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
Schedule set for required training seminars

     Registration is open online at for the Clergy Sexual Ethics Seminar, required training for all effective and appointed clergy in North Georgia between November 2011 and June 2013. Cost is $10/person. Click on Registrations at the conference website.  Your payment is your registration.   .5 CEU will be given for participation in a seminar.  At each location there are two sessions, each with up to 50 participants: 9:30-2:30 including lunch or 3-8 including dinner.  You may participate in any one of the times or places. All North Georgia clergy who are appointed must have participated in one of these seminars by June, 2013.  
     The following is a list of dates and places for seminars.  All will have 2 sessions (9:30-2:30 and 3-8) with clergy participating in one of the two, except as noted:
• 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, GA 30265
• 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, TBA - 9:30-2:30 only
 Senoia UMC: Men making a difference
     The United Methodist Men of Senoia United Methodist Church carried the ministry of the church outside the walls into the community on June 23. Long time member, Mrs. Eron Crook, had become homebound due to her declining health. Access to her home required negotiating stairs at every entrance, making it nearly impossible for her to leave her home - even for doctor visits.
      The men of the church contacted the family and arranged to provide the labor to build her a ramp providing access into and out of her home. Under the leadership of Ken Hazelton, the men met at the home and began construction. As a further assist, the men (along with several of the women of the church) trimmed the shrubbery around the home so that it will look kept as well as improve safety by making the home more visible.
     A great day of service was had along with grand fellowship, some good food, and hard work. By the end of the day the yard looked nice, and Mrs. Crook can now enter and exit her home with relative ease.
      Senoia UMC welcomes everyone to join them for worship at 10:55 a.m. Sundays for a traditional style of worship under the leadership of pastor, Rev. Nathaniel A Long. For up to date information on church activities, visit 
  Lake services a nice option for summer worshippers
     Approximately 250 people gathered at the Cherokee Outdoor YMCA for Hillside UMC’s third July 4th Worship at the Lake. Most came by car, but a few came by boat. Many took advantage of the water as the contemporary praise band led worship and Rev. Linda Evans gave the message.
     “We have offered the lake service to our community around the 4th of July weekend for the last three years as a way to encourage our worshiping community to attend a unique worship experience rather than not attend one at all,” said Minister of Worship Michael Cromwell. “In addition, we find the service and the lake atmosphere to be less ‘threatening’ to visitors as we worship outdoors in God’s natural sanctuary. The service has grown over the years and there is now a general excitement in our congregation that precedes the worship service as we prepare to celebrate God and our country on the 4th of July.”
     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 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,
 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 Registration 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.
 Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
     North Georgia clergy and laity are invited to attend the second biennial Alabama-West Florida Conference Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century Convocation.  Early registration deadline is July 27 for the August 9-11 event, to be held at Capitol Heights UMC in Montgomery, AL. Participants can choose one ministry track from the following: Spiritual Formation; Economic Community Development; Developing and Empowering Small Group Ministries; and Missional Outreach.  For more information, and to register, visit 
 East Cobb UMC: Christian Educators Fellowship Meeting
     Clergy and laity Christian educators are invited to attend a noon-2 p.m. Aug. 16 meeting to discuss “Sunday School, Small Groups, and Vital Congregations.”  Please RSVP to Cindy Campbell via email
 2012 African-American Women's Leadership Conference
     African-American female clergy and laity are invited to Lake Junaluska Aug. 23-25, where they can strengthen their leadership skills for living their faith and to promote and practice self-care, specifically as it related to living as female African-American Christians. Come away with new insights to help you use your gifts for even greater glory to God. Draw even closer to God and to your sisters in Christ. For more information, and to register, please visit 
 Covington FUMC: Prayer vigil for school year 
      Covington First UMC, together with community leaders and area churches of all denominations of Newton County, have organized a community prayer event, Community On Our Knees, to be held 7 p.m. August 11 on the downtown Covington square. Participants will pray for the 2012-2013 school year (for public, private and home school), students, families, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, janitors, cafeteria workers, BOE elected officials and all NCSS employees.
      There will be a Prayer Wall and Crosses available on the downtown square beginning at 9 a.m. that day. Community members are invited to come by, sign the prayer wall, write a prayer for the school year and tie it to the crosses.
      Everyone in Newton County is invited to attend this special event filled with prayer, music, fellowship, school and community pride. People who attend or work for a school are encouraged to wear school colors, shirts with your school name on them and sports jerseys. As we gather representing our different schools, we will leave as a community, united in prayer for each other and for a great school year!
 Bethlehem FUMC: Events set for July, August
    A blood drive will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22 in the church’s fellowship hall. Homecoming is set for Aug. 5 with the Rev Tim Taylor as guest speaker. The church is at 709 Christmas Ave., Bethlehem
 Peachtree City UMC: Offering DivorceCare
      Divorce Care meetings will begin 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 15 in room 300 at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, located at 225 Robinson Rd. The sessions are open to everyone and participants may join at anytime during the 14-week session. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.  DivorceCareseminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.  For information, please contact Susan McCormick at 404-405-5343 or Kevin McCormick at 770-891-1177.