News and notes from across the conference


Weather cooperates for UMM golf outing
     The 2nd Annual UMM Spring Golf Outing at Rivermont CC was a fantastic success.
Sixty-four golfers and several volunteers enjoyed perfect weather and hospitality as men and ministry connected to His glory. 
     “This golf outing was created last year to kick off our Rock Eagle registration drive promotions for our Men's Spiritual Retreat in September. We virtually doubled our field of players this year and gave away much better prizes, including Braves tickets, gift cards from great eateries, golf clubs, free foursomes from several public and private courses, and the grand prize of two Saturday tickets for the PGA Championship in Atlanta in August.  Every player walked away with a handful of freebies.  We hope to build loyalty and growth with premium gifts and awards, exclusive Rivermont CC course, and a better entry fee than charity tournaments offering far less.  We even award a prize for highest score," said Rev Don Cline. 
      Congratulations to Jeff Ross, Mike Clemons, Bill Lacount, and Fred Atterbury from Dahlonega UMC, who finished in first place. Organizers plan to hold the outing on the last Tuesday of April each year.
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
Federal Credit Union merger announced
 The board of directors, management, and staff of the Georgia Florida Methodist Federal Credit Union are pleased to announce a merger with the Alabama-West Florida Methodist Federal Credit Union. 
 Keith Pritchard, Georgia Florida Federal Credit Union chief executive officer, said, “We are so excited that Alabama-West Florida is joining our family.  It just makes our existing Georgia Florida family even stronger.”
 This merger combines two financially strong Methodist credit unions.  Currently Alabama West-Florida Federal Credit Union has 336 members and assets of $1.6 million. Georgia Florida Methodist Federal Credit Union has over 4,600 members with $23.8 million in assets.  
 Pritchard adds, “This merger makes our credit unions fiscally stronger through economies of scale while helping to reach more United Methodists with affordable financial services.  The money that we save our members can be used toward helping them enrich their personal and spiritual lives.”
 Alabama-West Florida Methodist Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1967 and is currently located in Georgiana, AL. 
 For more information, please visit
Harlem UMC: River of Life event July 20-24
     Harlem UMC’s 2nd annual River of Life event will be held July 20-24. Incorrect dates are listed on the River of Life website. Applications are being accepted from youth groups of all ages, middle and high school. For more information, e-mail Derry Kitchens at
St. James UMC: Youth hold flea market
      A community flea market will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 at St. James Atlanta, 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road.
Mt. Bethel UMC: Tribute to veterans
      A special concert is planned for 6 p.m. May 29, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, with six New York City first responder firefighters as special guests.
The concert features the chancel choir, children's choir, Kingsmen, soloists, and orchestra, directed by Ira Pittman. An ice cream social will follow in the Fellowship Hall. 770 971 2880.
Hickory Flat UMC: Concert for community
      Hickory Flat Cares, a ministry of Hickory Flat UMC, will host a free community concert on May 14, gates open at 5 p.m. Featured performers include Wild at Heart (NGUMC pastors), Glorybound Gospel Quartet, all for ONE and Power Taps. Food vendors will be onsite. Donations will be accepted to benefit the programs of Hickory Flat Cares. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved indoors.  
Winter’s Chapel UMC: Lunch with author     
Author Cathy Phillips will be the guest at an 11 a.m. luncheon May 14. Phillips was selected as the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. The theme for this year’s event is “When Women Pray.” Tickets $15.
The church is at 5105 Winter’s Chapel Road.
Warren Memorial UMC: Japan Benefit a success
In  a matter of minutes, a mission and music helped bridge the nearly 7,000-mile gap between a church in Southwest Atlanta and the people of Japan. Dubbed the “Caravan of Love,” the April 17 benefit concert, hosted by Warren Memorial United Methodist Church, helped to raise funds for Japanese relief efforts. To date, more than 27,000 people are dead or missing after an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit the East Asian country on March 11. 
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 The concert, emceed by Reggie Gay, new owner and general manager of 1310 WPBC-AM, featured performances by two Atlanta greats: jazz vocalist Kathleen Bertrand and gospel recording artist Jason Champion. Area UMC choirs from Ben Hill, Central and Warren Memorial also performed.

       Deputy Consul General Joji Miyamori of Japan attended and expressed his appreciation to the 150 concertgoers for their aid. Warren Memorial collected nearly $2,000 from both its Palm Sunday worship service and concert. The United Methodist Committee on Relief, the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization, will forward 100 percent of the proceeds to Japan.
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 
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    
Decatur First UMC: Miss Daisy performed
     Performances of “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Melinda Mobley, will be at 7:30 p.m. May 12-13 and 5:30 p.m. May 14-15. The story, set in Atlanta between 1948 and 1976, spans a 25-year period in the lives and relationships of three characters: a proper Jewish widow named Daisy, her son Boolie, and Miss Daisy’s African-American driver named Hoke. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, available at the door. For more information, visit or call 404-378-4541.
Hoosier Memorial UMC: Revival set
     A spring revival, planned for May 15-16, will feature Dr. Fred A. Allen, a co-founder and current president of the Strengthening the Black Church for the Twenty-first Century UMC initiative. 
      The church’s theme, “Hoosier: Facing New Horizons in Today's World,” will be examined during presentations by Allen at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 15 and 7 p.m. May 16. A dinner will be held at 5 p.m. May 15. For more information, call the church at 404-755-1686. Hoosier is in Atlanta at 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. SW.