News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


UMM Golf Tournament at Rivermont Club
    The UMM’s fourth annual golf tournament is planned for April 23 at Rivermont Country Club in Alpharetta. The entry fee is $125, and includes a $20 PGA card, a $10 Golfsmith card and other items.
Hole sponsors are needed. For more details, visit under the events header.
 Encounter Weekend offered for clergy couples
      Marriage Encounter United Methodist has seven weekends planned across the United States, with an Atlanta weekend set for April 26-28 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 or
     Concert pianist Howard Hill will join illusionist and funny guy Greg Davidson along with Roswell’s Believe Ministries for a celebration of music, magic, and M’mmm at 7 p.m. April 25 at Roswell UMC. Also featuring coffee and desserts, silent auctions and prizes.
     The event will take place in the church Fellowship Hall “B” building, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, in historic Roswell.
     Howard Hill may be best known for his beautiful rendition of the world famous “Chariots of Fire.” During this special event, he’ll also share incredible interpretations of favorite show tunes, concert melodies, a taste of his beautiful spiritual arrangements, and more.
     Illusionist Greg Davidson says, “I’ll be performing some of my favorite magical illusions, share a short message from Believe Ministries and some crazy laughs. After that, it will be time to hold on, because you’ve never heard a person play the piano like Howard Hill! This night has something great for everybody!” 
      Co-host Jane Riley adds, "There’s no ticket cost, but you’ll need a ticket to attend. Seating is very limited, so be sure to RSVP now to guarantee a seat. A donation will be received to support the ongoing work of Believe Ministries.”
 Feed the Hungry tourney raises $50,000
      The April 1 Action Ministries – Feed the Hungry Golf Tournament at Cherokee Town and Country Club raised approximately $50,000 and introduced Action Ministries to dozens of golfers. Coach Bill Curry, recently retired head coach at Georgia State University, kicked off the event by reminding attendees that Action Ministries is one of the best vehicles available in which to invest to help struggling families in Georgia.
 Traveling Together: A Young Adult Clergy Retreat
      Young clergy, please save the dates of April 29 - May 1 for a Young Clergy Retreat at Camp Glisson. This time is intended for spiritual renewal and refreshment. You will have plenty of time for rest, relaxation, fellowship, and worship. Special guests include Alice Rogers, Bishop Mike Watson and Chuck Bell. The theme for this retreat is "Traveling Together: you don't want to walk this road alone." Register at
 YOUTH 2015 Design Team Application Deadline
     YOUTH 2015 will be a large-scale gathering of United Methodist youth from across the denomination. This will be the “must attend” discipleship conference for United Methodist youth and their leaders June 24-28, 2015, at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla. Now, YOUTH 2015 is looking for passionate and skilled leaders to assemble as part of the Design Team. This Design Team will bring together volunteer youth, adult workers with youth, General Board of Discipleship Staff, and other UMC General Agency staff. Together this team will plan and execute all phases of YOUTH 2015 before, during, and after the event. Find details and download the application at
 Glisson Camp and Retreat Center open house
     Families of first-time campers are invited to Glisson’s May 11 Open House, which is a great opportunity to become familiar with the property, tour camp facilities, meet the staff, and have your questions answered by the Camp Director and Program Team. Find out more and RSVP at
 Action Ministries’ Night of Champions
      The Night of Champions, set for May 16 at Northside UMC, celebrates the spirit of endurance in those who are working hard to achieve their dreams. For the event, Action Ministries brings together athletic coaches from around Georgia for an evening of conversation and inspiration about being a champion in life – whether on the playing field, in the neighborhood, or on the job. This year’s event features Coach Bill Curry and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Curry, as Honorary Chairs, along with Coaches Mark Richt, Ron Hunter, and Paul Johnson. For table and/or sponsorship information, please contact Rebecca Whicker at
 Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years 
      On June 25, 1913, Lake Junaluska wrapped up five years of planning and hosted its first events. At the time, Lake Junaluska consisted of Stuart Auditorium, which was an open-air structure with a dirt-covered floor, a man-made lake, and a small number of homes.
      Over the past 100 years, Lake Junaluska has grown into a much beloved retreat center and residential community. Today, Lake Junaluska looks to a bright future as a place of Christian hospitality, where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.
      A series of signature Centennial events has been planned for June 30-July 7, including:
•         The Centennial Concert Series, featuring Balsam Range, the Lake Junaluska Singers and singers alumni.
Historical lake crossing re-enactments, and tours of the Lake Junaluska train depot, historic homes and the gardens.
Family Olympics, with field day relays and activities, water competitions, and scavenger hunt.
Replication of the 1913 opening worship service photo in front of Stuart Auditorium. All are welcome to be a part of this historic photo.
July 4 festivities, including the annual parade (“Lake Junaluska Through the Years”), BBQ picnic with bluegrass band, evening performance, and fireworks.
Singers and staff reunions
Charity golf tournament, with proceeds to support the Lake Junaluska Annual Fund.
Special showing of The Swan, starring Alec Guiness and Grace Kelly. Portions of The Swan were filmed at the Lake Junaluska train depot.
      Additional information about Lake Junaluska Centennial Homecoming Week can be found at or by calling 800-222-4930.
 Opportunities at Hinton Retreat Center
    Family weekend has been planned for May 24-26 at Hinton Retreat Center overlooking Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, N.C.  The Christian retreat and conference center builds community through sacred space for retreat, reflection, and renewal. The family weekend will begin with an ice cream sundae get-together on Friday night. Saturday’s activities will end with a lakeside worship service, bonfire and s’mores. Sunday morning’s inspirational worship wraps up the weekend.
    A Pathways through Loss retreat is planned for June 14-16 at the center.  The event offers an exploration of the nature of loss, how we face it or avoid it, and some of the ways that we walk (or run) through it. Beginning with an introductory session on Friday evening and continuing through morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on Saturday, participants will delve into the nature of loss and the human response to it. Included in the workshop will be a discussion of the many kinds of losses experienced throughout life, an exploration of images surrounding them, the emotions they elicit and a variety of pathways through them. The workshop will conclude with worship on Sunday morning.
     For more information on both events, visit
 Resource for children’s ministry workers
      The 2013 Conference on Ministry with Children (formerly FOCUS) is offered by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) of The United Methodist Church to support those engaged in ministry with children. This event is open to teachers, leaders, pastors, children’s advocates, preschool teachers and directors, annual conference staff, and anyone who is committed to faith formation of children. We will offer workshops, panel discussions, networking, engaging worship experiences, and resources for training and connecting leaders in ministry with children while equipping participants with practical applications and practices to use in their congregations.
       Join us as we “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord” July 22-26, 2013 in beautiful Greenville, S.C. at Buncombe Street UMC. We will celebrate our work with children and connect in ways that will help our children continue to grow in faith
       For more information, please e-mail