News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


 Sacred Tapestry pastor earns Life Coach endorsement

      The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church recently announced that the Rev. Teresa Angle-Young has been endorsed by The United Methodist Endorsing Agency as a Life Coach. Endorsement is recognition that Rev. Angle-Young has met the requirements and completed the process and education to serve as a Life Coach. Angle-Young is one of only 18 endorsed Life Coaches in the United Methodist system in the United States.
      Angle-Young, pastor of Sacred Tapestry UMC in Marietta, specializes in coaching church planters, preachers, issues around clergy wellness and life balance, clergy burn out, conflict resolution, relationships and couples coaching, work/career challenges, and many other areas.
She is a contributing author of Ministry 3.0: How Today's Church Leaders are Using Coaching to Transform Ministry and the upcoming book Stressless Preaching: Getting to Sunday Without Losing Your Religion and a contributor to many publications.
 Jodeco Road UMC: Offering free health fair
      Jodeco Road United Methodist Church is offering a community health fair during Worship In Pink Weekend, 8:30-11 a.m. Oct. 20. Free cholesterol and glucose screenings will be offered - fasting not necessary. Blood pressure screening, a Life South blood drive, flu shots, health and community information also available. The church is in Stockbridge at 1500 Jodeco Rd.
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 a.m.-2:30 p.m. including lunch or 3-8 p.m. 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 two sessions (9:30-2:30 and 3-8) with clergy participating in one of the two, except as noted:
• 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
 Grace UMC: Bible Bowl a popular competition 
     The Dance Ministry at Grace UMC in Covington sponsored its second Bible Bowl for 6th-12th graders.  Contestants are given several months to prepare, and equipped with a variety of questions with answers to learn, and instructed to read the New Testament, where the questions are taken.  On the day of the Bible Bowl, all of the contestants are seated in alphabetical order and are given a number. Each person is called up to the microphone to answer a different question.
     “Although some questions were difficult, I can honestly say that no one left empty handed. Everyone learned something new that they could carry away with them,” said Jadah Hardeman. “Something I found amusing was the fact that some of the grown-ups said that we were answering questions that they did not know the answer to. So they also learned something.” 
      The winners were Shanna Jackson in first place, D’Zarea Robinson in second, Jadah Hardeman in third and D’Kerea Robinson in fourth. Each winner received a monetary gift along with a consolation prize. Every participant received a prize.
 Sugar Hill UMC: Special service welcomes Korean mission
       A celebration worship service is planned for 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Sugar Hill UMC to welcome the Korean United Methodist mission of Cumming to the Sugar Hill campus. Rev. Sungwon Nam and the laity of the Korean UM Mission of Cumming are relocating to the Sugar Hill campus on Oct. 7. Rev. Nam has also invited the Korean UM congregations in the Atlanta area to join the celebration. The guest preacher for this special service will be The Rev. James Kim, senior pastor of the Korean UM Church of Atlanta. A reception featuring Korean food prepared by the congregation will be served following the worship service.  
 Sandy Springs UMC: Presentation by Lincoln scholar/actor
       Sandy Springs UMC will present “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln” at 5 p.m. Oct. 21, featuring Dr. Gene Griessman. The actor’s portrayal takes guests back to the Gettysburg Address and moments before Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, sharing the secrets Lincoln learned for dealing with the challenges we face in our everyday lives, including: leadership, communication and personal achievement. Adults $10, students/children $5, family max $30. The church is at 86 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. 404-255-1181.
 Harmony Grove UMC: Members offer safe Halloween event
      Trunk or Treat – Spider Beware! is planned for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Lilburn church, 50 Harmony Grove Rd. The festival takes place in the church parking lot and gymnasium. Participants encouraged to decorate the trunk of their cars, or bring costumed children for games, food, and prizes. To register your trunk, call 770-921-7747 or email
 Scholarships available for Junaluska conference
    The deadline is Nov. 5 to apply for a scholarship to the Multicultural Conference set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Lake Junaluska. The award can’t be used for lodging and meals. For more information, contact Pam Moser at
 East Point First Mallalieu UMC: Christmas excursion planned
     It may only be September, but church members are planning a Dec. 4-6 Christmas excursion to Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. The church is in East Point at 2651 Church St. 404-761-3183. Trip costs $300 for double occupancy. A $75 deposit due at sign-up, and final payment due Oct. 28. For more information, call 404-761-3183.
 Marietta First UMC: Truett Cathy’s daughter to speak
      Trudy Cathy White, daughter of Chick-fil-A founder and CEO Truett Cathy, will share her testimony as guest speaker for an evening of fun, food, fellowship and mission, set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $20, proceeds will go to UMW missions. Call Wanda Grogan at770-429-7800 for reservations. No charge for childcare.
 Roswell UMC: Advice for parenting adult children
     The church is offering a Nov. 7 session on “Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children” at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s chapel, presented by Ron Greer, author of “Now That They are Grown” and pastoral counselor at Peachtree Road UMC. Questions to be addressed include: “How can I be supportive without being intrusive?” and “How can I be caring without enabling dependency?” Many parents struggle with these and other issues as their sons and daughters move into young adulthood. Roles change; old methods are no longer appropriate.
     The public is invite to this free event. Reservations are not required. The weekly RUMC fellowship dinner is available 4:45-6:30 p.m. the evening of the event. See for menu and prices. For information, call Patty Hampton at 770-261-1767 or email
 Boynton UMC: Out with the old, in with the newer
     Boynton UMC in Ringgold recently completed the sale of its nearly 50-year-old parsonage and the purchase of a newer five-year old house. "This investment strengthens the church for the long haul, providing an attractive and dependable parsonage right in the middle of a  subdivision that will soon add 100 homes," commented Rev. Brett DeHart. 
Mt. Zion UMC: Casserole pool part of craft show
      The 27th annual Mt. Zion Craft Show will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta.  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; proceeds benefit charities that help women and children. No admission charge. 770-971-1465.
 Hillside UMC: An event for outdoorsmen
      The Woodstock church’s second annual Wild Game Dinner is planned for 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10. “If you’re a hunter, a fisherman or just like to cook, we would love for you to get involved and share your wild game ‘catch’ and cooking talents for this event.” Contact Mike Long at 770-630-7341 or email
 Understanding Men’s Ministry course available
     Registration is open for the November 16-17 “Understanding Men's Ministry” training course to be held in the Howard Conference Room the United Methodist Center at Simpsonwood, sponsored by the United Methodist Men of North Georgia and the General Commission on United Methodist Men.
      The course is designed specifically to help churches in their ministry to their people, particularly men. Although ministry to men is emphasized in this course, its fundamental model works for growth in Christ, male or female. The strong emphasis on men in the course is due to the great need in our churches for men to learn how to begin and continue a faith journey with Christ, to become better fathers, husbands, and, eventually, lead others into that faith journey. The highest impact is realized when the pastor and the men’s ministry leaders in the church attend together. 
      This is a 12-contact-hour course that counts as an Advanced Lay Speaking course toward becoming a Certified Lay Speaker. This course is required for those pursuing a Men’s Ministry Specialist Certification. Prerequisite is to read the book No Man Left Behind by Patrick Morley, David Delk and Brett Clemmer from Man in Mirror.
      Training limited to the first 40 students who sign up. The course will be taught by Jim Boesch and Bud Sears. Jim is a deployed staff member for the General Commission on United Methodist Men and helps to teach training to men on how to train. Bud Sears is the President, United Methodist Men of the North Georgia Conference. Both Jim and Bud are Certified Men’s Ministry Specialist.
      Cost is $100 before Oct. 11, and $120 after. To register, visit
 Louisiana Conference ready for help
      The Louisiana Conference is ready to welcome UMVIM teams to help with clean-up from Hurricane Isaac, which hit the area on the seventh anniversary of Katrina. While the destruction from Isaac isn’t as extreme as Katrina, a reported 178,000 residences around the New Orleans area were hit.  Hardest hit are many areas that were not usually in the flood prone areas. 
      We are currently organizing a team of case managers, a project manager, and a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of response and repair.  We are now inviting our UMVIM friends to register to come to the Gulf Coast to help with this ongoing response. Every team must have a trained and certified UMVIM team leader.
      Volunteer housing has been organized in five churches in close proximity to the worst hit areas.There will be cots, restrooms, kitchens, showers, and washers and dryers available for visiting groups. The case managers will be identifying those who need help the most, and the project manager will provide the guidance for the work to be done. 
     Volunteer today to serve on a disaster response team by visiting  <>
 Clergy sexual abuse response line is open 
      Skilled volunteer clergy listeners of North Georgia can be called to listen, to provide spiritual guidance, and to give information on how to how to contact appropriate authorities regarding alleged clergy sexual abuse. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous.  Call 866-612-2770.
 Action Ministries seeks feedback
     The board and staff of Action Ministries are making plans for the future and are looking for input from North Georgia United Methodists. They have developed a survey that will provide valuable feedback as Action Ministries considers the expansion of existing services and the creation of new services in Georgia. 
      "In order to plan well, we need to hear your perceptions of Action Ministries and its programs and services," said Rebecca Wicker, Vice President of Strategic Marketing. 
      Action Ministries is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference and leads communities and volunteers in serving their neighbors in need by providing hunger, housing and education solutions to Georgia's most vulnerable citizens. Action Ministries has offices in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Decatur, Gainesville, Rome, and serves many other communities in North Georgia.  
     To take the survey, click on It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.