News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


Endowment dinner to fund scholarships
     The Bishop B. Michael Watson Scholarship Endowment Dinner is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The goal is to raise money for a scholarship program for undergraduate students in the North and South Georgia conferences attending United Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities in Georgia.
      The evening’s events will include music from ensembles from each of the eight UM schools in Georgia. Sponsorships are available by calling Sheila Graham, United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, at 800-811-8110 or emailing her at
$300,000 in new grants offered
      Applications for grants from the General Commission on Religion and Race are due July 31. Seminary students studying racial diversity and inclusiveness in ministry may apply. The CORR Action Fund grants will go to support seminary programs and seminarians, student groups, faculty or staff who have demonstrated a commitment to develop cultural competency with a goal toward excellence in leadership. Full information and applications can be downloaded online at
Georgia Pastor’s School at Epworth
      This year’s pastor’s school will be held July 25-29 at Epworth By the Sea. The session provides inspiration, education, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia clergy and their families. Active and retired United Methodist clergy are cordially invited to experience this combination of continuing education and personal renewal. Program leaders for this year’s event include Alice Rogers and Russell West. Guest preacher is Dr. Leonard Sweet. Registration fee is $85 before July 1 and $100 after July 1. For more details, go to
Mt. Zion, Ellenwood: Couple celebrates milestone
      Jeanne and Harold Dunaway of Ellenwood met on a blind date while students at West Georgia College. They married in 1941 and will mark 70 years of marriage on Aug. 31.
     The offer of a free movie and free banana split convinced Harold to go on the blind date, and "that's how I met the prettiest girl at West Georgia College. Jeanne was elected May Day queen the next year."
      Harold is a lifelong Methodist, and Jeanne left the Baptist Church to become a Methodist. They joined Ousley UMC in1962, where both worked in many capacities through the years.
     In 1999 they joined Mount Zion UMC, Ellenwood, where "we found the friendliest people we've ever known," said Jeanne, who established a CARE group to help shut-ins and is currently a teacher for the Friendship Class. Both have been members of the Administrative Council for years.
     "I have known Jeanne and Harold Dunaway since July 2009, and they are the kind of people who see a need and fill it," said the Rev. Claire Yoder, pastor of Mount Zion UMC. "They are faithful members of Mount Zion UMC and are very dedicated to helping in every way they can."
      When asked their secret for a long and happy marriage, Harold said "marry the right person when you're young, have two bathrooms, and stay alive."
Alcovy UMC: Celebrating 125 years
      On Sept. 18, church members will celebrate the church’s 125th birthday with seven former pastors attending the 11 a.m. service. Plans for the special event include members dressing in clothing typically worn 125 years ago. A luncheon will be held in the Ina McIntosh Davenport Fellowship Hall following the service. The church is in Covington at 12521 Alcovy Road. Former pastors and friends of Alcovy UMC are invited to attend.  For more information, contact: Lil McDaniel at (770) 787-2807,  Donna McDaniel at (770) 786-4047 or Rev. Teresa Lilja at (404) 668-4573.
Alexander Chapel UMC: A twist on VBS
      The Cartersville church is expanding traditional VBS to become a summer camp, stretching the typical 2-hours-a-day program to a 7-hour-daily program through July 22. Church members decided to make this change after learning about the Cartersville City School Nutrition Program, which comes from the USDA Summer Feeding Program. The goal is to get churches involved in feeding children breakfast and lunch during the summer when school is out.
     The young people attending the Alexander Chapel program also will have the chance to do arts and crafts, music and field trips to different locations within the city. David
Atlanta First UMC: Peace in Sudan
      A Study on Sudan and Preparation for Just Peace workshop is planned for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Atlanta First UMC, featuring the Rev. David Anderson Hooker, who worked with the Christians of South Sudan to plan for the establishment of two nations and to bring reconciliation and peace. His efforts are a part of the peace initiatives sponsored by the Mennonite and United Methodist churches.
      The $10 registration is due Aug. 12. The church is at 360 Peachtree Street, NE, in Atlanta. For more information or questions, call Rev. Frank Windom at 404-524-6614.About Rev.
Foundation to renovate apartments for LaGrange College
      LaGrange College and Callaway Foundation, Inc., are working together to revitalize a downtown landmark. The Broad Street Apartments at 301 Broad Street will offer housing for the school’s upcoming honors program, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012.
     Speer Burdette, president of Callaway Foundation, said the project is part of a long-range goal to create connections between the college and downtown area.
    “We are always looking for ways to strengthen the campus and community relationship,” he said. “What better way than to bring this grand old building back to life and house some of the college’s brightest students?”
      The honors program will focus on interdisciplinary courses and an extended community service-learning project, said Dan McAlexander, college president.
      “It will foster active, creative learning both within and outside of the traditional classroom, encouraging and supporting students who have distinguished themselves as academically strong—and community oriented. Participants will be juniors and seniors, making the initiative distinctive among honors programs, which often are aimed at first-year students.”
     Callaway Foundation purchased the apartments and the adjoining Goodwill Donation Center on Vernon Street in December 2009. The renovation project will include the removal of the Goodwill site, which will be replaced by a landscaped parking and green space. Batson-Cook Co. of West Point will be the general contractor.
Murphy-Harpst: Offering vital to center’s success
      A special offering will be taken in local churches on July 17 to benefit Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers. Funds collected will be used to help support the total operation of Murphy-Harpst, including the cost of treatment provided by therapists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists.  Murphy-Harpst could not continue its ministry without the financial support of churches in the North Georgia Conference.  Bulletin inserts, giving envelopes, and posters are available by mail by contacting Emily Saltino at  For more information, please visit
Choirs invited to 2012 General Conference
      United Methodist choirs and ensembles are invited to apply to share in worship at General Conference in Tampa, Florida April 24-May 4, 2012. Please submit a letter of application to, including a brief bio and a link to a YouTube video of your group. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2011. 
Gammon activities include inauguration events
     The Gammon Theological Seminary Presidential Inauguration Installation service has been set for 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Cascade UMC, 3144 Cascade Road in Atlanta, with the Rev. A.D. Mosley, inaugural address, and Bishop Julius Trimble, Preacher. The inaugural banquet will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, 265 Peachtree Center Ave., NE. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will be speaker for the black-tie event.
      The 128th founders’ day activities include a 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 alumni luncheon, lectures at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 by Dr. Rosetta Ross, and a closing worship service at 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Hooker
Training for Mission Team Leaders
   The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is offering team leader training 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Gainesville First UMC. Participants will learn the ins and outs of organizing a mission trip from recruiting the team, picking the location, getting support and staying safe. The church is in Gainesville at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road. For more information, visit
Church secretaries prepare for conference
     “Building on Your God-Given Strengths” is the title of the annual conference for Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) being offered Aug. 25-28 at Epworth By The Sea. Workshop leaders include the Rev. Charles Adams, Rev. Marcia Cochran, Dr. Phil Schroeder, and Rev. Doreen Smalls. Cost is $75. For more details, contact Denise Wilson, president of PAUMCS, at or 706-882-3343.
Reinhardt University offers information sessions
      Reinhardt University will hold an information session at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Resource Center in Cartersville for adults interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in business or early childhood education. Admissions counselors and program coordinators will be available to answer questions about The WAIT (Working Adults into Teaching) program for individuals interested in a bachelor’s degree and GA T-4 certification in early childhood education.
     Students also can pick up material on degree-completion programs including Organizational Management and Leadership, Public Safety Management and Leadership, and General Business Studies. These programs develop key management skills for individuals interested in advancement and careers in the corporate environment and public safety arenas.
     For additional information contact Ray Schumacher at 770-720-9191 or

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