North Georgia Notebook November 8th


Cornerstone UMC and Jonesboro UMC Held Successful Combined Retreat in Alabama Oct 18-20th
Cornerstone of the LaGrange District and Jonesboro of the Griffin District UMC's hosted a combined fall retreat in Alabama at Camp Lee. Lay Servant John Tomlin from the LaGrange District led the messages and Kyle O'Neal from The Well of the Northwest District led music. The theme was Community and both groups discovered ways to create Christian community in their families, churches, schools, and even together on the retreat!

The Liberty Hill United Methodist Church Youth Group Conducted Special Worship Service on Sunday, Oct. 27th
The service focused on letting God’s light shine in us and through us. Being a Christian is kind of like being a pumpkin. God washes us clean, changes us inside, takes away the sin, and gives us a new smiling face. But we are just an empty pumpkin with a smiling face until we have God’s light inside us to make us alive! When Jesus lives inside us, we can glow! The group carved their pumpkins and placed a light inside symbolizing God’s light. We want to tell others about Jesus, show kindness to others and bless others more than ourselves! John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Mt. Zion UMC of Marietta Hosted Anti-Bullying Seminar on November 6th
The youth ministry at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sponsored an anti-bullying seminar on Wednesday, November 6th.  The guest speaker was Jeff Dess of Cobb County School District's Prevention Intervention Center, who explained how to identify, prevent and respond to bullying, and the reasons this behavior persists. He also discussed Georgia's anti-bullying statute in a Q & A period. For more information, contact Deborah Williams, the Mt. Zion director of youth ministries, at 770-971-1465.

Revival at Mt. Zion UMC of Marietta on November 10th and 13th
Continue the Journey and Experience Abundant Life! Rev. Tom Atkins will host as special guest preacher. There will be three special worship services:  November 10th at 8:30AM and 11:00AM, November 10th at 7:00PM, and November 13th and 6:30PM.

Family Promise of Cobb County Calls Attention to Plight of Homeless Families with “See Box City” Event Nov. 15 – 17 in Marietta 
Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) invites friends and supporters to help raise awareness of challenges faced by homeless families in our community at its “See Box City” event, which will take place Nov. 15 – 17 in the St. James Episcopal Church parking lot at Polk Street and North Marietta Parkway in Marietta. “Statistics reveal that 1,800 children were homeless in Cobb last year,” said FPCC President Fred Massey. “During the ‘See Box City’ event, FPCC supporters will be sleeping in cars and boxes and tents to call attention to the need for housing and jobs for these families. Participants can pledge to stay one night or two, or sponsor a family who is sleeping,” Massey said. “The money raised will go toward operating the Day Center for Family Promise, where families will get job assistance and counseling. Then they go to one of 13 participating churches at night to sleep.” This interfaith organization was founded with the mission of addressing the immediate needs of homeless families with children. To find out more about Family Promise of Cobb County and to donate to this cause, please visit

Yard Sale For Charity at Rome First UMC November 16th
Rome First UMC is hosting a yard sale from 8AM-12PM in the Wilder Center on Saturday, November 16th. All items sold will go towards donations for 7 local charitable organizations. Shop for yourself AND help your community!


***This is a new bi-monthly news feature created to substitute The North Georgia Notebook section in The Advocate. Please contact Sybil Davidson or Ansley Brackin if you would like for us to mention your congregation’s upcoming event or news.