Notes, quotes and anecdotes from around the conference


 Fields Chapel UMC: Shoes for the homeless
     Members at Fields Chapel United Methodist in Canton spent a January evening painting and decorating canvas shoes they collected for the homeless in Atlanta. The participants took the time to write a note to be sent with each pair of shoes. 
     Children, youth and adults expressed their creativity with markers, paint and ribbons as they decorated more than 40 pairs of new canvas shoes that will be delivered to the homeless in Atlanta. The artists also wrote notes for the people who would be receiving the shoes.
     The mission project started after church youth members returned from a mission trip working with the city’s homeless population last summer. The drive netted more than 50 pairs of new and used shoes.
    The next project is to collect new socks – especially tube socks. If you’d like to contribute, call the church at 770-479-6030.
      Dave Ramsey’s 13-week program Financial Peace will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Canton church, 1331 Fields Chapel Rd., about a mile off Ga. 20. 770-479-6030.
 Winters Chapel UMC: Theatre organ music to be featured
     Join us at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 for the musical, romantic and nostalgic magic of the theatre organ, presented by Misha V. Stefanuk, organist in residence at Winters Chapel. Allow yourself to be transported into the great concert halls and movie palace of the 1930's like the Roxy, Fox or Paramount. Come hear the big brass of the swing era, luscious strings of the musical theatre orchestra, and cymbals and drums presenting popular American music from 1920s to 2000s, all played by one man on a shiny, silver one-of-a-kind organ console featured in a national ATOS magazine. Suggested donation is $5. The church is in Atlanta at 5105 Winters Chapel Rd. 770- 396-4550.
 Simpsonwood UMC: Dinner, talent show fundraiser set
      Talentpalooza 2012, presented by Simpsonwood Youth Ministries, is planned for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Auction Basket Preview. Tickets $10 per person or $80 for a reserved table of 8. Featuring homemade pasta dinner and entertainment by the church’s talented youth and adults. The church is in Norcross at 4500 Jones Bridge Circle.
Dunwoody UMC: Caregiver support, women’s issues
     An Alzheimer's Support Group for Caregivers meets 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month in room 254. For more information, call JoAnn Akers at 678-352-8334 or email
      A follow-up to the speaker on Human Trafficking, Sarah Borek from Wellspring Living, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the twenty30somethings suite. Wellspring Living takes a unique approach to the restoration of women and young girls who have led lives of sexual abuse and exploitation. With enough interest, this may become a ministry of this church.
      Women's Health: Menopause - Robin Gordon, author of "Hot Flashes: Marriage and Motherhood in the Menopausal Years" - a humorous, mid-life health guide featuring common menopausal symptoms and the seven greatest health risks for mid-life women, will speak at 7 p.m. March 8 in the twenty30somethings suite.
      For more information, email or call 770-394-0675 ext. 112. The church is at 1548 Mount Vernon Rd.
 Hillside UMC: Registration open for women’s event
        A Breakaway for a Day conference for women, with singer, songwriter, worship leader and author Gwen Smith (, will be held March 3. The $35 ticket includes lunch. Register and pay online for any of the events or sessions through the online Bulletin Board at The church is at 4474 Towne Lake Parkway. 770-924-4777.
 Retreat for African-American clergy, laity
     Early registration ends Feb. 29 for the 2012 African-American Clergy and Laity Leadership Retreat “Innovative Ideas for Accelerating Church Growth,” set for April 16-18 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
       This three-day retreat will introduce pastors and laity to proven innovative ideas and best practices that Impact United Methodist Church (!mpact) has used to create one of the fastest growing African-American churches in the UMC.  Pastors are encouraged to bring a team of two or three leaders (those over outreach, Christian education, evangelism, music and worship, etc.) Participants will receive key church development and redevelopment principles from members of Impact's lead team, based on Impact's book,Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth.”     
      Register online at
 Conference-wide homeless offering set for Feb. 26  
     Churches throughout the North Georgia conference are asked to participate in the 22nd Homeless Offering on Feb. 26. More than $3.1 million has been distributed, making a difference in the lives of homeless and poor people. For more information, visit
 Cokesbury announces new children’s curriculum for fall
     In Fall 2012, Cokesbury will release Grow, Proclaim, Serve!, which incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games into a full faith experience for children birth through tweens. With Grow, Proclaim, Serve! children will develop the skills to unlock the Bible and grow their faith by leaps and bounds. For more information, visit
 "Kindle the Fire" Lectionary Reading Week at Camp Glisson
       Register by Feb. 14 for the Feb. 27-March 1 event. This reading week will encourage quiet time as you develop themes, objectives, and images for each Sunday of the upcoming lectionary year. There will also be ample time to give and receive helpful insights with other preachers and facilitators.  Lectionary texts are read aloud by guest readers like Carol Cook, Dana Everhart and Coy Hinton.  For more information, email Phil Schroeder at Register at
    St. Andrew UMC: Silent auction, bake sale
      Youth members of the Marietta church will hold a fundraiser auction and bake sale after the 10:45 a.m. Feb. 26 service.
     “We will have a large variety of items up for sale at the auction,” said Lisa Springer, director of youth ministries. “Last year, there were over 200 items on the auction floor. So we hope that everyone interested in finding great bargains and supporting an even greater cause will join us for this highly popular event.”
      The prizes at past auctions have included weekend cabin trips, meals in local restaurants, a weekend in Florida, artwork, and services including painting, yard work, pest control, and car wash.  Attendees have also gotten great deals on things like books, games, household items and decorations, plants, jewelry.
     Money raised support ministries at Cobb church, located at 3455 Canton Road. 770-926-3488.
 Confirmation, spiritual life retreats at Glisson
       The confirmation retreat at Camp Glisson held Feb. 24-26 is designed primarily for 6th-8th graders, but can include senior high schoolers who have not yet been confirmed. The goal is to enhance the confirmation experience of churches that might not have their own confirmation retreat for those young people who are learning more about what it means to follow Christ and to make a profession of faith. It will be a weekend of learning from a variety of educational experiences and presentations by leaders in the conference, inspiring worship, some fun and games, and times for the youth to reflect on their faith and their desire to follow Christ and join the United Methodist Church. Cost is $130. 
       Glisson also will host spiritual life retreats, with the theme “B-On Fire,” March 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25. The theme is based on Luke 24:32 – "And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened us to the Scriptures?" The weekends are stocked full of spiritual kindling that will help spark a scorching passion in you and your youth group’s faith journeys. Worship, small groups, fun and games, experiential activities and much more will get you “fired up” as you join in building a lasting “B-On Fire” with other youth groups from across the conference.  Cost is $130.  To register, please visit  For more information, contact Meg Morrison via email at
 Seminars required for pastors seeking reappointment
      The North Georgia Conference is offering a number of Sexual Ethics Seminars to be held in each of the 12 districts.  Every clergy person in North Georgia, full time and part time, must complete one of these seminars in order to be reappointed. 
      The date for the LaGrange District seminar is August 23, 2012.  However, you do not have to attend the seminar in your district. Below is a list of dates and locations where seminars are being held. Unless otherwise indicated, each date and location will have two sessions, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Choose the one that is most convenient for you.  Cost is $10 and includes a meal.  All registration is done online through the conference website.  Clergy should check this list and be sure to register for one of the seminars.
·        March 1, 2012- Athens Elberton- Bogart UMC, 1201 Atlanta Highway, Bogart
·        March 15, 2012- Atlanta College Park- East Point First Mallalieu UMC, 2651 Church Street,  East Point
·        July 23, 2012- Epworth by the Sea before Pastors’ School- (9:30-2:30 only)
·        August 23, 2012- LaGrange- Cornerstone UMC-Newnan, 2956 Highway 154, Newnan
·        October 2, 2012- Atlanta Marietta and Northwest- Sam Jones Memorial, 100 West Church Street, Cartersville
·        October 18, 2012- Augusta- Wesley UMC Evans, 825 North Belair Rd, Evans
·        November 1, 2012- Atlanta Emory and Atlanta Decatur Oxford- Oak Grove UMC Decatur,  1722 Oak Grove Rd, NE, Decatur
·        January 24, 2013- Gainesville – Gainesville First UMC, 2780 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville
·        March 9, 2013 (Saturday) – Atlanta Roswell, place, address TBA – (9:30-2:30 only)
Lake Junaluska: Site for retreats, youth camps
        “Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth” is the 2012 African-American Clergy Leadership Retreat April 16-18 designed to introduce pastors to key church development and redevelopment principles from members of Impact's lead team, based on Impact's book, “Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth.” to register. Groups that register by March 12 receive one free leader registration. Limit one free leader per group.SURGE into Missions youth summer camps, weeks and weekends will take place between June 14 – July 22. The theme, Galatians 6:9-10, will help youth explore how serving others impacts their relationships with others. Visit
 Norcross FUMC: Musical evening features Beatles music
     “The Gospel According to the Beatles,” set for 7:15 p.m. Feb. 19 in the sanctuary at Norcross First UMC. The Beatles’ tribute band, The Buggs, will transport people back to a time when everyone was searching for meaning, truth and love. In many ways, The Beatles led us on the search, but did they ever find what they were searching for? Have you?  Be our guest. Come, listen to some great music and perhaps find what you have searched for all along. The church is at 2500 Beaver Ruin Rd., Norcross 770-448-4142.
 Korean Church of Atlanta: Women’s event in March
     The United Methodist Women invites women to attend a “20-30-40 Something Event”on March 10 to make a “U Turn to GOD” through workshops that will bless all women.  A light lunch will be served. The registration fee is $10 and the deadline is Feb. 29.  The registration form is on the NGC UMW website ( or contact the Registrar, Irene Davis, 3651 Tree Bark Trail, Decatur, GA 30034. Her e-mail address is and phone 404-286-8188.   
   Event to help caregivers, interaction with older adults
      The North Georgia Older Adult Nurture Team is offering an event 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29 at Simpsonwood Retreat Center. For caregivers, people over age 56, those who work with or advise older adults or even have older parents. Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Rick Gentzler, Director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of the UM Church. Three afternoon workshops will be offered. Breakfast and lunch included in the $35 registration fee, due by March 16. For more information, call Louise Adams at 770-446-2411 or e-mail
 Day1 Benefit to honors former Falcons coach Dan Reeves
     The annual benefit for the Alliance for Christian Media and the Day1 ministry, set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Piedmont Driving Club, will recognize representatives from each of the participating denominations on Day1.
     This year’s United Methodist honoree is Peachtree Road UMC member Dan Reeves. Dan spent 23 years coaching for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. He played or coached in a record nine Super Bowls – five with the Dallas Cowboys, three with Denver and one with Atlanta. Prior to coaching, he also spent 16 years in the Cowboys organization – five as a player, three as a player/coach and eight as an assistant coach. Dan and his wife, Pam, are active members of PRUMC.
       Day1 is carried nationally by over 215 stations, is regularly broadcast on the American Forces Radio Network and is also accessible by podcast at Tickets for the event are $175 per person. For reservations, call Rebecca Kurziak at 404-418-6772. Proceeds benefit Day 1’s ministry.
 McKendree UMC: Children’s clothing consignment sale
      A sale featuring spring and summer clothing and shoes, baby equipment, toys and books is planned for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17. All profits benefit local missions such as the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry and the United Methodist Children’s Home and world-wide missions from Mexico to Africa. The church is in Lawrenceville at 1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. 770-339-9801. 
 North Georgia Older Adults team plans special event
     Aging is A Changin’ is the theme for the 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29 event featuring keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Rick Gentzler, director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
      The session is open to anyone age 56 and older, caregivers, people who work with or advise older adults or have older parents. The $35 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and snack. Register by March 16. For more info, email or call 770-446-2411 or 770-441-0330.
 Lawrenceville Road UMC: 50th anniversary around the corner
     Preparations are being made for the Tucker church’s March 18 celebration that begins at 9:30 a.m. with a brief rehearsal of former and present choir members who will sing for the 11 a.m. celebration service. Guests are invited for a “re-meet and re-greet” in the education building, breezeway and fellowship hall. During the 11 a.m. service, former pastors Rev. Leland Bagwell and Rev. Bob Gillespie will deliver sermonettes on the theme “50 Years of Witness – 50 Years of Service.” All former pastors in attendance will be recognized. Martha Farr Baker, widow of former pastor Rev. Zack Farr, will serve as Liturgist. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service. Guests will participate in a traditional hymn-singing after lunch. For more information, contact Jack Sartain at or 770-856-1377.
 Harmony Grove UMC: Dinner, auction benefit preschool
    A Preschool Art and Sciences Dinner and Silent Auction will be held 5-7 p.m. March 3. The preschoolers will present their art, and participants will have a chance to purchase works of art. Silent auction items will be donated by local artists. The dinner menu includes salad with apples and pear/balsamic dressing, parmesan crusted chicken with angel hair pasta and grape tomatoes, fresh asparagus bundles and cheesecake bar. The church is in Lilburn at 50 Harmony Grove Rd.. 
     Tickets are $20. Proceeds will be used to promote the preschool’s Art and Science programs.  Dinner will be provided downstairs for the participating children at no cost.
 For more information, call 770-564-0135.  Tickets will be sold at the church or preschool offices.
 Roswell UMC: Easter services and events
    Holy Week and Easter services include Palm Sunday services April 1 at 8:30 a.m. (Communion service in the Chapel), at 9:30 a.m. (contemporary worship in the Sanctuary), and at 11 a.m. (traditional worship in the sanctuary); a Lenten Lunch Lift at noon April 4 in the fellowship hall with lunch and a devotional message; Maundy Thursday drop-in Communion between 5 and 7 p.m. April 5 in the Chapel; and the “Seven Last Words” Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Sanctuary. Easter worship services begin with a 7 a.m. sunrise with candlelight and Communion, a 9 a.m. contemporary worship with praise band, and 11 a.m. traditional worship with sanctuary choir and organ. See for details.