April 7, 2017
Northeast Georgia Presbytery Newsletter
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A Word From Hilary
Important Information from Northeast Georgia Presbytery
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Save the Date

My prayers remain for the goodness and grace of God to flow into your hearts as we journey toward the cross. Holy Week is upon us beginning next Monday. As I reflect on this Lenten season, first I think of how fast the weeks have passed since our February meeting which was so full of God's Spirit leading us in our worship, discussions and decisions. Second, since Ash Wednesday I have experienced a deeper sense of the practice of "giving up something for Lent" which has given me a greater understanding of the generosity of God's never-ending love given freely to all.
Knowing you all have many responsibilities in the days ahead, I'll be brief with a story: yesterday evening Harry and I were walking up our driveway watching a golden sunset, when a rain shower began falling. We turned around to see a complete rainbow: a full arc and bright array of all the colors. This is the second time since Christmas that we have been blessed with such an experience. I pray you all feel the blessings of our God of love through Good Friday to the Day of Resurrection.
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The Board of Pensions is launching its Benefits Connections series. Benefits Connections is a one-day gathering designed for those who make benefits decisions, such as business administrators, clerks of session, and members of Committees on Ministry. The day will cover the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan and provide time for questions and answers with Board leadership and staff. The gathering for our area is scheduled for April 25 at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Read more on pensions.org.
Click here for information on The Big Tent 2017, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 6-8 at Washington State University Campus.  This year the focus is on Race, Reconciliation and Reformation. 
Do you know any college students in the Athens area who are interested in becoming leaders in the church? Would your congregation like to host a college student from our students_portrait.jpg program in the coming year? The Presbyterian Student Center at UGA is accepting Waddel Fellowship applications now through April 15 for the 2017-18 academic year. More information can be found at www.pscuga.org/waddel-fellowship and a flyer can be found here.
First Presbyterian Church in Athens would like to extend an invitation to all churches in Northeast Georgia Presbytery to attend their upcoming Core Godly Play Training, which is scheduled for June 8, 9, and 10 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

You are invited to a "Plan-It" Youth Ministry meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Augusta.  Click here for more information. 
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations

Congratulations go to Rev. Margaret Davis and her husband Ben on the birth of their son, Robert Hale Davis, who was born on April 6, 2017.

Congratulations also go to Rev. Harold Harris on the birth of his grandchild, Jovie Harris, on April 3, 2017.

Please pray for Catherine Warren, former student at the Presbyterian Student Center, Waddel Fellow at Friendship Church, and nursery worker at Oconee Church. She is in Peru this year as a Young Adult Volunteer for the PCUSA and has recently been hospitalized with some health issues. Pray for her recovery and for her to be strong enough to leave the hospital and to return to the US.

Please continue to remember and pray for the members of "Creative Impressions" as they continue their ministry. This group sung at the February Stated Meeting of Presbytery.

Continue to remember Rev. Heahwan Rim, Synod Executive, as he continues his treatment for Leukemia, and as he plans for his upcoming retirement.
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Please share your prayer concerns and celebrations by calling the presbytery office at 706-353-2533 or email Linda Turner

Save the Date

Good Friday, Presbytery Office Closed, April 14
Preparation for Ministry Team Meeting, Jefferson Church, 9:00 a.m., April 18
Congregational Connections Ministry Team Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 11:30 p.m. , April 19
Committee on Ministry Team Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., April 20
Coordinating Team Meeting, Friendship Church, 1:00 p.m., April 25
Mediators Group, Oconee Church, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., April 25
Committee on Ministry Team Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., May 11
Ninety-Third Stated Meeting of Presbytery, Monticello Church, May 16
Memorial Day, presbytery office closed, May 29
Committee on Ministry Team Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., June 8

We believe Almighty God is calling Northeast Georgia Presbytery to become a Christ centered, inclusive community of faithful and healthy congregations.
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