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April 1, 2019

It is so tempting to pull an April Fool’s joke in this newsletter edition since it is being published on April 1, but I am well aware of the high tension that exists during this time of year when appointments are being made, so an April Fool’s joke might be more cruel than funny!

I have to admit, though, that I do love an April Fool’s prank.  Last year, when Easter fell on April 1, the possibility of pranks was endless!  I suggested to those conducting our Easter Egg Hunt that they put broccoli florets or cherry tomatoes inside the eggs instead of candy.  Or, they could superglue the plastic eggs before they snapped them shut.  I suggested to the parents of teenagers that they might want to give their children a basket filled with cleaning supplies.  And to the super-tired parents, I suggested that they send their children out hunting for Easter Eggs that they didn’t even hide, so that they might get in a little nap before the children discovered there were no eggs.  Even thinking of these suggestions made me realize it was probably a good thing I don’t have children! 

But why April Fool’s Day?  Where did it originate?  I was thinking about this the other day and did what all good researchers do.  I consulted the internet source of all knowledge, Wikipedia.  The article there proposed many different reasons for the “celebration” of this day, but the one that caught my theological eye was the one that suggested it originated in the Middle Ages.  During that time, in most European towns, the New Year was celebrated March 25 through April 1.  The more enlightened people celebrated New Year’s Eve on January 1 and made fun of those who celebrated the New Year at the end of March.  That day of derision became known as April Fools’ Day. 

When I read this, I thought, so. . . the ones being called foolish are those who celebrated the New Year when the trees began to bud out, the bulbs began to bloom, the temperature began to warm, the days began to lengthen, the very world began to feel NEW!!  Foolish?  This time of celebration makes all the sense in the world!

As Christians, our Easter celebrations remind us that God does indeed make all things new.  The very earth experiences resurrection year after year as the death of winter gives way to the sap rising, the flowers blooming, the sun shining and even the rain bringing hydration.  We are the foolish ones who proclaim every Easter, every Sunday, every day that God makes all things new.  As we prepare to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s resurrection, let’s remember a mischievous God who performed the ultimate April Fool’s prank when life triumphed over death, light triumphed over darkness, and Christ rose to bring new life to the world.

Stay foolish!  


Announcements & Celebrations

April  Birthdays

Josh McDaniel                     5
David Bowen                        6
Charlie Green                       6
Sam Hamby                          7
David Tinsley                       9
Geoffrey Grubbs                  9
Phil DeMore                        15
Jim McLendon                    25

If you are a minister in the Gainesville District, active or retired, and your birthday is not listed during the designated month, please send us your information at


Jonesboro Vision Day
April 6, 9:30 am - 3:30pm
Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 142 S Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
A Vision Day is a one-day training event that provides an opportunity to discover what it means to be the CHurch in new and creative ways, hear form Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through fresh expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for your region, community, or neighborhood. There is active discussion as well as opportunity to build networks and relationships among those in your area. Register
$20 per person North Georgia Conference, $30 per person General Admission, includes lunch
Done in a Day - Children's Ministry
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Commerce First UMC, 16 Cherry Street Commerce, 30529
Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Children
Register online. Cost $15, $20 at the door, see information for discounts on groups of 5 or more.

North Georgia Conference Retirees' Spring Celebration
April 23, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Conference retirees are invited to welcome the upcoming retirees of the North Georgia Conference at the Retirees' Spring Celebration. This great day of food and fun is April 23, 2019 at Oak Grove UMC  from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. You will learn about the 2019 General Conference from delegation leaders Mr. Matthew Pinson and Dr. Phil Schroeder and hear from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. You will also have a chance to meet the ordinands who will move into full connection at the 2019 Annual Conference. Registration is available at The deadline for registration is March 29, 2019.  
Gainesville District Administrative Professionals Breakfast
Wednesday, April 24, 8 - 9am
Gainesville District Office, 343 Northside Drive

Scholarships for College Bound Students
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019

The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Is Offering Scholarships To College Bound Students
4 people between the ages of 17-35 will have the opportunity to win a $1000.00 scholarship within the four conferences.  
Florida UMC Conference
Alabama – West Florida UMC Conference
North Georgia UMC Conference
South Georgia UMC Conference
Each winner will be notified during the month prior to each Annual Conference. The Winner of each Conference will be announced at the Conference.
For Eligibility and to Apply Online:  UMCFCU2019COLLEGESCHOLARSHIP.  A hard copy of the application can be downloaded or obtained at either the Georgia  or Florida branches.

Scouters Academy: Religious training for Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders
Saturday, May 4th (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Peachtree Rd UMC (3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA  30305)
Free for all Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders of all faiths
To find addtional information Click Here and registration Click There
For questions contact Yolanda Wareham (Course Director) –
The Scouters Religious Academy (SRA) is a unique kind of University of Scouting focused on all things religious relations in Scouting, including courses on P.R.A.Y. programs, training Chaplains, conducting Scouts Own services, holding Scout Sunday services, COR (Scout Coordinator) training and much more.   Scout leaders will learn a lot of ideas about building Duty-to-God into their Scout programs.  Plus you will meet other dedicated Scout leaders who view Scouting as a ministry and learn from them.

For all Conference calendar events, please visit the North Georgia Conference calendar.
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