News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


 Action Ministries presents 5K fundraiser

      The Action Dash will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 3 in five cities – Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Gainesville and Rome. The Family 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run will benefit Action Ministries and help families in need. Participants are asked to wear their best super hero costume. Churches are encouraged to join the challenge. Personalized fundraising pages are available. The 5K courses are USATF certified and Chip Timed. Participants receive a T-shirt. Prizes for racers who raise $150 or more, and award are given top three finishers in each category. Additional “super power” awards for best adult, child and pet costumes.
 Urgent need for foster families
     On any given day in Georgia, more than 7,000 children are in foster care.  Last year, more than 13,000 children moved through the foster care system in Georgia and each week the Children's Home turns away children who need a safe place to stay because of a lack of foster family homes. 
     More and more children are entering the foster care system in Georgia every day, and the need is great. These children are escaping abusive or neglectful situations and need a safe place to stay while their future is determined. Could your home be that safe place for children who are hurting and vulnerable?
     If you are interested in becoming a foster family, you are invited to an informational meeting, held at different locations on the first Monday and Tuesday nights of each month at 7 p.m.  To find out locations and RSVP, contact Denise Peacock at 404-327-5864. Gainesville area residents can get more information about becoming foster parents by contacting
 Seeking travelers to Russia, Portugal
      Bridges, the North Georgia Conference mission partnership emphasis, offers mission exploration opportunities.  The first trip is planned to Moscow Sept. 24-Oct. 1. The second opportunity will take travelers from Atlanta to Lisbon and Porta Oct. 10-16 to establish a mission partnership between the North Georgia Conference and the Methodist churches of Portugal.  The cost of each trip is approximately $2,000. Space is limited.
     A mission partnership with 13 Methodist churches in El Salvador is another Bridges project, and an Oct. 15-18 trip is planned there. Cost will be around $1,100.  
     For more information, contact Mike Selleck at 678-533-1442.   
 Liberty Hill UMC: Offering free weekly lunches
      Liberty Hill Church is offering a free summer lunch program 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. Music and games are included, and no registration is required.
     “Our presence in the city of Canton has been crucial in caring for the needs of the area. We have connected with the homeless in our community, and we are trying to meet their needs,” said Rev. Jamey Prickett. “We are also serving families and/or individuals who have recently lost jobs and need the meal to supplement their current condition.”
      The church meets at The Mill at 141 Railroad St., Canton. 678-493-8920. 
 Bethlehem First UMC: Taking car donations
     The church’s GO Team (Global Outreach) and M. I. A. (Mechanics in Action Ministry) are looking for donated vehicles to be refurbished and given to worthy recipients.  All donations are tax deductible. Please direct all inquires to Stephen Smith at 678-227-3318. Bethlehem FUMC is located in Bethlehem at 709 Christmas Ave. (Hwy. 11).  770-867-3727.
 Cumming First UMC: Summer lake service
      At 9 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 2, Cumming First UMC will hold services in the outdoor chapel of Bald Ridge Marina on Lake Lanier, 1885 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming 30041. Worshippers arrive by car or boat. Seating is limited, so bring a chair. Childcare not provided. On July 8, music by Paul Chandler with Rev. Kathie Stasko preaching. On July 15, music by Those 2 Guys with Rev. Ken Hagler preaching. On July 22, music by William with Rev. John Cromartie preaching. On July 29, music by Gary Gotfredson, Norm Hunt and Wesley Smith with Rev. John Cromarte preaching.
Training for future Bible study leaders
    Disciple, Christian Believer and Jesus in the Gospels leader training will be held 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 28 at Glenn Memorial UMC in Atlanta. Teachers will be Flo Sapp Martin, Bob Winstead and Kim Reindl. The $20 registration cost includes lunch, snacks and training. Course of Study student’s cost is $12. To register, visit
 Hillside UMC: Scholarship given Etowah grad
     The Women of Hillside United Methodist have awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Etowah graduate Mallory Tafoya, who will attend Georgia Southern University to study music education. “Mallory learned very early what it means to truly own her own faith and to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ” said Denise Roberts, Director of Women of Hillside. “She uses her gifts and talents in music to shine the light of Christ into both school and church activities where she exemplifies Godly leadership in her roles as worship leader, teacher, and in her various chorus groups.”
 Georgia Preachers Golf Association Tournament
     The Golf Tournament is planned for Aug. 27-29 at Callaway Gardens.  For more information, call the Rev. Don Martin, senior pastor at Alpharetta First UMC, at 770-475-4476.
 Beyond These Walls mission conference Oct. 11-13
      Looking for means to transform your congregation and equip them for effective, life-transforming ministry? Moving people from self-centered to Christ-centered is often the result of an effective missions program and this is the purpose of the Beyond These Walls 2012 Mission Conference, Oct 11-13 in Powder Springs. “Best of the best” missions teaching and training will help you and your leadership mobilize, revitalize, and equip your congregation so that they can fulfill their divine calling – making disciples of all the nations.
     Keynote speakers will be Dr. Mark Beeson, Founding Pastor at Granger Community Church (5,500 attending congregation in Indiana), and Dr. Reggie McNeal, author and Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. As before, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning time by selecting for multiple workshops. The growing list of offerings, along with other conference details, can be found at opens June 1.
     Attendees requiring overnight accommodations should contact the Holiday Inn & Suites-Austell, 770 349-8000. Be sure to identify yourself as being with BTW.
 St. Mark UMC: Habitat home brings churches together
    A joint effort between St. Mark UMC Atlanta, Decatur First Baptist and Saint Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church resulted in a Habitat House completed with funding in part by a grant from the Housing and Homeless Council.
  Epworth by the Sea hosts Georgia Pastors’ School
     North and South Georgia conference clergy and families are invited to attend the July 23-26 sessions, led by Jim Fleming and members of the Biblical Resources Team. Timothy Tennent will be the guest preacher. For more information and to register online, visit