News and notes from around the conference


Dunwoody UMC: Tribute to playwright
The Drama Group will perform scenes from the works of playwright Tennessee Williams during performances set for 7 p.m. April 1-2 and 3 p.m. April 3 at the Dunwoody church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road. Tickets are $10 at the door. Mature themes, onstage limited seating.
 Big Bethel AME: Prayer walk around campus
     Big Bethel AME Church, together with friends and supporters of Morris Brown College, are planning a spirited Jericho Walk Prayer Vigil around the Morris Brown campus beginning 10 a.m. March 26. The “Walk,” patterned after the great prayer victory at Jericho from the Hebrew Scriptures, is intended to bring a renewed spirit of positive focus to the needs of one of this nation's historic educational landmarks. 
     “We want people across the city of Atlanta to understand that Morris Brown has continued to survive since losing its accreditation in 2003, and we are asking for the community to come out and pray with us for the growth and revival of this institution,” said the Rev. Joyce Young, Jericho Walk Coordinator.
      The faith based initiative invites and encourages participation from all metro Atlanta churches, synagogues, mosques, community action groups, HBCU alums and citizens who believe in the power of prayer and who have a love for the outstanding contribution of Morris Brown College to Atlanta and the world. The walk is spearheaded by alumni, family, friends, supporters and individuals who have a passion for seeing the 130-year-old institution remain a “haven for all hungry souls.”
        Other activities for the 2011 Morris Brown College Ministry Observance include the college Founder’s Day celebration at 11 a.m. March 18 at Big Bethel AME and the Morris Brown College Jazz/Gospel Brunch at 11 a.m. March 19 at Copeland’s at Cumberland, featuring “Milkshake” Mayfield, world renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn player. Donation $30.
       Morris Brown College Worship Services will be held at 7:45 and 11 a.m. March 27 at Big Bethel AME Church. For more information, call the church at 404-827-9709 or Reverend Joyce Young, Jericho Walk coordinator, at 678-772-5729. 
Atlanta Roswell District Habitat build
      Dunwoody UMC and Habitat for Humanity are working together this spring to eliminate substandard housing in Atlanta, and asking for help from the Atlanta Roswell district churches. Volunteers will come together on seven Saturdays, April 16-June 11 (excluding April 23 and May 28).
      Volunteers must be age 16 and over, and willing to put in a full day of work, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Skilled supervisors are onsite to instruct the activities - no specific skills are required.  There is a job for everyone.
      To register, contact Susan Anderson at Dunwoody UMC at 770-394-0675, ext. 136, or
Orange UMC: Family friendly evening planned
      A benevolence fundraiser production called “Those Were the Days” will be presented
at 5 p.m. March 26at Orange UMC, located in the Lathemtown Community off Hwy. 20 East in Canton.  Tickets are $8 for adults, and include a spaghetti meal that will follow the production. Donations accepted for children under age 12. For more information, call 770-886-9662.  
Mt. Pisgah UMC: Forth Annual Water for the World Run
      Mount Pisgah and the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce are presenting the Fourth Annual Water for the World Run at 7:30 a.m. April 30.
      The race helps provide water-stressed communities around the world with a continuous source of clean and safe water. Contaminated water is the leading cause of death in developing countries. This event features fun for the whole family: a 10K Peachtree Road Race qualifier, a 5K race, 1-mile Fun-Run/Bucket Walk, and a Tot-Trot. Games, prizes, food, and entertainment make for a memorable time for all.
     For more information, visit
Austell First UMC: Southern gospel concert
     Disciples in Song will perform a free concert for the community at Austell First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. March 27. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela, founded by one of the singers. Following the concert, everyone is invited to gather for a covered dish dinner. Disciples in Song is a men's vocal ensemble of United Methodists founded 20 years ago. The church is at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks next to Austell Primary School. 770-948-1806.
Golf fundraiser to benefit North Georgia College
     The 4th annual Wesley Foundation Golf Classic is set for May 9 at Achasta Golf Club, 639 Birch River Drive, Dahlonega. Registration will be held 7:30-8:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Benefits the Wesley Foundation at North Georgia College and State University.
    The tournament format will be a four-person scramble with team awards for gross and net scores.  There will be prizes for closest to the pin on all par threes and for the longest drive (men and women).  Included are range privileges, continental breakfast, on-links refreshments, lunch and a silent auction.  Also available is an optional package that includes mulligans, the putting contest and participation in the door prize drawings.
     Team cost is $600 or $150 per individual. Hole sponsorships are $150. The Classic is the Wesley Foundation's signature event.  By participating, you will be supporting Wesley in its mission to raise up disciples of Jesus Christ and to be a light on the campus at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.
      To sign up for the tournament or sponsor a hole, contact Harrison DeJarnett at 404-358-6333 or 
Bowen UMC: Activities celebrate women
       A prayer brunch at 10 a.m. March 19, and a celebration service at 11 a.m. March 20 will be centered around the theme of “Christian Women Building a Strong Foundation in Faith, Service and Leadership.” Sunday’s speaker will be the Rev. Sharma Lewis, District Superintendent of the Atlanta Decatur Oxford District. The church is in Atlanta at 211 Arthur Langford Jr. Place SW. 404-627-2767.
Sugarloaf UMC: Event planned at Gwinnett fairground
     Gwinnett residents will be joining members of Sugarloaf United Methodist Church for a huge event that is so big, it will be held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on March 25-27.
     Three day shifts of 1,500 volunteers have been arranged to assemble 300,000 prepackaged meals from two semi-truckloads of rice, vitamins, soy and dehydrated vegetables. Organizers of the event, called From Hope to Hunger, will send the meals to Feed My Staring Children, an organization that feeds starving and malnourished kids around the world.
The event is a massive collective effort involving people from all faiths, denominations, and cultural backgrounds to focus on one issue: Hunger. 
     Through Feed My Starving Children, a meal can be provided to a starving child for .19 cents, and five children can be fed for $1. A year’s worth of food can be supplied to one child for $70.
     Teams of additional volunteers will collect canned goods for local Gwinnett County food banks during the three-day event. A celebration is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds to close the event. For details, visit
Harmony Grove UMC: Preschool fundraiser
    The church’s preschool is sponsoring a garage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30, to raise funds for the coming school year. The school has been a part of the Lilburn community for nearly 50 years.  The church is at 50 Harmony Grove Road. To donate items or get more information, call
770-564-0135 or e-mail
Johns Creek UMC: Spring carnival for kids
     The 6th annual Kids Helping Kids Spring Carnival will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000 for Camp Sparrowwood at Camp Glisson, Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s pediatric patients and the church’s preschool.
     The day’s events will include train rides, games, a dunk tank, hair styling, face painting, silent
auctions, inflatables, food, refreshments, pony rides and more. The church is in Duluth at 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Duluth. 770-418-1730. To buy tickets early at a discount rate, contact Jenny Letsch at Tickets also can be purchased day of event.

West Georgia campus to raise funds through banquet
       The United Methodist Campus Ministry at The University of West Georgia will have a fundraiser banquet, "Building a Stronger Foundation," at 6 p.m. March 19, at the First United Methodist Church, 206 Newnan Street, Carrollton, GA  30117.  Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight.  Rev. Tommy Greer, pastor of Victory UMC and Carrollton attorney, will be the guest speaker. Organizers are looking for alumni from this ministry, formerly the Wesley Foundation and also known as the Fish House.  Please e-mail for reservations or to share your alumni information.  Call Rev. Karen Kagiyama at 678-234-4977 for more information.

Deadline extended for college scholarship applications
     The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships deadline has been extended through April 4. Each year, through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Awards are made for the fall term of each school year.
      Learn more about the scholarships, eligibility, and to fill out an online application by visiting
McDonough First UMC: Dogwood planted in special remembrance
    A dogwood tree has been planted in the lawn at McDonough First in memory of office manager Martin Arias. Before being set in the ground, the tree was adorned with paper ornaments created by children and set up in the narthex as a “Giving Tree” during Advent.
     Members who wanted to supplement their mission giving and support the church’s “Fair Share” apportionments took one of the ornaments and gave an amount in honor or memory of someone they wanted to honor at Christmas. The program supported the church’s efforts to pay apportionments in full for 2010, which it has done traditionally.
      The tree planting dedication service was held on Feb. 27, exactly two years after Martin’s death, and was attended by his widow, Elaine Arias, and officiated by senior pastor, Rev. Dana Everhart.     
Exhibit offers artistic Stations of the Cross
      Lyn Pace, chaplain for Oxford College of Emory University, has commissioned an art exhibit for the school’s chapel, to run through April 22. 
     “It is meant to broaden our cultural experience and deepen our spiritual experience as we think about the last moments of Jesus’ life,” said Pace. The artist, Kris Neely, is the assistant dean for visual arts at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
       The free exhibit will be open to anyone. A public presentation with comments from the artist will be held on March 15.
Dahlonega UMC: Weekend to guide planning
       “Are You Thirsty?” is the theme for an evangelism weekend, set for April 8-10 at Dahlonega UMC, featuring Dr. Bob Tuttle, from Asbury Theological Seminary. The event will include teaching, healing and equipping services. For details, call Janet Eriksson, 706-864-2521 ext. 231.
Mt. Bethel UMC: Helping women overcome
      “Overcoming: Fulfill Your God-Given Destiny” is the theme for an evening with Christian vocalist and speaker Lori Kennedy ( is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 24 at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. 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 at 4385 Lower Roswell Road.
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.
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 four-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
New Hope UMC: Youth worker training
     A workshop will be led by Taressa Thompson, District Children & Youth Coordinator, from 9:30 a.m. until noon March 19 at the Fayetteville church. Lay and clergy members are invited to participate and learn how to impact youth ministry in the local church. Cost is $5, pre-registration required. For a registration form, e-mail or call 706-882-3343.
Coke’s Chapel UMC: Second annual children’s day
      Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a special children’s event at the Sharpsburg church, 10 a.m.-noon April 30. The theme will be “God’s Super Friends.” Children will take part in games, skits, a cookout, and learn how they can join God in His work to help save the world. Cost is $5 per person. Registration deadline is April 18. Registration forms and flyers available at
Snellville UMC: Mission conference, ministry fair
    A Faith in Action Mission Conference, sponsored by the United Methodist Men, is set for March 19. The event includes training and certification classes, a ministry fair, and a special guest appearance by Simon Peter. No cost to attend the conference or ministry fair, but some classes may require a small fee to cover materials or background checks. For more information, please visit
Older adult event planned for Simpsonwood 
    Senior adults, and people who work with older adults, in the North Georgia conference are invited to attend a special event on April 14, designed for both clergy and laity. Keynote speaker is Phil Schroeder, associate director of the Connectional Ministries Office. Workshops include: Remembering Your Story; Local Resources for Senior Needs; and Building a Seniors Ministry in Your Church. Special closing entertainment will be provided by Those Swingin’ Ole Dudes. Registration forms can be found at For more information, contact Louise Adams at 770-446-2411 or