United Methodist Second-Mile Giving

While these offerings are often designated for a specific Sunday, churches and individuals are not required to participate on that Sunday only.  As a result, we can focus our giving for an entire quarter, which has helped us give our best. Here are brief descriptions of some of our major efforts:

Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

UMCOR reaches out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace, especially related to disaster relief and recovery.

Native American Ministries  nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.

Peace With Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs.

World Communion Sunday provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Golden Cross offerings are used for health and welfare ministries in the annual conference.

Housing & Homeless funds are distributed (100%) to vetted organizations across North Georgia that provide a variety programs for the homeless.

Wesley Woods offering provides financial support for those who would otherwise be unable to afford to live at one of WW’s residences.

Murphy-Harpst offering provides critical financial resources that fund treatment for children who are most at risk and least likely to recover from childhood trauma and abuse.

UM Children’s Home offering supports foster families as well as children and families in transition.

Aldersgate Homes & Collinsworth offering help  provide residential and recreational facilities as well as life training for individuals with disabilities.

Action Ministries offering supports families and individuals who are on the margins, with housing assistance, food and education at the community level across North Georgia. Many programs include hands-on church participation.

If you are still interested and able to give, The Advance is a catalogue of hundreds of specific programs around the globe that range from digging wells to AIDS education. Giving to an Advance program broadens our ability to act as a church and as individuals to be a reconciling, healing and life-filled presence around the globe.

January 2019 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

January 2019 Birthdays

  • Tracy Blood
  • Connie Brooks
  • Pat Chennault
  • Mike Daniell
  • Nancy Edens
  • Lois Howell
  • Steve Justice
  • Cookie Keene
  • Billye Koetje
  • George Latzanich
  • Rebecca Lowe
  • Martha Nolan
  • Reggie Smith
  • Meghan Wittkop

January 2019 Anniversaries

  • Glenn & Connie Brooks
  • John Eric & Rebecca Ann Douville

Reading Resolutions

Every January, many Christians resolve to read the entire Bible in one year. That’s a worthy goal, but God doesn’t require us to read a certain number of verses or chapters per day. Instead, he tells us to simply be in his Word — and thus be with him — so he can grow our faith, light our path and assure us of his love and forgiveness. God’s Word is a precious gift, but we need to “unwrap” it!

F.B. Meyer offers this helpful advice for a new year of discovering (and rediscovering!) Scripture: “Read the Bible, not as a newspaper, but as a home letter. If a cluster of heavenly fruit hangs within reach, gather it. If a promise lies upon the page as a blank check, cash it. If a prayer is recorded, appropriate it and launch it as a feathered arrow from the bow of your desire. If an example of holiness gleams before you, ask God to do as much for you. If the truth is revealed … entreat that its brilliance may ever irradiate … your life.”

The Wrong Question

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.”  (John 4:34)

Jesus considered God’s will to be His highest priority (see John 4:43-34). Following God’s will is also important to you. Often when people want to know God’s will, they will ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” As one of my seminary professors, Gaines S. Dobbins, used to say, “If you ask the wrong question, you are going to get the wrong answer.”

“What is God’s will for my life?” is not the best question to ask. The better inquiry is, “What is God’s will?” Because people are naturally self-centered, we tend to view the whole world — even God’s activity — in terms of our own lives. Of course, we want to know what we should do and how events will affect us. But that is actually an inverted life-perspective. Once I know God’s will, my life gains its proper perspective, and I can adjust my life to Him and to His purposes. In other words, what is it that God is purposing to accomplish where I am? Once I know what God is doing, then I see what I should do. My focus needs to be outward on God and His purposes, not inward on my life…

Discovering God’s greater plan helps you know what He wants to do through you. 

— Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby and Claude King in “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God”

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