News and notes from around the conference


Christ UMC: Community garden plots available
Christ UMC had created a community garden, and appointed a Community Garden Association to manage the 20 raised beds (4-feet by 12-feet) and the activities and events concerning the garden. A $10 annual fee secures a plot. The church is at 1340 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-993-3945.

 Calvary UMC: Youth led hunger efforts
     Almost 40 members of Calvary United Methodist, led by the 2011 Youth Confirmation Class,   joined more than 10,000 metro Atlantans for the Hunger Walk/Run on March 13. The confirmands helped Calvary raise almost $650 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other metro Atlanta charities.
     Calvary's food bank is open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. According to the Community Food Bank, which provides resources for Calvary, its distribution to more than 700 nonprofits has increased 40 percent this year. The Food Bank started the Hunger Walk in 1984 as a small volunteer event created in response to domestic and international hunger issues.
Roswell UMC: Fleming presents new seminar
     Dr. Jim Fleming will bring "Lessons about God from the Land of the Bible" to Roswell UMC on April 30. Dr. Fleming is a scholar of biblical archaeology, history, and interpretation, and is in demand as a teacher around the world.
     The stage of the biblical drama is the lands we call the "Land of the Bible." Learn how the biblical lands are a microcosm of the world, and how the land has shaped our understanding of God. Because of where they lived, God's people always wondered "when" the next enemy would come - not "if." They knew there would be food only if there were sufficient rainfall that year. The deserts of much of the biblical drama enabled one to hear a God who spoke in a still, small voice.  
    Come to a deeper understanding of the Bible itself through a better understanding of the stage on which it is set. Price is $15 for a single lecture, or $40 for three-lecture series that includes lunch. First lecture begins at 8:15 a.m. To register:, or contact Rev. Julie Wright, or 770-261-1732.
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.
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
Poet and pastor pair up for end-of-life lectures
     Poet Thomas Lynch and preacher Thomas G. Long know they can’t stop death, but they’re on a mission to change how the living deal with it. They take the stage April 11-12 at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology as part of a four-city lecture tour called “The Undertaking,” designed to return reverential ritual and metaphor to end-of-life practices.
     “The Undertaking” serves as Candler’s annual Whiteside Lectures sponsored by the school’s Office of Lifelong Learning and is ideal for pastors, and funeral and hospice professionals. It includes a reading by Lynch on April 11 at 7 p.m. in Candler room 252, which is free and open to the public. The April 12 lectures in Cannon Chapel offer CEU credit and require a $75 admission fee and online registration.
      For more information, visit
Villa Rica First UMC: Guest speaker for revival
     Rev. Andy Woodworth, pastor at Aragon UMC, will be guest speaker at Villa Rica First United Methodist Church’s spring revival, 7 p.m. April 10-12. The church is at 206 North Avenue, Villa Rica. 770-459-3067.
Mt. Pisgah UMC: 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
Saint Mark UMC: Joins Reconciling Ministries Network
     On March 13, in honor of members who opened the doors of the church to the gay and transgendered community in Midtown some 20 years ago, Saint Mark United Methodist Church voted to affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network. Inspired by sister churches, Grant Park Aldersgate UMC, Trinitry UMC, and Druid Hills UMC, to fulfill vows to be witnesses for Jesus Christ, Saint Mark is proud to offer its testimony for full inclusion of all God’s children in the United Methodist Church to the wider national network of churches working toward this goal. For more information about RMN, visit
Golf fundraiser benefits 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 
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.
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
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.
Hillside UMC: Ginny Owens in concert
      The Dove Award winning singer and songwriter, Ginny Owens, will be in concert at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Woodstock church, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway. Doors open at 6 p.m. General seating tickets $10. The concert is a great event for date night, Ladies Night Our or youth and adult small group outings. To listen to Owens or purchase tickets, visit
 Youth celebrate end of school year 
    This year's Atlanta-Roswell District Youth End of School Main Event takes place 7-11 p.m. May 20 at Laser Quest in Gwinnett. Cost will be $25 per participant and includes dinner. For more information, contact Stephen Streett at   
United Methodist Men: Golf outing
     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
Coke’s Chapel UMC: 2nd 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
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
Jackson UMC: A fun fundraiser
    Jackson UMC held their first annual Academy Awards Fun-raiser for Honduras Missions on February 27, raising several thousand dollars to support the mission team. The black tie event was both the radical hospitality and risk-taking mission support. Nearly 100 members and neighbors gathered for the four-hour gala that included trivia, prizes, movie-themed hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The grand prize winner, Mary Frances Daniel, correctly guessed 16 of the Oscar recipients and won a Netflix subscription and Oscar replica of her own.