News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


     A week of revival will wrap up with an 11 a.m. Oct. 23 message from the Rev. Joe Neal. The week’s theme was celebrating the church’s 60th anniversary: “60 years of God’s Amazing Grace: Moving Forward in Faith.” The church is in Atlanta at 211 Arthur Langford Jr. Place. 404-627-2767.

Peachtree Road UMC: Pastor to preach on Day 1
      The Rev. Dr. Bill Britt, senior pastor of the Atlanta church, is the featured preacher Nov. 6 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at
      Britt is a graduate of Stetson University in Deland, Fla. He received a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, and a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He became senior pastor of Peachtree Road in 2008 after serving several other churches in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, including Trinity on the Hill in Augusta, Trinity United Methodist in Cartersville, and First United Methodist in Athens.
      Britt’s sermon focuses on All Saints’ Sunday, which many churches observe on Nov. 6. Based on Jesus’ teachings known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), his sermon is entitled “We Are Blessed.” 
Series to share tips on getting church news in the media  
      The registration deadline is Oct. 21 to sign up for a limited series of workshops to teach the fundamentals of external communications and making the best use of your time and resources. The same workshop is available on three different dates in three different locations.
       North Georgia Advocate Editor Glenn Hannigan, a former senior editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will share insider tips and specific steps to help get your news in the news. Who should attend: pastors, administrative assistants, and any staff members who send out e-mails, newsletters, or any other written material. Also incorporated into the day will be an opportunity for a constructive critique of your newsletter, bulletin, and any other print materials you bring with you.
      Workshop dates and locations are: Monday, Oct. 24 at Madison First, Madison, GA; Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Sam Jones, Cartersville, GA; and Thursday, Nov. 3 at the UM Center at Simpsonwood, Norcross. 
     On-line registration is required at The $10 fee includes lunch. For questions, please contact Beth Barnwell at
Conference to focus on European missions
     The Eastern Europe and Balkans Consultation VII will be held in Alton, IL October 27 - 29. The purpose of the conference is to inspire and encourage the commitment for mission and ministry through partnerships with the region, to strengthen relationships with others involved in ministry there, to help shape future missions, and to provide opportunities for new churches to become involved. The conference will include workshops, reports from key ministry members, and networking opportunities. To register, visit and click on In Mission Together Consultation to download the registration brochure. For more information, contact Dick Arnold at (540) 961-1265 or at
Dunwoody UMC: Free bluegrass concert
     The church's bluegrass/gospel band, Wandering Shepherds, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Chapel. The band will perform songs from Ralph Stanley to Alison Krauss. The church is at 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd. 770-394-0675 ext. 106.
Mt. Zion UMC: Craft show tradition continues
     The 26th annual event is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11-12 at the Marietta church at 1770 Johnson Ferry Road.  The show features 52 arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, door prize, bake sale, casserole pool, (Saturday only), quilt drawing, pictures with the REAL SANTA,  and fresh baked apple pies and cookies prepared throughout the show.  The show is sponsored by the Mt. Zion United Methodist Women. All proceeds benefit local and church charities.  There is no charge for admission.  For information, call 770-971-1465 or visit

 United Methodist Women’s 39th annual meeting a success
The 39th annual gathering of the United Methodist Women, on Oct. 1 at Dunwoody UMC, featured special guest Bishop Mike Watson. The Bishop and wife Margaret were among the more than 500 people who gathered for that special occasion.
CCPI donations continue to increase
      The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the office of the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) recently announced the attainment of $22,610,591 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 $1,406,487. 
Griffin District: Feed the Hungry mission project
     Forest Park UMC is hosting the United Methodist Men’s annual Feed the Hungry mission project, set for 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Donations of cash or supplies (paper plates, utensils, cups, napkins and desserts) are needed. Make checks payable to Griffin District, P.O. Box 13, Griffin, GA 30224 and marked UMM Thanksgiving Meal, or to Andrews Chapel UMM, Attn: Howard Turnipseed, PO Box 1437, Jonesboro, GA 30236 marked Thanksgiving. For more information, call Turnipseed at 404-597-7492 or Charles Hoke at 770-914-1135. 
Norcross First UMC: Evangelism Workshop
      The Conference Evangelism Committee invites you to the Share Your Faith Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5.  The event is for 6th graders through adults. Cost: $30. The leader will be Ken Silva. To register, please visit
 Peace with Justice Grant Application deadline Nov. 7
      If you and your congregation have a project in mind and need a few dollars to launch or continue it, download the grant application found at  Your project goals should focus on peace building, reduction of violence, reconciliation, reduction of poverty, global health, and/or the care of God's creation and contain a focus on making changes to the root, structure, or political framework that would create more justice and fairness.
Registration open for worship design workshops
      Join Marcia McFee, worship designer for General Conference, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 13 for a discussion on worship design at Lewish Memorial UMC. Fee is $5. To register, please visit
       McFee will hold a workshop on planning and creativity 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Douglasville First UMC. Registration Cost: $15 for one, $28 for two, and $35 for three people. This is an excellent event for your worship team to attend as a group. Registration cost includes lunch.  To register, please visit
Johns Creek UMC: Broadway caliber production set
        The Forgotten Carols, a Christmas stage musical performed by Broadway actors along with Johns Creek United Methodist Church Choir and Simpsonwood United Methodist Church Choir, is coming to the John’s Creek church at 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12. 
      This is a new, heartwarming family musical about the hope and promise of Christmas, which has been playing to sold-out audiences on the West Coast for the past 20 years. This stage play will soon be made into a movie.
     Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at or as well as Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-497-8215.
Reformation Day Celebrates Luther’s Role in King James Bible
     Emory University’s Candler School of Theology celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible and welcomes Jürgen Moltmann, one of the world’s most prominent theologians, to campus for its 24th annual Reformation Day celebration Oct. 27.
     An address by celebrated theologian Moltmann highlights this year’s daylong festivities, themed “Luther and the Translation of the Bible.” Emory’s Reformation Day marks Richard and Martha Kessler’s 1987 donation of their private collection of Reformation imprints and manuscripts to Candler’s Pitts Theology Library. The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection contains more than 3,500 Reformation-themed items and is home to more than 1,000 pieces written by Martin Luther himself. No other American library has more.
      All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Candler’s Reformation Day celebration and to see the full schedule, visit
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 Floyd County churches unite in project
       Churches in Rome and Floyd County are invited to participate in a Stop Hunger Now event, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Krannert Spruill Ballroom at Berry College. Volunteers of all ages are needed to assemble 50,000 food packets for distribution to starving families and children around the world. Packets are prepared using a simple assembly line system and consist of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 vitamins and minerals. No special skills are required to participate, just an open heart and willing hands!
      For folks who want to help but can’t be there, monetary donations are accepted. Each meal packet contains six meals at 25 cents a meal. Donation jars are located at Rome area businesses, or donations can be mailed to Rome First UMC, 202 East 3rd Ave., Rome, GA 30161, with Stop Hunger Now in the memo line. For more information, e-mail
Lithia Springs UMC: Interactive nativity planned
     A drive -through Nativity will be presented 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2-4. The church is at 3711 Temple St. across the tracks in downtown Lithia Springs. From the comfort of your car, drive through 11 beautifully painted scenes with hundreds of actors in period costumes, music and live animals depicting from the annunciation to the birth of Christ. For more information or to participate, call Margaret Arnold at 770-943-3820 or e-mail
Faith-based TV station featuring churches
     The Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting (AIB) is featuring churches in a special program called “Faith Community of the Month,” consistent with the station’s mission to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and social well-being of viewers by delivering exceptional faith-based, educational and community programming to more than 19 counties. 
      The station is asking for churches to provide a 30 minute program that will air at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night as well as four weekend primetime airings, a 30-second promo, inclusion in the monthly eNewsletter and website. For details, contact Swain Watters, director of AIB business-to-business, at  
Insurance plan offers way to save money
     Save $250 or $500 on your 2012 medical plan deductible when you and your spouse in HealthFlex active plan both take the 2011 HealthQuotient.  You must take the HealthQuotient between August 1 and September 30 to avoid the higher 2012 deductible.  Please note, taking the HealthQuotient before August 1 will not count toward lowering your 2012 deductible.  Taking the HealthQuotient in August or September allows time for your Blueprint for Wellness screening results to be confidentially imported into the HealthQuotient for your convenience.  For more information, please contact Karen Fullerton via e-mail at