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ACTS OF THE AUGUSTANS

an account of the ministry and mission
of the Augusta District UMC

 
Thursday, December 12th is the Christmas Open House drop-in at the district parsonage.  Did you know the district owns a beautiful parsonage, paid in full?  Now is your opportunity to visit 472 Northridge Circle in Evans. Join us between 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. for appetizers & punch and receive a Christmas keepsake.  Don’t forget to get your picture made at the selfie station! Just around the corner is Wesley UMC, 825 North Belair Road, Evans,  where we’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. for Christmas dinner by Chef Ray.  The menu is your choice of Filet Mignon, Bone-in Pork Chop or Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini, Rolls, and Crème Brulee. There will be a professional photographer on site to take your picture by the Christmas tree!  RSVP to the district office by Monday, Dec. 9th.
A Word From the Mission Specialist
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Advent and Christmas season is its invitation to follow a new pathway into the future.  The Gospels include many stories of travel: Mary's visit to Elizabeth, her journey to Bethlehem with Joseph, the arrival of the shepherds, the road taken by the mysterious Magi, and the young Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt. These are enticing stories of people who responded to God's invitation to set out by a new and different way.
 
The Christmas song, I Wonder as I Wander, has been sounding in my heart these first days of Advent as I ponder what path God is calling us to follow into a new year and a new decade:
 
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus my Saviour did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
 
Advent draws our gaze toward the horizon, full of anticipation for the Christ who is making his way toward us all over again.  In Advent the Holy Spirit also invites us to open our eyes to the salvation story that is going before us and working within us even now.  God challenges us to take the journey, to wonder and to wander, not just be onlookers or bystanders to what new thing God is doing.
 
At charge conferences this fall, we heard stories of new ways the Holy Spirit is calling us to reach out to our communities.  Following that inspiration, I have led visioning retreats with new governing boards and consulted with congregations feeling the stirring to follow God’s invitation to try something new.  What enticing new way is this season inviting your congregation to follow? I am excited for my own new calling to be your guide.  Let’s wonder and wander together out under the sky, following a new path to God’s future. 
 
Blessings,



 
We have the North Georgia Conference selfie station for use at Christmas events in the Augusta District now through December 22. If your church would like to use it, please reserve at this link:  https://forms.gle/M88yEybJBssV15yFA  Beth will bring it to you and make sure you know how to use it.  After your event, you will pass it back to Beth or to the next church using it.  Have fun!

Upcoming Events for December 2019


December 12           
Christmas Open House drop-in at the District Parsonage 4:30-6:00 p.m. followed by the District Christmas Party at Wesley UMC 6:00 p.m.
 
December 15           
Lincolnton area church conversations, Lincolnton UMC, 2-4 p.m.
 
Dec. 23-Jan. 1          
District Office Closed for Christmas

Jan. 8
Apportionments due to the Conference Office by 5:00 p.m.

Jan. 13
End of Year Reports Workshop, 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. at the District Office.
 
Jan. 18                      
Igniting Faith Men’s Retreat at Lewis Memorial UMC (Saturday)
 
Jan. 20                     
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – District Office Closed

Jan. 31
End of Year Reports due
 
Mar. 7 & 14             
Basic Lay Servants Class at Young Memorial UMC, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
March 28                 
UMW Spring meeting at Mistletoe State Park
 

The registration link for the Southeastern Regional Gathering, hosted by the Augusta District is open. Please click on the link below for more information. 

https://northga-reg.brtapp.com/IgnitingFaithUMMRetreatFlyerforAugustaDistrict

The Augusta District United Methodist Women ended the 2019 year with a celebration of 150 years of Women in Mission at Milledgeville First United Methodist Church.  The Annual Meeting was hosted by the gracious ladies of the UMW unit.  There was a time period fashion show and many units shared their history.  
Reverend Janet Cavin was the speaker.
At this meeting we honored the retiring treasurer for the district, Nancy Gallagher . Nancy has served the Augusta district United Methodist women for over 20 years.
Thank you to all who attended. Thank you to the ladies of Milledgeville First for hosting. A special thank you to Nancy Gallagher for her service!
For 2020 The United Methodist women plan to have a Spring meeting March 28 at Mistletoe State Park.  We are looking forward to continuing to serve the Augusta district through the efforts of United Methodist women.

The North Georgia Conference is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast, "At the Table with Bishop Sue." In each episode, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will share from her heart about what unites us, what inspires us, and what challenges us in the congregations and communities of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The first episode, "Connection," is now available. In the episode, Bishop Sue shares about the church she wants to lead and a hallmark of that church – our connection. 

To listen or subscribe, search "At the Table With Bishop Sue" on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. For episode notes and a full transcript, visit https://www.ngumc.org/podcast.
Please note that the last day to submit apportionment payments for credit in 2019 will be Wednesday, January 8th.  The deadline to receive payments at the North Georgia Conference office is 5:00 PM.  
End of Year Report Workshops led by Beth Sanders
Monday, January 13 | 11:00 am | District Office
Monday, January 13 | 6:00 pm | District Office
All laity and clergy working on End of Year Reports are encouraged to attend one of these workshops, either in person or via WebEx video conference.
Though End of Year Reports are not “live” on the conference web site yet, you may print worksheets now and begin gathering information.  Reports may be submitted beginning January 10 and must be submitted by January 31.
Please contact the District Office or Beth Sanders for help accessing your church’s worksheets through NGA Data Services.
Clergy Spouses Retreat 
 
We have been invited to a joint retreat with the South Georgia UMC Clergy Spouses at Epworth by the Sea! The dates are March 13-15, 2020.  A $15 registration fee can be paid when you register with the S.Ga. spouses on their web link, and you are to make your own reservations with Epworth by the Sea, contacting Tiffany who is handling the clergy spouse group rate. Attached is the brochure with all the information; and below are the links you can follow to register online.  If anyone can not attend due to finances, please contact Ashley Martin at mrsashleymartin@gmail.com regarding the Mildred Smith Scholarship Fund.
Hope you can come!  
Blessings,
Connie Cash
conniemaccash@gmail.com
 
 2020 North & South Georgia Joint Clergy Spouses Retreat
"We Live By Faith Not By Sight"
March 13-15, 2020
Epworth By The Sea | St. Simons Island
 The retreat is set for March 13-15, 2020, at Epworth By The Sea. Our theme is "We Live By Faith Not By Sight" and our guest speaker is Rev. Fran Magoni, Associate Pastor at Martha Bowman UMC in Macon. 
LAUNCH DAY
January 11th | 9am-3:30pm | Roswell UMC
Fresh Expressions wants to equip you with best practices and principles to help you in this mission. A Fresh Expressions Accelerator is for anyone who is ready to start experimenting with fresh expression initiatives or is in the early stages of a new mission in their community. Beginning with a Launch Day full of training, conversation, and real-life examples, you will leave with a mission action plan for your unique setting.
Register by December 15th at ngumc.org/freshexpressions

FRESH EXPRESSIONS UPCOMING FOR 2020
 

FEBRUARY 27-29, 2020

Campus Crawl is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th through 12th grade students to United Methodist campus ministries featuring our Georgia United Methodist Colleges and Universities.  In one weekend high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist Colleges and Universities in Georgia, as well as, meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses.

Click on this link for more information and to register:  https://www.umcommission.org/campuscrawl

Work Teams Needed for North Georgia's #SheetrockArmy
Your church is invited to send a team to join the North Georgia Conference #SheetrockArmy to provide help and hope to neighbors across the southeast. There is an overwhelming need for Disaster Response teams and we in North Georgia are perfectly positioned to help. We were among the first to get there after hurricanes struck and we've promised to be among the last to leave. See a list at the link below of some of the nearby needs and how a team from your church can connect and serve.
I'M IN
Elders Day Apart with Bishop Sue
January 16
The North Georgia Conference Order of Elders invites all Elders in Full Connection to a day apart at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center in Dahlonega on Thursday, January 16. The theme is "Joy in the New Year!" and the day will include worship, dialogue with Bishop Sue, breakout activities and fellowship. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. 
LEARN MORE
Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea
January 26-29
Len Wilson, Creative Director at St. Andrew UMC in Plano, Texas, and compiler of the annual list of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, will be keynote speaker at this year's Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea. You'll leave with insight to help you effectively communicate your church's vision, improve clarity and creativity, and implement strategies for growth.
REGISTER
Click on the following link for Local Pastors new process for Course of Study Scholarships https://northga-reg.brtapp.com/CourseofStudyMEFScholarship
Registration is open for Summer Camps and applications underway for ELI (Experiential Leadership Institute) at Camp Glisson.  Visit www.glisson.org for more information.
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