News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


 Bishop Watson to speak at Salem Campmeeting 

     The 185th Salem Campmeeting will be held July 12-19 at Salem Campground, 3940 Salem Road, three miles south of Interstate 20 between Covington and Conyers. Bishop Mike Watson, Bishop of the North Georgia Methodist Conference, will preach July 14 at the 10:45 a.m. service. Every Bishop in the history of the North Georgia Conference has preached from this historic pulpit. 
     Dr Bill Bouknight, former pastor of the Christ of UMC in Memphis, Tenn. will preach at 7:45 p.m. Friday, July 12 and  then Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday and Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:45 a.m.  Rev. John Dees of Cross Pointe Church in Madison, Alabama will preach at 7:45 p.m.  July 13, then Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:45 a.m.
      Tom Roberts of Ft. Lauderdale will be music director. Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey of Covington will be at the grand pianos to accompany hymns and offer special two piano selections. Special choirs will perform at each service.
      Rev. Andrew Covington will be youth director and a special youth service will be held at 10:45 a.m.  July 13. Youth groups from surrounding churches are urged to attend and a free lunch will be provided to the youth after the service at the Ramsey Pavilion. For complete information on Salem Campmeeting, go to
Action Ministries fundraiser a success
      Night of Champions, an annual Action Ministries event, raised $100,000 to support the nonprofit’s mission to mobilize communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education.  The event took place May 16 at  Northside UMC, and was hosted by Bill Curry, recently retired head football coach at Georgia State University, and his wife Dr. Carolyn Curry.
Scholarship available for Methodist students
     There’s a new scholarship opportunity available for Methodist students in North Georgia attending Methodist-affiliated schools, thanks to the Martha Forrest scholarship endowment. Scholarship awards will be matched by the Higher Education Foundation, the participating Methodist-related schools and the student’s local church. The funds are invested at the Georgia United Methodist Foundation in Norcross. 
     The endowment was established to honor Martha Forrest, a retired North Georgia District Superintendent, and was developed with cooperation of Bob Fletcher at the UMHEF and Chuck Savage of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. 
      Applicants must be active, full members of a United Methodist church in the North Georgia Conference for at least one year prior to application. He or she must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at a UM-related college, university or seminary in Georgia.
      Recipients will be chosen by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation as part of the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Quadruple Match program. Participating schools include Andrew College, Candler School of Theology, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, LaGrange College, Paine College, Reinhardt University, Wesleyan College and Young Harris College. 
     To make a contribution, make a check payable to United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, For: Martha Forrest Scholarship Endowment, and mail to 60 Music Square East, Suite 350, Nashville, TN 37203. For more information, visit or call 800-811-8110.
Action Ministries Housing is looking for skilled workers to help with house repair projects!
      Do you have a group of friends who have the skills to renovate a kitchen or bathroom and who would like to volunteer at one of our houses?  If so, give us a call. Contact Sarah Gleason at or 404-881-1991 x5618.
Mt. Gilead UMC: Weekly farmers market
      The Woodstock church is hosting a farmers market at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through the last Saturday in October.  Featuring locally grown agricultural products, organic farming and gardening, healthy eating, and better land stewardship, sponsors the Farmers Market as an outreach to the community. The market will be held in the church parking lot at 889 Arnold Mill Rd. Contact 770-551-0837 or 770-490-9345 or visit 
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. 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
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 details, e-mail
HealthFlex participants: Schedule your screening
     Clergy and Conference staff members who are participants in HealthFlex should take advantage of the free Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness® screening ongoing through July 31. This screening is part of your HealthFlex wellness benefits. Participants and spouses in active HealthFlex plans can each earn $100 HealthCash.* You’ll receive valuable health data to share with your doctor.
     Blueprint for Wellness is a comprehensive biometric screening. Just one blood sample and a few quick measurements analyze 30 health factors. Results are confidential and will be mailed directly to you, to share with your doctor. You must preregister to obtain this screening. 
     To register, call (866) 908-9440.  Employer/group: “United Methodist Church” or “HealthFlex” 
     To register online:  Log into HealthFlex/WebMD and select “Quest Blueprint for Wellness” in left column.