North Georgia Notebook August 2nd 2013


Pastor Luis Ortiz of Lawrenceville Road UMCLawrenceville Road UMC Celebrates Back to Church Sunday on September 15
Lawrenceville Road UMC in Tucker is hosting Back to Church Sunday on September 15 at 11AM. This is an event celebrated by many churches to encourage non-church goers to come back, or visit for the first time. “Let's be honest --what makes church fun and a source of strength in life is the community built at church. Church can become a place of transformation and spiritual depth where all people can have a sense of belonging. This is true of people of all ages, especially children and youth”, says Pastor Luis Ortiz. Lawrenceville Road really focuses on making their church a place of warmth, comfort, and friendship so members will see church as pleasure, not a responsibility. For more information on this event, call: 770-939-3717.


Cokes Chapel Receives a Grant of Approval for Childcare Center
Cokes Childcare is excited to start a new school year off with a grant approval for its Pre-K program. This grant will provide parent with a more affordable cost for a child care program that offers activities in creative arts, social skills, outdoor activities, and mathematics and language development, among other subjects. Pastor Dr. Mark Jordan most appreciates the program for their ability to “impact numerous families in love, hospitality, and education.” The church looks forward to continuing the growth of their program. Learn more about Cokes Childcare by calling: 770-253-6414.


City On A Hill to Have Seventh Birthday Celebration Services on August 10 and 11
City On A Hill, a daughter church of Hillside UMC, would like to invite everyone to one of their celebration services honoring their seventh year of serving. There are three celebration services being offered: A rock contemporary evening service on Saturday August 10th at 6:30PM, and two contemporary morning services on Sunday August 11th at 9:35AM and 11:15AM. The church was started by Chris Bryant along with a team of 35 adults in 2006 and is still led by Bryant, along with Associate Pastor Ed Archer. In the past years the congregation has celebrated many successes. Their famous Mother's Day Single Mom's Gas Give-Away has provided over $35,000 worth of gas to single moms. Each year City On A Hill has also celebrated over 50 new or renewed commitments to Christ. They aim to be a "thinking church that embraces those with questions, doubts, and even skepticism about organized religion," say Bryant. 


Labyrinth at Loganville First UMCLoganville First UMC Consecrates Labyrinth
On Sunday, July 28th Loganville First United Methodist Church consecrated their labyrinth in memory of Jimmy and Elizabeth Little. Boy Scout Troop 536, led by Daniel Prudent, built the labyrinth as a Boy Scout Project, and then it was given by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Little in memory of his parents. Many  think of a labyrinth as a maze, but their original purpose is to be a source of meditation. This is why labyrinths do not have dead ends or "tricky" paths within them. The labyrinth is open to the community. It is located adjacent to and across the street from The Loganville City Town Green.

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