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The LaGrange Link

A monthly publication of
The LaGrange District of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Carol Cook,

District Superintendent

September 2016
Welcome, Bishop Sue!

On September 1, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson became the episcopal leader of the

North Georgia Annual Conference. Bishop Haupert-Johnson (or "Bishop Sue"), her
husband Rev. Allen Johnson, and their daughter Samantha have moved into the
North Georgia Conference episcopal residence and are making themselves at home
in Georgia.
All are invited to the Service of Installation for our new bishop on Sunday,
September 18, at 4 pm at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. The special service is a
time for our Annual Conference to gather for worship and to welcome Bishop
Haupert-Johnson and her family and to give thanks for her assignment to the North
Georgia Conference. The service will be followed by a reception.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson was elected bishop by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional
Conference and was consecrated July 15 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Her first
assignment as bishop is to the North Georgia Conference.
A Florida native, Bishop Haupert-Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida
(B.S. in Business Administration), University of Florida College of Law (J.D.), and
Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.). She was a federal law
clerk and a litigator with the Tampa law firm of Carlton, Fields before she answered
her call to ministry. After graduating summa cum laude from Candler, she was
ordained a deacon in the Florida Annual Conference in 1996 and an elder in 1998.
In the Florida Conference she served as associate pastor of 4,500-member
Lakeland First UMC and 300-member rural/suburban church Hillsborough UMC in
Tampa; as lead pastor of two large-membership churches, Cape Coral First UMC
and Ocala First UMC; and she served as the North Central District Superintendent of
the Florida Annual Conference from 2013-2016. She held a number of leadership
roles in the Conference before being endorsed as Florida's episcopal nominee.

We are blessed to have Bishop Sue and her family as a part of the North Georgia
family and look forward to many great days in ministry together. Please be in
prayer for her as she gets to know us and as she and her family settle in.

Charge Conference Information

Its that time of year again time for Charge Conference! Schedules were given to
pastors at the Set Up Meeting on August 6 along with Charge Conference
Checklists, Charge Conference Instructions, and much more. All of this information
is also available on the District Website on the Reports Due page. Anyone
completing Charge Conference reports should refer to the Instruction sheet for
detailed information. Remember that most of the reports must be completed online
through Data Services, which is now the permanent archives for your churchs
reporting. Carol and Denise will be leading a Charge Conference workshop at
the District Office on September 8 at 7pm. If you are new to completing the
reports, you should plan to attend this workshop. It is open to clergy and laity.
Please call the district office to make a reservation.

Service of Installation for New Bishop

The Service of Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as episcopal leader of

the North Georgia Conference will be held Sunday, September 18, at 4 p.m. at
Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta.
The special service is a time for our Annual Conference to gather
for worship and to welcome Bishop Haupert-Johnson and her
family and to give thanks for her assignment to the North Georgia
Conference. The service will be followed by a reception.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson ("Bishop Sue") was elected bishop by the
2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and was assigned to
the North Georgia Conference by the SEJ Committee on
Episcopacy. She begins her four-year term in North Georgia on
September 1.

Clergy Evaluation Forms will be due in the district office no later than
September 23. Forms were distributed to clergy at the Set Up Meeting on
August 6. Ministers and SPR Committees need to plan a meeting sometime
in August or early September to conduct these evaluations so that
paperwork can be submitted by the due date. There is only 1 form that will
be completed jointly with the pastor and the committee. It can be
downloaded from the district website on the Reports Due page.
Clergy, please note that individual evaluations with the DS will take place
in October and early November. Those schedules were distributed at the
Set Up Meeting or can be downloaded from the district website.

Thanks to Rev. Blake Trent, District Youth Coordinator,

and several other youth ministers in the district, 130
youth and chaperones enjoyed worship at Fayetteville First UMC and then a night of
games, go-carts, pizza, and fellowship at the Malibu Grand Prix in Norcross on
August 12-13. Anyone who is involved in working with youth at your local church,
is invited to join Blake for monthly lunch gatherings to share ideas and fellowship.
Below is the schedule for the next several months (all gatherings are at 12 noon):
Sept. 22 @ La Parilla, Newnan
Oct. 13 @ Culvers, Newnan
Nov. 17 @ Newks, Newnan

Please support the United Methodist Childrens Home by participating in the

Amazing Grace Offering on or around Sunday, September 18. For 145 years, The
United Methodist Childrens Home has ministered to children in need. This continues
to this day as we seek to restore children and families from trauma through Jesus
Christ. Churches will receive information on how to obtain promotional materials for
this special offering. Be on the lookout and plan to participate!

Leadership UMC

Leadership UMC begins its 15th consecutive year of successful training and
development of emerging laity leaders. The 2016-17 series will feature the same
curriculum with the four weekend workshops designed to equip merging leaders.
The workshops have proven to be essential building blocks for lay leadership and
creating vital congregations. Dates for the workshops are as follows:
November 18-19,2016 UMC History, Polity and the Discipline
January 13-14, 2017 Congregational Development & Leadership Skills, Spiritual
Gifts and more
March 10-11, 2017 Clergy & Laity Together in Shared Ministry
(Pastor must attend this session with participant)
April 28-29, 2017 LUMC Small Group Project Reports and Graduation
Applications are available from the district office and on the district website and
must be submitted to the district office by September 15. Cost is $100 from the
participant, $175 from their local church, and $175 from the district. This includes
all material, food and accommodations for the each of the 4 weekends.

Come spend the morning

with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, September 17th
9 am Noon
Cumming First UMC
7700 Canton Highway
Cumming, GA 30028

Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; he sees things the rest of us

do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining; and a
preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature
bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture.
Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been
chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the
1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to
many of Americas denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the
West Virginia Annual Conference. Please pre-register for childcare. Registration
link: https://northga-reg.brtapp.com/MorningWithLeonardSweet

Join US! Sep 23-24, Igniting Faith Retreat 2016


Free Admission
10th Anniversary Celebration
Family Friendly Activities
Saturday, September 17
130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange
706-885-0363, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Welcome Celebration
General Board of Global Ministries
On Atlanta Belt Line Green Space C
On Atlanta Belt Line Green Space C

5 pm
2016 1 1
to 5topm

Hosted by the UMC of Georgia




Responding to Flooding in
Louisiana: Request for ERT Teams

Please join us in praying for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. UMCOR (United Methodist
Committee on Relief) is working with the Louisiana Conference to respond. The Louisiana
Conference has extended an invitation for Emergency Response Teams (ERT) to work in the areas
effected by recent floods. For details and to register as an individual or team visit:
There is great need for UMCOR Cleaning Kits ("Flood Buckets"). Find instructions for assembling
kits at http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.
Ebenezer UMC in Conyers has agreed to be a drop-off location for completed buckets. Please
contact Rev. Chris Branscomb at chris.branscomb@ngumc.net to make arrangements. There is also
space for collecting kits in North Georgia's disaster warehouse in Decatur. Arrangements can be
made to pick up the buckets from your church if transportation cannot be arranged. Contact Jim
Higgins for information at jim.higgins@ngumc.net for more information or contact your district office
to coordinate with other churches in your area.
Financial contributions to UMCOR may be made through your local United Methodist Church. As
always, 100 percent of designated funds go to those in need. Use NGUMC Fund #4390 for UMCOR
US Disaster Response.

Retreat Center near Clayton, GA

September 25-28, 2016
Dr. Marcia McFee has been a teacher of worship for over 20 years, a keynote speaker at the Georgia
Pastors School and Worship Director for two General Conferences. Every year she holds worship
planning retreats around the country to help pastors and worship teams prepare for the upcoming
liturgical year. This year she is holding one in the North Georgia Conference. This is a great opportunity
to be guided through a process of long-range planning with the goal of getting a jumpstart on worship
plans for the whole year. This is applicable to any size church or style of worship. Pastors, come alone or
with others on your team.
More information: https://ny163.infusionsoft.com/app/page/register-for-blueridgemtns
Questions? mark@marciamcfee.com or 888-725-5202

Two fall retreats to help strengthen your youth and your group
Registration is still open for the Fall Confirmation Retreat (September 23-25) and the first weekend of
the Rooted Retreat (September 30 through October 2 - weekend 2 is full). Each retreat is packed with
activities and experiences to help your youth learn and grow in faith as well as offering more opportunity
for leaders to actually spend time with their youth instead of fussing over logistics involved in planning
and running a retreat.To find out about these two retreats and register your group now, click on ...
Confirmation Retreat Info and Registration
Rooted Retreat Info and Registration
ALSO: Registration is now open for SLR 2017 in March. Take a look at the info
at http://www.ngumc.org/spiritualliferetreats

Supporting our Churches

At UMC Federal Credit Union, we are dedicated to providing just the right
financial services to help people afford life across our United Methodist
community. But our work is not limited to individuals. We also have thriving
partnerships with UM churches and agencies across the four conferences.
Here are some of the ways we can help:
Church lending - As a United Methodist based financial institution, we will
make sure that your church loan is fully compliant with the Book of
Discipline. Along with low rates, there is every reason to finance your church
loan with the credit union.
Small project lending - In addition to mortgages and building/renovation projects, we have found that a lot of
churches need a small amount of funds to cover the costs of roofs, HVAC, pews, carpets and more. For church
loans under $50,000 we offer low, unsecured rates and no loan fees to get you quickly on the way to improving
your facility.
Corporate Visa card - This can be a hassle free way to fund smaller projects, but many of our churches use our
Visa credit card as a purchasing card for the many ministry and staff needs in church operations. Every card holder
gets their own statement so that they can remain accountable for their expenditures.
Payroll services with ADP - Through our partnership with ADP, you can take advantages of discounted rates on
payroll services. Click here for a referral link.
Online giving and kiosks through Payscape - We are also offering kiosk and online giving platforms for churches
through our connection with Payscape. Setting up recurring gifts is an easy way for church members to remain
faithful in their stewardship pledges. Click here for a referral link.
Safe, secure deposit products - UMC FCU remains a safe, secure place to hold funds in a share certificate or money
market savings account.
For additional information on these or other ways we can be a financial partner to your church, contact Jonathan

For more information, members and prospective members may visit the credit union online at

We are making changes to our district website! While

you can still access the site at www.lagrangedistrict.com,
it will now become a part of the conference website and
can also be accessed at www.ngumc.org/lagr or by going
to the home page of the conference site and clicking on
the Districts tab and going to the LaGrange site. This
will allow you to access district information as well as
conference information all in one place. Please visit our
new site and see all the information we have there!
And dont forget to like us on Facebook (The LaGrange District). Churches are
welcome to post information there about activities going on in your local church.

Sept. 8 Charge Conference workshop, District Office, 7pm, call to make a

Sept. 18 Installation of new Bishop, Peachtree Road UMC, 4:00pm
Sept. 22 Youth Worker Lunch, La Parilla, Newnan, 12 noon
Sept. 23 Clergy Evaluation forms due to District Office
Sept. 25 Mission Team meeting, Moreland UMC, 5:30pm
Sept. 27 Board of Laity/Connectional Ministries meeting, Trinity on the Hill,
Oct. 3 Clergy fellowship with DS, Newnan Cracker Barrel, 8:30am

Happy Birthday to the following ministers

celebrating birthdays in September:
1 - Lynn Glassbrook
8 - Lesley Langford
18 Terri Lemons

22 Maria Wells
29 Katie Mattox
30 James Woods