News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


Action Ministries: Golf fundraiser
      A beautiful spring day and golf for a good cause – what could be better? Please join us for the 30th annual Action Ministries Feed the Hungry Golf Classic on April 1. The event is hosted by Coach William “Bill” Curry, recently retired Head Football Coach of Georgia State University, to support the mission of Action Ministries. To download a registration form and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit  The discounted early bird deadline is March 15. We look forward to seeing you on the links! Consignment sales for spring clothing
      McKendree UMC: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16. Proceeds benefit local missions, including the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry and the United Methodist Children’s Home and worldwide missions from Mexico to Africa. The church is at 1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Lawrenceville. 770-339-9801.
     Creekside UMC: 8-9 p.m. March 7 public preview with $5 donation, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9. The church is at 673 Peachtree Pkwy., Building A, Cumming 30041.
     Roswell UMC: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 8, 8 a.m.-noon March 9 in the church Fellowship Hall Proceeds will benefit the church's preschool and kindergarten. Donated items will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation.  The church is at 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 30075.
      St. James UMC: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22-23. The church is at 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30342.
 Credit Union will award $1,000 college scholarship to a North Georgia student
    The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union will award four $1,000 college scholarships this year.  Four winning applicants will be chosen, one from each of the Credit Union's four conferences: North Georgia, South Georgia, Florida and Alabama-West Florida.
     To apply, you must be a member of United Methodist Connectional FCU between the ages of 17-24 and attend church in one of the conferences. Complete the form, attach your essay and mail to the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit.
 Encounter Weekend offered for clergy/spouse couples
      Marriage Encounter United Methodist has seven weekends planned across the United States, with an Atlanta weekend set for April 26-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross 30092. The goal is to support married clergy and church staff by helping them grow in their marriages. Clergy who attend also can earn 1.5 CEUs. To apply, visit  For more information, contact Dana & Mark Turpin at or Gary & Lisa Morris at 678-819-8885
  Glenn Memorial UMC: Chancel choir concert
      The Glenn Chancel Choir will presents the spring concert at 7 p.m. March 10 in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Titled, “Fire of Love, Most Perfite,” the one-hour concert comprises choral works with strings, guitar, and organ. There is no admission charge; an offering will be taken. For more info, visit 
 Children's ministry webinars
      Are you involved in children's ministry? The General Board of Discipleship has several upcoming webinars on Children's Ministry topics. Webinars are a great way to learn more about our work in ministry with children while in the comfort of our own homes or offices. Each webinar features two knowledgeable and experienced guests who take questions at the end of the session.  Find information at: Log-in information is posted here at least 48 hours prior to each webinar.
 Marriage Encounter returning to the North Georgia 
     Worldwide Marriage Encounter focuses on communication between a husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage.
      This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other, and focus together on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention. Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day! Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married.  Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive.
     Two weekends are scheduled in 2013. The first weekend is April 26-28, designated for married clergy and church staff. The second weekend on October 11-13 is for all married couples. Weekends are also scheduled for other faiths and they welcome couples who would like to enhance their marriage.
       For more information contact Mark and Dana Turpin If you have any questions, call 770-993-2236
 Harmony Grove UMC: Community egg hunt
      The Lilburn church is planning an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. March 30, with games, crafts, music, inflatables and food for toddlers through fifth graders. The church is at 50 Harmony Grove Rd., Lilburn 30047. 770-921-7747.
 Rick Santorum to speak at fundraiser
      Sen. Rick Santorum will be guest speaker at a March 2 fundraiser for A Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Center. The annual gala “Beautiful!” is set for 6:30-10 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott at 5750 Windward Pkwy. in Alpharetta.
      The former 2012 presidential candidate spoke candidly about his belief that strong families help produce a strong economy. He and his wife of 22 years are parents to seven children, including four-year-old Isabella, who was born with a condition called Trisomy 18 and wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday. This condition, when diagnosed during pregnancy, often leads to a rec¬ommendation for abortion.
     A Beacon of Hope is a non-profit, faith-based 501(c)(3) charitable community organization with a target in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Their mission is saving the lives of the unborn and promoting healthy relationships while leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Affiliation with NIFLA (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates) and Care Net provides A Beacon of Hope with legal and ethical accountability as well as credibility as a pregnancy and relationship resource center that operates under the certified “Commitment of Care.”
      Individual tickets for the gala are $75. Sponsorships and a VIP Reception Pass that includes a photo and Q&A with Rick Santorum are also offered for an additional donation. For more information and to purchase tickets visit
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at Branan Towers
      Performers from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus came to Wesley Woods’ Branan Towers community in East Atlanta recently.  After a performance by dancers and the famous clowns, Ringling hosted a CircusFit exercise class. CircusFit is a national fitness program from Ringling Bros. that encourages participants to lead healthy and active lifestyles by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building and aerobic exercise.  The program has been custom created for older adults, and includes modifications for wheelchair exercises. Ten lucky residents were also given tickets to attend the Thursday evening show, with transportation provided by the Branan Towers community.
 St. Andrew UMC: Consignment sale
      The Everything for Kids Spring 2013 consignment sale is set for 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 8 and 9 a.m.-noon March 9.
      “In all the years we have been holding the Everything for Children Consignment Sales, we have always received a tremendous positive response from the community,” said Lisa Springer, director of program ministries at St. Andrew UMC. “Local families greatly appreciate the opportunity to purchase quality, gently used clothing, furniture, and other children’s items from local families who have taken good care of the things we allow to be put on sale.”
       The sale will feature items such as: Spring and Summer clothing in sizes infant – 16, Junior and Maternity clothing, complete games and puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, CDs, and bikes as well as baby equipment and children’s furniture.
       For more information, visit