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Georgia Connection - October 2019
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12

Hello Georgia Nazarenes!

Since October is Pastor Appreciation Month, I created a “Top Ten” list of reasons (below) we should pray, love, and appreciate our pastors and their families. Please be intentional year-round, but especially this month, in demonstrating love and care for these special servant leaders.

  • God loves your pastor.

  • God called your pastor.

  • Your pastor loves everyone in the church, even those who don’t like him/her.

  • Your pastor carries many heavy, confidential burdens.

  • Your pastor prays for you and your family.

  • It’s very difficult today to lead people and organizations, especially churches.

  • Your pastor loves to preach the Good News to all kinds of people, and spends significant time and energy preparing sermons each week. The enemy tempts him/her to think that nobody is listening.

  • Every pastor gets a little criticism. Every pastor needs a little encouragement. 

  • Everyone wants their church to flourish. Many in the church expect the pastor to make this happen. 

  • The biggest reason pastors quit is feeling isolated. Let’s make sure our pastors know they are not in this alone.

Thanks for your prayers, love & encouragement for our pastors!

Pastor Kyle
Hispanic Family Campmeeting

Pastor Hector Ordonez gathered all of our GA Hispanic churches at Adrian Camp over Labor Day weekend. Great multi-generational participation, vibrant worship, and spiritual renewal! We are thankful for what God is doing through Hispanic ministries on the GA District.

District Adult Retreat

Men & women from all across GA gathered at Adrian Camp for a great weekend of worship, connection, and fun. Thanks to Brenda Williamson (director), Dr. Steve Callis (worship leader), Pastor Kyle Poole (speaker) and the Adrian Camp staff for leading a great weekend. It was encouraging to see several new faces at the retreat this year.
USA/Canada Black Ministries Strategy Team Meets in ATL

We were honored to participate with this great team of leaders! Together, we are praying and planning to make a Kingdom impact in ATL and cities across the USA/Canada Region.
Disaster Relief

Thank you to everyone who donated toward Hurricane Dorian relief. On Friday, September 20, a truck with a tandem axle trailer loaded to capacity was driven to Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Tommy and Geri Truitt where items were shipped in a container to the Bahamas to help with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Special thanks to Pastor Kevin Thomas and Barnesville First for their excellent leadership.
Fall Work Week @ Adrian Camp -
October 7-11

Volunteers are needed for Fall Work Week at Adrian Camp. Any amount of time you are able to serve is greatly appreciated! Contact Jeff & Peggy Croft for additional information.
NMI Tour w/ Rev. Tim & Michelle Eby
November 6-17

Nov 6 - 6pm Donalsonville
Nov 7 - 6pm Waycross
Nov 8 - 7pm Cochran
Nov 10 - 10:45am Sandersville
6pm Good Shepherd
Nov 11 - 7pm Rowland Chapel
Nov 12 - 7pm Sharpsburg
Nov 13 - 6pm Warner Robins
Nov 14 - 7pm Mt. Olive
Nov 15 - 6pm Lovejoy
Nov 17 - 10:45am Marietta First
6pm Gainesville First

2019 Ladies Retreat -
Nov. 8-10, 2019 @ Adrian Camp

It's almost time for our annual Ladies Retreat. We're excited to have Debbie Salter Goodwin share the Word with us and Rhonda Frye lead us in worship. For registration form, click here.

2020 Mens Retreat -
Jan 24-26, 2020 @ Adrian Camp
Speaker - Rev. Kenny Greenway
Director - Rev. Ike Branch

The men of our district are important to the Kingdom work, and this weekend will be dynamite for their spiritual growth.  We have strived for many years to break 100 in attendance which will build excitement and help keep the costs down.  May the men in your church return from the weekend and set a spark of revival in your congregation!   Registration form - Bulletin insert.

NYI Fall Retreat
November 22-24 @ FFA Campground, Covington

Susie Shellenberger will be speaking and Refuge from Trevecca will lead worship. Also, Festival of Life Sporting Events (TNT pre-qualifier) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1-4pm during the retreat. Click for student registration or adult registration.

Praise Kids Talent
Oct 19 - Dublin
Oct 26 - Tifton
Nov 2 - Gainesville

Your kids won't want to miss this opportunity to give God glory with their talents! Cost is $25. Click here for a registration form. Contact Vickie Lindsey for more information.
Pastors Enrichment Day with Dr. Jay Earles
Fri., Oct. 18 - 1:30-4:00pm @ Harvest Community (Lilburn)
Sat., Oct. 19 - 10am-12:30pm @ Warner Robins

All pastors and ministers are invited to an enrichment day with Dr. Jay Earles. For travel purposes, Friday's session is north of Atlanta (Lilburn) and Saturday's session is south of Atlanta (Warner Robins). During our time together, Dr. Earles will cover several practical areas and skills that will help ministers to flourish in life and ministry. Drinks and light snacks will be available. This event qualifies for lifelong learning credits. There is no charge for Georgia Nazarene ministers.

Dr. Earles is the founder and leader of Hope Community Counseling Center in Graniteville, SC. Prior to starting this ministry, he retired as one of the highest ranking psychologists for the U.S. Army. Jay is also an active member of Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene, where he sings in the choir and serves as a volunteer in many different ministries. Jay has been married to Kim Hildreth Earles (a Nazarene PK) for 29 years and they have two adult children, Jonathan and Brittany.
Ministers & Mates Christmas Dinner
Friday, Dec. 6

Mark your calendars for our annual Ministers & Mates Christmas dinner which will be held at the Central Georgia Convention Center in Forsyth on Friday, Dec. 6. Melanie Pearson will provide special music. Watch email for details from the district office.
Pastors Enrichment Day with Dr. Oliver Phillips
The Elephant in the Room -Bridging the Cultural Divide
Saturday, Jan. 11 @ New Day

Dr. Oliver Phillips, a retired, ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and former director of Nazarene Multi-Cultural Ministries, will lead this CQ Enhancement seminar. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts - including national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and many other cultures. More information & registration details will be available in November.
Ministers & Mates Retreat
March12-14, 2020 - Chattanooga, TN
Speaker - Dr. Larry Dennis

All GA pastors & their spouses are invited to join us in Chattanooga, TN for the 2020 Ministers & Mates Retreat. Based on feedback, this year's location (Chattanooga Downtown DoubleTree) and format (Thursday - Saturday) are brand new. We can't wait to relax & renew with our GA ministry team! Schedules & registration will be available by November 1.

Larry Dennis has gratefully served as pastor and district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene for over 40 years. He and wife Debbie reside in Spring Hill, Tn. They have three sons Matt, Ben and Andy, Daughter-in-law Amy and 6 year old grandson Noah. He is a TNU Grad, earned a MCM from Olivet, is a grad of the School of Large Church Management and was honored with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Trevecca.
Looking Ahead
for full calendar go to georgianazarenedistrict.org

Oct. 3 TNU Legacy Partners Concert with Collingsworth Family
Oct 7-11 Fall Work Week @ Adrian Camp
Oct 12 Hispanic Pastors Appreciation Dinner
Oct 18 Metro Atlanta Planning Session (Harvest Community, Lilburn)
Oct 18 Pastors Enrichment Day w/ Dr. Jay Earles (Harvest Community, Lilburn)
Oct 19 Pastors Enrichment Day w/ Dr. Jay Earles (Warner Robins)
Oct 19 Praise Kids Talent (Dublin)
Oct 22 DAB Meeting
Oct 26 Camp Board Meeting
Oct 26 Praise Kids Talent (Tifton)
Nov 1-2 TNU Homecoming
Nov 2 Praise Kids Talent (Gainesville)
Nov 8-10 District Ladies Retreat (Adrian)
Nov 22-24 NYI Fall Retreat (Covington)
Dec. 6 District Pastors Christmas Celebration (Forsyth)
Dec 13-14 Hispanic Pastors Retreat (Woodstock)
Jan 11 Pastors Enrichment Day w/ Dr. Oliver Phillips (New Day)
Jan 24-26 District Mens Retreat (Adrian)
Feb. 21-22 GOLD (Ordination & Licensing) Retreat (Adrian)
Mar 12-14 District Ministers & Mates Retreat (Downtown Chattanooga)
Georgia Nazarene District Office
Pastor Kyle Poole , District Superintendent
Dr. Fred Huff , Director of New Church Development
Brenda Williamson , Administrative Assistant
Becky Meeks , District Treasurer
Pastor Jeff & Peggy Croft , Adrian Camp & Conference Center Manager
Julie Poole , Communications Assistant
Dinah Huff , District Assembly Facilitator

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 920,
Locust Grove, GA 30248

Physical Address:
50 Lincoln Road, Suite B
McDonough, GA 30253

Phone: (770) 957-7790

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