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Something to Think About 11-12-18 Devotion

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“And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.” – Mark 12:42

What a difference perspective makes! This widow was poor in terms of worldly possessions, yet to Jesus, she had given more than most! God sees what man overlooks. She was in need of receiving charity, yet it was her heart’s desire to give generously in faith. Lord, help me to give with joy, and in faith, to any who cross my path!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: November 12th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About 11-5-18 Devotion

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30

I have realized that when I obey this commandment, I am promising to give God all of me. But when I promised during our wedding that I would commit all of me to my new bride, a quick review shows that I regularly get all wrapped up in my “busyness” and focus on ME! What will it look like for you and me to “love” God this way, this week?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: November 5th, 2018 | Permalink

Disciples at the Doorstep

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By Rev. Sara Webb Phillips

Over the past 20 years, the Sandy Springs community has become an ethnically diverse hub of commerce and culture. The city’s proximity to corporate offices and affordable housing attract residents from all over the world. Unfortunately, many area churches have remained predominantly homogeneous. And for the longest time, North Springs United Methodist Church was no exception.

In the church’s heyday, the parish expanded, adding a needed Sanctuary and basement youth facility. However, in subsequent years, the church population slowly declined due to death and members moving away. Although the city surrounding the church was growing in population, the church itself was not attracting new people and funds were depleting. It has always been a warm and welcoming congregation, and determined church leadership was not giving up without a fight!  

With the help of the North Georgia Conference “Next Faithful Step” revitalization program, North Springs UMC determined its purpose and plan to move forward in faith. After a few international families started attending regularly due to a family-friendly atmosphere and close proximity to their homes, the church came to understand that God was calling them to widen their circle.

Who is included in God’s family? Everyone! No matter what color, ethnicity, gender, disability, addiction, or economic status. Our mission is to make disciples together; different people, from different places being church and reflecting the peace of Christ to all.

We began to connect with community outreach mission programs and festivals in order to share our vision. We opened our doors to the Communitas Brazilian United Methodist Fellowship, and to a small Hispanic Church needing a place to worship. We shifted our  worship style to include global music along with traditional hymns and some contemporary songs. As a result of this work, we now have more than 22 countries represented in our congregation, and have been designated an official “Mission Church” in the Atlanta-Roswell District of the North Georgia Conference.

In this growing period, we have persevered even though our budget was projected to mainline in the spring. With a faith-based budget, God provides. We did not sacrifice mission work in order to pay utilities bills! Thank you to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, Congregational Excellence, our District and all who support our work so we can carry on the Great Commission found in the Gospel of St. Matthew, to “go and make disciples of all nations,” right at our doorstep.

In July 2018, North Springs UMC refinanced their loan with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.

This article was published in the 10/29/18 edition of re-Vision, a weekly e-newsletter published by The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

Posted: October 29th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About 10-29-18 Devotion

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“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters.” – James 4:11

James exhorts us to be doers of the law not judges. As we approach another election day, evil talk comes at us from all directions. We have the power to change the very nature of dialogue when we set aside the evil talk and speak of God’s love through our actions. What will we do today to make that happen?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: October 29th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About 10-22-18 Devotion

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“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” – James 3:18

In this world of partiality and polarization, can you hear the echo of James’ words? He says that the wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, and willing to yield. What can we do today to sow a harvest of righteousness?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: October 22nd, 2018 | Permalink