Special offering in Athens to aid World Methodist Evangelism



     The call to personal witness and evangelism will hover over this year’s Annual Conference as unmistakably as the humid summer air in Athens.
       The 2012 North Georgia Annual Conference will gather under the theme: “Seeing the World Through the Waters of Baptism," with evangelism being a central component. Bishop Mike Watson, who will serve as the Chair of World Methodist Evangelism for the next five years, is calling for a special offering to support the effort.
      “As we prepare to gather as an Annual Conference from June 12 through 14 this year, we have the opportunity to give through this year’s Special Annual Conference Offering which will support the powerful global ministry of World Methodist Evangelism,” Bishop Watson wrote recently. “I am making this special appeal for you to do all that you can do to enable your congregation to contribute significantly to this year’s special offering so that it can be presented during the Annual Conference Session in Athens.”
      In addition, Dr. Eddie Fox, World Director of World Methodist Evangelism, will be preaching:
·       the opening worship session on Tuesday afternoon;
·       the Service of Ordination/Commissioning on Tuesday evening;
·       the final session on Thursday afternoon.
     Bishop Watson, in highlighting both the local and global nature of evangelism, recently wrote: “We can multiply the witnesses of Christ Jesus through connecting congregations, connecting with evangelists, international Christian youth conferences on evangelism, faith-sharing initiatives and resources, training leaders through regional evangelism seminars in every part of the world, and inspiring young clergy through The Order of the Flame (Faithful, Leaders As Mission Evangelists) events to ‘do the work of an evangelist, to carry out the ministry fully.’ (2 Timothy 4:5).”
       Online registration for Annual Conference is now available atwww.ngumc.org. All active clergy and lay members are required to register.
       It will be the thirteenth time in fourteen years that the event has been held in Athens.
      Photos will be taken of all clergy, active and retired, during Annual Conference to be used for a pictorial directory. Photographers will be available: 1-6 p.m. on June 11; 7:30-a.m.-6 p.m. on June 12-13; and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 14.   
          The deadline to request display table space is May 23. A separate application must be submitted for each group requesting a tabletop display. There will be no sharing of table space with other groups unless applications have been submitted and approved. Tables are 2.5-feet wide by 8-feet. Tables and table skirts are provided by the Classic Center. To request table space, or for more information, go to www.ngumc.org.
         The Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be held 6:30-10:30 a.m. each day of Annual Conference in the Parthenon II room. Screenings involve a blood sample and a few quick measurements to evaluate more than 30 health factors. You can also earn $100 in HealthCash.  
    Volunteers are needed to assist as greeters, with tote-bag assembly, registration check-in, parking assistance, blood drive attendents, and van drivers. To volunteer, see the online registration form atwww.ngumc.org.
      “For the last forty years World Methodist Evangelism has labored to see the Methodist movement alive, vibrant, growing and yearning to spread the good news of Christ Jesus throughout the whole world through word, deed, and sign that the world may know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,” Bishop Watson wrote recently. “This is a holy calling and it is still our calling today!”