News and events from across the conference


Christ UMC: Community garden plots available
    Christ UMC has 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.
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.
UMW entertain special guest
     A reception was held for Harriett Olson, the Women’s Division Deputy General Secretary, at Central UMC last month. Olson visited a gathering of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women between her speaking engagement at Emory (Candler) and visits to three of the National Mission Institutions.
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
Merit Scholars Program to help train leaders
       Gammon, which is the United Methodist Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, is offering a Merit Scholars Program beginning this fall.
     Qualified candidates can earn one of the 10 scholarships, that will include full tuition for the academic year, a $1,200 book stipend, scholarships will be given to qualified candidates, six hours of summer school, subsidized housing in a furnished on campus apartment and a monthly expense stipend to be determined based on student need.
      Requirements include having a minimum GPA of 3.25 from an accredited college or university, be a certified candidate for ministry in the UMC, and strong recommendations from local church pastor, campus minister or other recognized ministry leader. Merit scholars will be full time (a minimum of 12 hours each semester), residential students enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program.
     For more information, call 404-581-0300 or 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
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
     Two golfers who participate in the April 26 UMM Spring Golf Outing will have a chance to win two Saturday tickets to the PGA tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club in August. . Proceeds from the April outing at the Rivermont Country Club 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. All golfers get a $25 PGA tour superstore gift card, $10 Golfsmith gift card, $25 off Rock Eagle registration, free box lunch, free heavy appetizers at the awards reception, free soft drinks all day, a Bible, and a chance at winning door prizes for Papadeaux, Longhorn, Olde Time Tavern, McCray's, OCharlie's, Dominick's, Mojitos, and other restaurant gift cards, Team prizes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place, and awards to winners of the putting contest, long drive, and closest to pin. 
       Register online at
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
Rock Eagle stories to be published
    Dr. Timothy Tennett, president of Asbury Seminary, will be keynote speaker at the annual fall men’s spiritual retreat at Rock Eagle, set for Sept. 23-25. A booklet of stories that tell how lives have been changed by the men’s retreat will be available. To share your story, testimony or witness, e-mail For more information on the retreat, visit
Methodist Credit Union Offers Assistance
      A Home Buying Seminar will be held at 6 p.m. April 19 at Powers Ferry UMC in Marietta. Sponsored by the Georgia Florida United Methodist Federal Credit Union, the session will address the following questions: Are you thinking of buying a home? Selling? What kind of mortgages are available? And how do you know the value of your property? Real estate professionals, appraisers, attorneys and home inspectors will speak for an hour, and take questions at the end. Sandwiches, cookies and beverages will be provided. You must RSVP to attend. Call the credit union at 800-282-9368 to make a reservation or for more information. For more about the credit union, visit
Hinton Center has mission openings
       Hinton Rural Life Center has limited openings available in its Summer Volunteer Mission schedule for groups that want a transformative service experience in rural Appalachia. A mission agency of the United Methodist Church, Hinton creates opportunities for work teams from all over the country to experience rich mountain culture, to serve with others in repairing or building homes with local families, and to grow in their understanding of faith in action.
       Week 3 (June 12-17) has openings for Senior High Youth in Mission (SHYM) groups, and Week 6 (July 3-8) is now open for all All Ages in Mission (AAIM) groups. Hinton Center is located on 32 acres overlooking beautiful Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, NC, two hours from both Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA. Complete information can be found at Hinton’s website,, or by calling 828-389-8336 or toll-free 866-389-8336.
Cliftondale UMC: Good Friday service at noon
      A noon-1 p.m. service April 22 will feature Rev. Karen Lyons, pastor of Cliftondale, Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen, professor of music at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough, retired United Methodist pastor and pastor-in-residence at Cliftondale. The public is invited, and a light lunch will be served following the service. The church is in College Park at 4095 Stonewall Tell Road.
 St James UMC: Flea market for community   
     Has the warm weather put you in the mood for spring cleaning?  Clean out the junk and earn some extra cash at the Community Flea Market, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 and sponsored by the St. James youth. Reserve a parking space for $20 until April 17.  There will be a $10 additional fee for registering after April 17.  Tables and clothing racks will be available to rent for $5 each. Sellers keep profit from their sales. Set-up begins at 7:30 a.m. After the sale, you may leave unsold items for pickup by a local charity. For more information, visit
Peachtree Road UMC: Honored for Creation care
     The Atlanta church has won the Ministry of the Year honor for overall excellence in promoting Creation care, given at the 5th annual GIPPY Awards.
     The award is given to a congregation that has shown creativity and determination in embracing caring for creation throughout their community. The Peachtree Road congregation has worked to become sustainable in all areas of congregational life, from procurement and waste management to education and worship, and everything in between.
      Last year, members built organic garden beds and planted organic vegetables to donate to the UMC Children’s Home. Sunday school lessons were based on the theology behind the practice of caring for the earth. A comprehensive recycling program started on the church campus included the preschool, which is a separate entity. Recycled paper is used for bulletins and in the office, and Styrofoam cups were replaced with environmentally responsible products. The church is a drop-off point for produce raised at CSA Dillwood Farms, a local, non-chemical farming effort.
      For energy efficiency, church officials coordinate the schedule of meetings to minimize over conditioning and lighting of unused space. For example, they have implemented a plan that concentrates scheduled meetings into collocated rooms to prevent lighting and conditioning of a whole building for a meeting in one classroom. They have also installed zone HVAC in the office to minimize conditioning the whole building.
Pension donations on the rise
     The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the office of the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) recently announced the attainment of $21.8 million to fund pensions for the central conferences (those outside the United States). Of this total, the North Georgia Conference’s contributions are now at $1,381,895. 
      This milestone comes approximately three years after CCPI launched its initial fundraising effort, and 11 years after CCPI was created with a General Conference 2000 charge to launch “a pension support plan for the central
conferences.”  Clergy and laity can still give online at
      For more information on the CCPI initiative, please visit
BASIC Training Bootcamp for Church Planters
On April 26-28, join Jim Griffith as he teaches participants: How to Raise Money; How to Network With & Recruit People; How to Build a Launch Team; How to Connect People to the Faith Community; How to Create Good First Impressions; How to Calculate Your Public Launch Date; Creating Ministry Alignment; 10 Reasons You Need a Coach; and the 10 Most Common Mistakes New Starts Make.  An additional session for senior pastors has been added for April 25.  The 1-5:30 p.m. workshop is designed to strengthen “mother-daughter” and “second campus” starts.  To register, please visit  For more information, call Joanna Shurtz at 678-533-1386 or e-mail
How to Develop Tippers Into Tithers
      This workshop, scheduled for April 30 at Simpsonwood UMC, is geared to pastors and members of their finance and stewardship committees.  Participants will learn the principles in giving, re-think the motives for giving, re-think the stewardship letter, and will learn to help people grow in their giving.  The leader for this event will be Jim Griffith, founder of Griffith Coaching Network.  Registration fee is $50. To register, visit  For more information, call Joanna Shurtz at or 678-533-1386.
Learn, Grow, Act: Cooperative Mission Education Event
      Registration deadline is April 30 for a July 28-30 conference sponsored by the United Methodist Women and the Conference Missions Team, to be held at The Lodge at Simpsonwood. Designed for members of local church missions committees and United Methodist Women, but all are welcome. Three studies include: Coming Out on the Side of Grace & Reconciliation; Haiti; and Joy to the World - Mission in the age of Global Christianity. Classes offered for adults, youth and children (ages 6 and up). Register at