
        Sweet has written more than 40 books and hundreds of articles. He has more than 1,000 published sermons, and currently is the chief weekly contributor to the lectionary-based Sweet has weekly podcasting on iTunes entitled Napkin Scribbles.
Athens FUMC: Bestselling author to speak 
     Bruce Feiler (“Walking the Bible,” “Abraham,” “Where God Was Born”) will be at the Athens church at 4:30 p.m. March 27, 2011, to bring a message of hope amidst cancer survival, and the value of family. Online tickets will be available at in January. Seating will be limited, general admission. Feiler will sign books after he speaks. The church is at 327 North Lumpkin Street.

Special travel opportunities for clergy and laity
     In recent years the North Georgia Conference has offered special travel opportunities to clergy and laity. Bishop Mike Watson believes that “shared time with fellow servants from the conference exploring our biblical roots is an extremely valuable experience.” Bishop and Mrs. Watson invite you to join them on two additional travel opportunities in 2011: Wesley Heritage, June 19-28 and the Western Mediterranean cruise including Spain, Portugal, and Morocco October 16-27.
Annual Conference guidelines for report, tote bags
      Reports for the 2011 North Georgia Annual Conference Handbook are due March 21. A detailed list of guidelines in preparing the reports can be found at and click on Offices, then Communications, then 2011 Annual Conference Session for more information. The deadline to request display table space is May 23.
LaGrange District members gather for missions
       A January District Training Event ended with a successful mission project that put hands and feet to the district’s 2011 theme, “Serving Christ Together.” About 200 volunteers worked for an hour to package 10,008 meals for Stop Hunger Now.
March Pre-Retirement Seminar planned
     Active clergy in the North Georgia Conference are invited to a Pre-Retirement Seminar 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 8 at Candler, room 252. If you are 58 years old or older or have 26 years of service or more in the United Methodist Church, you may be eligible to retire soon.
     Peter Hang from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits, a Social Security representative, Karen Fullerton and others will present information on pension, Social Security, Medicare, HealthFlex and other related information. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
     Lunch is included, so reservations are required. E-mail or, or call 678 533-1391.
Johns Creek UMC: Tropical show and auction
      Clothes for men, women, teens and children will be featured at the annual Style Show and Silent Auction, set to begin at 9:15 a.m. March 26.  The “Summer Enchanted Evening” theme will be reflected in the clothing styles shown runway-style, and auction items that range from resort vacations, art pieces, design services and hand-crafted jewelry.
      Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. Proceeds will support four missions from Atlanta to Africa. Tickets are $15 per person, $100 reserved table of 8. Beverages and brunch included in the price. A partial list of auction items will be online in early March at The church is at 11180 Medlock Bridge Road. 770-497-8215.
United Methodist Men: Conference, golf outing
      The Faith in Action Mission Conference includes Training and Certification Classes, and a ministry fair with a guest appearance by Simon Peter during lunch.  No charge to attend conference or ministry fair, but some classes will have small fees for materials or background checks needed to receive certification.
     This mission conference is a collaborative ministry of the United Methodist Men of the North Georgia Conference, North Georgia Conference Connectional Ministries (through the Outreach Team) and Snellville United Methodist Church. 
     The Spring Golf Outing is the second annual event at Rivermont Golf and Country Club in Johns Creek, set this year for April 26. Proceeds will benefit the United Methodist Men of the North Georgia Conference.  The format is a 4-Man Scramble (limited to the first 144 players). Cost is $125 per player or $500 per foursome and includes all golf, box lunch, soft drinks, prizes and food.
      For more information, visit