North Georgia Notebook February 21st, 2014


North Georgia Preschool Director's Association Gathering February 26, at Mt Zion UMC
Please plan to attend the next North Georgia Preschool Director's Association gathering next Wednesday, February 26, at Mt Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA.  School tours begin at 9:30am, the program is10am-12noon. George Howard of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions will be sharing about securing a facility and handling various security situations.  The private security company specializes in large-scale private security contracts (think Transit Authority, Port Authority, skyscrapers, etc.) and is a government defense contractor. Please RSVP to Kristi Olterman at of your attendance.  Feel free to to bring others from your organization who share your space.

UGA’s athletic director to speak February 27th at Athens UMC
University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity will be the guest speaker during a luncheon on Feb. 27 at Athens First United Methodist Church on Lumpkin Street. Local soprano Avery Draut is guest soloist. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting at 12:50 p.m., but those who want to attend the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. must register by noon Monday by calling(706) 543-1442. Tickets to the luncheon are $6.

Mystery Dinner at Bethel UMC of Stockbridge on March 8th at 6PM
Bethel UMC of Stockbridge is putting the FUN back into fundraiser. Put on your best 1940’s attire and join them for “a delightful dinner theater with a daring twist”. The night includes a delicious dinner, door prizes, a juice and soda bar, and so much more. Tickets are $30 per guest and must be reserved by February 23rd. View the menu and additional information here. Her Lips Are Sealed <<

Wiley Stephens to preach 2 Sundays in Lent on ‘Day 1’
The Rev. Dr. B. Wiley Stephens, currently in his 24th year as senior pastor of Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Dunwoody, Ga., is the featured preacher March 9 and 23 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Stephens has preached regularly on “Day 1” over the past 10 years. His sermon for March 9, the first Sunday in Lent, based on Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, and Matthew 4:1-11, is entitled “Who Is in Charge?” His message for March 23, the third Sunday in Lent, “Dropping the Mask We Hide Behind,” is based on the story of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-15). The program includes interviews with Stephens conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. “Day 1,” has been broadcast every week for nearly 69 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website,    
 Rev. Charles Gardner of Atlanta First UMC To Receive Turner Downtown Community Leadership Award from Central Atlanta Progress.
Started in 2003, the award was designed to recognize those in our community who as individual private citizens step forward and do good works on Downtown's behalf. Recipients of this award rarely ever show up on the normal radar screen in the corporate and organizational leadership world. But just because they are out of sight, does not mean the value of service and dedication is any less. In some cases, acting as private individuals, supporting causes without the backing of corporate budgets, may be a more formidable task making successes at this level even more note worthy.