News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


 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.
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.
      St. James UMC: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22-23. The church is at 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30342.
 Simpsonwood UMC: Gospel of John performance
     Brad Sherrill will perform the Gospel of John at 6:30 p.m. March 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. It took nearly five months for the actor to memorize the 20,000 words in the gospel. He has performed more than 600 times in churches and professional theaters across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland since 2001.
      The performance is not appropriate for young children. Suggested donation is $10. The church is at 4500 Jones Bridge Cir., Peachtree Corners. 770-441-2181.
 Classical guitarist to Perform at Young Harris College
     Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present a special performance by classical guitarist Nicolas André Deuson, D.M.A., as part of the “Sutherland Concert Series” Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
     Guest artist Dr. Deuson is in demand as both a solo performer and chamber musician. First prize winner of the 2010 Pacific Guitar Competition, he studied under John Sutherland at the University of Georgia, with Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Scott Tennant at the University of Southern California. He will present a varied program of literature from the solo classical guitar repertoire. 
     Dr. Deuson has also studied with such artists as Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He received the Michael and Amelia Alban Award in Guitar in 2005 and was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Tokyo International Classical Competition. He has released two albums, Fragments and In Cities Unknown. Aside from his duties as a performer, Dr. Deuson is dedicated to the art of teaching and has served on the faculty of California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif., Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. 
    The “Sutherland Concert Series” at Young Harris College was established in honor of world-renowned guitar instructor John Sutherland and his legacy of educational and artistic excellence.  Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the “Dean of Guitarists,” Sutherland was responsible for initiating numerous guitar programs in the state, including those at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Dekalb College and Columbus State University.
     For more information about Dr. Deuson, visit  For more information about the event, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.
 East Point First Mallalieu: Youth presentation
     The East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church Youth Ministry presents a modern day story of Jesus’ death and resurrection entitled, “Justus for All” on March 24 following morning worship.  Admission is free.
    “Justus for All” is the story of Jesus Christ as told in a contemporary urban setting.  This story takes place in the year 2013 with the setting of the Judea Middle School.  Each actor represents a significant Bible character.  Justus, the main character, is Jesus.  The disciple Peter is called Patrice in the production, and Judas Iscariot is known by the name of Judah.  The “Hype for Christ Clique” are the Pharisees, with Ms. Cook, the teacher at the Middle School, portraying Emperor Julius Caesar.
     The play was written and produced by Kimberly DeWitt, local author and poet, and a member East Point Mallalieu’s gospel choir.  Auditions and rehearsals for the cast of “Justus for All” have been taking place since early January.  “The Village,” which is producing “Justus for All,” is the youth ministry of East Point Mallalieu UMC and involves parents and leaders, who have been working together on this production.
    East Point First Mallalieu UMC is in East Point at 2651 Church St. For more info, call 404-761-3183.
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 at If you have any questions, call 770-993-2236
 Marietta FUMC: Special visitor from the past
      We were very pleased to welcome Susanna Wesley to our Marietta First United Methodist Unit Meeting on February 7.  Susanna shared with us her life in the 17th century.  She was married to Samuel Wesley, and had 19 children in 19 years.  She lived a very difficult, but tremendously interesting life.  Indeed, she was very bright and articulate.  She home schooled most of her children and particularly encouraged John and Charles Wesley, as future leaders of our church.  As you know, John Wesley is the founder of the Methodist Church. Special thanks to Roberta Gates Roberts for impersonating this truly remarkable woman.
 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.
 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,